Extend your student visa in the UK or continue to live in the UK as an EU / EEA national

International Student Support offers a variety of resources to assist you with making a Student visa application in the UK or to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme.

EU / EEA student nationals: We can assist with completing the Exit UK app process (we provide access to an Android device) and completing the online EU Settlement Scheme application form.  We can also discuss the documents you should prepare and upload.

Student visa applications: We have useful online resources that help you understand what money and documents you need to prepare for your visa application, what the visa application process is like when applying within the UK and how to complete the questions on the online visa application form. 

Please note that while we can offer assistance and support with preparing your visa application, it is your responsibility to ensure that you submit this in good time - it is important to check the date when your visa expires so you can prepare your application, gather your documents and make your application in time.

It is particularly important to ensure you meet all UKVI document and maintenance requirements and to start preparing financial documents early.  All visa applications must be submitted before your visa expiry date.

Study in the UK as an EU / EEA national

If you currently live in the UK, or have been living in the UK within the last 6 months and intend to return to the UK to continue doing so, please see the information below about eligibility to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme and the UK Home Office webpages.

EU Settlement Scheme for EU and EEA nationals - when and how to apply: 

You will need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme if you wish to remain in the UK.  

EU citizens and certain family members (who ordinarily already live in the UK) will be able to apply under the EU Settlement Scheme from outside the UK and free of charge.  A decision would be made based on the length of your residence in the UK.

Please see the eligibility requirements for applying for pre-settled or settled status as discussed below.

Please note that those who entered the UK before 23:00 on 31 December 2020 will have until 30 June 2021 to apply under the scheme.  We recommend that you apply to the EU Settlement Scheme as soon as possible.

You can see information about the EU Settlement Scheme in Appendix EU of the UK Immigration Rules.  UKVI have noted that the EU Settlement Scheme processing times are usually around 5 working days however can take longer. 

Once granted, your settlement status will be recorded digitally so you will not receive a document to prove this.  However, employers, educational institutions, UK Border Officers etc can access this if required.  Those holding settled or pre-settled status are expected to continue to be able to work, study, and access benefits and services in the UK in the same way they do now. 

If your EU Settlement Scheme status is lost due to a period of absence exceeding the time permitted, and if you are no longer eligible to apply under the settlement scheme, you will need to apply under any other category of the Immigration Rules in place at the time you wish to enter the UK.

On 15 December 2020, the Home Office issued guidance to those who are eligible to apply under the EU Settlement Scheme, but have been impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic. This guidance explains how the Home Office will treat absences due to the Coronavirus and includes the following: "If you are a student who was studying in the UK and are studying outside the UK because of coronavirus, that absence will not cause you to break your continuous qualifying period, where it is for a single period of more than 6 months but not more than 12 months, during your 5-year continuous qualifying period."

 

Applying to the EU Settlement Scheme:

You are eligible to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme if you have been living in the UK before 23:00 on the 31st December 2020, meet the qualifying residence period requirements and are an EU, EEA or Swiss national.

If you have or are applying for pre-settled status and are planning on applying for settled status in the future you must maintain your residence in the UK and Islands (ie not be outside the UK and Islands for longer than the allowed absences - see 'settled status' above). This is not just from the point that your pre-settled application is decided, but for the whole five year period you are relying on as qualifying for settled status.

 “Settled status” and “pre-settled status”: You will receive either “settled” or “pre-settled” status when your application is decided – this will depend on how long you have lived in the UK.  See the evidence of UK residence documents you can prepare and submit.  You can get a Certifying Letter from the University to prove how long you have been studying at University of Glasgow on your current course (and for evidence of any previous courses studied at University of Glasgow too).  

If you have been living in the UK continuously for five or more years (with gaps of up to 6 months in any 12 months period and / or one instance of up to 12 months absence for a specified reason, including study) you will be eligible to apply for "settled status" under the EU Settlement Scheme.  ‘Settled status' (unless granted to Swiss citizens and their family members) will be lost after a continuous absence of more than five years from the UK and Islands (for Swiss citizens and family members under the EU settlement scheme this will be lost after a continuous absence of more than four years from the UK and Islands). 

If you have not been living in the UK continuously for 5 years you will be eligible to apply for "pre-settled status" under the EU Settlement Scheme. There is no minimum time you need to have spent in the UK in order to apply for pre-settled status – you only need to show evidence that you currently live in the UK and meet the definition of ‘continuous qualifying period’ in Appendix EU Annex 1- Definitions.  'Pre-settled' status will be lost after a continuous absence of more than two years from the UK and Islands.

Irish nationals:

Whilst there is no requirement for Irish nationals to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme you may wish to do if you would prefer to have a record of your right to stay in the UK.  It can can also be useful to have documents showing your immigration status under the EU Settlement Scheme if you have family members who will apply to the Home Office for leave and who are not EU, EEA or Swiss nationals.

How to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme inside the UK:

Further information

Please see the UKCISA webpages for information for EU nationals studying in the UK and accessing NHS services.

We also have information on accessing the NHS and registering with a GP for EU nationals here.

Video guide

International Student Support have created the below video guide for students who are providing their status in response to a request from the university's Immigration Compliance team:

EUSS share code video guide for UofG students

 


Apply for a Student visa inside the UK

The Student visa route has replaced the Tier 4 visa route under the new UK Points Based Immigration system. 

This will not affect anyone currently holding a Tier 4 visa - this will remain valid until its expiry date. Tier 4 visa holders applying to extend the length of their stay in the UK for their studies would make a Student visa application. 

From 5 October 2020, you will be issued with a Student CAS by Admissions and use this to apply for a Student visa.  If you hold a Tier 4 CAS that was issued before 5 October 2020, and was issued within the 6 months before the date you will submit your online Student visa application form, you can also use this to apply for a Student visa. 

Please read the rest of the ISS Apply for a Student visa in the UK webpage sections and resources to prepare, as well as the UKVI's Student guidance.

Who can apply?: Students with a valid CAS who can demonstrate they genuinely intend to study and can meet all the relevant points and requirements of the route.  

Student visa route points: Students will require a total of 70 points to be granted leave made up of the following:

Points type

Relevant requirements to be met

Number of points

Student

Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies requirement,

Course requirement,

Approved Qualification requirement,

Level of Study requirement,

Place of Study requirement

50

Financial

Financial requirement

10

English language

English language requirement

10

When to apply: you can apply for the Student visa up to 3 months before the course start date on your Student CAS when applying inside the UK. 

How to apply: You will apply using the "Student" application form which you will be able to find on www.gov.uk:

Apply for a student visa if you currently hold a Student or a Tier 4 visa

Apply to "switch" to a Student visa if you hold another type of visa

Financial requirement: You will need to show you have access to any unpaid tuition fees (see CAS for amount you need to pay) plus £1,023 for each month of study on the CAS, up to a maximum of 9 months (£9,207).  See the Finance Appendix of the immigration Rules. 

The UKVI Student guidance says that students who have been living in the UK for 12 or more months on a valid visa will not need to show financial evidence. 

Otherwise, you will need to show you have access to the money required for maintenance via the Official Financial Sponsor Letter, educational loans letter or bank statements / bank letters you will prepare. See the Student guidance for the requirements your documents must meet and what financial documents are accepted by UKVI.

Students using a bank statement, bank letter or certificate of deposit in their name or parent's name/s will need to show this money has been held for at least 28 days prior to the date of submitting the online Student visa application form.

Additional documents are required if you will use bank statements in your parent's name/s.  See the UKVI's Student guidance.

ATAS Certificate requirements: if your course requires an ATAS certificate and you are not on the list of nationals who are exempt you will need to apply for an ATAS certificate to submit with your visa application and also to show to the University to be able to start your studies.  The list of nationalities who require an ATAS certificate has recently changed.

Study time limits: There are no study limits for students studying at postgraduate level, however you will need to be academically progressing in your studies and demonstrate this when applying for a Student visa.

Differentiation arrangements: Applicants who are citizens of certain countries considered to be low risk will benefit from reduced documentary requirements.

These applicants will still need to prepare all financial and academic evidence required for their visa application, however may not be asked to submit this on the Document Checklist when they apply.  A UKVI caseworker however can still ask to receive these documents at any time while your visa application is being processed.

Applicants must:

  • have valid Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS);
  • meet academic ability, English language and maintenance requirements
  • be a genuine student (applicants may have a credibility interview);
  • meet academic progression and time limit for studies in the UK requirements
  • obtain Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) clearance if required (see offer letter and CAS)

Other considerations:

  • Able to bring dependants if studying at postgraduate level for at least nine months at a Higher Education Provider (HEP) with a track record of compliance, or if government sponsored to study a course longer than six months.
  • Students can apply for further leave as a Student or switch into some of the other visa routes inside the UK. 
  • Students are not allowed to be employed as a professional sportsperson, a doctor or dentist in training or as an entertainer. Additionally, they cannot be self-employed or engage in business activity.  See the Student guidance for more information on the work conditions of a Student visa.
  • Students can generally only study at their sponsoring institution on the course for which the CAS was assigned.

Further information

UKVI's Student visa webpages

UKVI's Student visa guidance

Student visa application form (also for holders of a Tier 4 visa to use to apply for a Student visa inside the UK) 

 


Prepare - Complete - Submit: Student visa application support

The Prepare-Complete-Submit guides have been made to offer you in-depth support to assist you with preparing to make your visa application at each stage of the process.  Follow each of the links below to help you understand how to:

PREPARE to make your visa application and gather the documents required‌

Supporting Documents Prepare guides for your Student visa application:

 

COMPLETE your visa application

SUBMIT your visa application form and documents (including information on the evidence required for Visa Registration and what to do when you get your new visa)


Your Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS)

Please be aware that there are temporary policy concessions for Tier 4 students in response to the outbreak of Covid-19. The concessions will all be kept under regular review and will be withdrawn once the situation returns to normal.  Please ensure that you read the Covid-19: Guidance for Tier 4 Sponsors and Migrants and for Short Term students alongside the Tier 4 Policy Guidance and ISS resources when preparing your application.

Request your CAS

If you are extending your visa to start a new course at University of Glasgow, you do not need to request a CAS - it will be issued to you automatically once you have accepted an unconditional offer.  

If you are extending your visa to continue on the same course at University of Glasgow, ask for a CAS Request Form at the relevant office (listed below), taking with you your current passport, your current visa and any previous passport (if it includes your current visa) so that the information can be verified. Once you have completed the CAS Request Form, and if your CAS request is approved, the External Relations Office will issue the CAS. 

Where to request your CAS

College of Arts

Room 101, 6 University Gardens, Glasgow, G12 8QH

Email: gradschool.arts@glasgow.ac.uk 

College of MVLS

Dental School: 378 Sauchiehall St, Glasgow, G2 3JZ

  School of Medicine (UG students): Wolfson Medical School Building, University Avenue, Glasgow, G12 8QQ
  School of Veterinary Medicine: Garscube Campus, Bearsden Road, Glasgow, G61 1QH
  All MVLS PG students: 

Room 111, Sir James Black Building, University of Glasgow, University Avenue, Glasgow, G12 8QQ

Email: mvls-gradschool@glasgow.ac.uk

College of Science & Engineering

1st floor, Level 3, Boyd Orr Building, University Avenue, Glasgow, G12 8QQ

Email: scieng-gradschool@glasgow.ac.uk

College of Social Sciences

Room 107, Florentine House, 53 Hillhead St, Glasgow, G12 8QF

Email: gradschool.socsci@glasgow.ac.uk

Check your CAS

Please ensure that you check all the details on your CAS once it is issued to you.  If there are any errors on the CAS, contact the External Relations Office as soon as possible and before you apply for your visa.  Once you are sure that all your details are correct on the CAS, you will need to print this and use it to help you complete the visa application form.

Updating your CAS with fee payments

When you pay tuition fees or accommodation fees to the university, the amount you pay can be shown on your CAS.  As part of your visa application requires you to show financial evidence, it is important that you ensure your CAS update accurately reflects the fees you have paid before you submit your visa application online.  Please be aware that updating timeframes may take longer than usual.

Type of studyIf you pay before receiving the CASIf you pay after having received the CAS
Undergraduate Please contact Noreen.Inglis@glasgow.ac.uk to inform the university of your payment and to request that this payment is noted on your CAS when it is issued.

Please email your payment receipt to Noreen.Inglis@glasgow.ac.uk with ‘CAS Fee Update Required’ in the subject line to request an update to your CAS. Don't forget to include your name and CAS number in the e-mail.

You will receive a screenshot by e-mail within 7 working days of your request to show that your CAS has been updated.

Postgraduate Taught Your payment should be automatically included in your CAS when it is issued.

Your CAS will be updated once the payment has been received. The CAS is normally updated within 7 working days after the payment is made and you will be sent a 'CAS Fees Update' e-mail confirming that the CAS has been updated.

If you make a payment but do not receive a confirmation e-mail within 7 working days, you should email your payment receipt to pgadmissions@glasgow.ac.uk with ‘CAS Fee Update Required’ in the subject line to request an update to your CAS. 

Postgraduate Research Your payment should be automatically included in your CAS when it is issued.

Your CAS will be updated once the payment has been received. The CAS is normally updated within 7 working days after the payment is made and you will be sent a 'CAS Fees Update' e-mail confirming that the CAS has been updated.

If you make a payment but do not receive a confirmation e-mail within 7 working days, you should email your payment receipt to rio-researchadmissions@glasgow.ac.uk with ‘CAS Fee Update Required’ in the subject line to request an update to your CAS. 

 


Application options

As part of the visa application process, you will need to book an appointment at a UKVCAS Service Centre - there is a UKVCAS Service Centre in Glasgow or you could choose to book at a UKVCAS service centre elsewhere in the UK.  You can choose from the Standard, Priority or Super Priority services:

So long as you have made an "in-time" visa application, you can stay in the UK legally under the conditions of your current visa while you wait for a decision on your Student visa application.

You can book a UKVCAS appointment for a date that falls within the 45 days after the date you submitted the online Student visa application form.


Biometric Information & BRPs

Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)

When you apply for a visa in the UK, you will be given your visa on a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) card instead of a sticker in your passport.  The BRP will have all your visa details (visa type and expiry date) and conditions of your stay on it (e.g. working permissions).  When you travel you must take both your passport and your Biometric Residence Permit with you to be able to get back into the UK.

Enrolling your biometric information 

The biometric information you will provide is:

  • A photograph of your face (this is taken for you with a digital camera)
  • Fingerprints and thumbprints (these are scanned)

You will enrol your Biometrics as part of the UKVCAS appointment.  If you have dependants here who are applying with you, they will also need to provide their biometric information - see the UKVI website for what children need to do when enrolling biometric information

 


Visa checks & new visas

Under the points-based immigration rules, the university must have a copy of your passport and your new visa (Biometric Residence Permit) as proof you have the appropriate leave to study.  

You must show this to the Immigration Compliance Team:

  • As part of the Registration process or
  • At any other time outside the main registration period by bringing your new visa and passport to the Student Services Enquiry Desk, Level 2 of Fraser Building

More information on how to provide this to the Immigration Compliance team can be found here.


Apply for further Dependant's leave in the UK

From 5 October 2020 'Tier 4 (General)' leave becomes 'Student' permission.  Tier 4 visa holders who are applying for further leave in the UK to continue thier current studies or start a new course will apply for a Student visa.

PBS dependants of a Tier 4 visa holder will apply for a Student dependant visa at the same time the Tier 4 visa holder applies for a Student visa.  

Some students can have family with them in the UK as their dependants. To find out who counts as a dependant, check 'Who is a dependant?' on the UKCISA webpages and see the UKCISA news item for details about changes for dependant applications made on or after 09:00 5th October 2020.