This page is aimed at helping students who are members of the College from outside the EU who are either a new student from Michaelmas 2016 or an existing student who has renewed their Tier 4 Student Visa via a CAS. You will find useful information on the Points Based Immigration Office website and the University has also provided helpful information for Tier 4 students.
Biometric Residence Permits (BRP)
All Tier 4 students will be emailed about BRP collection at the University after they have received their CAS. Following a successful visa application, most students will be issued an entry permit in their passport which will allow travel to the UK and the visa, in the form of a Biometric Residence Permit, will need to be collected after arriving in the UK. To collect your BRP at the University you will need to use a specific code in the relevant section of your visa application. Please read the detailed information on the International Students website.
Point Based Immigration (PBI) and termly reporting
When your visa has been granted, you must abide by the conditions of your visa. You and the University of Cambridge must also abide by the sponsorship duties of Tier 4. You should read this information so you understand what is expected of you and what you can expect from the University.
For those starting in Michaelmas 2015, you will be required to provide your Visa and Passport to the College Graduate Office within 7 days of the start of term (see table below). At this busy time of year, the Graduate Office is open for undergraduate passport and visa processing between 2pm and 4pm each day.
Once term has started, you will be required to report to the College Porters' Lodge regularly with your Passport and Visa to complete the sign-in sheet and therefore comply with Border Agency requirements. There is a chart of dates for signing in below to help you.
Termly Passport and Visa reporting dates:
|Term||2015/16 start of term dates|
|Michaelmas (within 7 days of the start of full term)||4th Oct 2016|
|Lent (within 7 days of the start of full term)||17th Jan 2017|
|Easter (within 7 days of the start of full term)||25th Apr 2017|
Immigration Health Surcharge
Tier 4 students now have to pay an immigration health surcharge with their visa application which will enable access to NHS care in the UK free of charge.
Your and the University's Visa conditions can be found here: sponsorship duties. You must abide by these conditions. From Michaelmas 2016 you will be expected to report to the Porters' Lodge regularly with your passport and visa where you will be required to complete a sign-in sheet to comply with the Border Agency requirements. The dates for signing-in can be found in the table above.
Notice to foreign nationals required to register with the police.
If your passport or identity card tells you that you must register with the police on arrival in the UK, you must do this within 7 days. Failure to register within seven days, or to report any changes (of address or immigration status), can result in a fine of up to £5000 and/or six months in prison.
Note that police registration will be available in the University Centre on four days at the beginning of the academic year for students from Afghanistan, Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Bolivia, Brazil, China, Colombia, Cuba, Egypt, Georgia, Hong Kong, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Libya, Moldova, Morocco, North Korea, Oman, Palestine, Peru, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Yemen, Stateless or travelling on a non-national document (i.e. Travel Document).
Arrival information and University orientation events for international students
Plenty of useful information can be found on the University's website.
International Student Guide
Our updated International Student Guide provides practical pre-arrival information on coming to live and study in Cambridge from an international student perspective.
International Student Team (IST) orientation events
IST will be hosting two optional orientation events for new international students on Friday 30th October.