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Visa Granted

Initially when your visa is granted you will received 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 you Biometric Residence Permit (BRP), which will serve as you visa hence forth. 

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 you 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, please contact the International Student Support Team, and we will advise you regarding a vignette transfer.

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, you will be able to come to the UK up to 7 days before the start of your course.

If you have applied for your Student Visa overseas and believe that you have not received a visa for the correct duration of time, taking into account the information below, there is a chance a mistake has been made. For Further Information please contact the International Student Support & UKVI Compliance at visasupport@bradford.ac.uk or Telephone +44 (0) 1274 236900

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 months: 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

Pre-Sessional Courses

  • 12 months or more: the length of stay allowed is the full length of the course plus 4 months at the end of the course.
  • Six months or more, but less than 12 months: the length of stay allowed is the full length of the course plus 2 months at the end of the course.
  • Less than 6 months: the length of stay allowed is the full length of the course plus once month after the end of the course
  • Postgraduate Doctors and Dentists on a recognised Foundation Programme: The full length of the course (up to a maximum of 3 years) plus one month after the end of the course.

Entry Clearance Error Correction Scheme

If you applied for your visa overseas and provided the Entry Clearance Officer with a CAS number, you may be able to use this scheme to correct the information on the visa from the UK without charge. This can only be done if the Embassy of High Commission overseas did not follow the guidelines set out on the Length of Visa section.

Your visa will also contain information about your permission to work. One of the following statements will appear on your visa:

• Work (and any changes) must be authorised
• Able to work as authorised by the Secretary of State
• Work as in the Immigration Rules
• Restricted Work. Part – time term time. Full-time vacations
• Work limited to max 20 hrs per week during term time
• Work limited to max 10 hrs per week during term time
You must not work if your passport sticker says “no work” or “work prohibited”.

For details of the hours you should be allowed to work, visit the UK council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website .

• Mistakes in the University of Bradford Sponsor Licence Number (0HJGYM7F5) can also be corrected.
• If there is a mistake in connection with a Police Registration requirement (omitted or added in error) this can also be amended using the scheme.

If you notice an error and think that you could be eligible to apply to the Entry Clearance Error Correction Scheme, contact the International Student Support & UKVI Compliance team as soon as possible, Do not wait until your visa is due to expire.

You will need to have available:

• Your passport
• A photocopy of visa vignette in your passport
• A photocopy of the photo/ID page of your passport
• A photocopy of the CAS email statement from the University
• Your contact details – telephone, email and address
• Any details of future travel plans.