Do I need to apply for a visa?

The following information applies to students who will enter the UK before 31 December 2020.

A visa (also referred to as ‘entry clearance’)gives you permission to enter the UK. If you intend to travel to the UK to become a studentyou may need toapply for a visa. If your passport was issued by Switzerland or an EEA country (all the EUcountries plus Norway, Liechtenstein and Iceland) then you are currently free to enter the UK and do notrequire a visa. If your passport was issued by any other country then you will need to applyfor entry clearance to study here.

Whether you apply for entry clearance prior to travel orupon arrival in the UK will depend on the type of course you are going to study, its duration, andwhether you are categorised as avisa national ornon-visa national.

TheCheck if You Need a UK Visapageon the UK Visas and Immigration website will help you toidentify whether you are avisa national ornon-visa national. It also provides information about how to apply for a UKvisain your home country andhas a list of visa application centres and their contact details.

The UK immigration systemcan be subject to change at very short notice. It is thereforevital that you keep yourself informed by checking theUK Visas and Immigration andUKCISA websites regularly. If you have any questionsabout the above information please contact theInternational andStudent Experience team

How long will it take to get my visa?

You can find out more about Visa Processing Timeson the GOV UK website.



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