Visa registration

If you are arriving in semester 2, Visa Registration takes place at the McMillan Reading Room, (see here for a map) from 9-13 January 2023, opening hours 09:00 - 16:00.

If you arrive on Monday 16th January 2023 or after, you can complete Visa Registration at Level 1 of the Fraser Building on a Tuesday or Thurdsay. Please book an appointment here.

All new students who are not nationals of the UK or Ireland must book an appointment and attend with their passport and visa. Students will be able to collect their Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) and/or Campus Card at Visa Registration.

If your visa was issued online, you will still need to book an appointment to attend Visa Registration, but you should also do the following before your appointment:

  1. View your status online and get a share code.
  2. After you get your share code, give it to us by completing the form on the UofG helpdesk.
  3. At your appointment, please bring your passport and a copy of your flight details (flight details are only required if you came to the UK on a Student Visa or as a visitor).

We must see your original passport and cannot accept copies/scans. This is required to comply with Home Office rules.

Visa Registration

To book an appointment, please click here

At Visa Registration, you will do the following:

  • Bring your passport/travel document and any documentation showing your immigration permission for the UK (you may have already uploaded images of these documents during the online registration process). If your visa was issued online, make sure you have already submitted your share code to us, ideally at least a few days before you attend.
  • If applicable, collect your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP).
  • Collect your Campus card (if you have completed all other parts of the registration process and uploaded your photo).

If you have a Student Visa, ensure that you travel to the UK:

    • before the latest arrival date on your CAS (check your CAS carefully to see what the latest arrival date is, and let your school know if you will be late; see here if you are an undergraduate student and here if you are a postgraduate student), and
    • Within the dates shown on your 30 or 90-day Entry Clearance vignette/visa sticker. If you need to change these to a later date, see the Home Office webpages for information on how to apply for this, and contact International Student Support if you require further advice
  • If you are already in the UK and are progressing to the University of Glasgow from previous study, please see "If you have extended your visa" below. You will also require an appointment to complete Visa Registration.
  • If you have a student visa and wish to collect your BRP from us, please see our BRP information here.


Uploading images of your immigration documents

All students are required to upload copies/scans/images of their immigration documentation while completing Academic Registrration online. Students will then be required to bring their original documents in person to their Visa Registration appointment.

If you are completing Step 11 of Academic Registration, please see our guide for more information on what you are required to upload.


If you have extended your visa inside the UK


If you previously studied in the UK and have applied to extend your visa for your University of Glasgow course, please note that you will need to provide the following document(s) at Visa Registration. Your requirements will depend on if you previously studied at the University of Glasgow or at a different insitution:

If you previously studied at the University of Glasgow (including EAS pre-sessional)

You will be able to complete visa registration by providing a copy of your Checklist. This is the pdf you downloaded from your online application at the time of submission. You can commence your studies while your visa application is in progress.

If your visa is still valid from your previous course and you have not yet submitted your new visa application, you are permitted to commence your new course on this visa, but remember that you must submit your application within 6 weeks of commencing your new course, or before your existing visa expires - whichever is earlier.

If you previously studied at or any other college/university (including GIC)

You will be able to complete visa registration by providing two things:

1.   Your passport and BRP (the ones you used to study your previous course)
2.   A copy of your UKVI Checklist

These must show that you have submitted your application in-time (i.e before the expiry of your most recent visa).  If you have made an out of time application, you will not be able to complete registration or commence your studies.

Please remember that you cannot complete registration or commence your studies if you hold a Student visa or Tier 4 visa with a different insititution's sponsor licence number and you have not yet submitted your new Student Visa application for the University of Glasgow.

Non-Student visas:
If you have made a visa application in a non-student immigration category, you will need to provide proof of a valid in-time application. This can be the Document Checklist if the application was submitted online, or posting receipts/UKVI acknowledgement letters etc. You will also need your passport and most recent visa, or a copy of these if you have sent them to the Home Office.

If you cannot show that you have made an in-time application, we may be able to request a check on your status with UKVI, however this will delay your registration and commencement of your studies.

Nationals of Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, USA and the European Economic Area/Switzerland

If you are a national of Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, USA or any country in the EU/European Economic Area (including Switzerland), you may be offered use of the electronic eGates when passing through UK immigration, instead of having to present your passport to a Border Force Officer.

Please be aware that using the eGates will mean you do not receive an entry stamp inside your passport. This is not a problem, but please remember to keep a copy of your flight details (boarding pass or e-ticket) to bring to your Visa Registration appointment. You should also keep this safe for the duration of your time in the UK so you have proof of when you entered the UK in the absence of an entry stamp.

If you are planning to be in the UK for 6 months or less (e.g. if you are a one-semester exchange/erasmus/study abroad student or undertaking a short period of research), you may not have applied for a visa prior to travelling. In this case, using the eGates will automatically grant you immigration permission for the UK under the Standard Visitor category, which permits you to study for up to 6 months. Again, make sure you keep copies of your flight details to show to us when you attend Visa Registration.

For more information on e-gates, see International Student Support's webpages.

Dumfries Campus

Students studying at the School of Interdisciplinary Studies in Dumfries should refer to its webpages or contact school staff there to confirm where and when Visa Registration takes place.