Visa Immigration Support and Advice
We would like to welcome you to Glasgow Caledonian University and into our International Community.
We provide support and advice for all international students. We are based at the George Moore Building on the 1st floor. General visa enquiries can be answered at the Campus Life Desk on Level 1 of the George Moore Building. We offer drop-in sessions (no appointment required) where you can come and speak to an advisor. Appointments are also available.
V.I.S.A. Opening Hours:
Please check in at the V.I.S.A. desk for appointments and drop-in sessions at the V.I.S.A. area on the 1st floor of the George Moore Building.
Monday to Thursday: 10.00 am - 4.30 pm
Friday: 10.00 am - 4.00 pm
Drop-In Sessions are intended to answer quick enquiries. At these sessions, there is no need to book, just check in at the V.I.S.A. desk on the 1st floor of the George Moore Building first. Each student is allocated a 10 minute slot. If you require more time with an adviser, please make an appointment by contacting V.I.S.A.
Drop-in times each week are as follows:
|Tuesday||2.00 pm - 4.00 pm|
|Friday||10.00 am - 12.00 pm|
Tier 4 visa workshops for students
Workshop dates will be announced here. Please check this page for information on the next Tier 4 visa workshops.
You can also check our EventBrite page at http://gcuvisa.eventbrite.co.uk to register.
Immigration and Visa Advice should be given only by the trained staff in Visa Immigration Support and Advice (V.I.S.A) . If you have been given guidance from anyone else, please contact V.I.S.A directly.
- Please contact the team at least 12 weeks before your visa expires to begin the student visa process. Please attend a drop-in session to obtain a personalised checklist.
- All visa applications should be submitted to V.I.S.A before your visa expires. You should submit your visa application by appointment. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request this or visit Campus Life Desk, Level 1 George Moore Building.
- Complete your online application and bring your log-in detail and all required documents including a credit/debit card for payment and photos to the arranged appointment. We will 'Check and Send' your visa application.
- Remember that if you are applying with dependants, V.I.S.A will need more time to check your forms, please inform of number of dependants at time of booking appointment. You should allow plenty of time to gather the required documents.
ATAS applications are taking a turnaround time of 30 working days (6 calendar weeks) for processing. For more information please see the ATAS website. The ATAS team asks for applicants to be patient.
Please Note: Australian and New Zealanders are no longer exempt from payment of the Immigration Health Surcharge.
Note: the fees increased for all visas types on 18th March 2016. Please check the relevant section to confirm the new charges
Tier 4 application maintenance amount is now £1,015 per month (£1,265 in London).
Established presence is no longer available to students extending their visa (except for Tier 4 DES) and you will be required to show 9 months maintenance (or the remaining length of studies if less than 9 months).
It is your responsibility as a student to ensure that you adhere to the working conditions permitted on your visa, as well as all other conditions of your UK visa. If you would like to clarify your working allowance or have any other visa and immigration related questions, please email V.I.S.A.
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For information please e-mail us at V.I.S.A.
Scam warning (January 2016)
UKCISA (the UK Council for International Affairs) has reported a telephone scam targeting international students. The intended victim will receive a phone call from someone who claims to work for the Home Office. The caller might say there is a problem with your immigration status or visa, and that you must pay a fine.
These calls may appear genuine, but you must remember that the UKVI will never ask that you pay money over the phone or through Western Union. Under no circumstances should you ever give your bank details or personal information to anyone over the phone. If you ever receive such a call, you must contact the police and V.I.S.A. immediately. You may also wish to report it to Action Fraud. For more information on how to deal with this, visit the UKCISA website.
Due to UKVI sponsor licence duties, GCU cannot issue a CAS to students who wish to extend their visa for graduation. If you wish to return to the UK for your graduation ceremony, you will need to apply as a Standard Visitor.
V.I.S.A. work closely with Positive Living and Disability Service, for more information about the support available for international students, please visit their website: www.gcu.ac.uk/positiveliving/internationalstudents. Service leaflets are also available from V.I.S.A. Waiting and Resource Area on Level 1 of the George Moore Building.