Right to Study

All students who are studying on campus at The University of Manchester are required to complete a Right to Study check.

This is to find out whether they need immigration permission to study here and is completed as part of the admissions process.

How to complete your Right to Study check

To complete your check, visit the Right to Study form and answer the questions presented to you. The form will also be available via the Right to Study tile on your homepage in Self-Service.

If you have not done so already, you will need to activate your University of Manchester IT account in order to carry out this process. You can do this by going to the IT Account Manager page and following the instructions.

You may be prompted to upload a copy of your passport or other documentation as part of the check.

Passport scans must show your:

  • passport number
  • full name
  • date of birth
  • nationality
  • country of birth

Applicants who require a visa

If your Right to Study check shows that you will need a student visa to study, we will prepare a CAS statement based on the information you have provided to us. Once your draft CAS statement has been prepared, we will contact you to check it is correct and advise you of the next steps.

If you require a Confirmation of Acceptance for Study (CAS) for use in a Student Route visa application, a visitor visa, or an extension of a current immigration permission, you’ll need to produce evidence of your immigration permission before you begin your new course to evidence that you have a Right to Study at the University. How you do this will depend on your individual circumstances.

Student Route visa holders

If your Student Route visa application decision letter says that your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) card will be delivered to the Student Services Centre, we'll invite you to book a collection appointment when your card is ready. You should be able to complete Right to Study at your appointment.

If your Student Route visa application decision letter says that your BRP card will be sent to a Post Office, you should collect your card and email a scan of the front and back of your card, your entry clearance vignette and your passport to visa@manchester.ac.uk. We'll respond to confirm that you've completed Right to Study.  

If your student route visa was granted digitally please email a scan of your passport and your share code (this should begin with an 'S') to visa@manchester.ac.uk, so that we can verify your immigration status online.

If you're studying a course for less than 6 months on a Student visa you need to email a scan of your passport and the visa vignette sticker in your passport to visa@manchester.ac.uk.

Students with other forms of immigration permission

If you hold a Visit visa, your immigration permission may be a visa sticker or an arrival stamp in your passport. You should email a scan of your passport and either your vignette or entry stamp to visa@manchester.ac.uk. If you entered the UK through an e-gate, you need to email a copy of your flight ticket or boarding pass clearly showing the date you entered the UK, along with a scan of your passport, to visa@manchester.ac.uk.

If you have another type of immigration permission to study, for example, a dependant visa that you did not provide as part of the Right to Study task, you should email a scan of the front and back of your BRP card to visa@manchester.ac.uk

Visa applications made within the UK

Most students must apply for their Student visa from outside the UK. If you can legally make the switch from your current visa to a Student visa in the UK, you must provide evidence of your visa extension application to be permitted to study while your Student visa application is being processed.

To check whether you're able to switch to a Student visa in the UK, you should read the UKVI guidance. Please note that non-visa nationals and Visit visa holders cannot switch to a Student visa in the UK.

Further information on making a visa application from the UK is available on our Student Support web pages. 

Once you have completed and paid for your application, you should send the evidence to visa@manchester.ac.uk before your course start date.

We recommend that you use the Student Services Centre address in your visa application for the delivery of your BRP card; we'll contact you when your card is available for collection. If you choose to have your card delivered elsewhere, you must provide a scan of your passport and the front and back of your BRP card to visa@manchester.ac.uk within seven days of receipt to evidence your Right to Study.