Regulation of immigration advice
Welfare Advisers at Queen Mary are regulated under OISC guidelines to give immigration advice. The OISC (Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner) is an independent organisation that monitors immigration advice and services. Advisers have to attend regular training to be able to do this.
Who needs immigration permission?
If you are a national of a country in the European Economic Area or Switzerland, you can live, work and study in the UK with very few restrictions. For more information, see the UKCISA guidance for EEA and Swiss students.
If you come from outside the European Economic Area and Switzerland to study at Queen Mary, you will be subject to some immigration control in the UK.
Applying for Tier 4 (General) Student immigration permission
Most students from outside the EEA will need to apply for Tier 4 (General) Student immigration permission. If you are not sure if you need to apply for immigration permission or what type of immigration permission, see our Student Advice Guide - What immigration permission do I need to study at Queen Mary?.
We have created written and video guidance to help you make a successful Tier 4 (General) Student immigration application. Follow this link to access our Tier 4 guidance.
To find out if you need immigration permission and what type of immigration permission you should apply for to study at Queen Mary, see our guide:
This guide contains the following sections:
- Do I need immigration permission to study in the UK?
- Applying for immigration permission before you travel to the UK
- Applying for immigration permission when you arrive in the UK
- Entering the UK via the Republic of Ireland
- The Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)
- What if things go wrong?
Postdoctoral researchers and other employees
If you will be coming to the UK to work for Queen Mary, for example as a postdoctoral researcher, you will need to contact the College's Human Resources department for information about applying for immigration permission, which would allow you to work in the UK.
To find the appropriate person to contact, visit the Human Resources website.
Other pages in this section:
- Changes to your studies (including moving to a different academic institution)
- Leaving and re-entering the UK
- Travelling in Europe – including information on applying for a Schengen Visa and obtaining travel insurance
- Police Registration – this page explains what you need to do if your immigration stamp, sticker or ID cards says you must register with the police
- Lost or stolen passports or Biometric Residence Permits – what to do
- Family and friends – Are you planning to invite family of friends to visit you or attend your graduation ceremony?
- Working during your studies – includes information about complying with the conditions of your immigration permission
- Working after your studies – includes information about applying for permission to stay in the UK and work
- Thinking of leaving? – includes information on the immigration implications for students who are interrupting, re-sitting or withdrawing.