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Visa & immigration information

The Student Information and Advisory Service provides visa and immigration information to new applicants and to current students studying at Oxford. This includes how to obtain a visa to study whether you apply from overseas or within the UK, correcting visa errors, information about your status and your legal obligations, immigration for family members,  travel during your stay and staying on to work after your studies.

Latest visa information

Changes to immigration rules and fee increase - 6 April 2014

Work Schemes - For a list of changes for Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur), Tier 2 (General) and Tier 5 (Government Authorised Exchange) applicants being implemented from 6 April 2014 and beyond please see the UKCISA website.

Fee increase - Some visa fees will increase from 6 April 2014

TOEFL exams undertaken in the UK: not currently accepted for visa appplications

The Home Office are not currently accepting TOEFL tests undertaken in the UK as evidence of meeting the English language requirements for a student visa. This does not affect TOEFL tests taken overseas; these will still be accepted. If you have any concerns please email the Student Immigration team. If you are an undergraduate or visiting student please contact your college; if you are a graduate student please contact your department. For further details see the ETS website.

Beware visa scam targeting international students

Some students have received calls from people claiming to be from the Home Office (UK Border Agency), asking for money to correct an error with the student's visa or application. These calls are fraudulent and you should not make any payment. The Home Office does not issue financial penalties.

Telephone calls, emails and texts can also claim to be from bogus organisations or individuals claiming to be acting on behalf of others. Please report any such calls to us: The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) have guidance about what to do if you are contacted or become a victim of such scams.