Visas and Immigration

Visa Immigration Support and Advice (VISA) are the only team at GCU trained to give you advice and assistance with your visa. All information and advice given is confidential and unique to your circumstances. 

The UKVI has produced helpful Tier 4 DES Visa and Top Tips - Student Visas to ensure that making your application is quick and straightforward.

If you are applying for your Tier 4 visa from your home country, please read our information on Apply from outside the UK. Remember that you can email us at any point with any questions you may have. We can assist you if you have problems filling out the application form, and check any documents over email.

If you are applying for your Tier 4 visa from within the UK, we will advise you on the documents you need to submit, help you fill out the form, and send your application for you through our Check and Send Service. For information on applying for Tier 4 from the UK, see Apply from inside the UK (remember to email VISA or GCU London You can also phone us or visit us in person.

If you are applying for a Short-Term Study visa, please click for further information.

Please be aware that the Immigration Health Surcharge will increase to £300/year (or £150 per 6 months) later in 2018. There is no confirmation of the exact date yet.

There is also guidance available on other types of visas; please read the other web-pages in this "Visa Information" section, and contact us if you have any questions. Further information about the service and contact details can be found in our leaflet Your Student Visa

If you are applying for your visa from within the UK, you must submit your visa application through VISA under the International Student Terms and Conditions. All visa extensions submitted in the UK must be processed through VISA.

UKVI has a link to access the application form to apply or extend your Tier 4 Student Visa. You will require the University's sponsor licence to complete the first stage, you can find this on your CAS. For those extending in the UK please contact the VISA Team for the sponsor licence. The CAS will be issued by VISA at the point of submission if you are extending in the UK.

Tier 4 students are entitled to work part-time in the UK during their studies. Your visa/BRP/conditions letter will clearly state the working hours permitted. It is the responsibility of you and your employer to ensure that you do not exceed these hours. If you do, you can both face serious penalties.

You can work full time (maximum 40 hours per week) during vacation time according to the University Semester Calendar. This does not include weeks when you may not have classes. If your programme operates outside the normal calendar dates please check with your Programme Leader for the vacation dates.

Working hours are calculated as a 7 day period beginning on a Monday.

'Churches Together In Britain and Ireland' has a fund that offers financial help to students from developing countries who run into unexpected financial difficulty in the last six months of their studies, so that they can complete and graduate.

Eligible students should intend to return home after their current course and be able to show that their qualification will benefit such countries. Awards are made to applicants undertaking full-time frst degree or postgraduate studies lasting a minimum of one academic year.

Further information including criteria and how to apply can be found on their website:

If you have any questions please contact the funding team:

Short Term Study visa holders are not allowed to work, paid or unpaid.

If you stop studying before completing your course you will no longer be entitled to work and will be in breach of your conditions of leave if found working.

See a VISA Advisor for more information on working during your studies. Further information can be found on how to protect your student visa status in our leaflet Protecting your student visa status