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  • Updated 18 September 2020

    Due to the Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic there are changes to the enrolment process for the 2020/2021 academic year.

    Please refer to the following advice if you are expecting to enrol on a new course this year:

    All international students must complete course registration before they can start the course - you can find a list of course start dates and course registration deadlines online.

    To fully complete your enrolment at the University of Warwick, you need to do the following, depending on your circumstances:

    If you are a Tier 4 student and are collecting your Tier 4 BRP card from the University of Warwick under the Alternative Collection Location (ACL) provision:

    You must attend an in-person BRP collection event where you must bring the following ORIGINAL documents to be verified (PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU MUST ONLY COME TO AN APPOINTMENT ONCE ANY PERIOD OF SELF-ISOLATION HAS BEEN COMPLETED. YOU WILL BE TURNED AWAY IF YOU SHOULD BE SELF-ISOLATING):

    • Original visa which you used to complete the online enrolment process - this should be your Temporary Travel Visa
    • Original passport which you used to complete the online enrolment process
    • Original Home Office decision letter, should you have received one
    • Copy of the UKVI document checklist which confirms the date of your visa application.

    Details of when the in-person visa check events are taking place can be found on the following website: https://warwick.ac.uk/services/academicoffice/ourservices/enrolment/immigrationevents/

    You should have completed Course Registration and received an email from the Immigration and Compliance team confirming your BRP has been received prior to making an appointment and attending one of these events to help us to complete your enrolment as quickly as possible. You can find access to Course Registration via www.warwick.ac.uk/welcome/enrol/

    If you are Tier 4 student and are collecting your Tier 4 BRP card from the Post Office, OR,
    If you are enrolling on a visa other than Tier 4

    You will be fully enrolled without having to attend in-person events provided that at completion of the online course registration you have uploaded all required immigration documentation including:

    • Valid passport,
    • Valid immigration permission which permits you to study at the University (your visa)
    • Tier 4 students only: Entry stamp must be uploaded via the electronic system you used for the online course registration – the enrolment dashboard. This can be done after the completion of your online course registration, but must be done before the Latest Course Start Date stated on your CAS in order to be fully enrolled
    • Tier 4 students only - Copy of the UKVI document checklist which confirms the date of your visa application.

    In the above cases you will receive an email confirming the checks of your immigration documentation and if successful confirming your complete enrolment at the University of Warwick.

    If you are enrolling based on evidence for submitted an in-time visa application in the UK

    The relevant evidence would need to be assessed by and International Student Adviser. For more detailed information, please follow this link: https://warwick.ac.uk/services/academicoffice/ourservices/enrolment/faqs/immigration/

    Please NOTE that if you arrive from a country which according to the UK Government Coronavirus regulations requires that you must self-isolate for 14 days from the date of your arrival in the UK, you must do that and only book an appointment to collect your BRP card from the University once you have completed the 14-day self-isolation period.
    For more details on the Coronavirus regulations, please follow this link:

Frequently asked questions

Please click on the relevant section below to expand the guidance.
  • What is a temporary travel visa?

    A temporary travel visa is currently valid for 90 days and is issued when you apply for a UK visa from overseas for more than 6 months. Please note that in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, from June 2020 until the end of the year, Tier 4 students will be issued temporary travel visas that are valid for 90 days instead of 30.

    It is in the form of a sticker (vignette) in your passport and allows you to enter the UK and collect your BRP card.

    What is the difference between a Tier 4 visa and a Temporary Travel Visa and which one should I choose when completing the online course registration?

    If you have applied for your Tier 4 visa from overseas, that is outside of UK, and your course is more than 6 months in duration, you will receive a Tier 4 Temporary Travel Visa - which is in the form of a paper sticker (vignette) inside your Passport.

    This is the visa type you should select from the drop-down menu when you complete you online course registration: Tier 4 Temporary Travel Visa.

    When you arrive in the UK you should collect your BRP (Biometric Residence Permit) card.

    Your Home Office Decision Letter should state where you should collect your BRP card from.

    The BRP is your Tier 4 visa - Please note that you will only have a BRP if you will study a course which is 6 months or longer in duration.

    If you selected to have your BRP sent to Warwick, you will receive an email from us when this is received which will contain information on how and where to collect this.

    If you do not have your BRP card at the point of completing the online course registration, you should only provide the Temporary Travel Visa and Passport details.

    If you do have your BRP card at the point of completing online course registration then you should provide this as well and select Warwick Tier 4 visa from the drop-down menu.

    Please note that if you apply for your Tier 4 from inside the UK you will not have a Temporary Travel Visa, only a BRP card, which is your Tier 4 visa.

    In case you only come to the UK to study a course which is less than 6 months in duration, you will not have a BRP card, but only a Tier 4 visa Entry Travel Vignette sticker in your Passport - this is your Tier 4 visa.

    Can I complete online enrolment using the temporary travel visa?

    Yes you can.

    A temporary travel visa is currently valid for 90 days and is in the form of a sticker in your passport to allow you to enter the UK where you will collect your BRP card.

    You should choose the ‘Warwick Tier 4 Temporary Travel visa’ option from the list of available visa options on the visa page.

    Where it asks for your visa number, enter the number in the top right hand corner of the travel vignette (visa sticker) and give the validity dates as the start and end date of the travel visa.

    I have tried to complete online course registration using my Tier 4 Temporary Travel visa but get a message to say my CAS is not recognised as Used, what can I do?

    This is likely to be down to an error made by the Home Office.

    When they process your application and make a decision, they should change your CAS status from 'Assigned' to 'Used'.

    Sometimes, they fail to make this change, which in turn will prevent you from completing online course registration.

    Do not worry, we will be able to resolve the issue for you and you will be able to complete your course registration. Please complete the enrolment query form found at the bottom of this web page and upload a copy of your Temporary Travel Visa.

    Can I become fully enrolled and collect my Warwick ID card with only the temporary travel visa?

    Yes, if your temporary travel visa is still valid.

    You can complete online course registration using your temporary travel visa, and we would encourage you to do this in order to avoid delays later on.

    You will only be able to complete the enrolment process, once we have copies of all of your immigration documents.

    You will be able to collect your Warwick ID card as soon as you arrive on campus.

    If your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) contained an Alternative Collection Location (ACL) code for Warwick, and you used this in your visa application, then your BRP card should be delivered to the University of Warwick for you to collect during a BRP Collection event.

    You will receive an email from the Immigration and Compliance Team once your BRP card has been received, advising you when and where to collect it.

    If you did not use the ACL code then you will need to collect your BRP card from the UK Post Office branch stated in your Home Office decision letter within 10 working days of your arrival in the UK. YOU MUST COMPLETE ANY PERIOD OF SELF-ISOLATION PRIOR TO COLLECTING YOUR BRP - THE HOME OFFICE HAVE CONFIRMED IF THIS TAKES YOU OVER THE 10 DAY DEADLINE THIS IS FINE.

    Once you have collected it from the Post Office, you must upload a scan of the front and back of your BRP card using the online course registration form, within 12 calendar days of arriving in the UK. However, please be aware that you must complete any period of self-isolation prior to collecting your BRP.

    I have a Tier 4 visa issued for a previous course of study at Warwick which is still valid but I cannot enrol for my new course, why?

    Changes to Home Office regulations introduced in 2014 mean that you cannot enrol on a new course using a Tier 4 visa issued for a previous course of study at the same sponsor.

    You will need to have submitted a new application using a Warwick CAS issued for your next course of study and be able to provide sufficient evidence of this before you can complete the online course registration.

    If you are not able to submit a new visa application before your course start date, please see the Immigration Service website for further advice.

  • I have a Tier 4 visa issued for study at another UK University which is still valid, can I enrol and use this visa to study at Warwick?

    No, only students holding Tier 4 visas applied for using a CAS issued by Warwick may complete online enrolment.

    You will need to have submitted a new visa application using a Warwick CAS and notify the Immigration Service about this, or have received your new Warwick visa, before you can complete online course registration.

    You will not be permitted to study at Warwick using a Tier 4 visa issued for another University.

    I hold a Tier 4 visa which is sponsored by another university but wish to take a part-time course at Warwick alongside my current studies, how do I complete enrolment?

    You should select ‘Non-Warwick Tier 4’ visa and upload a copy of your current passport and visa (or BRP card).

    Your part-time course at Warwick will be considered as a ‘supplementary course’.

    You will also need to provide evidence of your continued enrolment with your Tier 4 sponsor; for more information about this, please contact the Immigration Service at Warwick

    Can I undertake supplementary study at Warwick while also enrolled on a course at another UK University?

    Yes, it is possible to undertake supplementary study at Warwick while fully enrolled at another University, with them acting as your Tier 4 sponsor, if:

    • You will not require additional time to complete your main course as a result of supplementary study at Warwick
    • Your supplementary study at Warwick will not delay your original departure from the UK
    • You are still fully registered with your Tier 4 sponsor and they have no objection to your undertaking additional study at Warwick

    If you will be undertaking supplementary study at Warwick using a Tier 4 visa issued for a course at another UK University, you will need to provide written confirmation of the above details from your Tier 4 sponsor University before you can enrol at Warwick.

    When enrolling online you will be asked to provide a copy of your passport and visa; at this point you can also upload the support letter from your Tier 4 sponsor University.

    Can I enrol at Warwick as a visiting PhD researcher using a Tier 4 visa sponsored by another UK University?

    Yes, for a period of 6 months or fewer if approved by both Warwick and your Tier 4 sponsor University.

    You may enrol at Warwick as a visiting research student while being sponsored under Tier 4 by another UK university if:

    • You will spend fewer than 6 months at Warwick
    • You continue to be monitored by your current Tier 4 sponsor
    • Your sponsor agrees to the arrangement and provides written confirmation of the same

    When enrolling online you will be asked to provide a copy of your passport and visa; at this point you can also upload the support letter from your Tier 4 sponsor University.

    For more information, please contact the Student Immigration & Compliance Team.

  • I haven’t received my CAS number, can I enrol?

    Yes, if you are starting your course remotely from overseas.

    I have submitted an application for a Tier 4 visa overseas using a Warwick CAS but am still waiting for a decision, can I enrol online?

    If you have not yet received your visa (but arriving at Warwick no later than your latest course start date and starting your course remotely) then you should choose the "Starting remotely overseas but not yet got visa" option on the online enrolment form. Where the course registration form asks for your visa start date, insert the date you intend to travel to the UK (remember this should be no later than your latest course start date). When you are asked to input your visa expiry date, please use your course end date.

    I have applied for a Tier 4 visa from inside the UK using a Warwick CAS and am waiting for a decision on my application, can I enrol online?

    If you are currently in the UK and have applied for a Tier 4 visa using a CAS from Warwick, but have not yet received your BRP, then, you should choose the "Applied for a visa in the UK but not yet received BRP card" option on the online course registration form.

    You will need to upload evidence to your online course registration form, showing that you have made an in-time visa application.

    This evidence should include the following:

    • Your current passport
    • Your current visa or BRP
    • Your UKVI document checklist which contains the date of your online application
    • Your UKVCAS appointment confirmation if available

    When the online course registration form asks for your visa start date, please insert the date you submitted your online visa application.

    When you are asked to input your visa expiry date, please use your course end date.

    An International Student Adviser will then assess your eligibility to complete online course registration and ensure that we have all the documentary evidence needed to satisfy Home Office requirements whilst your visa application is in progress before confirming your right to study.

    If we are able to enrol you online you should not be required to attend an in-person event although you will need to collect/present/upload your Tier 4 BRP card at a later date so that our immigration records for you are complete.

  • I am overseas and do not yet have my visa, can I complete online enrolment?

    If you have not yet received your visa, but arriving at Warwick no later than your latest course start date and starting your course remotely, then you should choose the "Starting remotely overseas but not yet got visa" option on the online enrolment form.

    Where the course registration form asks for your visa start date, insert the date you intend to travel to the UK, remember, this should be no later than your latest course start date.

    When you are asked to input your visa expiry date, please use your course end date.


    I am inside the UK, can I enrol online while waiting for a decision on my immigration application?

    If you are currently in the UK and have applied for a visa that confers the Right to Study at Warwick, but have not yet received your BRP, then, you should choose the "Applied for a visa in the UK but not yet received BRP card" option on the online course registration form.

    You will need to upload evidence to your online course registration form, showing that you have made an in-time visa application.

    This evidence should include the following:

    • Your current passport
    • Your current visa or BRP
    • Your UKVI document checklist which contains the date of your online application
    • Your UKVCAS appointment confirmation if available.

    When the online course registration form asks for your visa start date, please insert the date you submitted your online visa application.

    When you are asked to input your visa expiry date, please use your course end date.

    An International Student Adviser will then assess your eligibility to complete online course registration and ensure that we have all the documentary evidence needed to satisfy Home Office requirements whilst your visa application is in progress before facilitating your online course registration.


    I have submitted an application for asylum in the UK, can I enrol with my application pending?

    As with other types of in progress visa applications, you will need to notify the Immigration Service and provide scans of your documentation.

    In addition, if you have been issued with a bail 201 letter we will need to see this to confirm your right to study.

    At the in person immigration check events you should bring any additional UKVI documentation received since completing online enrolment.

  • I am a non-visa national coming to study for less than 6 months and will apply for a Short-term Study stamp on entry to the UK, what should I enter on the visa screen when enrolling online?

    You should select 'short term study' option from the list of available visa types.

    For visa number, please type APPLY FOR ON ARRIVAL, for the visa start date use your course start date or the date you intend to arrive in the UK and for the visa end date, add six months.

    Please upload a scan of your passport data page and invitation letter in lieu of your visa stamp which you will not have yet.

    We will be unable to complete your enrolment at the University until you upload a copy of the visa stamp inside your passport. You can do this through the enrolment dashboard once you have entered the UK.

    If you are a non-visa national arriving via the Common Travel Area please refer to the section, 'Travelling to the UK/On arrival'.

    Once you arrive in the UK, click here for more information.

    I am a non-visa national coming to study for more than 6 months can I start my course using a Short-term Student visa and then switch to Tier 4?

    No, the Immigration Rules state that Short-term Students, including non-visa nationals, must not intend to study for a period of more than 6 months.

    The University therefore reserves the right to prevent students holding Short-term Student visas from enrolling on programmes of more than 6 months duration.

    In addition, it is not possible to switch from a Short-term Student visa into Tier 4 from inside the UK.

    I have been issued a 6 month Short-term Student visa but the online course registration form is asking for my CAS number, what should I do?

    You should only be asked to input a CAS number where you have selected ‘Warwick Tier 4’ or 'Warwick Tier 4 Temporary Travel Visa' as your visa type.

    It is likely therefore you have chosen the incorrect option on the form.

    Please return to the visa screen and select ‘short term student’ from the list of available visa options.

  • I have a Tier 2 visa, can I enrol and study?

    Yes, study is not currently prohibited on this type of visa.

    Ensure that you select the correct visa type and enter the start and end dates correctly when enrolling online.

    If your visa does not cover the duration of your course you will either need to apply to extend your current leave or make an application for Tier 4 leave.

    You should be aware that your intention for being in the UK should match the immigration permission you hold and therefore you should be able to meet the requirements of your Tier 2 sponsor and this should be your main purpose for being in the UK.

  • I have a Dependant visa, can I enrol and study?

    Yes, study is permitted on a dependant visa.

    Select ‘dependant visa (any)’ from the list of visa options and enter your visa number and start/end dates.

    If the duration of your dependant visa does not cover your course of study you will be required to either extend this leave or switch to another appropriate immigration category.

    You must maintain valid immigration permission throughout the duration of your course in order to remain a fully registered student.

  • I have Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK, why do I need to present my immigration documents?

    Unless you hold a UK, EEA, EU or Swiss passport, you are subject to immigration control.

    Therefore, you must satisfy the Right to Study Check.

    To do this, you must provide your current passport or travel document, along with your BRP or other evidence of leave to remain.

    I have Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK, what should I enter as my visa details?

    Your vignette or residence permit should have a reference number in the top right hand corner – enter this as your visa number.

    For visa start and expiry dates use the validity dates on your vignette or residence permit; if it does not give an expiry date, enter 31/12/2999.

    I have Leave to Remain in the UK as a refugee but I do not have a passport, what should I enter as my passport details?

    You can enter the reference number on your Home Office Immigration Status Document, or travel document.

  • I made a mistake when I entered some of my passport and visa details, will this be a problem when I arrive at the University?

    Provided you hold a valid visa, or other immigration permission which permits study, you should not encounter problems when you arrive at the University.

    The documents that you upload at online course registration will be checked against the data that you have entered. Any mistakes you made on the online enrolment form will be corrected.

    You will still be able to collect your Warwick ID card as soon as you arrive at the University.

    I have a British/Irish passport but the online course registration form is asking for my visa details, what should I do?

    The online enrolment form asks for visa details from anyone being of a nationality that would normally require immigration permission to study in the UK.

    If you hold a current valid British/Irish passport which states your nationality as a British/Irish citizen, then you do not require a visa to study at Warwick, however, if this is not reflected in your University student record, the online enrolment form will ask for details of your visa.

    You will need to email a scan of your passport data page to enrolment@warwick.ac.uk including your name and University ID number and request that your University record is updated; once this has been done you will be able to complete online enrolment without needing to enter visa details.

    I made a mistake when completing the expected date of arrival or have since changed my plans to arrive earlier than indicated on the online course registration form, what should I do?

    If your plans change or you decide that you will arrive on campus before the expected arrival date you have indicated on your online course registration form, please upload a copy of your Temporary Travel Visa and / BRP card (if you have collected it) and Entry Stamp where applicable / Or your current immigration permission. This page will be updated with information on how you can upload these documents shortly.

  • What is an entry stamp?

    An 'Entry stamp' is the name given to a date stamp placed in your passport by Border Control when you arrive in the UK.

    If you have a temporary travel visa vignette (sticker) inside your passport, the immigration official will stamp it with the date you have entered the UK.

    This then 'validates' your visa and ensures that the Home Office record the type of visa you used to enter the UK.

    Border officials should not endorse a visa vignette with an entry stamp before the visa is valid, e.g. before the start date of the temporary travel visa or visa vignette.

    They may instead offer to stamp the page opposite.

    It is very important that the visa vignette is stamped on entry to the UK in order to 'activate' your leave.

    If you enter the UK before the start date of your temporary travel/visa vignette and it is not stamped by Border Control you will be asked to exit and re-enter the UK before you will be permitted to enrol on your course.

    We therefore advise against attempting to enter the UK before the start date of your study visa.

    If you are a non-visa national seeking entry to the UK as a short-term student on arrival, the entry stamp will confirm the date you arrived and is the start date of your six month short-term study visa.

    What if I am entering via the Common Travel Area (CTA)?

    If you are entering the UK via Ireland, the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands, collectively referred to as the 'Common Travel Area', or CTA, then the border official will not endorse your Tier 4 visa with a date stamp, nor will this happen when you arrive to the UK.

    During online course registration you should upload the date stamp from the CTA and the boarding pass which confirms the date of entry to the UK.

    If you are a non visa national and have not obtained entry clearance prior to landing in the Common Travel Area, please be aware that you will only be permitted to enter the UK for 90 days, not 6 months as you would if applying for entry at the UK border.

    If your course of study is longer than 90 days you will be required to exit and re-enter the UK via another route.

    For more information about entry stamps, click here.

    What if I enter using an eGate?

    If you are of a nationality which may enter the UK via an eGate then you will not receive an entry stamp in your passport and should upload your boarding pass as evidence of your arrival in the UK instead.

    If you are a non-visa national who has not been granted entry clearance prior to your arrival in the UK then you should not use an eGate but should have your passport endorsed by a UKVI Border Force officer.

    See our Travel & Entry to the UK for more information

    I am planning on entering the UK before my Visa vignette/Temporary Travel Visa is valid, will I be able to enrol?

    No, please refer to the section above on Entry Stamps.

    You must enter the UK within the validity of your visa/temporary travel visa for your Tier 4 visa to be activated.

    Failure to do this will mean the University is unable to enrol you.

    You will need to leave the Common Travel Area and re-enter the UK during the validity of your Visa/Temporary Travel Visa in order to to activate your Tier 4 visa.

    Border Force Officers should not allow you to enter the UK to commence your study before your Temporary Travel Visa is valid.

    After I have entered the UK, is there anything else I need to do regarding my enrolment?

    Yes, you should upload a copy of your Entry Stamp to the UK using the Enrolment Dashboard page of the enrolment website, prior to your arrival at the University.

    The University is required to have a copy of this information under its Tier 4 sponsor licence duties.

    A link to the dashboard can be found on the enrolment webpage once you have completed the online course registration.

    If you do not have an entry stamp because you arrived via the Common Travel Area or used an E-Gate, please upload your boarding pass or card.

    I have entered the UK and arrived at the University before the planned in-person visa check events - can I collect my BRP?

    No, the Temporary Travel Visa is currently issued for 90 days and this is a multiple entry visa.

    This means that if you will be travelling outside of and returning to the UK before the expiry date of your temporary travel visa there is no need for you to have obtained your BRP before you travel.

    We will not be distributing BRPs prior to the in-person events if travel will take place within the validity of your Temporary Travel Visa.

    You should book an appointment to collect your BRP from a BRP Collection Event. You will be contacted with details of how to do this, if you used our ACL code and once your BRP has been received. PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU MUST HAVE COMPLETED ANY PERIOD OF SELF-ISOLATION PRIOR TO COLLECTING YOUR BRP.

  • What is my latest course start date?

    The latest course start date is the final date by which you must have completed online course registration (online) and arrived on campus.

    If you have been assigned a CAS by the University in order to apply for a Tier 4 visa then your CAS will include your latest course start date.

    For most students for academic year 2020/21 entry, the 'latest start date' is 11 January 2021.

    If you CAS state a different date, or, if you have not yet received your CAS, please find the latest start date here: https://warwick.ac.uk/coronavirus/students/arrival

    By ‘fully enrolled’ we mean you have completed online course registration, provided all required immigration permission which has been verified by a member of the Compliance team, and physically arrived on campus.

    After the latest course start date has passed you will not be permitted to join your course and may have to defer your place until the following academic year, if possible.

    You should contact us if you need to request an extension of your latest course start date.

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