Q: Are there any visa concessions in place due to the coronavirus pandemic?
A: Depending on your situation, you may be eligible for a visa concession outlined on the UKVI website. If you need advice on your particular situation, please contact the International Student Support team by making an appointment through The Hub on 0141 848 3800 or booking a quick appointment through their online bookings page.
Q: How do I get a replacement vignette if I have been issued with a 90 day visa and was unable to travel to the UK?
A: If your 90 day visa to travel to the UK to return to your studies or start a new course has expired, you can request a replacement visa with revised validity dates, however you must pay a fee for your new vignette (£154). You will need to apply online using the vignette transfer form, then make an appointment at a visa application centre and resubmit your biometrics. The new vignette will also be valid for a period of 90 days. Please do not apply for your replacement vignette unless you are certain you will be able to travel within 90 days of your new vignette being issued, to avoid having to apply again.
To apply, visit the Home Office website and click the link to “transfer your visa to a new passport online”.
Q: If I am feeling lonely when I first arrive in the UK, is there anyone I can speak to?
A: When you arrive in the UK, we would very much like to give you a call to see how you are settling in and to check that you are aware of the support services within the University and how you can connect with other students online. In your pre-arrival information, you will receive information about a ‘Check in and Chat’ appointment which you can request before you travel to the UK. You will also be reminded of this when you arrive.
Just fill out the form at this link so that we can arrange a ‘Check in and Chat’ appointment with you when you first arrive. In addition, once you are enrolled, you will receive updates about the drop-in sessions arranged on a regular basis with the International Student Support Team.
Q: What should I do if my local English language testing centre is closed?
A: We’re aware English language exams have been suspended in some countries. If you can’t book an IELTS test, we may consider other English language qualifications. Please submit evidence of English language with your application and the Admissions Team will consider this.
Q: I have a stamp on my passport requiring me to register with the police within seven days of collecting my Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) – how do I do this?
A: Police registration requirements may vary, depending on where you live, so London Campus students should check here for the latest info and Scottish campus students should check here.