Once you have your visa
Last updated: 10/08/2023 12:25
There are restrictions on the amount of time you can stay in the UK before and after your studies.
Arriving before your course starts
The start date of your course will be stated in the Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) email you receive from us.
Courses lasting six months or more
You can travel to the UK up to one month before your course start date if your visa is for a course of six months or more or for a pre-sessional English language course.
Courses lasting less than six months
You will only be able to come to the UK seven days before the course start date if you're coming for a course that is less than six months and is not a pre-sessional English language course.
Please check your visa carefully when you receive it. You cannot travel before the date stated on your visa document.
If you believe there is an error please follow the guidance issued by the Home Office.
How long your visa will be valid
|Type and length of course||Length of stay allowed||Example of course|
|12 months or more||The full length of the course|
+ four months after the end of your course
|Undergraduate or Master's|
|Six months or more but less than 12 months||The full length of the course|
+ two months after the end of your course
|International Foundation Programme|
|Pre-sessional course of less than six months||The full length of the course|
+ one month after the end of your course
|English Language Pre-sessional course|
|Course of less than six months that is not a pre-sessional course||The full length of the course|
+ seven days after the end of your course
|English for University Study (EfUS) Programme|
If you think you have not been given the correct length of time after your course, in the first instance, you should contact the visa post at which your application was made.
You can contact the Student Visa Support team for assistance if you are already in the UK.
Any request for amendment should be submitted to the Home Office within 10 days of receiving your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP). Contact Student Connect as soon as possible after you arrive if you have a problem.
If your BRP expires on 31 December 2024
If your BRP expires on 31 December 2024 but your immigration permission should be valid for longer, then this is not a mistake, and you do not need to report this to the UKVI. You can check the full validity of your immigration permission by referring to the grant email from the UKVI, which notified you that your visa had been granted. Please check that the end date on this email aligns with the dates provided above.
The system of immigration documents is changing from 2025. You will not need a BRP from 1 January 2025. You can prove your immigration status online without a BRP.
UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) will update its information on how to prove your immigration status in early 2024.
You do not need to do anything, and your immigration status will not be affected. For more information, visit UKVI
All the ways to get to Cardiff, along with advice on arriving early or late, clearing immigration and declaring any money you're carrying.