Immigration FAQs

Immigration FAQs

Please note that UK Visas & Immigration will make changes to the immigration rules for Tier 4 students and their dependants as well as to other immigration categories.  Many of these changes will affect applications made on or after 6 April 2014.  We will endeavour to update our webpages with the changes as soon as possible, however this may take some time.  In the meantime, we advise that you please refer to the relevant pages of the Home Office website.  Remember, you should only take immigration advice from a regulated adviser - look out for the OISC 'tick' logo on any websites you use.

I need more time on my visa to complete my course.  What should I do?
We have a lot of information about immigration on our website.  Please refer to our section on Extending your student visa in the UK.

I am going to be making a student visa extension application under Tier 4.  How can I request a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)?
Information on how to request a CAS students extending their Tier 4 visas from within the UK is given on our How to request a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) page. 

My passport, visa or Biometric Residence Permit has been lost or stolen.  What should I do?
There are different steps to follow depending on which of the above documents you have lost (or were stolen) and depending on whether you are in the UK or are outside the UK.  We have detailed information about each situation in our section on Lost passports and visas.

I think there are errors in my visa.  What should I do?
If you applied for your visa from your home country and are now in the UK and you think there is an error in the visa, please make an appointment with one of the International Student Advisers and bring with you:

  • your passport
  • a copy of your original visa letter/CAS information which you used to obtain the visa
  • a note of your uptodate contact details. 

The Adviser will discuss your application with you and, if appropriate, send a report to UK Visas & Immigration requesting correction.  More information is given on our Entry Clearance Correction Scheme webpage.

If you did not apply outwith the UK, please make an appointment with one of the International Student Advisers to obtain further information on this.

My Police Registration Certificate shows my old address.  Do I need to update this?
Yes, if you have a Police Registration Certificate it is your responsibility to ask the Police to update it with any changes as soon as they occur.  Any changes should be reported within 7 working days of the change.
You should report changes to your:

  • Address
  • Course
  • Place of study
  • Visa or passport details
  • Marital status

You should take your original certificate along with evidence of the change you are requesting to the police station.  There is no charge to update your certificate.  You can find the Strathclyde Police headquarters opening hours & contact details on page 4 of the International Student Handbook.

There is a mistake in my Police Registration Certificate.  Do I need to update this?
Yes, if you have a Police Registration Certificate it is your responsibility to ask the Police to amend your certificate if you notice any errors on it.  You must do this as soon as you notice the mistake.  You should take your original certificate along with evidence of the correction you are requesting to the police station.  There is no charge to amend an error on your certificate.

My baby was born in the UK.  What should I do to arrange a visa for my baby?

If you do not plan to leave and re-enter the UK, your baby is legally permitted to stay in the UK without a visa.

However, if you plan to travel outwith the UK and then re-enter, your baby will require a visa in order to be allowed to return to the UK.  There is more information given on this on the UKCISA website.