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Visa application service

'Student' visas replace Tier 4 visas: From 5 October 2020, the new Student visa route replaces Tier 4. CAS issued before 5 October are still valid for the Student visa. Most of the requirements remain the same but there are a few changes. This website has been updated with the new rules as much as possible and will continue to be revised as more guidance is released over the coming weeks.

Access our service: We run regular live webinars on applying for your visa and other important topics, and our trained immigration advisers are also available for a range of 1:1 digital drop-ins/appointments for students already in the UK and those currently applying for visas. We can also meet students on-campus if you really need to see us in person. Book a webinar or to speak with an adviser HERE. You can also email us at

Covid-19 updates: Find our latest Covid-19 immigration information and other key information for international students HERE. (This page is currently being updated and will be back online shortly.)

Our immigration advisers offer a free personalised application service for Tier 4, Dependant, Doctorate Extension Scheme (DES), BRP(RC) and EU Settlement Scheme applications made from within the UK. This service is offered to University of Exeter students and their dependant family members. Our full Terms of Advice Service, including confidentiality, are here.

Our service

We will meet with you or correspond via email to discuss the requirements for your visa application. We will also liaise with other University departments where necessary to help you put together a good application. You will then attend a further appointment where we will check your application form and documents and help you to submit them online and book a biometric appointment where this is required.

If there are any problems with your application, we can liaise with the Home Office for you.

If you are making a Tier 4, Dependant, DES or Replacement BRP application, we will act as the correspondence address on your application and your BRP card will be sent to our office when it is issued. We will update your visa details in the University’s system and email you to collect your BRP from the SID Desk in the Forum or the PIP Desk (Penryn).

Get in touch

We recommend that any student making one of the above applications in the UK apply through International Student Support. You can book an appointment or ask for initial advice by emailing, or visiting the SID Desk (Exeter) or the PIP Desk (Penryn).

We do not check and submit applications for students applying for visas outside of the UK but we are happy to provide in-depth advice on those applications. You can contact us at with any questions.

Students coming from another institution

If you have a current Tier 4 visa for another institution (for example, because you have finished a Bachelor’s degree at another university and will now be studying your Master’s at Exeter), you must submit a valid Tier 4 application for your University of Exeter course before you can register at the University of Exeter. This is the case even if still have time remaining on your current visa.

To ensure that you are able to register on time for your Exeter course, we strongly recommend that you submit your application through International Student Support as described above or at least receive advice from one of our advisers in advance. Contact us as early as possible at for advice.

Students progressing from INTO Exeter programmes

We operate a separate visa application service for students progressing from INTO Exeter programmes (including Pre-sessional, Foundation, International Year One, and Graduate Diploma) onto degree programmes at the University.

You will receive detailed information about this service during your INTO programme. If your application will be made in the UK, you must submit your application through this service, which will include attendance at scheduled visa workshops. If you have any questions or think you have missed information that you should have received, please email