Visa Checkpoint for International (non-EU) students

All new and returning international (non-EU) students must complete the Visa Checkpoint at the start of each academic year. A current, valid UK visa entitles you to study at Leicester throughout the duration of your studies.

September/October New Starters: If you are attending the International Students Welcome Programe (ISWP) you will be given an appointment time when you register. If you are not attending the ISWP, we will send you an email telling you when and where to attend a Visa Checkpoint. Also refer to the Visa Checkpoint timetable (new students).

If you are a returning student, details of Visa Checkpoint timeslots for your department will be detailed in the Visa Checkpoint timetable (returning students).

January Starters: Your department will advise you when and where to attend the Visa Checkpoint.

If you are a new student with an overseas fee status, but you hold a current British, EU, EEA or Swiss passport, you must attend the Visa Checkpoint where we will need to see your passport. You will not need to provide any further evidence of your immigration status during your studies.

What happens at the Visa Checkpoint

We will check your visa and passport to ensure that you have a valid visa to study at the University of Leicester. If you do not have a valid visa you will not be able to register and we will refer you to the Student Welfare Service. They will assist you wherever possible to apply for a visa before the latest registration date.

Once you complete the Visa Checkpoint you will receive your University ID Card and a letter confirming that you are registered with us.

What to bring with you

New students

  • Your current passport and visa (original documents only - copies will not be accepted)
  • Your offer letter or other correspondence you have received from us with your nine digit student number on it

Returning students

  • Your current passport and visa (original documents only - copies will not be accepted)
  • Your University ID Card

If you already have a Tier 4 Student Visa with a different sponsor you will not be able to register with us until you have applied to UK Visas and Immigration for permission to switch (PTS), or for a new Tier 4 visa with us as your sponsor. You must provide evidence of this.

If you have made a new visa application you must provide evidence of your application in order to register.

If your visa is due to expire or becomes invalid you must apply for a new visa and provide evidence of this to the Registry. Please visit us at the Student Services Zone in the Fielding Johnson Building.

Deadline

You must complete the Visa Checkpoint by the deadline notified to you in your registration emails.  If you do not do this, you will not be able to start or continue your studies. If this happens, please contact admissions@le.ac.uk for undergraduate courses and pgadmissions@le.ac.uk for postgraduate courses.

 

Visit our Visa Information page for information about evidence of in-time visa applications, Tier 4 Student visa with a different sponsor, Tier 4 Child, General Visitor or Student Visitor visa and Section 3C and Appeals.

International Student Support

The International Student Advisors are trained to provide immigration advice and can help you apply for a new Tier 4 General visa, or complete the permission to switch (PTS) form to change your sponsor.

The International Student Advisors are located in the Percy Gee Building or you can contact them at welfare@le.ac.uk or on 0116 223 1185.

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