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Visa Clearance at Registration

In order to register at Brunel University London, all students must provide evidence that they have valid immigration permission to study in the UK. This can be done by presenting your visa. This may be a vignette in your passport or a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP). However, if you have a pending immigration application at the point of registration, you should supply this evidence. This may include letters or emails you have received from the Home Office and/or a copy of your application form. 

Please see the sections below for more specific information about registering as a Tier 4 student or with a different type of visa.

Registering as a Tier 4 Student

In order to register at Brunel University London as a Tier 4 student, you must present the following documents:

1. A valid Tier 4 (General) student visa which covers the whole duration of the course

AND which shows Brunel University London's Sponsor Licence Number (SLN)

AND which was issued for the course you are registering on.

The visa may be a paper vignette in your passport called Entry Clearance and/or a plastic card called a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP). You will receive a BRP if you make your Tier 4 application in the UK or if your visa is issued to cover a course that is more than six months long (please see section below). 

2. An ORIGINAL letter or email from UKVI which proves they have received your leave to remain application for a Tier 4 visa to study at Brunel University.

3. An ORIGINAL letter or email from UKVI which invites you to attend a biometrics appointment, as part of your application for a Tier 4 visa to study at Brunel University.

4. An ORIGINAL letter or email from UKVI which confirms your Tier 4 leave to remain application has been successful to study at Brunel University. The letter will also state that your BRP (which is the new visa) will be sent to you in the coming days.

5. If you have recently submitted an online Tier 4 application but have not yet had confirmation from UKVI that your supporting documents have been received, you must supply a copy of your application cover sheet.

Please be aware that if you present any of the documents described in options two – five above, you will be registering at your own risk. Should the visa application subsequently be refused, you may have to be de-registered and may lose monies already paid to the University. We will ask you to sign a disclaimer which confirms you accept this risk. Once you receive your new visa, or other UKVI decision, you must show it to the University as soon as possible.

If you already have a Tier 4 (General) student visa that was issued for another sponsor, or which does not cover the whole duration on your course at Brunel University, you will need to apply for a new Tier 4  visa using a CAS we have issued. Please also note that you will need to apply for a new Tier 4 visa if you move between courses at Brunel University London (for example, if you complete an undergraduate degree and then want to study a postgraduate degree). You will not be allowed to register with a Tier 4 visa that was issued either to study at another sponsor or for a previous course at Brunel University. 

Tier 4 (General) Students - evidence of entering the UK

If you made your Tier 4 visa application outside of the UK (entry clearance), please keep any documentary evidence that shows the date on which you entered the UK. This may include boarding passes and/or flight tickets. You may be asked to provide this, particularly if you entered via an Electronic Passport Gate (e-gate).

How to collect your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)

If you applied for your Tier 4 visa outside of the UK and are joining a course that is longer than six months, you must collect your BRP before you can register with us. 

If you are required to collect a BRP after arriving in the UK, there will be two possible places where you can collect it. This will depend on the option you select when you complete your Tier 4 visa application form. The form will ask you a question about where you would like to collect your BRP.

1. Collect your BRP at a Post Office: The form will ask you to input the UK postcode of the address you will be living at when you come to the UK. If your Tier 4 visa application is successful, you will then be given instructions of which Post Office you need to go to in order to collect your BRP. This will be a Post Office close to where you will be living. Please note that it will be your responsibility to ensure that you collect your BRP within 10 days of arriving in the UK.** 

 If you choose this option, please be aware that there may be significant waiting times at the post office during busy times of the year.

2. Collect your BRP at Brunel University London: If you wish, UKVI will send your BRP to Brunel University for you to collect here. We would recommend that you select this option, particularly if you intend to stay in our on-campus accommodation or live near to the University. In order to do this, when completing your Tier 4 application form, you will need to enter our Alternative Collection Code (ACL), which is provided in your CAS. You will need to collect your BRP from Brunel's Student Centre, located on the ground floor of the Howell Building, during their opening hours. You will need to bring your passport and the letter that UKVI will give you to confirm your BRP collection.**

*Please note that there may be rules in place for visitors entering the UK that mean you will have to self-isolate for 14 days after arriving in the UK. If so, please do not go to collect your BRP until after this period of self-isolation has been completed. For further details, please visit the UKVI website.  

If your Tier 4 visa application includes any family members who will come to the UK with you (Dependants), you will also be able to collect their BRP here. If you need to do this, you must email their Full Name/s, Date of Birth, Relationship and your Full Name to Immigration@brunel.ac.uk

Registering with another type of visa

It may be possible to register at Brunel University London with another type of visa other than Tier 4 (General), provided that this does not prohibit study in the UK. This would typically include (but not restricted to) the following types of visa:

  •  A visa which is in a category outside the Points Based System (PBS), such as a spouse or diplomatic visa
  •  A visa issued for another category of the PBS (such as Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 5)
  • A  dependant visa

If you wish to enrol on a non-Tier 4 visa, we recommend that you contact the Compliance Team to confirm that your visa is suitable for registration at the University before you arrive. 

You will not be allowed to register with a visa that does not permit full-time study in the UK. Your visa should cover the duration of your course. If not, you may still be allowed to register. However, you need to be aware that your continued enrolment may depend on you being able to extend this visa or successfully switch into another immigration category. If this applies, you will be asked to sign a disclaimer at registration to make sure that you are aware of this.

Visas that do not permit registration

Brunel University London’s policy is that we do not accept the following types of visa for registration:

  • A Tier 4 (General) student visa which does not cover the whole duration of the course you are registering for
  • A Tier 4 (General) student visa with the Sponsor Licence Number of another institution
  • A  Standard Visitor Visa (including family/business/academic visitors) – this visa type does not permit study on a full-time course
  • A Student Visitor or Short-term Study visa (except for an English language or student exchange programmes)
  • Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur)