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Durham University


Permission to Study Check: In absentia

If you are from outside the EEA, the University is required to check, in person, that you have a valid Tier 4 visa, BRP or other immigration permission that allows you to study at Durham University at the start of each academic year. 

However, if you are away from the University due to approved programme related activity (e.g. field work, research, work placement or study abroad), you can complete the Permission to Study Check for this academic year by providing the information and documents below.

You must upload all documents which are applicable to you. We cannot complete this process if you do not.

Please note: If your absence is not due to approved programme related activity, you MUST complete your Permission to Study Check in person. DO NOT use this form.

Personal details

This will be shown on your campus card and begin 000...


Please provide your FAMILY NAME as shown on your passport


Please provide your GIVEN NAME(S) as shown on your passport


Please explain why you are unable to attend a Permission to Study Check in person (e.g. field work, research, work placement or study abroad)


Please provide the date you plan to return to the UK (dd/mm/yyyy)


Upload your documents
Please upload all of the documents you currently hold from the following list:

Please upload a copy of your passport picture page


Please upload a copy of your most recent vignette type visa (found in your passport)

Please upload a copy of the FRONT of your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP), if you have one


Please upload a copy of the BACK of your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP), if you have one


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