Visa registration

Visa registration

The University is required by law to hold on file evidence of the immigration status of all international students. Only those with valid immigration permission that permits study in the UK able to register onto their programme.

At Visa Registration, you will be asked to present your passport and whatever UK immigration permission you have (this may be inside your passport or in the form of a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)). If you do not have your passport and/or BRP because they are with UKVI as part of an ongoing visa application, please see "Evidence of a visa application" below, for details of what you must provide.

You can collect your Campus Card and begin your studies after you have completed this and all other parts of the registration process.


Where to complete Visa Registration

  • If you are collecting your BRP from us, please book a collection time using the link in the email we send to you (Tier 4 students only). We will email you after we receive your BRP. Please bring your passport and BRP collection letter (also referred to as your "Decision Letter") when collecting.
  • If you have already collected your BRP from elsewhere, please bring your passport and BRP.
  • If you do not have a BRP (eg. if you are here for only one semester), please bring your passport containing your visa (this may be in the form of an entry stamp or a full vignette/sticker).
  • If you do not have your passport and/or BRP because you are awaiting the outcome of a visa application, please see below ("Evidence of a visa application") for information on what you can provide to complete Visa Registration.

You can complete Visa Registration at:

Location: Student Services Enquiry Desk, Level 2, Fraser Building
Dates: Monday - Friday
Times: 09:30-11:00 and 15:00-16:00

Evidence of a visa application

If you have applied to extend your Tier 4 visa and your passport and/or other documents are with the Home Office, you can still register if you provide the documents specified below. What you need to provide will depend on if you previously studied at the University of Glasgow or at a different institution.

If you are starting a new course of study following completion of another course at the University of Glasgow (including EAS pre-sessional)

You will be able to complete visa registration by providing a copy of your Document 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 and you will need to bring your new BRP to the Student Services Enquiry Desk on Level 2 of the Fraser Building after you receive it.

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 are starting a new course of study following completion of a course at GIC or any other college/university

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

1.   A copy of your passport and most recent visa AND
2.   A copy of your Document 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 Tier 4 visa with a different insititution's sponsor licence number and you have not yet submitted your Tier 4 application for the University of Glasgow.

Non-Tier 4 visas:
If you have made a visa application in a non-Tier 4 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 to provide a copy of your passport and most recent visa.

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.

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.