Visa Immigration Support and Advice

Welcome to the Glasgow Caledonian University international community 

The VISA Team are located in Level 1 of the George Moore Building. We are a Professional Service dedicated to supporting you, international students and your families while studying at GCU. We specialise in visa and immigration advice and offer a check-and-are post service for visa applications.

Our VISA advisors offer drop in sessions and pre-booked appointments to discuss any issues you may face during your international study at GCU.

 

Mission statement

The VISA team – An approachable dedicated team of ethical and professional immigration specialists, who are committed to the quality delivery of an authentic service through positive engagement so to promote the continued duty of care owed to all, ultimately to enhance both the student and staff experience.

 

Get Immigration and Visa Advice

The service is open:

  • Monday to Thursday 10.00am - 4.30pm
  • Friday 10.00am - 4.00pm

Visa Drop-In Sessions

Drop-in sessions are great opportunities to get quick answers to any general questions you may have and initial visa application advice including a personalised visa application checklist. There is no need to book in advance, simply register on arrival at the VISA Desk and you will be allocated a 10-minute slot with a VISA advisor.

  • Monday 2.00pm - 4.00pm
  • Friday 10.00am - 12.00pm

Appointments

Appointments can be booked to meet with a VISA advisor to discuss your specific questions or check and submit your visa extension application. These appointments are available as a 30 minute timeslot. Additional time can be booked if required. Please contact the VISA desk visa@gcu.ac.uk  to request a meeting.

  • Monday 10:00am to 12:00pm
  • Tuesday to Thursday 10:00am - 12.00pm, 2:00pm - 4:00pm

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When to get VISA advice

The University is aware of visa processing delays for normal and priority UK visa applications at the busiest time of the year due to the volume of applications for new and returning international students studying in the UK therefore some visa applications may take longer during these times. You can check the UKVI Service Standard Times for processing visas in your country via www.gov.uk/visa-processing-times.

If you are concerned about the delays, please contact the VISA Team for support by emailing visa@gcu.ac.uk

Immigration and visa advice should be given only by the trained members of the VISA team. If you have been given guidance from anyone else, please verify this information with a member of the team.

  • Contact the team at least 90 days before your visa expires to begin the student visa application process
  • Submit your student VISA application to the VISA team at least 3 weeks before your visa expires
  • Attend a Drop-In Session first to receive your personalised visa checklist
  • When using our check and post service, make sure you have your online application log-in details, required documentation, payment method and photograph with you to the submission appointment
  • If you are applying with dependants, we need more time to check your forms and supporting documentation. Gather all of the required documents in advance and let us know the number of dependents listed when you book your submission appointment with us.

Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)

Please note: ATAS applications are taking at least 20 working days (4 calendar weeks) to process. We appreciate your patience and ask you to book well in advance. For more information visit ATAS.

Conditions of your VISA

It is your responsibility as a student to ensure that you have been issued the correct working conditions on your visa and 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 require your visa to be amended to the correct working conditions or have any other visa and immigration related questions, please email VISA.

Visa extensions

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.

Scam warning

UKCISA (UK Council for International Student 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. A recent scam demands you pay the fine by buying Apple iTunes vouchers. Under no circumstances give your bank details, or personal information, to anyone over the phone. Do not be coerced into buying vouchers. If you receive such a call, contact the police and VISA immediately. We recommend you may also wish to report it to Action Fraud. For more information on how to deal with this, visit the UKCISA website.