Visa Application Decision

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. It should include the wording ‘Work (and any changes) must be authorised’ this gives you permission to work subject to the restrictions applicable for students.

Once you have your visa, please ensure that you check it carefully in line with the information below:

1. Your visa should cover the length of your course and, dependent on the length of your course, further time to stay in the UK after you have completed your studies.

Type of Course Period of leave to be granted for the course starts Period of leave to be granted after the course ends
12 months or more 1 month 4 months
6 months or more but less than 12 months 1 month 2 months
Pre-sessional course of less than 6 months 1 month 1 month
Course of less than 6 months that is not a pre-sessional course 7 days 7 days
Postgraduate doctor or dentist 1 month 1 month

2. Check that your name is spelt correctly
3. Check that your date of birth is correct
4. Check that your visa includes the correct licence number, Coventry University's licence number is: BDN68KDUX 

You should ensure that you are given the correct entry clearances as ‘student’. If you are bringing family with you they should be given clearance as ‘dependants’.

If you find any errors with your visa, please do not hesitate to contact the team at

Unsuccessful Visa Applications

If you have been refused a visa, please do not travel to the UK if you have been refused entry clearance, as you will not be allowed to enter the UK.

Unfortunately after the launch of Tier 4 visa in April 2009 there are no longer appeal rights against the refusal of a student visa. Any appeal rights have been replaced by a right to ‘administrative review’, which means that your case will be looked at by another Entry Clearance Officer. It is unlikely that any decision will be overturned, unless the entry clearance officer has made an obvious error.

In the unlikely event your application is refused, please 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

We will aim to get back to your email within 24 hours of receipt (not including weekend) and hope to be able to advise whether you should apply for administrative review or re-apply for your visa. 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.

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