Registration and Induction

Information about registration and induction, including travelling to the UK, collecting your visa, registering with the police, accommodation and more.

Registration for new International students

Step 1 - Invite to register

If you are an international student and hold an unconditional offer with the University of Salford, you will be contacted around six weeks prior to your course start date regarding your registration.

You will be contacted via email (on the personal email account you have provided) and invited to complete your online registration.  As part of online registration, you will be asked to book an appointment to attend International Check-In.

Step 2 - Prepare your documents

Before you register at the University of Salford, we need to check your immigration documentation to ensure you hold the right to study. This will be done during an International Check-In appointment once you arrive in the UK. Details of how to book this appointment will be sent with your Registration communications.

We recommend making your Student Visa application in plenty of time, to allow you time to plan your arrival to the UK and attend an International Check-In appointment.

Step 3 – Provide your documents (International Check-In)

As part of Registration, you will be prompted to book an International Check-In appointment and provide your immigration documents.  The University is required by law to hold a copy of these documents so, if ever we are requested to do so by the Home Office, we can provide proof of your leave to remain in the UK.  It is therefore extremely important that you keep us updated throughout your studies.  

The documentation you need to provide will depend on your situation but will generally include your passport and current visa documents. If you have any questions regarding the documents you must provide, please contact the Home Office Compliance team.  

Once you have attended International Check-In you will be able to proceed with your online registration.

Step 4 - Register online

Once we have checked your immigration documents, you will be able to complete your online registration.   We recommend completing this straight away to ensure you are a registered student.

The University has a responsibility to report to the Home Office any student who fails to register.  If you are unable to register on time please contact the Home Office Compliance Team so we can advise you on your options.

Step 5 - Orientation

To help ensure you meet the requirements of your visa and settle into your course at the University of Salford, orientation events will be arranged for you to attend via Microsoft Teams.  This orientation will explain how to remain compliant with the conditions of your visa during your studies.

We will contact you once you have competed your registration to provide further information regarding this.

Please also familiarise yourself with your key responsibilities as articulated by UKCISA.  Remember – your visa, your responsibility.

Collecting your visa (BRP)

How do I collect my visa from the University?

Due to the current COVID-19 situation, the option to collect your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) from the University has been temporarily suspended.   Therefore, do not select the University of Salford as the collection location on your application form.

For the foreseeable future, you will be required to collect your BRP card from your nearest Post Office. The Post Office nearest to the University is based at Salford Precinct.

The University is carefully monitoring the COVID-19 virus situation.  When the University deems that it is safe, the University will be re-instated as an Alternative Collection Location.

How do I collect my visa from the Post Office?

When you complete your Student Visa application form, you will be given a choice of post offices from which to collect your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP).   You will be allocated a post office on the basis of the address you provide on your application.  When you receive your decision letter it will state the post office your BRP will be delivered to.

Please note: If you are applying with dependants, you must opt for their BRPs to be delivered to the Post Office.

You must collect your BRP from the post office within 10 days of arriving in the UK and completing any isolation period required.  In order to collect your BRP from the post office, you must take your entry clearance vignette and decision letter from the Home Office with you.

I am under 18 - how do I collect my visa?

If you are under the age of 18, you can request delivery of your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) in the usual way.  However, when collecting your BRP from the post office you must be accompanied by an adult.  If you are alone, the University will arrange for a member of staff to accompany you.  Please contact the Home Office Compliance team if you require this option.

My visa has errors, how do I correct this?

On receipt of your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP), it is your responsibility to check that all the information is correct:

  • Name and Date of Birth
  • Visa lengths
  • Work conditions

Please see the table below for information on how long your visa should be issued for.

Type of course

Length of course

Length of stay allowed

Main course of study

12 months or more

The full length of the course plus four months after the end of the course

 

Six months or more, but less than 12 months

The full length of the course plus two months after the end of the course

 

Less than six months

The full length of the course plus seven days after the end of the course

See the UKCISA website for further information about BRP errors.

It is your responsibility to correct any BRP errors with the Home Office. For information on how to do this, please see the letter accompanying your BRP card.

Police registration

Do I need to register with the police?

If you are coming to the UK for more than 6 months, you may be required to register with the police as part of your visa requirements.  

The requirement to register with the Police will be shown on your decision letter and your temporary entry clearance visa. You can also find out via the GOV.UK website whether you are required to register with the Police.

Registering with the police is an important part of your visa requirements. Failure to register with the police, if you are required to do so, may result in a fine of up to £5000 and/or imprisonment for six months.

When do I need to register with the police?

You must register with the Police within 7 days of entering the UK.

If you are unable to book a Police Registration appointment within this timeframe you must show that you have made an appointment for the earliest available time slot.  

It is a legal requirement that you complete the Police Registration process if you are required to do so. Failure to register with the Police, if required to do so, may result in a fine of up to £5000 and/or imprisonment for six months.

Greater Manchester Police have further information that you can read concerning Police Registration.

How do I register with the police?

In order to register with the police, you need to book and attend a Police Registration appointment.

Step one – Make your appointment

If you are living in Greater Manchester, you can make a Police Registration appointment via their online portal. If you are not living in Greater Manchester and are unsure of where to register with the Police please speak to the Home Office Compliance Team for further information.

Please make sure you have the following information to give to the Police:

  1. Your name
  2. Your nationality
  3. Your date of birth
  4. Your UK address
  5. Whether you have registered in Manchester before?
  6. Your course details at the University of Salford
  7. Your length of stay
  8. Your date of arrival in the UK
  9. Any family members that require registration
  10. The reason for your appointment

Step two – Prepare your documentation

You will need to take additional documentation with you when registering with the Police.

Step three – Attend your appointment

Your Police Registration appointment will be held at Greenheys Police Station, Manchester.

Updating the police

If your circumstances change, you will need to inform the Police.  For example, you will need to make another appointment with the Police if you need to update your address, visa or passport details with them.

Please note that you should not make a Police Registration appointment at Greenheys Police Station if the only information you need to update is your address. You must update your address at your local Police station.

Useful information about police registation

You can access some frequently asked questions about Police registration via GMP.

Registration for current international students

Step 1 - Invite to register

As an international student you are required to re-register every academic year; you will therefore be contacted via email and invited to complete your re-registration.

Step 2 - Register Online

We recommend completing this straight away to ensure you are a registered student.

The University has a responsibility to report to the Home Office any student who fails to register.  If you are unable to register on time please contact the Home Office Compliance Team so we can advise you on your options.

Step 3 - Provide your documents

During the course of the academic year, you will be prompted to fill in a form and provide your immigration documentation.  The University is required by law to hold a copy of these documents so, if ever we are requested to do so by the Home Office, we can provide proof of your leave to remain in the UK.  It is therefore extremely important that you keep us updated throughout your studies.  

The documentation you need to provide will depend on your situation and will be prompted by what you select on the online form. If you have any questions regarding the documents you must provide, please contact the Home Office Compliance team.  

Step 4 - Key responsibilities

To ensure you meet the requirements of your visa during your time at the University of Salford, we recommend you familiarise yourself with your key responsibilities.  Remember – your visa, your responsibility.