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Visas and immigration

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Immigration advice

Cardiff University offers advice and guidance on immigration matters to current and prospective students and their immediate dependants. We are unable to advise on matters relating to asylum, applications for permanent residence in the UK, or offer specialist advice on visas that are not related to study, but we will help identify appropriate sources of help.

Julie Davies, Sophie Pandey, Elin Osmond and Elisabeth Williams are the International Student Advisers based in the Student Support Centre. They are fully trained, experienced and are the only members of staff in the University authorised by  the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner to give immigration advice.

Advice is offered free of charge and without discrimination. We operate within the Code of Ethics for those advising international students devised by UKCISA: the UK Council for International Student Affairs and the Association of International Student Advisers.

Prospective students

Information for prospective students can be found here.

Current students

Information for current students can be found by clicking on the links below:

Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)

Applying for a student visa in your home country

Biometric Residence Permits (BRPs)

Bringing family or friends for a visit

Correct lengths of visa

Extending your student visa through International Student Support

Glossary of immigration terminology

Points Based System (PBS)

Police registration

Student visitor visa

Travel to other countries

Visa rules and responsibilities

Your family and immigration



Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information herein, Cardiff University can accept no responsibility for errors or omissions.

Cardiff University is not responsible for the content or reliability of the linked websites and does not necessarily endorse the views expressed within

The government makes changes to the immigration rules and procedures on a regular basis, so it is important that you check the current guidance and rules when applying for a visa. For further information visit UKCISA and the Home Office websites