The University is required by law to check the immigration status of all students with non-EEA/Swiss nationality. Only those with valid immigration permission that permits study in the UK able to commence their programme.
At Visa Registration, you must present your passport and evidence of your UK immigration permission. This permission may be in the form of a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) or may be a vignette or stamp inside your passport.
If you are collecting a BRP from the University, you will need to book a collection appointment. You will receive an email from us after we receive your BRP with instructions on booking the appointment.
If you have applied to extend your visa, please see "Evidence of a visa application" below, for details of what you must provide.
If you are commencing your programme of study during the 2019/2020 academic year, please see "Visa Registration" below for dates, locations and further information.
If you are collecting your BRP from the University of Glasgow, you will need to book an appointment. We will send you an email with a link to the booking system after we receive your BRP from the Home Office. Visa registration will also be completed during your appointment.
If you are starting your studies at the University of Glasgow in January 2020, please complete Visa Registration on:
Monday 13 January 2020, 09:00-16:30: McMillan Reading Room (E1 on the Campus Map) (if you arrive late, and your school permits you to start late, you can complete Visa Registration later during this week).
If you are starting your studies in February 2020 or after, please complete Visa Registration at the following location:
Student Services Enquiry Desk, Level 2, Fraser Building (E2 on the Campus Map), between 09:00-12:00 and 14:00-16:00.
- If you are collecting your BRP from us, you will need to book an appointment (you will complete Visa Registration at the same time). We will send you the link to the booking system after we receive your BRP.
- If you have already collected your BRP from the Post Office, please bring your passport and BRP.
- If you do not require a BRP (e.g. if you are studying in Glasgow for only one semester), please bring your passport containing your visa vignette or entry stamp.
- If you have immigration permission in a non-student category, please bring your passport/travel document and your BRP or other immigration status document. If you are not sure what to bring as proof of your immigration status, please email us.
- 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 only require an appointment if you are collecting a BRP from the University. All other students should attend Visa Registration during the above opening times.
Evidence of a visa application
Tier 4 visas:
If you have applied to extend your Tier 4 visa, 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. Your passport and BRP (the ones you used to study your previous course)
2. A copy of your UKVI 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 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
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 note that you must not use the eGates if you have not obtained a visa prior to travelling.
If you have not already obtained a visa (this might be the case if you are coming Glasgow for one semester exchange/study abroad, or for a summer school or short period of research), you must not use the eGates because they will not grant you the correct immigration permission for study in the UK (they are only suitable for standard visitors/tourists). You must ensure that you see a Border Force Officer in person and present your unconditional offer letter and any other relevant documents so that they can give you permission to enter the UK as a Short-term Student.
If you already have a visa prior to travlling, you are free to use the eGates if you wish. However, remember that you won't receive any stamp in your passport and you will need to keep your boarding pass (showing your date of travel to the UK) to present to us when you complete Visa Registration.
For more information on e-gates, see International Student Support's webpages.
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.