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In this edition you will find information about Police Registrations, Immigration Advice, UK Trips and more.
Please click on Global Connections to see information from the Office of Global Engagement for all new international students.
Some nationalities are required to register with the police when they arrive in the UK. Your visa will normally show if you need to register with the police, or you may get a separate letter from the UKVI.
If this applies to you, usually you should register with the police within seven days of arrival. However the University of Warwick has an agreement with the police that students who arrive in September and October can see the police later than seven days.
From the end of September it will be possible for you to make an appointment to see the police on campus if you need to do this. All new international students will be notified by email in a newsletter when this service is available.
If you have a Tier 4 visa which you apply for overseas for a course lasting over six months, you will initially receive a temporary travel visa lasting 30 days. You should collect your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP), which is the visa valid for the full duration of your course, within 10 days of arriving in the UK.
Please do not make an appointment to see the police until you have collected your BRP and until you know where you will live during your time at Warwick. If you try to register with the police using your temporary travel visa either the police will not see you or you will have to see the police a second time when you receive your BRP.
For more information about police registration click here.
Please don't forget that if you are applying for your Tier 4 visa from overseas (which will be valid for longer than 6 months), we recommend that you request for your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) to be sent directly to the University of Warwick, rather than to a Post Office. Your CAS email will include details of how to do this by inserting an ACL code (Alternative Collection Location) onto your Tier 4 application form.
On 13 July 2015, the UK Home Office officially announced that it will be making a number of changes to the Immigration Rules related to Tier 4 visas from July, August and November 2015. Headlines include:
1) for University students, Tier 4 Student Work Rights (during and after studies) will not be affected;
2) from 14 July 2015, Tier 4 visa 'valid from' date will be either 1 month before the course start date, or, 7 days before their 'intended travel date', whichever is later;
3) from 3 August 2015: new definition for 'Academic Progression' and changes in the calculation of the 'study cap';
4) from 12 November 2015: change in Tier 4 dependents' work right; increase of maintenance requirement for Tier 4 visa application from £820/month to £1015/month; and the provision of 'established presence' being removed.
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This term's newsletter has articles on ideas for what to do this summer, the student barometer survey, living off campus, exams, graduation, immigration, cooking, returning home, safety and coach trips. To have a read click here.
Booking is now open for the Warwick/UKCISA Integration Summit. Warwick staff and students/SU staff can enjoy a 50% discount – discounted prices are £40 (staff) and £15 (students/SU).
Warwick will welcome delegates from universities and students' unions across the country on 6 May 2015, as we host a summit to examine how universities and students' unions can best work together to encourage integration between international and domestic students, and how can we facilitate opportunities for all students to develop the global perspective, the technological and intercultural communication skills required for a global job market.
Registered Traveller is a new service launched by Border Force to give faster and more convenient entry to the UK.
Updated 16 June 2015
Changes introduced by the Home Office from 6 April 2015 will affect which English Language tests will be accepted for UK visa applications.
The International Office is arranging for some of our current students to call up our Overseas and EU offer holders in April. This will be a fantastic opportunity for offer holders to ask any questions regarding life at the University of Warwick.
This newsletter contains articles about cooking, the Easter tea party, a coach trip, HOST, Dignity at Warwick, immigration, a training course, volunteering at Orientation, an expanded facility for informing the University of your address and a campaign to let more people know what it's like to be an International Student. Click here to have a read.