Our current response time is three working days both for initial queries and responses to follow up questions. Before contacting us, you should read our detailed guidance as you may find the answer to your question there:
We assess our cases each day for urgency. Multiple queries or marking a case as urgent will not necessarily expedite your case. We appreciate that your personal situation is urgent to you, however this is assessed against our current casework and your potential to face immigration issues.
Please do not use this form to enquire when you will receive your CAS number from Admissions. We are not involved in the CAS issuing process for offer holders and cannot provide this information.
Visa Advice Enquiry Form: Applicants, Offer Holders, Online registered and Alumni Enquiry Form.
Live Chat FAQS and Service Standards
Live chat is on Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:00pm to 4:00pm. If you see a message saying no agents are available, this is because we are at our maximum capacity for chats at the time.
What should I use Live Chat for?
Live Chat is for quick queries on UK student immigration. Live Chat is an alternative to our drop-in service and is not intended to replace the detailed advice we can provide by email. We are unable to check applications or documents via Live Chat. In some cases, it is best if you complete an enquiry form and the team may direct you to our form during Live Chat.
We may also refer you to other LSE teams or external advice.
We recommend that you save your chat at the end so that you can refer to it in the future. You can do this by selecting "Save Chat" when the chat has ended and it will save as a text file on your device.
Please note that when you are typing your question, we are able to see what you are writing. You are unable to see what we are writing in response until it is sent so sometimes it may appear we are not responding. We may be getting key information to refer you to, so there may be a delay in our reply.
How much time do I have with a team member?
Live Chat is for quick queries up to a maximum of 10 minutes. Due to its popularity, the team will need to adhere to this limit to give all enquirers a chance to speak to the team.
I've already completed an enquiry form. Should I also contact you on Live Chat?
Contacting us via Live Chat will not necessarily expedite your query. If your query is complex, the member of staff who connects to your call will inform you that it is unable to be answered via Live Chat and we will follow up by answering your enquiry form. Depending on the nature of your case and our volume of cases, this may not automatically be after Live Chat has ended.
All team members can see Live Chat queries when the chat has ended and it is attached to your student case. The team will be aware if you have been in touch previously and the advice you received.
Is my Live Chat confidential?
We have a confidentiality policy. All the team can see your enquiry but we will always seek your consent to speak to other people about your case on our enquiry form. If you contact us via Live Chat we will assume that consent is given to speak to other teams, although we will advise you who we will need to speak to.
If you do not want your case to be discussed with other teams initially, we recommend you complete our enquiry form.
Please remember that we are here to assist but are also required to help protect LSE's Student visa sponsor licence. We may need to inform colleagues of any concerns we have about information you share which may affect your immigration status and the School's ability to sponsor international students.
Are my Live Chat queries saved?
Yes, each Live Chat conversation is recorded and will remain against your case file for seven years in line with OISC requirements. We are required to keep a record of the advice we give. We will be able to refer to this if we need to follow-up on any advice or refer back to advice given via Live Chat.