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Visa information for prospective students

This section of the website provides information if you are applying for student immigration permission from outside the UK. You should work your way through the menu in order from the top in order to be sure that you find all of the information that is relevant to you.


Immigration updates

Information on changes to the immigration rules and services for applicants.

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Who needs a visa? 

Who needs to apply for a visa and which type may suit your studies. Includes useful information for Language Centre students.

Tier 4 visa

How to make a Tier 4 visa application

All our detailed guides on how to apply  for the Tier 4 visa can be found here.  

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Can I bring my family? 

Important advice on bringing your family to the UK as your dependants

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If you have a Non-Student Visa

Advice for prospective students with non-Tier 4 visas - do you need to switch to Tier 4?

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How to make a Short-term Student application

How to apply outside the Points Based System if you are coming to the UK for less than six months


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Tier 4 (General) Student or Short-term Student?

Who can choose which category to apply in? What's the difference?

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 Applying for a visa for Summer School study

Advice for students coming to the UK to study only at Summer School and for students who plan to continue their studies at LSE

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Visas for the Language Centre

Advice for students coming to study at the LSE Language Centre


Executive Master programmes

Business Visitor? Diplomat? Tier 2 Skilled Worker? Student Visitor? What kind of immigration permission do you need to be able to study on the E MSc programmes at LSE?

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Registration at LSE

What kind of immigration documents you need to show to register at LSE. What kind of visa you need to have and what to do if your visa is going to expire.


Registering with the police

Information for nationals who have to register with the police within seven days of arriving in the UK.

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Working during your studies

Find out about the rules for working while in the UK as a full time student.

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Working after your studies

Information for current students which summarises schemes that allow you to work in the UK after you complete your studies.

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A-Z index

Can't find what you're looking for? Use our A-Z index to help you locate the information you need

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ISIS web query form

Please read our pages before you contact us. We update our pages regularly based on the questions that students ask us. If you can't find the answer to your question, please e-mail us using the web query form.