New student FAQs
Section 1: Purpose and Contents of this page:
This page has been made to provide answers for questions asked by new students.
If you have not applied for a course yet OR if you have questions about applying for a course the please visit Study at WawickLink opens in a new window.
I have applied to Warwick, and I have a Warwick student ID number
Your Student Visa application and Travel to the UK
Arriving in the UK and beyond
If your course starts on or before 3 October 2022 and you have accepted an unconditional offer, you will receive an email inviting you to complete course registration which is part of enrolment, by the end of August.
If you have already received your visa, please go ahead and enrol - you will be required to upload a copy of your passport and visa.
If you are currently outside of the UK and are waiting for your visa, please wait until you receive your visa.
If you are currently in the UK and are waiting for your visa, you may complete course registration now on the basis of that you have made an in-time application. Please refer to our webpage advising how to select your visa type during course registration.Link opens in a new window
Need help completing course registration?
If you have already received your visa but cannot complete course registration because your CAS status has not been updated, please send us a copy of your visa using this webform and we will reset your records to enable you to complete course registration (University of Warwick: Right to Study in the UK).
If you have already submitted the form, please do not re-submit it. We are working as quickly as possible to update your records.
Remember you can find detailed information on what documents you need to upload when completing course registration on this webpage:
Please refer to our webpage advising how to select your visa type during course registration.Link opens in a new window
If you are an offer holder and are starting a new course, your CAS will be issued by your Admissions service.
Student Immigration cannot expedite any CAS request unless you are already in the UK and your current UK visa is expiring imminently.
Your Admissions Team will only issue a CAS once you have:
- met your offer conditions
- received an email inviting you to check your personal details for a CAS
- submitted an online CAS request confirming the details in your CAS Template
Not sure how to complete the 'intended date to travel to the UK' field on your CAS request form? See section 8 below.
Have more questions or worried that you haven't received your CAS? See our CAS FAQ webpageLink opens in a new window.
Any other queries relating to your CAS should be made to your Admissions Team:
Warwick | Study | Admissions | Undergraduate | FAQsLink opens in a new window
Warwick | Study | Admissions | Postgraduate | FAQsLink opens in a new window
Warwick | Student Immigration | Visa Portal | Student Visas | CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies)Link opens in a new window
If you have used the 'ACL code' when applying for your Student visa, your BRP will be sent to the University. When your BRP card arrives and BRP collection appointments are open, you will receive an email to invite you to book an appointment to collect it.If you are in a position to collect your BRP, you will need to book an appointment via the Welcome timetable (booking is now open). If you will collect your BRP on or after 5 October 2022, you will need to book an appointment via MyAdvantage (booking opens on 28 September 2022).
Don't worry, our email will provide you with detailed information regarding when and how to book an appointment to collect it.
If you have not used the 'ACL code' then you are expected to collect your BRP from the post office. You will then need to upload a copy of that via the Enrolment Dashboard.
More information can be found on our BRP webpageLink opens in a new window.
Your CAS includes a ‘latest start date’, which is the deadline for you to arrive in the UK if you are currently overseas.
By the ‘latest start date’ on your CAS, you need to have:
- Received your visa, and
- Completed course registration online, and
- Physically arrived in the UK, and
- Uploaded all of the required immigration documents in order to be fully enrolled.
Please note: All students are expected to arrive by the official course start date stated in their admissions offer.
If you will arrive between your course start date (or 3 October 2022 for undergraduate students) and ‘latest start date’, please let your academic department know (you can find their contact details on your offer letter or on university website). In line with UKVI guidance, remote study is not possible so you must be physically present on campus to begin your studies.
Unable to arrive in the UK by the deadline?
If you are unable to arrive in the UK by the ‘latest start date’ in your CAS, please contact your academic department and outline any mitigating circumstances (with evidence if possible) so that your academic department may assess and decide whether they are able to support an extension of your arrival deadline.
If your request is approved, your CAS will be updated with the new arrival deadline and you will receive an email confirmation.
If your request is declined, your academic department will discuss your options with you, which may include deferring your place or re-applying.
Our Admissions team are working hard to process CAS requests, and it can take up to 10 working days to issue your CAS from the time you confirm the details of the DRAFT CAS.
If you are applying for a visa from overseas then you can make an application as soon as you get a CAS or the earlierst would be 6 months before the course start date on your CAS (do not apply before 6 months of the start date).
We would recommend that you apply for your Student visa in good time once you have received your CAS, to ensure you arrive in the UK by the 'latest start date' as stated on your CAS/Offer Letter.
Please refer to our detailed guidance provided on the links below.
You can also download an ‘application form guidance’ which provide screen-by-screen help text on how to complete your visa application form:
Warwick | Student Immigration | Visa Portal | Student Visas | Applying for your student visa outside of the UKLink opens in a new window
Warwick | Student Immigration | Visa Portal | Student Visas | Applying for your student visa in the UKLink opens in a new window
If your course is longer than 6 months, then the UKVI will issue a 90-day vignette (a visa sticker on your passport) and a 'decision letter' which tells you the whole length of your visa and when/where to collect your BRP (Biometric Residence Permit).
If the 'decision letter' does not tell you where to collect your BRP, you will need to check your visa application form to see which address you have provided and whether you have entered the ACL BRP code.
Therefore, there is nothing to worry - your 90-day visa is purely for you to travel to the UK during this period.
You should, however, check your 90-day visa, the decision letter and your BRP card (when you receive it) carefully to ensure it doesn't contain any errors - more information can be found on our website - checking for errorsLink opens in a new window.
Great! Please visit our Travel and Entering the UKLink opens in a new window webpage for more detailed guidance on what you need to do before and immediately after travelling to the UK.
The UK government has decided to suspend police registration requirement, and the scheme is set to be abolished.
You can find more information on our Police Registration websiteLink opens in a new window.
If you are coming to the University of Warwick to study a full time undergraduate degree, postgraduate degree or PGCE with a Student visa, you intend to study at least 12 months in the UK (short holiday and delayed arrival within your 'latest start date' are permitted), then it is most likely that you will be eligible for the Graduate Route visa when you successfully complete your course.
If you are coming to study a Foundation course, an English language course, a part time or distance learning course, or a Certificate / Diploma / Postgraduate Certificate / Postgraduate Diploma course, then you will not be eligible.
Warwick | Student Immigration | Visa Portal | Graduate RouteLink opens in a new window
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