Visas for visiting the University of Birmingham

The University of Birmingham is proud to invite esteemed visitors from all over the world, to engage with our staff in teaching, research, collaboration and business. In order to ensure that our visitors apply for and travel on the correct visas, we conduct visa assessments. These assessments take into account the type of visitor, the duration of the visit and the activities to be conducted.

If you are due to travel to the University of Birmingham and are not a citizen or national of the EEA or Switzerland, please contact the staff member who would like to invite you and ensure they have arranged a visa assessment for your visit. They can find out how to do this on the Visas for Visitors staff webpages (A University of Birmingham Staff Login is required). 

If you are either a citizen or national of a country in the European Economic Area (EEA), you can travel, work and remain in the UK without a visa.  The countries considered part of the EEA are listed below:

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia*, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom

*Croatian nationals might need to apply for a registration certificate to be allowed to work in the UK.

Switzerland is not part of the EU or the EEA but nationals from Switzerland have the same rights to live and work in the UK as other EEA nationals.

Non-Visa Nationals

If you are a citizen of a country not considered a "Visa National" Country (some examples include the US, Canada, Brazil, Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore) you may be used to travelling to the UK without applying for a visa in advance (for visits of less than 6 months).  You are still required to have a visa assessment completed to visit the University of Birmingham.

When you travel through the UK border, you will receive a stamp in your passport. This stamp is a visa and can vary. If you are given the incorrect version of this stamp, you will not be able to do the activity you are visiting us for. Therefore, we will supply you with a letter to present at the border. This letter can also be used in your application for a visa prior to travel if you wish to apply for a visa in advance. This is used by border control and embassies to verify the genuine nature of your visit.

If you have any questions or queries about this process, please contact us.