Correcting visa errors

Sometimes UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) makes mistakes when issuing student visas and if your visa is incorrect, you can apply to have it corrected.

Your visa might not have the correct expiry date, or it could be endorsed with the wrong working restrictions.

Incorrect expiry dates

Check the expiry date of your visa. You should have been granted a visa for the following lengths of time:

Main course of study

Length of course - 12 months or more
Visa start date - Up to one month before the start date of the course
Length of stay allowed - The full length of the course plus four months after the end of the course

Length of course - Six months or more, but less than 12 months
Visa start date - Up to one month before the start date of the course
Length of stay allowed - The full length of the course plus two months after the end of the course

Length of course - Less than six months
Visa start date - Up to seven days before the start date of the course
Length of stay allowed - The full length of the course plus seven days after the end of the course

Type of course - Pre-sessional course before a main programme of study
Visa start date - Up to seven days before the start date of the course
Length of stay allowed - The full length of the course plus one month after the end of the course

Incorrect working restrictions

The number of hours per week that you're allowed to work depends on when you made your last immigration application and the type of course you're studying. There are different rules for working in term time and during vacations.

Find out the academic term dates.

Check the UKCISA website page about working during your studies for more details of the number of hours you're allowed to work.

Incorrect/missing sponsor licence number

The University of Leeds sponsor licence number H3GNC03A4 should be listed on your visa. If it is not, then your visa needs to be corrected.

How do I apply to have my visa corrected?

There are different ways you can apply to correct your visa depending on when and where you applied for your visa.

If you hold a Biometric Residence Permit and your visa application was made outside the UK:

You should report the error using the online form on the UKVI website within 10 working days of receiving your BRP and advise of the error(s) with your BRP when completing the form. UKVI will then respond you to advising what to do next if any errors have been found. If you have been granted less time on your visa than you should have been, please select 'conditions or length of stay' as the reason for error.

If you hold a Biometric Residence Permit and your visa application was made inside the UK:

If there are errors  with the length of or the conditions of your leave, you are required to submit an application for Administrative Review within 14 calendar days of receiving your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP). There is an £80 fee for this application which will be refunded to you if a mistake has been made.

If there are other errors with your BRP, for example incorrect name or date of birth, you should report the error using the online form on the UKVI website

If a mistake is found, UKVI will contact you, usually within 5 working days, advising how the error can be corrected.

If your BRP has errors with your personal details, it has been damaged or has a fault with scanning when entering or leaving the UK you should report this using the UKVI online form. UKVI will then respond to advising how the error can be corrected.

BRP Error Correction is free.

If you hold a vignette (visa sticker) in your passport:

You should email your passport containing the incorrect visa to: studentvisaadvice@leeds.ac.uk and an Adviser will check if an error has been made. 

After we send the above documents to UKVI, they'll review your application and investigate whether a mistake has been made.

If they agree that a mistake has been made, they will contact you advising how this can be corrected and UKVI will issue a new visa in your passport with the correct expiry date .

If you use the University address for correspondence, we will contact you by email to let you know when your passport and new visa are ready to collect

This process could take up to two months, so contact us as soon as you notice the mistake so that we have enough time for the application to be made and completed.

If you applied for your current visa outside the UK from August 2015, your visa should have been issued as a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) for you to collect in the UK. If the full duration of your visa has been issued as a vignette, this is an error. Please email studentvisaadvice@leeds.ac.uk and an Adviser can assist you to have your visa issued as a BRP.

After you have received your amended visa:

When you receive your new visa, email a copy of it to the BRP team via BRP@leeds.ac.uk so they can add the details to your student record. If you have a Police Registration Certificate, you should also book an appointment to take your new visa to the police station within 7 days of receipt so they can update your certificate. Please see details of the appointment booking process here