Your Visa Checkpoint

Visa Checkpoint

This year for health and safety reasons, we will only be conducting a face-to-face visa checkpoint for new international students and continuing international students who have obtained a new visa because they are returning from a break in study. All international (non-EU/EEA) students this applies to must complete Visa Checkpoint at the start of this academic year as usual to evidence they have valid leave (permission) to study with us, the University of Leicester though some changes have been made to the process to enable us to observe social distancing rules and carry out these checks in a manner which is safe for everyone.

As a Tier 4 sponsor we are required to ensure that every student has valid UK leave (permission) throughout the whole period of their study. We are required to keep copies of documents provided as part of our sponsor duties in accordance with our Privacy Notice. Students who we know are required to obtain a new visa before registering as a previous visa has expired or tier 4 sponsorship has been withdrawn will be contacted and asked to provide the relevant documentation before attending visa checkpoint.

This year we are carrying out these checks remotely for safety reasons and requesting that you scan and email your immigration documents to so we can update your record in advance of your visa checkpoint. The documents you are required to send are detailed in these pages.

Once you have sent in your documents you will then need to make an appointment to visit the Sports Hall.  Please make an appointment here and you will need to present your booking information on arrival. 


What happens at the Visa Checkpoint

We will check that you have provided us with copies of your visa and passport to ensure that you have valid leave (permission) to study your chosen course with us at the University of Leicester.

We will also ensure that the personal information we hold on you is correct and that we have a current UK address and phone number.

To successfully complete the visa checkpoint and register with the University all students must have provided;

  • a valid passport and visa OR
  • evidence of valid leave (permission) in the UK

If you do not evidence that you have valid leave (permission) to study in the UK you will not be able to register and you should let us know as soon as possible by emailing  Student Immigration Advice and Compliance (SIAC). This team has specialist Immigration Advisers who can assist you in making a Tier 4 application before the latest registration date for your course. If you are having difficulty evidencing your status, and give your consent, they can liaise directly with the UKVI to confirm your status.

Once you complete the visa checkpoint you will receive your University ID card and a letter confirming that you are registered with us. We will also provide you with a letter to help you open a UK bank account.

Your leave should normally cover the full duration of your programme of study and if it does not you may be required to speak with a member of Student Immigration Advice and Compliance before you register.

What to bring with you

 Please note all documents must be originals, copies will not be accepted.

New students

  • Your offer letter or other correspondence you have received from us with your nine digit student number to help us find your student record.
  • Your current passport and visa in case we need to make further checks.

Returning students - only those who have obtained a new passport or visa

  • Your University ID Card to help us find your student record.
  • Your current passport and new visa.

If you are a student on a Tier 4 visa who is returning from a break in your studies, you must obtain a new visa to travel to the UK and enrol on your course. Do not attempt to travel on a visa which has been reported to the UKVI.

Additional Information for Tier 4 Students

  • Tier 4 students must show their entry clearance vignette (visa sticker in passport) and their Biometric Residence Permit (BRP). It is important this this is stamped when you enter the UK so please do not use an electronic gate at the UK border even if you can. Please make sure you see a Port Officer who can provide you with a date stamp.
  • If you have applied for a Tier 4 visa and have opted to collect your Biometric Residence Permit from the University we will let you know when it arrives and how to collect it. You will normally collect it when you attend Visa Checkpoint. To collect your visa you will need to show your 'visa grant letter', this is the letter given to you with your entry clearance vignette and the entry clearance vignette (visa sticker) in your passport.
  • If you have not opted to collect the BRP from the University you must collect it from the location on your visa grant letter before attending visa checkpoint. You will need your visa grant letter and entry clearance vignette as above.
  • Wherever you collect your BRP, the person handing it over has to be certain that you entered the UK on a valid visa by checking the UK entry date stamped on your entry clearance vignette (visa sticker in your passport) is after the 'valid from' date and before the 'expiry date' on your visa.
  • If your entry clearance vignette expires before you are able to travel you must contact the Coronavirus Immigration Help Centre to request a replacement visa with revised validity dates free of charge until the end of this year. Please inform the University as outlined below.

When you travel to the UK you should carry the documents you provided with your visa application in your hand luggage as a UK Border Force Officer can request to see them. Please make try to see a Port Officer at the border to ensure your entry clearance vignette is stamped when you enter the country. If you cannot do this please retain your boarding card or e-ticket and email a copy with your documents to


You must complete the Visa Checkpoint by the registration deadline for your course. After this date your department must confirm to us that you still have time to be able to successfully complete your course.

Tier 4 students who try and travel after the latest start date on their CAS may have trouble entering the UK. Admissions can update your CAS with a new latest start date agreed with them and your department. If you are delayed in coming to Leicester or you are unable to come please contact the relevant service:

New students - please contact for undergraduate courses and for postgraduate courses. If you are a Tier 4 student please provide a CAS number with your email and your 9 digit student number with your email.

Returning students - please contact your department and who can make any relevant notification to the UKVI.

Visit our Visa Information page for information about registering with an in time visa application, Tier 4 visas, General Visitor or Student Visitor visas and Section 3C and Appeals.

Student Immigration Advice and Compliance

The International Student Advisors are trained to provide immigration advice and can help you apply for a new Tier 4 General visa. There is also an International Welfare Officer in the team who can help with any difficulties or concerns you may have travelling to the UK or during your stay.

You can contact them by visiting the Student Services Centre in the Charles Wilson Building, emailing

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