Giving visa advice
Please do not give visa advice to students, contact us.
All international students must read the following important information:
- Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) card
- Police registration - find out if you are required to register, how to register and when you will need to update your certificate
- Student visa essential information
- Working during your studies
Have you completed your Right to Study check?
If you are subject to immigration control you must collect your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) card and complete a Right-to-Study check.
Booking a Right to Study check
- Click the booking link
- Sign in using your University of Bristol username and password.
- Select a date and time that you are able to come to Senate House.
- Add the following details:
- Student Number
If you are an EU student you can either book a Right-to-Study check or email your share code to firstname.lastname@example.org, along with your student number and date of birth. Please note that this inbox is currently experiencing high volumes so it may take longer than usual to receive a response.
If your BRP card is being delivered to the University, you will be given your BRP card during your Right-to-Study check. If it has not yet arrived you can still complete your check and you will be asked to collect it at a later date.
If you are collecting your BRP card from a Post Office, please make sure you collect your BRP card before you attend your Right-to-Study check appointment.
Our Student Visa Advisers support students on matters related to their UK immigration status.
Advisers can offer guidance to prospective and current students. Advisers help students ensure they meet UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requirements and rules.
Read our Statement of service.
How we support our students
We provide information, support and advice on:
- Student visa
- Dependant of a Student visa
- Standard Visitor visa for short-term studies
- Redirect (Short-term study visa) (no longer open to new applications for study at UoB from 1 December 2020)
- Working in the UK during your studies
- Working in the UK after your studies
- Changes to your course and visa implications
- Lost passport or BRP card
- EU Settlement
We are also able to produce a number of letters for students, please refer to this page for more information.
We do not advise on the following:
- Schengen visas - find out more about Schengen visas from the UK Council for Internal Student Affairs (UKCISA)
- UK equivalent scores - read the University of Bristol's advice on equivalent qualifications
- Fee status - read University of Bristol's advice on fee status
- Skilled Worker - find out about Skilled Worker from UKCISA
- Government Authorised Exchange (T5) and Youth Mobility Scheme (T5) visas - find out about working after studies from UKCISA
- Visas for other countries
- UK citizenship, UK settlement or other types of UK residency
- Family visas for family members of UK nationals
- Innovator visa
Coronavirus (Covid 19): visa and travel advice
How we support staff
We support colleagues to ensure that we comply with our Student visa (Previously Tier 4) sponsor licence.
Find out how to contact us.
Global Lounge Events
Global Lounge celebrates various significant dates in the global calendar, such as Lunar New Year, Day of the Dead and Thanksgiving. All of these events are open to all students and staff across the University – and the majority of them are free to attend and include free refreshments and entertainment.
To view all upcoming events, please see the Global Lounge website.
Please see the International Students page for general advice and support.
Fraud and scams
We are aware that some international students have been specifically targeted by criminals pretending to be from a legitimate organisation (such as UKVI). They telephone students to demand money and claim that, if they are not paid quickly, there will be damaging consequences.
UKVI will never contact you by telephone to ask for money.
See the following for more information and advice about how to protect yourself: UKVI's Fraud, tricks and scams guidance, UKCISA's Frauds and scams page and UKVI Action Fraud Advice (PDF, 132kB).