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Tier 4 Essential Information

When you arrive at the University, you will have many opportunities to attend a Tier 4 Visa Essentials information session. Full details about these sessions will be available from the International Student Information Point and from The Hub.

The duties of the student are to:

  • Inform the University of your contact address in the UK, mobile phone number and ensure these details are kept up-to-date at all times;
  • Attend all your lectures, seminars and tutorials. If you miss 10 'expected contacts', the University is required to report this to UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI), and your visa could be withdrawn and you would have to leave the UK;
  • If there is an unavoidable reason why you have to miss a lecture, make sure that you inform the University of the reason as soon as possible;
  • Make progress in your studies - for undergraduate and postgraduate students on taught courses, there is a 5-year cap on the number of years that you can hold a Tier 4 (General) student visa. Ensure you work hard to finish your studies within the expected normal time frame, so that you do not end up running out of time on your visa to complete your course;
  • If you are from a country that has to register with the Police, this will be stated on your visa. You must do this within 7 days of arriving in the UK;
  • Make sure you do not work more hours on a part-time job than your visa allows. Most students are permitted to work part-time for up to 20 hours per week, during term time and full-time during vacation time. Make sure that you are aware what is classed as vacation time for your course (we recommend that you do not work more than approximately 15 hours per week, as any more time than that will interfere with your studies);
  • Make sure that you always have a valid student visa. (if you need to extend your visa to complete your studies, start making the arrangements approximately two to three months before the expiry date of your visa). If you let your visa expire, it will be unlikely that the University will issue you a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) to continue your studies in the UK. It is also a criminal offence to stay beyond your permission, which could lead to prosecution, future refusals and entry clearance ban for 12 months in some circumstances;
  • Do not claim any public funds;
  • Do not get into trouble with the Police or commit any criminal offences;
  • Be available for interview by UKVI and be prepared to show that you still have enough money in your bank account to cover your living costs and any tuition fees that have not yet been paid.

The duties of the University are to:

  • Keep a copy of your passport and visa;
  • Keep up-to-date information on your address and contact details;
  • Keep a copy of the qualifications you provided to gain acceptance onto your course;
  • Monitor your attendance and progression;
  • Report to UKVI if an applicant, who has been issued a CAS for our University, fails to enrol;
  • Report to UKVI, within 10 working days, if a student misses 10 expected contacts with the University;
  • Report to UKVI if the University becomes aware that the student is breaching any conditions of their visa (e.g. if you are working more than 20 hours a week during term time);
  • Report to UKVI if a student withdraws or suspends their studies;
  • Report to UKVI if a student changes course or completes their course early.

You can read more information about the conditions of your Tier 4 (General) student visa at UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) and UK Visas and Immigration.