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What We Do

Our International Student Support (ISS) service is here to help you throughout your studies with any UK visa and immigration queries you may have. If you require a Student Route Visa extension or if you are planning to switch to a Start-up or Graduate visa, it is International Student Support who will assist you with this process.

If you have a question that you would like to ask regarding your immigration status, International Student Support can provide confidential aguidance whether that is through a one to one appointment or via the university Compass system.

Our International Student Support Team will keep you up to date with the latest changes to the Student Route visa, Graduate Route visa and Start-up Route visa policy guidance, and they will inform you if these changes have an impact on your current immigration status in the UK.

Please note that International Student Support are here to assist current Univeristy of Sunderland students. If you are an applicant, please contact the Immigration Compliance team.

Training and Service Agreements

Both International Student Support Advisers are trained by the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) and are regulated by the Office of Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC)

The advice and guidance service that International Student Support provide is free of charge. Any additional costs will be paid by the student.

Please read the International Student Support CAS Policy and Service Agreement for information on the various services we offer to our students.  Please also take a look at the University of Sunderland's International Agreement.



Drop-ins and Appointments

If you have a visa and immigration enquiry, you can visit International Student Support for a drop-in appointment on:

  • Monday; 10am - 12pm and 2pm - 4pm; Prospect Building, Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter's 
  • Wednesday; 10am - 12pm and 2pm - 4pm; Gateway Building, City Campus

You do not have to book a drop-in appointment.  Simply visit the Gateway help desk during the slots above, and an adviser will notify us of your arrival.  

International Student Support Adviser standard appointments are also available online, you can book these via your Compass app. The online appointments are:

  • Tuesday 10am - noon; 2pm - 4pm
  • Thursday 10am - noon; 2pm - 4pm  


If, at any stage, you are not satisfied with our service you can make a complaint through the formal Student Complaints Procedure.

Please contact our University Academic Services or the Students’ Union for advice on the process. You can find the formal complaints procedure online