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The administration of the UK border, which includes all ports, airports and entry points into the UK, is operated by UK Border Force, which is part of the Home Office. All visa administration is operated by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI), which is also part of the Home Office.  You will likely have contact with both when you travel to the UK.

Visa advice and guidance

Based within the HR Division, the Compliance Team offers an expert, in-house immigration advice service to all current and prospective staff. Specifically we can advise on the following areas:

  • Applications under the points-based system, specifically:
    • Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent)
    • Tier 2 (General)
    • Tier 5 (Government Authorised Exchange)
    • Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme);
  • Applications for family members of UK and EU nationals;
  • Working in the UK as a Croatian national;
  • Turkish worker visas;
  • UK Ancestry visas;
  • Settlement (ILR) applications under the 5-year and 10-year routes;
  • Citizenship applications;
  • Advice regarding short-term visits to the UK through the ‘business’ and ‘science, research and academia’ categories of the Standard Visitor visa;
  • Applications through the Permitted Paid Engagement route;
  • Assistance with UK visa refusals and Administrative Reviews

If your visa and/or passport is lost or stolen, please follow the instructions on the University’s HR Immigration webpages for the steps you need to take.

For students seeking advice on Tier 4 (General), Tier 4 Doctorate Extension Scheme or short-term study visas, please contact the International Student Team.

What can I expect when I arrive at the UK border?

Depending on your nationality, there are different procedures which you must follow once you arrive at the UK border. The UKVI webpages provides guidance on the following topics:

Entering the UK - The guidance on this webpage explains the procedures for entering the UK, including what documents you will require before you leave and what to expect on arrival in the UK.

Customs information - The guidance on this webpage explains the restrictions on what you can bring into the UK, and how to go through customs controls.