The Visa Team are Newcastle University’s designated student visa advisers: Tracey Aston, Jenny Johnson, Hena Mookerji and Jamie Stogden. Please refer to our statement of service (PDF: 101KB) for further information about the services we offer.
The team is based on Level 2, King’s Gate and they are available Monday to Friday (apart from university closures) to answer visa queries from prospective and registered non-EEA students.
The team offers Tier 4 and PBS dependant workshops, one-to-one appointments to check Tier 4 general application forms following visa workshops and a drop-in service for more complex visa issues. They can also be contacted by web enquiry form.
If you need to speak to a member of the Visa Team at a drop-in session, you do not need to make an appointment, but we would ask to read the Terms and Conditions (PDF: 120KB) of the service carefully.
Introduction of the Immigration Health Surcharge
On 6th April 2015 the Home Office is introducing the Immigration Health Surcharge which will be paid by all non-EEA visa nationals including students. The charge will apply for students who are applying to come to the UK for a period of leave of 6 months or longer AND students who are already in the UK but who need to extend their visa. The charge is payable at the time of application.
For further information on the charge including details on how you pay and calculating how much you will need to pay please visit Home Office website here. The Home Office have also released the following Q & A for further information.
Starting a new course of study after successfully completing your most recent course of study
If you plan to start a new course of study with the same Tier 4 sponsor, after you have successfully completed your most recent course of study, you will now need to apply for a new Tier 4 visa using the CAS for the new course of study before you are allowed to register.
Administrative Review Procedure
All Tier 4 refusals for applications made on or after the 20 October 2014 will not attract a right of appeal. This has now been replaced with the administrative review process. For further details, please see the Home Office webpages.
International Student Newsletter
There is a new issue of our student newsletter, updated with information on our Schengen Visa workshops. To download a PDF copy please click here.
Students should be aware of immigration related telephone scams. The Home Office will never contact you by telephone to request personal details or make any payments. If you are unsure, please come to see us at our visa drop-in.
INTO Student Newsletter
The Visa Team have put togther a newsletter with some helpful tips for our INTO Students. To download a PDF copy of the newsletter please click here
Important information about our work with the Home Office
The Visa Team will submit appropriate visa applications to the Home Office on behalf of students and follow up such cases with relevant enquiries. The Visa Team can also assist with enquiries about a student's immigration status and assist with corrections where mistakes have been made by the Home Office.
Students approaching the Visa Team for assistance should note, however, that they have no control over visa processing times. They do not have control over the length of time it takes the Home Office to correct errors or to respond to enquiries. Where it should prove necessary to submit immigration documents to the Home Office, students should understand that it is not reasonable to make any arrangements which would necessitate use of those documents until they have been returned by the Home Office. The University cannot accept responsibility for any loss incurred by failure to follow this guidance.
Contacted by Capita Connect: We are aware that some students have been contacted by Capita Connect by telephone, text and/or email (CapitaContact@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk or 0844 375 4636) and being asked to provide evidence that they have made immediate plans to leave the UK since they no longer have leave to remain here. For full details, please visit the Home Office website.
The visa advisers at Newcastle University are authorised to provide immigration advice and services as regulated by the Office of Immigration Service Commissioners (OISC). The OISC sets the standards to which services and advice must comply. For further information about the OISC, please see the Office of Immigration Service Commissioners.
Please note that a record of advice given will be noted and recorded electronically on a confidential system. All data is stored in accordance with Newcastle University’s Data Protection policy. For further details, please visit our Data Protection website. In line with our obligations to UKBA as a Tier 4 licensed sponsor, however, we may be required to share information on specific cases. Please ask the Visa Team for further details.
In the event of an institutional audit by the OISC, your record may be viewed strictly for audit purposes only. Please let your adviser know if you do not wish to have your record used for this purpose.