Visas

Visas

Visas

As an international full-time student you must have a valid visa that permits study; usually this will be a Tier 4 (General) student visa. If you are already studying with us and your current leave (visa) is due to expire before the end of your course you will need to renew your visa. You may also need to renew your visa if you are resuming full time study after a period of suspense.

If you change your immigration status during the course of your studies then you must tell us about this change. Find out how to do this, and renew your Tier 4 (General) student visa below.

Student Immigration Advice and Compliance have trained immigration staff who can assist with your visa application. They can also assist with dependant visas for family members. You can contact them by calling:  Tel: +44(0)116 229 7400

Email: visas@le.ac.uk

You should arrange an appointment with an Immigration Adviser at least 1-2 months before your current visa expires.

To find out how we look after your data click here University Privacy Notice.

Applying for a CAS number and visa

A Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) is a unique online reference number issued to you by the University as your Tier 4 Licensed sponsor. We provide the CAS to you on a CAS Statement. The CAS Statement is sent to you by email and will include the CAS number and other information that will help you to complete your visa application form.

Once you have firmly accepted an offer for a course you will need to make an application for your CAS number in order to apply for a visa. Find out more about applying for a CAS and visa.

If you are intending to undertake a Taught Master's degree at the University of Leicester, you will be eligible for the new Tier 4 Pilot Scheme. To find out more please visit here

Registered students could be studying with us on one of many different visa types. If you currently hold a Tier 4 (General) student visa and will be continuing your full time study, or if you wish to switch to a Tier 4 (General) student visa you will need to request a CAS.

For current students, please complete the CAS Application Form (Word Document) . You must include copies of your current passport and visa with your form. Please submit the application to visas@le.ac.uk. Please allow 10 working days for the production of your CAS.

Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)

When you apply for your Tier 4 (General) student visa you will be asked to specify a collection point for your BRP. We are able to offer BRP collection on our campus for you and any Tier 4 dependents on your visa. This will be quicker and easier than collecting your documents from a Post Office. Find out more about BRPs.

Registering for your Course

If you are an international student and you are registering with us to undertake a full-time programme of study then you must complete a visa checkpoint as part of your registration. This would occur after you have completed Online Registration.

You must complete a Visa Checkpoint to finish your registration.

If you think that your arrival in the UK will be delayed then please contact the Admissions Office who can help you to consider suitable options including a deferral of studies.

As part of your visa conditions some nationalities will also have to register with the local police.

Renewing Your Tier 4 (General) student visa

If you are a current student at the University of Leicester, the Student Immigration Advice and Compliance department can help you extend your Tier 4 (General) student visa.

As the process of renewing a visa is now more complicated, you are strongly advised to get the correct information from an Immigration Adviser.

To learn more about the process of applying for a new Tier 4 student visa, please visit here:

Renewing your Tier 4 Student Visa

Changes to Your Immigration Status

The University is legally required to keep copies of your valid immigration status documents. If you change your immigration status after you have registered for your course, then you must inform Student Immigration Advice and Compliance and provide copies of all relevant visas, passports and other documents. You can do this:

In person at the Student Services Centre. This is open Monday-Friday 9.00am - 5.00pm and is located in the Charles Wilson Building.

By email to visas@le.ac.uk

Short-term study visa

If you are studying with us on a distance-learning or part-time basis and need to visit the University for a short period of time in connection with your studies (i.e. for research training, supervisory sessions, a probation review meeting, viva voce examination or graduation ceremony) then you will need to apply for a Short-term study visa.

To secure your visa you should ask your department for a letter that confirms:

  • your details (name, date of birth, student number, course details)
  • the dates of your proposed visit
  • the purpose of your visit

You must not stay in the UK for longer than your visa permits, nor undertake any paid employment whilst you are in the UK.

Non-Tier 4 visas

For information about eligibility to switch to a Tier 4 (General) student visa or renew a non-Tier 4 visa please contact visas@le.ac.uk

Doctorate Extension Scheme
If you are a full-time international student studying towards a doctoral degree on a Tier 4 visa then you may be eligible to apply for the Doctorate Extension Scheme. To find out more information, visit here.

Tier 4 Visa Pilot Scheme

A number of UK Universities have been selected to take part in a pilot scheme in conjunction with the Home Office which provides one-year Master's students the opportunity to benefit from a streamlined visa application process. The University of Leicester is part of the scheme. The scheme offers several important advantages for students:

  • You will be granted an additional six months visa on top of your course end date which will be helpful if you wish to stay on in the UK to look for work after you have completed your studies.
  • As a University of Leicester applicant, you will be considered to be low-risk for immigration purposes. This means that although you MUST meet the Tier 4 Immigration Rules by holding your maintenance funds for 28 days, you do not need to show evidence of this with your visa application. Evidence of your academic qualifications is also not required

Who is Eligible?

  • Students applying for a Tier 4 visa to commence a 12 month taught Master’s degree at the University of Leicester.
  • Dependants who are making a Tier 4 dependant visa application at the same time as an eligible main applicant.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why does the online visa application form state I need to submit supporting documents with my application?

This is because the form is designed for all Tier 4 applicants, the majority of whom will not be studying at a Tier 4 Pilot institution.

If you are coming to the University of Leicester to study a Masters course you are not required to include your academic qualification documents or financial support documents with your visa application.

Do I still need to submit an ATAS certificate (if my subject requires this) or a TB (if required in my country) screening certificate?

Yes. If you require either of these additional clearances, you MUST include these with your visa application.

What happens if I submit documents when they are not required?

If you submit financial or qualification documents with your visa application, the caseworker will assess them in the normal way. If the documents show that you do not meet the Tier 4 requirements, your visa application will be refused.

Do I still need to hold money for 28 consecutive days before I apply?

Yes. It is essential that you meet the Tier 4 visa requirements at the time you submit your Tier 4 application online, including the requirement to maintain funds for 28 consecutive days. Although students under the Pilot scheme will not have to submit these documents to UKVI, the caseworker can request to see them if required and may do spot checks. If you are asked for documents and cannot provide them, your visa pplication will be refused.

My dependant is planning on coming to the UK, but will make their application later. Will they still be included in the Pilot scheme?

No. If your dependant is not applying at the same time as you, they will be required to include full evidence of their finances with their visa application.

Will my visa be processed more quickly under this Pilot scheme?

Not necessarily. The standard decision making timescales still apply to Tier 4 pilot applicants.

Do I need to specify anything about the Pilot scheme on my visa application form?

Yes. The Tier 4 online visa application form, has not been changed to account for students applying under the Pilot scheme. Therefore, the form will ask you to provide supporting documentation.

For visa applications made outside the UK, the online application form will ask you what documents you are including to demonstrate you meet the financial requirements of the Tier 4 visa application. We recommend you state here ‘Not applicable. Applying under the Pilot scheme, as per Annex 5 of the Tier 4 Policy Guidance’.

For visa applications made inside the UK, the online application form will produce a checklist, specifying which documents you need to include to support your visa application. You are required to print the Document Checklist and take it with you to the UKVCAS appointment. We would advise that you write the following statement on the Document Checklist “Please note: Applying under the Tier 4 Pilot scheme, as per Annex 5 of the Tier 4 Policy Guidance”.

Can I opt out of the Pilot scheme?

No. If you are applying for a Tier 4 visa to study a 12-month MSc, MBA or MRes course at the University of Leicester, then your visa application will automatically be considered under the Pilot scheme.

Is this information confirmed by UK Visa and Immigration?

Yes. Please refer to Annex 5 of the Tier 4 Policy Guidance.

Who should I contact for further information?

Student Immigration Advice and Compliance on visas@le.ac.uk

Immigration Health Surcharge

You may be required to pay a healthcare surcharge, called the Immigration Health Surcharge or IHS as part of your immigration application.

Whether you need to pay depends on the immigration status you are applying for. More information about who needs to pay can be found here.

You’ll have to pay:

  • £150 per year for a Tier 4 Student Visa or Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme) visa, for example £300 for a 2-year visa
  • £200 per year for all other visa and immigration applications, for example £1,000 for a 5-year visa
  • Dependants usually need to pay the same amount as you.

    The exact amount you have to pay depends on how much leave you are granted. Calculate how much you’ll have to pay before you apply.

    You’ll pay half of the yearly amount if your application includes part of a year that is less than 6 months.

    You’ll pay for a whole year if your application includes part of a year that is more than 6 months.

    You’ll automatically get a partial refund if you paid the healthcare surcharge for more years than you were granted leave.

    If you’re making your immigration application online or through a Premium Service Centre, you pay the surcharge as part of your application or when you book an appointment.

    If you are applying by post, you pay the surcharge online before you send your application. You will need to include the IHS reference number on your application form.

    You can start using the National Health Service (NHS) when:

  • you’ve paid the healthcare surcharge (or are exempt from paying it)
  • your visa or immigration application is granted
  • You will still need to pay for certain types of services, such as prescriptions, dental treatment and eye tests.
  • You will be required to take your Biometric Residence Permit with you when you access healthcare in the UK.

    More information about IHS can be found here.

    Police Registration

    Do I have to register?
    Some students on a Tier 4 General Student Visa will be required, to register with the Police, as an overseas visitor, as a condition of their visa. Failing to register with the Police, when required to, is a criminal offence and you may be reported to the Home Office for failure to comply with the conditions of your visa to enter/remain in the United Kingdom.
    Nationalities of the following countries or territories are required to register with the police if studying on a course for more than six months:
    Afghanistan, Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Bolivia, Brazil, China, Colombia, Cuba, Egypt, Georgia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Libya, Moldova, Morocco, North Korea, Oman, Palestine, Peru, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Yemen.

    If you hold dual nationality with one of these countries and a country that's not on the list, then you do not have to register with the police.

    You may also have to register with the police if you're over 16, stateless or if you hold a non-national travel document.

    If you have to register with the Police, this will be noted on either of the following:

    • Your Entry Clearance visa (in your passport)
    • Biometric Residence Permit (BRP card)
    • Home Office Letter (your decision letter OR the letter accompanying your BRP)/email from Home Office.
    How much will it cost?

    When you register for the first time you will need to pay £34 per person. You will not need to pay anything, if you are updating your Police Registration Certificate, for example, due to change of address.

    How do I register and what documents will I need to show?

    1. You must register with the Police, within seven days of arriving in the UK, or if collecting your BRP after arriving in the UK. This will ensure you are abiding by the conditions of your visa.

    However, during the period from September to early December ONLY, as the Nationality Office are very busy, you are permitted to register with Police, anytime during this period & not restricted to the seven day rule.

    Outside of this time period, you will have to complete or update your Police Registration, within seven days, please find details on how to do this; the contact details and address below.

    2. Book an appointment: This can now be done via accessing the new online booking system,  here

    You will need to:

    - create an account (one per person),

    - activate the account (must be done within 1 hour).

    - Log in to your account, upload a recent passport size photo (on white background), complete the form, pay £34.00 (new or lost registrations only)

    - You must also upload all relevant documents to your Police (OVRO) online account, before you attend your appointment.

    - Book appointment - usually 3 days after payment made. There are two appointment diaries available, please use the drop down function to check and select for an available appointment.

    3. Prepare all the required documents and take them to your appointment. You can arrive no more than 10 minutes earlier to your appointment, as there is limited space.

    For further details on the documents you must submit, if you are registering for the first time, changing your details or are new to the area, please view our leaflet (PDF).

    Nationality Office Contact details:

    They are open: 08:15 - 15:30, Monday to Friday.

    Overseas Visitors Record Office (OVRO)

    Nationality Department

    Mansfield House Police Station

    74 Belgrave Gate

    Leicester

    LE1 3GG

    T: 0116 248 4339/4363/4618

    E: nationality@leicestershire.pnn.police.uk

    Please note that the Nationality Office will be closed on the following dates:

     

    Can I bring my family?

    Some students may be able to bring their family to live with them during the course of their studies in the UK. 

    For further information and to check whether you will be able to bring dependents, please visit the UKVI website

    If you have any further queries, please email Student Immigration Advice and Compliance who will be able to assist you.

    Inviting your Family for Visits/Graduation

    How to invite your family to visit you or attend your graduation ceremony

    Your family and friends should check the Home Office website to confirm if they need to apply for a visa to enter the UK.

    What documents will they need

    To assist your family and friends visa application you should send the following:

    1. A copy of your visa or BRP card
    2. A Certificate of Registration. This would be a letter from the Student Services Centre confirming that you are a registered student
    3. Your tenancy agreement
    4. A letter of consent from your landlord which gives permission for your guests to stay, and that it is adequate accommodation (If your family members intend to stay with you in private accommodation)
    5. If you are financing their visit, you should provide copies of your last 3 months bank statements
    6. A letter of invitation (PDF) (This letter can be used for graduation and general visits, please amend the contents of the letter accordingly)

    If you need further advice and guidance please make an appointment to see an Immigration Adviser from Student Immigration Advice and Compliance on visas@le.ac.uk

    Whilst my family are visiting me in the UK can they also travel to Europe with me?

    Your family can travel with you in Europe but they will need to apply for any necessary EU (Schengen) visas before they leave their home country. For information about Schengen visas please visit here

     

     

    Schengen Visa - A Guide for International Students

    We can offer limited advice and guidance on the visa requirements for International students who wish to apply for a Schengen visa to visit an EU or EEA country.

    What is a Schengen Visa?

    25 Countries in the European Economic Area (EEA) have signed the Schengen Visa Scheme.

    When you visit an EEA country you will still be subject to immigration control at each port of entry. However, having a valid Schengen visa for one of the countries, usually enables you to travel freely within the Schengen area for up to three months.

    Please visit here for a list of EEA countries.

    How to apply for a Schengen Visa

    As the various countries update their websites and processes regularly, we cannot list the individual countries requirements. However, further details on the application process for individual countries are available from the respective Embassy or consular Office in the UK. Please visit here for the list of Foreign Embassies in the UK.

    Some countries have adopted an online visa form, whilst others require you to print and complete a paper visa application form and book an appointment. Therefore, it is very important that you check the requirements carefully.

    If you want to visit more than one Schengen country you need to apply to the Embassy or Consulate of the country where you will spend the most time. If you intend to spend equal amounts of time in several countries, you can apply to the Embassy or consulate of the first country you will visit.

    Types of Schengen Visas

    The most usual type of visa is the Short Stay visa, which allows you to travel for up to 90 days in any 6 month period within the Schengen. The purpose for travelling in the Schengen area for could be for tourism or even attending a conference. Below explains the different types of this visa:

    • Single-entry visa allows its holder to enter a Schengen country (Schengen Area) only once for the certain period of time. Once you leave the certain Schengen Area you entered, the visa validity expires, even if the time period allowed to stay in the Schengen Area is not over yet.
    • Double-entry visa applies is similar as above. However, you are allowed to enter the Schengen Area twice, meaning that for the certain period of time permitted by your visa you can enter the Schengen Zone, leave and enter again without any problems. Once you are out of the country for the second time the visa expires.
    • Multiple-entry visa allows its holder to go in and out of the Schengen Area as pleased. However, this visa allows its holder to stay in a Schengen Zone for maximum 90 days within half the year, starting from the day one crosses the border between a Schengen member country and the non-Schengen member country.

    There are other types of visa, you may require such as: 

    • Airport Transit Visa - If you are going through the international transit area of an airport of a Schengen member state, but are not going to leave this area before you fly on to your next destination.
    • Transit Visa - If you are passing through one or more Schengen member states on your way to another country outside the Schengen area.
    What documentation do you need?

    Please check individual Embassy requirements as they may have additional requirements

    • Passport / official travel document - you need to have at least two blank pages in your passport. You also need to have at least 3 months left on your passport, as well as 90 days left on your UK visa (some Schengen countries require 180 days) on the day you plan to travel back to the UK. Please check with the embassy of the relevant country.
    • Completed application form(s) (available from embassy website of the country you are applying to)
    • Passport-sized photograph(s)
    • Certificate of Student Status from the Student Services Centre
    • Evidence of purpose of visit e.g. official letter of invitation from conference; confirmed return airline ticket, or a confirmed hotel booking
    • Evidence of sufficient funds to cover visit e.g. bank statements, travellers cheques or credit cards
    • Evidence of travel insurance to cover medical costs, for the entire trip, most countries state a minimum of 30,000 Euros.
    Further Advice

    If you require further advice or information on applying for a Schengen visa you can book an appointment with an Immigration Adviser by contacting  visas@le.ac.uk  or by calling us on 0116 229 7400

    Further information is also available from the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website

    Dalian Leicester Institute - Tier 4 Visa information

    Applying for your visa

    To visit the UK, you will need a Tier 4 (General) Student visa.

    One week after you are told that you have passed your course, you will receive a CAS statement by email. Once you have your CAS statement, you can apply for your visa online on the UKVI (UK Visas and Immigration) website.

    [https://visas-immigration.service.gov.uk/apply-visa-type/tier4]

    Supporting documents

    As a Chinese citizen, you are classed as a ‘Low Risk National’ by the UK Government. On your Tier 4 visa application form, you must indicate that you are a Low Risk National by ticking the box marked 'Differentiation Arrangement'.

    Ticking this box affects what documents you need to provide with your visa application. As a Low Risk National, the only documents you will need are:

    • Your passport
    • A tuberculosis (TB) certificate

     

    You will not need to provide evidence of your qualifications or your finance. However, you should make sure that you have these documents ready, because UKVI sometimes asks for them when they do random checks of visa applicants. If you cannot provide this evidence when asked, or the documents you provide are not suitable, your visa application may be refused.

    Any documents requested by UKVI that are not in English, must be translated by an official translation company and submitted as well.  Please refer to the Tier 4 Policy Guidance, to check what the format and content of the translation must include.

    Money

    You must have a certain amount of money in your bank account for 28 consecutive days before you apply for your visa. The amount is:

    • Your tuition fee of £20,590, for first year of study or remaining fees, if you have made a payment (any merit based scholarship awarded, will be automatically deducted from this amount)
    • Plus at least £9,135 for living expenses
    • Minus up to £1,265 for university accommodation fees, if you have already paid these. You cannot deduct any money paid for private accommodation fees.

     

    If you do not have your own bank account, you can have this money in the personal bank account of your parent(s) or legal guardian(s). You cannot use a business account.

    If the UKVI makes a random check, you will have to provide evidence that you have this money. If you are using a parent/guardian’s bank account, that evidence will include:

    • Parent(s) or legal guardian(s), bank statement from a personal bank account.
    • Your birth/adoption certificate (or court papers if you have a legal guardian)
    • A letter of consent, signed by your parent/guardian, stating you can use their funds and confirming their relationship to you.

     

    You can start using this money, the day after you apply for your visa. Although, we recommend waiting until after you receive confirmation, that your visa application has been successful, just to be sure.

    Useful links

    APPLICATION FORM:

    https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/apply-for-a-uk-visa-in-china

    PROCESSING TIMES:

    https://visa-processingtimes.homeoffice.gov.uk/y/beijing-china/points-based-system-visas/pbs-tier-4

    TIER 4 POLICY GUIDANCE:

    https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/770523/T4_Migrant_Guidance_JAN_2019_11.01.2019.pdf

    UKCISA (UK COUNCIL FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENT AFFAIRS)

    https://www.ukcisa.org.uk/Information--Advice/Visas-and-Immigration/Making-a-Tier-4-General-application-outside-the-UK

    Biometric Residence Permit

    30-day Entry Clearance Vignette

    If you successfully submit a Tier 4 visa application overseas your passport will be returned with a 30 day entry-clearance vignette (visa sticker). This visa will enable you to enter the UK to collect your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) before you begin your studies.

    When can I travel to the UK

    You must enter the UK within the 30-day validity of your vignette to ensure your Tier 4 visa is valid. If you enter before the start date on your visa you will usually have to leave the UK and re-enter whilst it is valid. if you try and travel after the expiry date on your BRP you will not be permitted to travel and you will need to make a new application for entry clearance.

    Choosing where to collect your BRP

    When you apply for your Tier 4 student visa you will be asked to specify a collection point for your BRP. We are able to offer BRP collection on our campus for you and any Tier 4 dependents on your visa. This will be quicker and easier than collecting your documents from a Post Office.

    To ensure your BRP is delivered to us for collection, please enter the code: 2HE539 in the 'Alternative Location' field in the BRP Collection Page on Visa4UK website.

    The delivery address you should chose is: University of Leicester, FAO: M Gibbs-Jones SIAC, Crush Hall, Fielding Johnson Building, University Road, Leicester, UK, LE1 7RH.

    When you should collect your BRP

    You must collect your BRP, and the BRPs of any dependants, within 10 days of arriving in the UK. If you fail to do this you may be subject to a financial penalty, reduction or cancellation of your leave.

    The documents you need to collect your BRP

    To collect your BRP you will need;

    • the passport(s)/travel document(s) which contain the 30 day visa AND
    • the grant letter you were provided with by the UKVI overseas.

    The main applicant can collect the BRPs for any dependants by presenting the relevant passports or travel documents.

    What to do if you lose your decision/grant letter

    If you have arranged to collect your BRP from a Post Office and you  have lost your decision letter and do not know which Post Office to go to, you must e-mail BRPCollection@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk and provide them with the following details:

    • your full name;
    • your date of birth;
    • your nationality;
    • your passport number;
    • a contact telephone number.

    You'll need to collect your BRP within 10 days of arriving in the UK. You can read about the BRP here: https://www.gov.uk/biometric-residence-permits

    Checking your BRP

    When you collect your BRP make sure your personal details such as your name and DOB are correct. The BRP should cover the full length of your degree course an provide you with some additional (wrap-up ) time in the UK. Check the expiry date is correct and let us know as soon as possible if you think an error has been made.

     

    UKVCAS Campus appointments

    On-campus Biometric Service Point

    In order for your Tier 4 visa application to be successful you are required to attend a biometrics appointment . At this appointment:
    1.      Your photograph and fingerprints will be taken.
    2.      You will have to show your passport, current visa, checklist and any document listed on your checklist.
    We are very pleased that we can facilitate this biometric appointment on campus between the 17th and 26th September 2019. Opening hours will be between 9am and 5pm. Standard appointments will cost £50.

    Booking an on-campus appointment

    You book an on-campus appointment by selecting ‘Mobile pop-up’ button on the Home Page and entering a special code for the University of Leicester which has been provided to you. This code will permit you to book an appointment here on campus rather than travelling to another city. Please book as soon as you can but not before it is confirmed you have passed your English language course and the new CAS for your main academic course of study has been issued.

    Types of appointment you can book

    You will be able to book a standard appointment (visa received within 6-8 weeks) and it is likely your visa will arrive quicker than advertised.
    You will also be able to book a priority or super priority appointment.

    Applying with dependants

    Unfortunately, you will not be able to use this service if you are applying with dependants. If you are applying at the same time as any dependants do not use the code provided. You can book an appointment at a dedicated student service centre.

    Where you will attend your appointment

    Appointments will be held on campus in the Charles Wilson building, Garendon Room. This address should be confirmed during the appointment process and shown on your appointment confirmation email.

    Before your appointment

    To help appointments run on time please scan and upload the documents listed on your checklist. Only upload the documents listed. Remember if you have an ATAS certificate or a police registration certificate, you must scan and upload these too.
    Some instructions can be found at this link
    https://www2.le.ac.uk/offices/sas2/visas-and-immigration/obligations/steps-in-making-a-tier-4-application-in-the-uk

    If you miss your appointment

    We advise that you arrive 15-20 minutes early and prepare your documents for the meeting. It is very important you arrive to your appointment on time or you may not be seen. If you are late, or you miss your appointment and cannot be seen,  you will have to book and pay for another appointment.

    What you must bring with you
    a.      Appointment confirmation e-mail that includes their Quick Reference (QR) code (PRINT)
    b.      Current passport/travel document
    c.       BRP if you have one
    d.      Document checklist (PRINT)
    e.      All documents listed on your checklist BUT ONLY THE DOCUMENTS LISTED ON YOUR CHECKLIST*

    Booking your UKVCAS Appointment

    UKVCAS Appointments - quick guide

    As part of your on-line visa application you will be required to provide your supporting evidence and book an appointment to enrol your biometric information. You will:

     

    1. Set up your UKVCAS account

    Select the ‘Book appointment’ button on the ‘Further actions’ page of your on-line application to go to the UKVCAS website

    • Confirm your e-mail address when prompted

    • Check your e-mail for your 6- digit access code

    • Select the ‘Confirm access code’

    • Set up your account using the access code, create a password and resolve the ‘Captcha’ questions

    2.  Select your Appointment Type

    You have a range of appointment types to choose from:

    • Tier 4 On-Campus Service Points *
    • Dedicated Tier 4 Centres
    • Standard Visa Enrolment appointments provided at UKVCAS Core Sites
    • Enhanced Service Points (ESPs)
    • Premium Lounges

    *Tier 4 On-Campus Service Points

    • As we, the University of Leicester, have arranged a biometric enrolment service you will be able to use this service.
    • You have already been sent an event code.
    • Book this type of appointment by selecting the ‘Mobile pop-up’ button on the Home Page.

    Note: Group, dependant and BRP replacement applications cannot be processed at on-campus service points. Instead you can choose to attend a Tier 4 centre. These are dedicated student only service centres based around the UK. Details and codes for these centres can be found here.

    3. Choose your location

    To view and book a Tier 4 On-Campus Service Point you will need and event codes and site name,  both of which have been provided to you.

    • Type in the University of Leicester.
    • Enter the 6 digit event code.

    4. Choose your appointment date

    • Available appointments are displayed in 7-day blocks.
    • Click on the date that you want to attend an appointment on.
    • Any available and suitable appointment slots are displayed with associated costs (if applicable).
    • If there are no available appointments, select another date or return to the location list to select another location

    5. Choose an Added Value Service

    Additional services are available such as SMS messaging or scanning services. We advise that you scan and upload your documents before your appointment so you do not need to add scanning services.

    6. Review selections and checkout

    You can review and change selection before paying:

    • Tier 4 Service Points: the cost of appointments is £50 per applicant.
    • Tier 4 Centres: the cost of appointments is £50 per applicant.

    7. Review your Appointment Confirmation Email

    • Check your e-mail account for your confirmation e-mail
    • The e-mail includes: the date, time and location of your appointment
    • Quick Reference (QR) code that will be scanned at your appointment

    8. Upload your Supporting Documents

    We strongly encourage uploading documents before attending your UKVCAS appointment to minimise wait times and delays

    • Select the ‘Upload documents’ button after reviewing your appointment details or from the home page menu.
    • You can upload documents from any scanner or smart phone provided the image is clear and not larger than 6Mb (a black and white image is usually acceptable)
    • You should scan the biographic information (the page that contains your photo) of your passport or your ID document prior to your appointment

    9. Attend your Appointment

    What you MUST bring to the appointment:

    • Your current valid passport
    • If you do not have your current valid passport, other ID documents as stipulated by UKVI
    • The email sent to confirm your appointment
    • Student card or CAS Number

    10. Complete your Appointment

    To complete your appointment, you will need to enrol your biometric information- this involves:

    • Scanning your passport
    • Taking a photograph of your face
    • Scanning your fingerprints
    • Capturing your digital signature
    • Confirming that you have provided all the required supporting documents for your application
    • Your passport and/or ID documents and other supporting documents will be returned to you at the end of your appointment
    • Your biometric data and digitised images of your passport and supporting documents will be transferred to UKVI

    Dedicated student service centres

     

    These are dedicated student only service centres based in Central London, Birmingham, Cardiff, Manchester and Glasgow.
    • You will need one of the event codes below:
    ➢ Mark Lane Super Centre (London)- 931985
    ➢ Birmingham T4- 625072
    ➢ Manchester T4- 786227
    ➢ Glasgow T4- 790824
    ➢ Cardiff T4- 499493
    • Book this type of appointment by selecting the ‘Mobile pop-up’ button on the Home Page and entering the relevant code above.

    You can attend one of these centres if you are applying as a Tier 4 dependant or with dependants. Follow this same process to successfully book and complete your appointment.

    You can also make an appointment at one of these centres to replace a lost BRP.

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