Student Immigration Service
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Changes for visiting students

From 01 December 2020 (or 01 January 2021 for EU/EEA/Swiss nationals), visiting students applying to come to the UK for 6 months or less will need to apply for immigration permission as a Standard Visitor.

The Short-term Study route will now be only for English language programmes of up to 11 months.  If you have already applied under the Short-term Study route before 01 December you do not need to take any action. 

Please note:  If your programme contains a work placement, or if you wish to work part time whilst studying,  you will need to apply for a Student visa.

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When you get to the UK, where you collect your BRP from will depend on what you put in your application.  It may be:

  • Old College;
  • Waverley Bridge Post Office or;
  • It may be posted to your UK address (if you have made your application from the UK)

The location of your collection will be clearly visible on your Decision Letter from the Home Office. This is a letter which would have been returned to you in the envelope with your passport from the visa processing centre.

Currently you do not need to get your BRP within 10 days of arriving; the rules about this have been relaxed due to Covid-19 to allow for any period of self isolation.

Your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)

Click here for immigration guidance for those affected by the COVID-19 outbreak

Our office is closed in light of the latest COVID-19 government guidance. We are therefore suspending face to face appointments. If you need assistance with your visa, you should in the first instance email, and if appropriate, we will be able to set up a remote appointment at a suitable date and time. 

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Guidance on applying for a Student route visa or short-term student visa to study at the University of Edinburgh.

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Visa options for those who wish to work in the UK during or after their studies.

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Information for students from the European Union, European Economic Area and Switzerland.

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Immigration for family members and dependants.

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Advice and guidance for University of Edinburgh staff working with non-UK students. 

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Information about support available to non-UK students and applicants at the University of Edinburgh.