Student visa issued for another university

If your current Student visa was issued by a different University, but you would like to use this visa for a new course at the University of Birmingham, you will need to take action before the start of your new course. 

Check your current Student visa expiry date and your new course start date

It is important to check that the start date of your new course of studies (as stated on your CAS) is no more than 28 days after the end of your current visa so you can meet the Student visa extension eligiblity requirements.

If your visa will still be valid by the start date of your new course, or your current visa will expire within 28 days of your new course start date, then you should follow the instructions below.

If the new course start date is later (more than 28 day gap from expiry date) then you must leave the UK and apply for a Student visa (entry clearance) from your home country or place of residence.

Your current Student visa does not cover the full length of your new course

You must apply for a new Student visa before you can complete registeration at the University of Birmingham to begin your new course.  

If you have submitted a valid Student visa application, you can actually start your course at the University of Birmingham following Right to Study checks, before you receive the UKVI visa grant decision. However this is at your own risk because we do not know if you will be granted the visa until you receive the decision.  

The University will need to see your visa application evidence before you can be registered on your new course.

You need to provide copies of all of the following to the University for checking:

  • photo page (bio-data) of your valid passport
  • BRP and Visa Vignette - as applicable
  • UKVI visa application form and checklist (You can download these documents following online submission)
  • All supporting documents (evidence) that have been uploaded for your application - UKVCAS biometric appointment or app

It will be your responsibility to provide these documents and without this evidence, you cannot be registered for your new course and begin study at the University of Birmingham.

We advise to check the UKCISA advice webpages that are really helpful as well as our own webpages below for information about how to apply for a Student Route visa.

UKCISA guidance:

University guidance:

University Online Registration

University online registration takes place at the start of your course. The University is required to check all visas, so you must have taken the required action as explained on this page prior to this time.