Registration and Induction

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

International registration for new 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 provide your immigration documents to the University via an online form.

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.

Due to the current global situation, the University will allow you to register if you hold valid leave, have made an on-time application for valid leave or have received your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) number from us.  

If you have received an Unconditional Offer from the University but have not yet applied for or received your CAS number, you will be unable to proceed with online registration.  If you have any queries about applying for your CAS number, please contact our Admissions CAS team via SalfordCAS@salford.ac.uk.  Once you have received your CAS number, you will be able to return to complete your online registration.  

We recommend making your Tier 4 application in plenty of time, to allow you time to plan your arrival to the UK.  Despite the worldwide disruption caused by COVID-19, the University expects you to be able to arrive in the UK no later than 19thOctober 2020 (for all Undergraduate programmes) or 26th October 2020 (for all Postgraduate programmes). If you register from your home country but are unable to arrive in the UK by this point, you may be withdrawn from your programme.  We recommend speaking to your School or Research Office if you have any concerns regarding on-time arrival.

Step 3 – Provide your documents

As part of online registration, you will be prompted to fill in a form 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 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.  

We will try to process your documents within two working days of their receipt and, once we have done this, we will email you to invite you to complete 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.  This orientation will explain how to remain compliant with the conditions of your visa during your studies.

Due to the current global situation, this orientation will be run online; we will contact you once you have competed your registration to provide further information regarding this.

Please also familiarise yourself with your key responsibilities here and here.  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 Residency Card (BRP) from the University has been temporarily suspended.   Therefore, do not select the University of Salford as the collection location on your application form.

The University is adhering to the Government’s COVID-19 Guidance.  This means that, for your safety, we will not be handing out BRP cards on campus and that, 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 Government advice and 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 Tier 4 visa application form, you will be given a choice of post offices from which to collect your Biometric Residency 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.   For further information, please see here.

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

If you have chosen this option, you must collect your BRP from the post office within ten days of arriving in the UK.  In order to collect your BRP from the post office, you must take your 30-day 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 Residency 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 Residency 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

Please see here 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?

You can find out here whether you are required to register with the Police.

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

The requirement to register with the Police will be on your visa if you registered before August 2016 and will be shown on your decision letter and your temporary visa if you register from September 2016 onwards.

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

PLEASE NOTE THAT WHILST SOCIAL DISTANCING MEASURES ARE IN PLACE DUE TO COVID-19 YOU WILL NOT BE REQUIRED TO REGISTER WITH THE POLICE OR UPDATE YOUR POLICE REGISTRATION CERTIFICATE IF YOU HAVE ONE. YOU WILL NEED TO INCLUDE YOUR POLICE REGISTRATION CERTIFICATE, IF YOU HAVE ONE, IN ANY VISA APPLICATION THAT YOU MAKE IN THE UK.

When do I need to register with the police?

You must register with the Police within seven days of entering the UK. PLEASE NOTE THAT WHILST SOCIAL DISTANCING MEASURES ARE IN PLACE DUE TO COVID-19 YOU WILL NOT BE REQUIRED TO REGISTER WITH THE POLICE OR UPDATE YOUR POLICE REGISTRATION CERTIFICATE IF YOU HAVE ONE. YOU WILL NEED TO INCLUDE YOUR POLICE REGISTRATION CERTIFICATE, IF YOU HAVE ONE, IN ANY VISA APPLICATION THAT YOU MAKE IN 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. 

Registering with the Police is an important part of your visa requirements. Failure to register with the Police may result in a fine of up to £5000 and/or imprisonment for six months. PLEASE NOTE THAT WHILST SOCIAL DISTANCING MEASURES ARE IN PLACE DUE TO COVID-19 YOU WILL NOT BE REQUIRED TO REGISTER WITH THE POLICE OR UPDATE YOUR POLICE REGISTRATION CERTIFICATE IF YOU HAVE ONE. YOU WILL NEED TO INCLUDE YOUR POLICE REGISTRATION CERTIFICATE, IF YOU HAVE ONE, IN ANY VISA APPLICATION THAT YOU MAKE IN THE UK.

Further information on Police Registration can be found here.

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

PLEASE NOTE THAT WHILST SOCIAL DISTANCING MEASURES ARE IN PLACE DUE TO COVID-19 YOU WILL NOT BE REQUIRED TO REGISTER WITH THE POLICE OR UPDATE YOUR POLICE REGISTRATION CERTIFICATE IF YOU HAVE ONE. YOU WILL NEED TO INCLUDE YOUR POLICE REGISTRATION CERTIFICATE, IF YOU HAVE ONE, IN ANY VISA APPLICATION THAT YOU MAKE IN THE UK.

To make a Police Registration appointment, please contact the police directly, by sending an email to gmp.ivro@gmp.police.uk.

Please make sure you include the following information:

  1. Name:
  2. Nationality:
  3. Date of birth:
  4. Address:
  5. Have you registered in Manchester before?:
  6. University:
  7. Length of stay:
  8. Date of arrival:
  9. Any family members that require registration: 
  10. Reason for Appointment:

Step two – Prepare your documentation

You will need to take documentation with you when registering with the Police - further information about what documents are required can be found here.

Please complete the International Visitors Registration Form and take this with you to your appointment.

Step three – Attend your appointment

Your Police Registration appointment will be held at Greenheys Police Station. You can find more information on this here.

Updating the police

PLEASE NOTE THAT WHILST SOCIAL DISTANCING MEASURES ARE IN PLACE DUE TO COVID-19 YOU WILL NOT BE REQUIRED TO REGISTER WITH THE POLICE OR UPDATE YOUR POLICE REGISTRATION CERTIFICATE IF YOU HAVE ONE. YOU WILL NEED TO INCLUDE YOUR POLICE REGISTRATION CERTIFICATE, IF YOU HAVE ONE, IN ANY VISA APPLICATION THAT YOU MAKE IN THE UK.

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 CANNOT make a Police Registration appointment if the only information you need to update is your address. You MUST update your address at your local Police station, you CANNOT do this at Greenheys Police Station. Please contact your local Police Station directly if you need to update your address.

Useful information about police registation

You can find frequently asked questions about Police registration here.

International registration for current 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.  As part of online registration, you will be asked to provide your immigration documents to the University via an online form.

Step 2 - Prepare your documents

Before you re-register at the University of Salford, we need to check your immigration documentation to ensure you hold the right to study.

Due to the current global situation, the University will allow you to register if you hold valid leave, have made an on-time application for valid leave or have received a new Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) number from us.  

If you are currently outside the UK, we recommend planning your arrival to the UK carefully.  Despite the worldwide disruption caused by COVID-19, the University expects you to be able to arrive in the UK no later than 19th October 2020 (for all Undergraduate programmes) or 26th October 2020 (for all Postgraduate programmes). If you register from your home country but are unable to arrive in the UK by this point, you may be withdrawn from your programme.  We recommend speaking to your School or Research Office if you have any concerns regarding on-time arrival.

Step 3 - Provide your documents

As part of online re-registration, 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.  

We will try to process your documents within two working days of their receipt and, once we have done this, we will email you to invite you to complete your online registration.

Step 4 - Register Online

Once we have checked your immigration documents, you will be able to complete your online re-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 - 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 here and here.  Remember – your visa, your responsibility.

We understand that you may have questions about how the current global situation will impact your visa responsibilities.  We will therefore be running an online orientation event to explain how to remain compliant with the conditions of your visa during this time; we will contact you once you have competed your re-registration to provide further information.