Visa registration

The University is required to check the immigration status of all non UK/Irish students, including home fee payers and/or those not requiring a student visa.

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




How to complete Visa Registration

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  • You will need to 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 or immigration status was issued online (including under the EU Settlement Scheme), please get a share code and submit it to us, ideally at least a few days before you attend. 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).
  • If applicable, you will also collect your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) at your appointment.
  • If you have completed all other parts of the registration process and uploaded your photo, you can collect your Campus card.

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), 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.

 For more information on collecting your BRP from us, please see 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 have a Student visa or Tier 4 visa:

If you don't yet have a student visa for your new UofG programme, or if your visa is due to expire very soon, you still need to complete Visa Registration, but you must ensure that you apply for your new visa before the old one expires. You are allowed to start your new programme with us while you wait for the result of your new visa application.

If you completed your previous studies at the University of Glasgow (inclduding pre-sessional)

You only need to show us your UKVI document checklist. This is a pdf document that you can download after you submit and pay for your visa application.

If your student visa is still valid from your previous programme at UofG and you have not yet submitted your new visa application, you are permitted to commence your new course on this visa, but only for up to 6 weeks, or before your existing visa expires - whichever is earlier.

If you completed your previous studies at another college/university (including GIC)

You need to show us your UKVI document checklist and your passport and BRP (that you used for your previous study).

You cannot start your studies at UofG if you don't show evidence that you have submitted your new visa application.

If you are in the UK on a different visa and are applying to the Home Office to extend your status:

You need to attend Visa Registation and show evidence that your application was submitted in-time (before your previous permission/visa expired). This is usually the UKVI document checklist showing when the the application was submitted online, but we can also accept a letter from your solicitor/lawyer (if you have one) confirming the date of submission. 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.