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You should not book your flight until after you have received your new visa back from the Home Office.
Standard Service - The Home Office aim to process all applications within 3 weeks once you either attend your appointment at the visa application centre (VAC) or use the ID Check app, but it may take longer at busier periods of the year.
Priority Service - A decision will be made within 5 working days of your appointment at the visa application centre. (Service not available if using the ID Check app).
Check with your visa application centre to see if the priority visa service is available in the country you’re applying from.
Super Priority Service - The Home Office aims to make a decision on your application and contact you to let you know that your passport is ready to be collected by the end of the next working day from when you provide your biometric information. (Service not available if using the ID Check app).
Check with your visa application centre to see if the super priority visa service is available in the country you’re applying from.
How will I be notified of my decision?
If you verified your identity at a visa application centre, wait for the outcome of your visa decision. You will be contacted when your passport is ready for collection or it will be returned to you by post.
If you verified your identity through the UK Immigration: ID Check app, you will be notified of your decision by email.
What will my visa look like?
EU, EEA and Swiss Students
If you used the ‘UK Immigration: ID Check’ app your full visa will be issued as an online digital status which you can view at any time. This can be shared with anyone who needs to check your visa status, for example and employer or your university. You can also view the conditions of your status, for example the hours you are permitted to work.
Please note: You will not receive a physical visa or vignette.
When you enter the UK, all you will need is the identity document that you used to make your Student visa application (this will most likely be your biometric passport).
Non-EU Students/Students who need to attend a biometrics appointment
If your application is successful you will receive a 90 day vignette (sticker in your passport), which will allow you to enter the UK within a three month period. You will then receive your biometric resident permit (BRP), once you have arrived in the UK which shows the full length of your visa.
The 90 days will start 30 days before the course start date on your CAS or seven days before the date that you specified on your application as your intended date of travel to the UK, whichever is later.
If your course is less than 6 months then your vignette will be for the duration of the course and you will not receive a BRP or a 90 day vignette.
How will I receive my Biometric Resident Permit (BRP)?
See our BRP collection page for more details.
When you receive your visa check that all the details are correct. If you notice any errors, contact firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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