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Visa and Immigration Student Advice Service

Tier 4 pilot scheme

The University of Southampton is pleased to confirm that it has been invited to join a select number of UK universities in the Tier 4 pilot scheme.  This is due to our consistently low visa refusal rates. 

This means that if you are a student applying for a Tier 4 (general) student visa to commence a full-time postgraduate masters programme of 13 months or less in duration, you will be given an additional 6 months on your visa after your programme end date (instead of 4 months).  Eligible students will not have to submit academic qualifications or evidence of funds as part of their visa application.  However, ATAS certificates and/or TB certificates (if applicable) will still need to be submitted.  This applies to students starting their masters in the 2018/19 academic year.  FAQ on the Tier 4 pilot scheme.

The University has a dedicated team of staff to provide information and advice about visas and immigration for students and their dependants

We offer a variety of services for international students.
We offer a variety of services for international students.

The University of Southampton's VISAS Team:

The University is an Alternative Collection Location (ACL) for Tier 4 visas. We recommend that you use the University as the ACL if you are applying for a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) card for your Tier 4 visa. The ACL code is: 2HE382.

Frequently Asked Questions
Enquiry form

Enquiry form

You can contact us through our online enquiry form. We strongly encourage people to contact us through the online enquiry form rather than emailing us directly.

Lost passports and visas

Lost passports and visas

If you have lost your passport or visa (e.g. BRP card) then there are some important steps that you must take.

Visa drop-in and appointments

Visa drop-in and appointments

We offer a drop-in service for quick questions regarding your visa or you can book an appointment to speak, in depth, with one of our visa advisors.

Attendance and absence

Attendance and absence

Information on attendance requirements for Tier 4 students, as well as absence from studies.

Working in the UK

Working in the UK

Find out more about restrictions and advice for working alongside your studies in the UK under a Tier 4 visa.

Police registration

Police registration

Information on registering with the police if you have this visa requirement.

Pre-sessional

Pre-sessional

Advice and guidance for pre-sessional students looking to extend their Tier 4 visas.

UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI)

UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI)

If you cannot find the information that you need on our website then the UK Government's website may contain further information.

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