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Visa Granted

When your visa is granted, you will receive an entry visa stamp (vignette) in your passport. This visa is valid for only one month and enables you to enter the UK. Once in the UK you will receive your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP).

You will be able to collect your BRP directly from us if you used the ACL code in your CAS letter for your BRP collection. Otherwise you will have to collect your BRP from the local post office. You should collect your BRP within 7 days of arriving in the UK.

If your entry visa expires before you are able to travel, you can apply for a vignette transfer. You can find helpful information about this process on the UKCISA website. Please contact the International Student Support Team if you require further assistance.

If there is an error on your vignette that stops you travelling, you will need to contact the VAC where you had your biometric appointment. If you are not sure if there is an error, please contact the International Student Support Team.

When you can travel to the UK

If you are a student doing a course for 6 months or longer, or for a pre-sessional course that is less than 6 months, you will be able to come to the UK for up to one month before the start of your course.

If you are a student doing a course that is less than 6 months long and is not a course to prepare you for study (eg. an exchange course), you will be able to come to the UK up to 7 days before the start of your course.

Please see our Arriving in the UK FAQ's for helpful information before your arrival.

Length of Stay

Main course of study (including Sabbatical Officers)

12 months or more

  • the length of stay allowed is the full length of the course plus 4 months after the end of the course.

6 months or more, but less than 12 month

  • the length of stay allowed is the full length of the course plus 2 months after the end of the course.

Less than 6 months

  • the length of stay allowed is the full length of the course plus 7 days after the end of the course
  • for Pre-sessional Courses: the length of stay allowed is the full length of the course plus once month after the end of the course