Successful visa applications
If your application has been successful you will be a given a certificate stamped in your passport giving you permission to enter and stay in the UK. This will include the type of stay granted (i.e. ‘student’), the length of stay, and any restrictions. The stamp should include the wording ‘Work (and any changes) must be authorised’ this gives you permission to work in the UK subject to the restrictions applicable for students.
You should ensure that you are given the correct entry clearance as ‘student’. If you are bringing family with you they should be given clearance as ‘dependants’.
Unsuccessful visa applications
You will not be allowed in to the UK if you visa application has been unsuccessful. Please do not travel to the UK as you will be refused entry upon arrival.
In the unlikely event your application is refused, we may be able to advise whether you should apply for administrative review or re-apply for your visa.
Administrative Review - any appeal rights have been replaced by a right to ‘administrative review’, which means that your case will be looked at by another Entry Clearance Officer. Unless an obvious error has been made, it is unlikely that any decision will be overturned.
To receive advise on your eligibility for administrative review you will need to scan or fax a copy of your written refusal notice with the reasons you think the decision was wrong, to the International Office for the attention of the International Student Adviser:
Fax: +44 (0)24 7615 2175
Contact our refusals team as soon as you are made aware of your refusal.The team will aim to get back to your email within 24 hours of receipt (not including weekend).
Please ensure you have included your full name, course, applicant number and contact details (email is preferable) so that we can respond to you as soon as possible.