• You should not book any travel outside the UK until after you have received your new visa back from the Home Office. Remember, even though you retain your passport during the application process, you must not travel as this will mean your application is withdrawn.

    • If you are a country on the Differential Requirement List, then the UKVI may contact you to request your finance and your academic qualifications. Contact us immediately if this happens. If you do not send the required documents in the time specified by the UKVI, then your visa application will be refused.
    • The visa application form does not always correctly calculate the Immigration Health Charge so you may get an email from the UKVI asking you to pay more. You can check this with us first.
    • Credibility interviews. Very occasionally, the UKVI asks for a student to attend an interview before deciding their visa. Contact us if you are asked to do this. More information about Credibility Interviews.

    How long will it take for my visa decision?

    Standard Service - The Home Office aim to process all applications within 8 weeks but it may take longer at busier periods of the year.

    Priority Service- You should receive a decision within 5 working days from your appointment date.

    Super Priority Service - You should receive a decision by the end of the next working day after your UKVCAS appointment if your appointment is on a weekday, or 2 working days after your UKVCAS appointment if your appointment is at the weekend.


    How will I be notified of my decision?

    You will get an email followed by a decision letter (either in the post or by email).

    If your application is approved, the email will let you know the outcome. If your application is refused, the outcome will not be mentioned in the email.


    When will I get my Biometric Resident Permit (BRP) card?

    You will usually receive your BRP within 7 to 10 days of your decision. If it does not arrive, you can report your missing BRP online.

    Your BRP will be sent to the address you gave in your application. You need to update your address before your application is approved if you want it sent elsewhere. 

    If you entered the university address, we will email you to collect it after we receive it, or arrange to have it posted to you. If you entered your home address in the UK, then email a copy of your BRP card to the Compliance team, isct@brookes.ac.uk, when you receive it.


    Check the details on your visa are correct after receiving your new visa

    When you receive your visa check that all the details are correct. If you notice any errors, contact isat@brookes.ac.uk and we will take you through the process of getting the errors corrected.

    Courses 12 months or longer should get a visa that lasts until 4 months after the course end date.

    Courses from 6 up to 12 months long should get a visa that lasts until 2 months after the course end date.

    Courses less than 6 months long should get a visa that lasts until 7 days after the course end date - unless it is a pre-sessional course, in which case the visa should end one month after the course end date.

    A Doctorate Extension Scheme visa should last for 12 months from the course completion date on your CAS.


    Police registration

    If you need to register with the police you will need to up date your registration with your new visa details within 7 days of receiving it.

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