Visa FAQs

It’s natural to have lots of questions. If you have a question regarding your visa application, then you might find the answer to your question below. If you don’t, then please do get in touch with us we’re more than happy to offer help and support wherever we can.

Do I need a visa to study in the UK?

International students from outside the UK or EU must apply for a student visa. You can only apply for a student visa if you intend to study a full-time degree course in the UK.

How and when do I apply for a Tier 4 visa?

Before applying for your visa (or a visa extension) you will need a CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) statement from Loughborough University as your sponsoring institution. When your CAS is issued, our Admissions office will send you a guide on applying for your Tier 4 visa. You cannot apply for a visa ore than 3 months before the course start date on your CAS.

What documentation do I need to submit as part of my visa application?

You will need to supply:

  • Financial evidence
  • Loughborough University Sponsor License number
  • Your unique 14 digit CAS number
  • The academic documents listed on your CAS
  • Certified professional translations of any documents that are not in English
  • ATAS clearance certificate if required for certain engineering and technology subjects
  • TB screening result for students applying from certain countries
  • Photograph and valid passport

Further advice and information regarding visas can be found here. 

When and how do I get my CAS to support my Tier 4 visa application?

You will be provided with a CAS once you have meet the full conditions of your offer and confirmed how you will be funding your studies. More information on what you need to do for the different levels of study can be found here

Can someone at Loughborough University check my visa application before I submit it?

If you have questions about your visa application, we have a team here who you can contact

How do I collect my biometric residence permit (BRP) after I arrive in the UK?

The visa application process will ask you for your contact details in the UK and/or those of where you are studying and which Post Office you wish to collect your BRP from. Within the visa application you can use the relevant University address for your contact details.

If you use an address that is not near to the campus, you will have to collect your BRP from the post office nearest to that address.

Further information can be found on our welcome site

What is ATAS and do I need it?

ATAS is a scheme run by the UK government for international students who want to study certain subjects in the UK.

ATAS clearance only applies to certain subject areas, where the knowledge gained could be used in the development or delivery of weapons of mass destruction (eg, certain science, engineering or technology subjects).

If you need to apply for an ATAS certificate, this will be included as a condition in your offer communication.

I am an EEA student, can I access healthcare services for free in the UK?

If you are an EEA National, you and your family should obtain an European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before coming to the UK.

This card entitles the holder to full NHS treatment on the same basis as a British National. You need to apply for this in your own country.

I am a Tier 4 student, can I access healthcare services for free in the UK?

As part of your visa application you will have paid the Immigration Health Surcharge. This entitles you to use other NHS services such as a GP or hospitals. Most of these services will be free at the point of use however some NHS services will always have to be paid for e.g. dental treatment and prescriptions.

How do I get a visa for my family? Will my family be able to visit me?

Some, categories of students are allowed to bring their dependants to the UK on a dependants visa. You can find more details on the UKCISA website

As this area can be complex, we would advise you to book an appointment to see one of our advisers who will be able to look at your personal circumstances and help you further.

If you would like family or friends to visit for example for graduation, you can use this web tool to check and see if they need a visa.
Your family members or friends will be able to apply for a Standard Visitor Visa, and they will need to do this from their home country. This leaflet gives you information about how they apply for this type of visa and what you can do to help.