Cranfield offers advice and guidance to international students who require a visa to study in the UK.
If you require a visa in order to study at Cranfield University, the Student Immigration and Funding Team can offer support and advise in the following areas:
- Student visa;
- PBS (Student) Dependant;
- Short Term Study visa;
- Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS);
- CAS numbers;
- Other visa categories on which you can study.
Students coming to Cranfield to study one of our full-time programmes, some part-time research programmes, or our English for Academic Purposes (EAP) programme, will need to apply for a Student visa. Students coming to Cranfield to study one of our short courses or most of our part-time programmes will need to apply for a Short Term Study visa.
Please read the following information carefully, and if you have any questions regarding immigration please email us.
Information for EEA and Swiss students
EEA students who arrive in the UK by 11 pm on 31 December 2020, don’t need a visa even if they later leave the UK and re-enter. However, they will have until 30 June 2021 to apply for leave under the EU Settlement Scheme. Student immigration and Funding at Cranfield University support all our EEA students with the application process including helping them to fill in the application form and do the identity check.
If you arrive in the UK after 11 pm on 31 December 2020, you will have to apply for visa under the Student visa route in place for all international students. You can apply for your Student visa within 6 months from your course start date. To apply under the Student visa route you will need to be issued a CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) by Cranfield University. You will be able to complete your application, including identity verification, using a smartphone app called (ID Check). Some applicants may need to attend a Visa Application Centre, if they are unable to access the app, or if they do not have a biometric passport. The UK government published a guide for EEA students for more information. EEA and Swiss passport holders are exempt from requiring an ATAS certificate for UK study.
Q&As in relation to closure of visa application centres and travel restrictions due to Covid 19 emergency
Q/ I have received my visa (30 days vignette) but cannot travel to the UK because of the travel ban, how does this affect my course registration and arrival in the UK?
A/ It may be possible to register on your course and attend remotely if your supervisor or course director approves. Once the travel ban has been lifted you can then travel to the UK if your visa is still valid. If your 30 days vignette has expired then you should apply for a replacement (another vignette) to travel to the UK.
Q/ I have applied for visa from outside the UK and I am unable to obtain my passport because the Visa Application Centre is closed, how does this affect my course registration and arrival in the UK?
A/ It may be possible to register on your course and attend remotely if your supervisor or course director approves. Once the Visa Application Centre is open and you receive your visa you can then travel to the UK if your visa is still valid. If your 30 days vignette has expired then you should apply for replacement (another vignette) to travel to the UK.
Q/ How do I apply for a new 30 days vignette (visa) if my current vignette expires before I can travel to the UK?
A/ You will need to apply online for a transfer of conditions (vignette transfer), see the following link https://visas-immigration.service.gov.uk/product/uk-visit-visa. You should select the following options:
- Confirm your visa type: BRP Vignette Transfer
- Category of application: To transfer or replace your visa (vignette)
In the additional information section you should explain that you have been granted a Student visa to study in the UK but you need a new 30-day vignette as you have not been able (or will not be able) to travel to the UK before the end of the 30-day vignette that you have been issued.
In a major boost for international students, the UK Government has announced a new two-year post-study work visa, expanding opportunities for international students to build successful careers in the UK. All international students who join Cranfield in the 2020/2021 academic year will be eligible for the new scheme.
Launching in summer 2021, this route will be open to all international students who have a valid UK immigration status as a student and have successfully completed their course at Cranfield. The visa will allow eligible students to work, or look for work, in any career or position of their choice, for two years after completing their studies. During the two years, they will be able to switch onto the ‘skilled work visa’ if they find a job which meets the skills requirements of the UK Government.
Further details of the scheme will be announced in due course.
Update 16 June 2020 - Students will normally be expected to undertake their studies in the UK to be eligible for the Graduate route. However, if students are required to either continue their current studies or commence a new course by distance or blended learning due to Covid-19, they will still be eligible to switch into the Graduate route on a concessionary basis if they spent some time studying outside the UK. Students will benefit from this concession if they enter the UK before 6 April 2021 and complete the final parts of their studies in the UK.
Students will still need to have extant leave as a Student visa holder when the new route launches in 2021 and meet other eligibility criteria to be eligible for the route.
Cranfield University is implementing a range of activities to enable its graduates to take advantage of Government proposals to allow international students to work in the UK after graduation.
New rules for the use of eGates at the border
From May 2019, nationals from Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and the United States of America will be able to use eGate entry at the border in 15 UK airports and the Eurotunnel.
If you are a national from one of these countries and you are coming to the UK for a study visit of 6 months or less:
- Please DO NOT use the eGate entry. You are required to visit a border force officer to receive an entry stamp in your passport on arrival in order for you to register with us as a student on a Short Term Study visa.
- Please DO NOT attempt to use the eGates to obtain a standard visit visa, as this visa is not accepted for study purposes.
If you are a national from one of these countries and you are coming to the UK for study using a Student visa:
- You are eligible to use the eGates, however, we will require proof that you entered the UK during the validity period of your Entry Clearance stamp. As such, please be sure to have evidence such as your boarding pass, flight tickets or flight booking available at registration.
- Alternatively, you can visit a border force officer on arrival at the airport and receive an entry stamp in your passport instead of using the eGate system.
All other nationalities and visa holders must use the standard entry points and be seen by a border force officer.
We offer advice and guidance on how to apply for the Student visa from both inside and outside the UK. We can also help with the following visas:
- Student visa for full-time and part-time students;
- Doctorate Extension Scheme;
- Schengen visa;
- Short Term Study visa;
- Tier 2 visa;
- Start-up visa (formerly Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur).
Short Term Study visa
If you are studying a short course at Cranfield University you can enter the UK using a Short Term Study visa which is valid for 6 months.
You can apply online unless you are living in North Korea. In this case you will need to download the application form from the UKVI website.
You will require the following documents in support of your application:
- Current passport;
- Two passport photographs - these must comply with the Home Office photograph guidance guidelines;
- Your unconditional offer letter from Cranfield University;
- Evidence of your finances, e.g. payslips or bank statements for the last six months;
- Details of where you intend to stay and your travel plans - you shouldn't pay for your accommodation or travel until you get your visa;
- Evidence of any previous study or qualifications gained, including any English language certificates;
- Your tuberculosis (TB) test results if you're from a country where you have to take the test;
- Valid ATAS certificate - if appropriate for your course of study (this will be detailed as a requirement in your offer letter).
Download the UK Visas and Immigration guide to supporting documents for more information.
Meet the Student Immigration and Funding Team
Head of Student Immigration and Funding
Student Immigration and Funding Manager
Student Immigration and Funding Manager
Student Immigration and Funding Adviser