New to the UK
Coming to the UK for the first time can be really exciting - here's all the information you need to know to be able to settle in really quickly.
Tier 4 Student Applications
We can help current students who are applying for an extension of Tier 4 leave in the UK. This may be due to re-sits, adding a placement, or extending a PhD. We can give advice on the immigration rules, check your application form and documents, and for students applying in the UK we may be able to take delivery of your returned documents for you and help deal with any queries the UKVI may have about your application. We cannot assist with overseas applications but UKCISA's website provides a guide and a helpline.
Many students need to register with the Police and we provide information and advice about whether and how to do this.
Biometric Residence Permit Replacements
If you find that your biometric residence permit is lost or stolen, it is very likely that you will need to report this to UKVI and the Police and replace this as soon as possible. We provide a guide to the process so that you can do this yourself. If you would like help to check the application before you send it, please contact us after you have prepared your application and supporting documents.
Working while studying
If you want to work part time while studying, you first need to make sure you have permission to do so. Your BRP or visa vignette should state what work you are allowed to do. You must not work more than permitted as this is an offence. If you think there may be an error, please contact us for advice. To work in the UK you will need to apply for a National Insurance Number. If you have a vignette rather than a BRP (Biometric Residence Permit) you may need to apply for a Transfer of Conditions to obtain a BRP. We can assist you with this.
If you would like to undertake a work placement as part of your course please view our online information as you may not require an appointment. If you have a query about your eligibility to do a placement, please email us your query as it may be able to be resolved without needing an appointment. If you have a confirmed placement and need to extend your visa please arrange an appointment, but use our online guide to prepare your application first.
Working after you finish your course
Many students want to stay in the UK to work after they finish their course. We cannot offer advice or appointments for anything other that the Doctorate Extension Scheme, or Start-Up visas. For infomation about the various visas available, please see UKCISA's summary.
Travel to other countries
If you want to visit Europe or other countries such as the United States, it’s likely that you will need to apply for a visa before travelling. Information is available from us on how to apply for European Schengen visas and permission to visit other countries. We do not offer appointments or advice on this topic.
Inviting visitors to the UK
Especially at graduation time but also throughout the year, international students want to invite their family and friends to the UK to visit them. Please se our online guide about the application process but we do not provide advice or appointments for this subject.
Bringing family members to the UK
DSU Advice can only assist with Dependant applications if the Dependants are already in the UK and applying at the same time as the Tier 4 student. Students may wish to add new Dependants at a later date, and unless they are a baby born in the UK or switching from another category this will usually be an overseas application. DSU Advice does not offer assistance with overseas applications, but UKCISA can provide information and operates a helpline for students in the event that you have any questions: https://www.ukcisa.org.uk/Information--Advice/Visas-and-Immigration/Dependants