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Immigration and visa information

If you are planning to study at UWS and you are not a national of the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you may need to apply for a visa in order to enter the UK. There are also a number of important immigration considerations to take into account before making arrangements to travel to the UK.

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Current students

Immigration and visa information

International students currently studying at UWS may need to apply for a Tier 4 visa in certain circumstances. There are also a number of important immigration rules and regulations to be aware of while living in the UK as a Tier 4 Student visa holder.

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Academic Technology Approval Scheme

In order to study in the UK, international students undertaking certain courses of study may need an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate in addition to their Tier 4 Student visa.

You may need an ATAS certificate if you are an international student and you're studying:

  • as an undergraduate student
  • a taught masters
  • a research masters at PhD/doctoral level
  • and applying for an extension to stay for the sole purpose of writing up your thesis (if your visa was issued after 30 November 2007) as a visiting research student
  • an enhanced MEng undergraduate degree

The UK Government website provides comprehensive information about when an ATAS certificate is required along with application guidelines.

The information provided here by the University is just guidance. Immigration laws change frequently, so for the most up-to-date visa information, we recommend that you visit the UK Government website.

International Student Advisers

UWS’s team of International Student Advisers (ISAs) are authorised by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) to provide immigration advice to our international students.

ISAs can advise on matters such as:

  • Applying for a student visa including eligibility and financial requirements
  • Protecting Tier 4 student status
  • Bringing dependents to the UK
  • Working during your studies
  • Working after your studies including the Doctorate Extension Scheme (DES) and the Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur visa

Alternatively, the UK Council for International Student Affairs (CISA) website is an invaluable source of information and advice for international students.

Contact our International Student Advisers

Email: internationaladvice@uws.ac.uk

Phone: +44 (0)141 848 3800

If you need urgent advice and our ISAs are not available, you can call the UKCISA international student advice line on: +44 (0)207 788 9214 (Monday to Friday 1-4pm).

Last updated: 08/08/2017