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Immigration FAQs (Frequently asked questions)

Most popular and frequently asked questions.

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  • University Security Services are open 24 hours a day and can be contacted on 024 7652 2083

    You may also wish to look at our Opening Hours Page.

  • In the event that you require urgent immigration advice over the holiday period, you may wish to contact Central England Law Centre.

    You may also find the UKCISA website helpful.

  • SIC is only closed on the dates stated on the Opening Hours Page.

    The Home Office will always deliver any documents to us on a working day.

    In the unlikely event that a delivery is attempted when we are shut, they will be delivered on the next working days.

    Once we receive and process any documents, we will email you to advise that we have received them, and how to collect them.

  • We are aware that a number of students have recently lost their BRP cards/had the BRP cards stolen because they carried the BRP card in their wallets.

    We would encourage all students to be careful with their BRP card and not carry this around on a regular basis whilst in the UK.

    You should only need to carry your BRP card with you when travelling outside of the UK.

    If you believe you have lost your BRP card, please refer to the information on our website for guidance on what steps to take next.

  • Please refer to our website for information about how academic extension/course change affects you, whether you need to apply for a Tier 4 visa, and whether you are eligible to do so from inside the UK.

    If you need to extend your visa you will need to request a new CAS from our CAS request pages.

  • All information on Visa and Immigration matters can be found on our Immigration website.

  • For information on working on a Tier 4 visa please see the rights to work wepage.

  • Yes, as long as you have successfully completed your course and hold a valid Tier 4 visa.

    You should, however, carry sufficient evidence in your hand luggage in case you are questioned at the border.

    Please read our guidance about re-entering the UK for Graduation and visas for your guests:

  • For guidance on whether you need to and how to transfer your visa to a new passport please see following link:

  • For any non-EEA students wanting to travel to Europe, you may need a Schengen visa in order to do this.

    SIC are unable to advise on this type of visa, but you can find useful information on our website in reference to this:

  • Please see our website for information on the different post study work visa options.

  • For information on wirthdrawals and how this will affedt your immigration permissions please see our 'Withdrawal and breaks in study' pages.

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