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Coming to Cardiff

Visas and Immigration

If you want to come to the UK as a 'student' it is very likely that you will need to apply for a "Tier 4 student visa" before you leave your home country.

The majority of international students need a student visa. Students who do not need a student visa are largely nationals of the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland. If you are from a Commonwealth country, including USA and Canada, you will need to apply for a student visa BEFORE you leave home.

Even if you have 'home' fee status it is important to check whether you need a visa. Some students, particularly those from some British territories, may have home fee status but also require a visa.

The 'Do you need a visa?' UKVI webpages will help you determine whether you need to obtain a visa before you travel to the UK. It also contains guidance on the type of visa that you might need.

Before you apply for your visa

Information about who can help you apply for your visa, which visa you should apply for, when to apply, how to translate documents and if you are classed as "low risk".

Financial requirements

Guidelines on the amount of money you need to show for your visa, how long it must be in your account for, the evidence you need to show and getting receipts for fees you may have paid.

Medical requirements

Information about recommended vaccinations and UK healthcare insurance.

Applying for your visa

Guidelines for applying for your visa, if you will need an interview and how long the visa will take.

Once you have your visa

What to do next. When can you come to the UK, how long can you study at Cardiff with your visa and how long does the visa last.

Extending a visa

Information about extending your visa if you are already a student in the UK, if you plan to go home for the holidays and where you can get help.

Collecting your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) once in the UK

Information about how and when to collect your BRP once in the UK.

Other information

Advice on bringing family members and the Immigration Health Surcharge.

International Prospectus 2016

International Prospectus 2015

Download the 2016 International Prospectus


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