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Frequently asked questions for new students - last updated: 29 July 2021

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Frequently asked questions

Please click on the relevant section below to expand the guidance. Click here for Coronavirus FAQ and Welcome to Warwick - Guidance for New Students.
  • If you are starting a course in September/October 2021, you should receive an invitation to complete course registration (online enrolment) 4-6 weeks before your course start date (if you have accepted an unconditional offer at that point).

    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 have not yet applied for a visa, or, have not yet received your visa, please read the 'Permission to Enrol' webpage for further information.

  • 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 Q7 below.

    Have more questions or worried that you haven't received your CAS? See our CAS FAQ webpage.

    Any other queries relating to your CAS should be made to your Admissions Team:

    Warwick | Study | Admissions | Undergraduate | FAQs

    Warwick | Study | Admissions | Postgraduate | FAQs

    Warwick | Student Immigration | Visa Portal | Student Visas (Tier 4) | CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies)

  • Please note: if you are required to self-isolate for 10 days on arriving in the UK, you should make arrangements to collect your BRP card AFTER you have completed the self-isolation. You do not need to worry about the requirement of collecting within 10 working days of arriving in the UK.

    If you have used the 'ACL code' when applying for your Tier 4 visa, your BRP will be sent to the University. When your BRP card arrives, you will receive an email to invite you to book an appointment to collect it. If you are collecting your BRP during the Welcome Week (provisionally from 25 September to 3 October 2021 - to be confirmed), you will need to book an appointment via the Welcome timetable. If you will collect your BRP after 3 October, you will need to book an appointment via MyAdvantage.

    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 webpage.

  • You can find this information on the University's central Arrival's webpage.

Starting your course remotely - this option is not currently available if you are starting your course in the Autumn of 2021


Frequently asked questions

Please click on the relevant section below to expand the guidance. Click here for Coronavirus FAQ and Welcome to Warwick - Guidance for New Students.
  • If remote study becomes an option (we will confirm this by mid-August 2021), you will not need a CAS or a visa to start studying remotely, however, you will need to obtain a Student visa before you can travel to the UK.

    You cannot apply for a Student visa without a CAS.

    You must arrive in the UK by your 'latest start date'.

    The university is required to monitor your academic engagement once you have enrolled online, regardless of whether you have applied for or received your visa.

  • If remote study becomes available again (we will confirm this by mid-August 2021), the process works exactly the same way, however, if you request a CAS AFTER your course start date, it is likely that we will need to put some additional text on your CAS to explain that you started your course remotely.

  • This is to help us understand student's arrival trend and plan accordingly.

    We are expecting students to arrive on campus from the beginning of September 2021 (as students will be able to travel to the UK up to 1 month before the 'course start date' on their CAS). Therefore, we will use this data to plan our service provision, particularly where students will be collecting their Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) from the University, to enable them to do so in a staggered manner, observing social distancing.

    We understand that at the time of requesting a CAS, you probably won't have a firm plan in terms of the date you intend to travel to the UK.

    Therefore, the date you provide on the CAS request form is used purely to help with our planning and not for anything else.

    If your 'intended travel date' changes after requesting a CAS, but you still intend to travel to the UK before your CAS latest start date, there is no need to tell us.

    If your 'intended travel date' changes and you are no longer able to travel to the UK by the course start date, you will receive reminder emails nearer the course start date to advise what you need to do.

Your Student Visa application and Travel to the UK


Frequently asked questions

Please click on the relevant section below to expand the guidance. Click here for Coronavirus FAQ and Welcome to Warwick - Guidance for New Students.
  • UKVI visa application centres have re-opened and we understand that the majority of the overseas UK visa applications have now opened.

    Postgraduate Admissions team have started issuing CAS from June 2021, and other teams intend to start issuing CAS from July 2021.

    Therefore, 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.

    Also refer to Q6 above regarding when you should apply for your Student visa if you request a CAS after your course has started.

  • Please refer to our detailed guidance provided on the links below.

    You can also download a ‘document checklist’ and ‘application form guidance’ which outline detailed document requirements and provide screen-by-screen help text on how to complete your visa application form:

    Warwick | Student Immigration | Visa Portal | Student Visas (Tier 4) | Applying for your Tier 4 visa outside of the UK

    Warwick | Student Immigration | Visa Portal | Student Visas (Tier 4) | Applying for your Tier 4 visa in the UK

  • 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).

    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 errors.

Arriving in the UK and beyond


Frequently asked questions

Please click on the relevant section below to expand the guidance. Click here for Coronavirus FAQ and Welcome to Warwick - Guidance for New Students.
  • Great! Please visit our Travel and Entering the UK webpage for more detailed guidance on what you need to do before and immediately after travelling to the UK.

    Please also refer to the University's central Arrival webpage for further information including covid-19 testing, quarantine and vaccination requirements:

    https://warwick.ac.uk/coronavirus/students/arrival

    You may wish to arrive 2 weeks before your course start date, or the start of Welcome Week, for self-isolation, if required.

  • If you need to self-isolate then you will need to complete the online part of the police registration within 7 days of arriving in the UK.

    If you have not got your BRP card yet, you can enter the visa number from your 90-day travel visa (this is the number on the top right corner of your visa) when completing the online form. If you need to self-isolate, both Warwickshire Police and West Midlands Police have confirmed that you have 14 days to complete the online part of the police registration (although we still recommend that you do so in 7 days if you are able, to future proof your immigration status).

    You can then book your in-person appointment on a date which is after your 10 day self-isolation. You must bring your BRP with you when you attend the appointment (amongst other mandatory documents).

    You can find comprehensive information on our Police Registration website.

  • Please refer to the university's central Arrival webpage for further information.

    If you are offered campus accommodation, please refer to Warwick Accommodation website for further information:

    Warwick | Stay Safe at Warwick | Accommodation | Campus accommodation FAQs

    They will be able to provide you with guidance on the following areas:

    When you can check into your accommodation

    How to get food/grocery shopping done whilst under quarantine

    What support our Residential Life team will be able to offer - these are tutors who live alongside students within the Halls of Residence.

  • 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 Route

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