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Enrolment information for visa holders

If you need a visa to study at UAL, we'll ask you to provide some additional information during your enrolment. You won't be able to join or continue your course until we've seen everything we've asked you for.

It's important to remember we're not able to enrol you if you don't have the correct immigration status or if you can't prove you have applied for a new visa.

Here you'll find some guidance about what you may be asked to provide as part of your enrolment.

Extending your visa within the UK?

Remember we won't be able to enrol you if you can't prove you have the correct immigration status to study with us.

If you're extending your visa within the UK at the time of your enrolment, you must provide proof you have submitted an in-time visa application to UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI).

During your enrolment we may ask you to provide:

  1. your document checklist from your new visa application to UKVI. You can download an example UKVI document checklist (PDF 123KB) if you're unsure what yours may look like.
  2. an electronic copy of your current visa which must have been valid at the time you submitted your new application.
  3. your appointment confirmation for your biometric enrolment appointment with the UK Visas and Citizenship Application Services (UKVCAS). You can download an example UKVCAS appointment confirmation (PDF 375KB) if you're unsure what yours may look like.

If you haven't booked your biometric appointment with UKVCAS or you haven't yet attended an appointment that is booked for a future date, you must provide your appointment confirmation when you have it.

Lastly, as soon as you've received confirmation from UKVI that your new visa application has been successful, you must provide a copy of this confirmation.

Not a Tier 4 Visa holder?

If your visa is not a Tier 4 visa, you will be asked to provide additional documentation to prove you have the correct immigration status.

Here is some general guidance about the types of documentation you may be asked for. If any of the documents are not originally in English they must be officially translated.

Dependent visa

If your visa shows you are dependent upon a person, you must provide:

  • proof of the person that you are a dependent of. This can be a copy of the persons entry vignette (sticker), Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) card, or a letter from the Home Office which shows you as a dependent;
  • proof that the person you are a dependent of is exercising their right of residence in the UK. This can be a recent letter from their employer or education institute, a tenancy agreement or evidence of self-employment.

Sponsored visa

If your visa shows that you are sponsored by someone else, you must provide a letter from your sponsor confirming that:

  • the sponsorship will be maintained whilst you are studying.
  • your sponsor is aware of your study plans and gives permission for you to attend all study-related activity.
  • your intended course does not interfere with the activity for which the visa was originally issued.

Family member of an EEA national

If your visa shows that you are a family member of an EEA national, you must provide:

  • a copy of your EEA national family members' passport.
  • proof that your EEA national family member is exercising their right of residence in the UK. This can be a recent letter from the employer or education institution; a tenancy agreement; evidence of self-employment.
  • proof of a subsistent relationship with your EEA national family member. For example a utility bill, council tax statement or bank statement showing your name and that of your EEA national family member.

Non-dependent visa

If your visa is not dependent upon another person and is not being sponsored, you must provide copies of your passport and visa during your enrolment.

Asylum seeker

If you are an asylum seeker, you must provide a copy of your Home Office letter showing your immigration status and the conditions of your stay during your enrolment.

Returning after an interruption to study?

If you require a visa to study at UAL and you’re now planning to return to your studies after taking some agreed time-out, or to repeat a course unit(s), you must ensure that you have the correct immigration status and visa requirements to recommence your studies. This may mean you need to make an application for a Tier 4 visa or a short-term study visa.

If you’re unsure what visa you need to secure before your return, contact UAL’s Student Advice team by phoning +44 (0)20 7514 6250 or sending an email to student.services@arts.ac.uk.