Many of you will wish to invite friends and family to visit you while you are studying here. If your family are non-EEA residents, they may need to apply for a general visitor visa before travelling to the UK. Here are some steps you can take to assist with their visitor visa application:
1) A Certificate of Registration can be obtained from the Helpdesk located on Level 2, King’s Gate.
2) Write a personal letter of invitation for your friend/family member(s). This can be a very simple letter to invite them to come to visit you in the UK. You should include their names, the dates that you would like them to visit and, if possible, the address in the UK at which they will be staying.
3) Photocopy your student visa.
If your friends and family would like to visit you in particular to attend your Congregation Ceremony, you will also need a letter from the Congregations Office confirming that you have been invited to attend your Congregation Ceremony. Please allow one week for this letter to be produced.
When you have all of the above documents, you can send them to your friend/family member(s). They must then apply for a visitor visa. They will need their passports and some bank statements for this. Full details on the procedure and the required supporting documents.
Visitor visa applications can take some time to process at busy times, so please encourage your friends/family to apply well in advance of their intended visit.