Registering with a Student/Tier 4 visa

Tier 4 Visas

Student visa (replacing Tier 4)

Most international students who wish to study in the UK on a course of more than 6 months will obtain a Student visa. This includes EU, EEA and Swiss students who do not qualify for the EU Settlement Scheme. If you are an EU student who has obtained a Student visa but has been issued with a digital status please check the information you are required to provide.

Some students studying in the UK for less than 6 months may also be able to obtain a Student visa for their studies. A Student visa gives the holder the right to work and access to the National Health Service (NHS). There are obligations and duties for both the HEI sponsors and the students they sponsor.

You can only study with the sponsor (college or University) named on the Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) you used to obtain your visa. Your visa should state our UKVI Sponsor Licence number (JTV8BV799) so when you receive your BRP you should check it carefully, including your personal details.

 

Collecting your new BRP (Sponsored students including Tier 4)

If you have applied for and obtained a Student visa or Tier 4 overseas you will be given an entry clearance vignette (visa sticker) in your passport valid for 90 days during which time you must enter the UK. Once you arrive in the UK you should normally collect your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) from the collection point detailed on your visa grant letter within 10 days where it is safe to do so and after completing any period of quarantine or self-isolation.

  • If you have opted to collect your Biometric Residence Permit from the University it will be given to you at Visa Checkpoint and we will provide you with a time slot when you should attend.
  • To collect your BRP you will have to show your visa grant letter and your passport. This is the letter you were given when you collected your BRP. If you are collecting BRPs for dependants you will have to show their grant letters and passports too. Before handing over your BRP we have to check you entered the UK on a valid visa so we will check the date stamped on your entry clearance vignette (visa sticker in your passport) is between the 'valid from' and the 'expiry date' on your visa.
  • If you have not opted to collect your BRP from the University you must collect it from the location on your visa grant letter, scan and email it with your passport and entry clearance vignette (Visa sticker in passport) including date stamp to visas@le.ac.uk before attending visa checkpoint.
  • If your  90 day entry clearance vignette has expired before you are able to travel you must apply to transfer the visa which costs £154 (local currency equivalent).  You will then receive a new 90 days vignette which will permit you to enter the UK and collect your BRP.  Please inform the University by forwarding any relevant correspondence to visas@le.ac.uk .
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    New students registering on a Student visa or Tier 4 visa

    To successfully register on a Student visa (or Tier 4 visa) you must scan and email copies of the documents below to visas@le.ac.uk;

  • Passport - bio/personal data/photo page
  • Entry clearance vignette (sticker in passport) including the date stamp you received on arrival in the UK
  • Front of Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)
  • Back of Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)
  • We will check that you have entered the UK during the validity period of your entry clearance vignette (visa sticker in passport). This means we will check that you entered the UK between the 'valid from' and the 'expiry date' on this visa. If you have entered through an electronic e-gate at the airport and have not had your passport stamped you must keep hold of your boarding card or flight details sending this evidence of your date of entry to visas@le.ac.uk so we can complete your registration.

    Do not try and travel to the UK before the start date on your entry clearance vignette (visa sticker in passport) as you will probably have to exit the UK and re-enter during the validity period of the entry clearance to make your visa valid.

    Continuing student registering on a Tier 4 visa

    If you are currently studying on a Tier 4 visa you will not have to attend a visa checkpoint to register for the new academic year. You will not have to email us your existing documents unless you have obtained a new visa or passport to resume your studies perhaps because your old one was lost or because you are returning from a break in studies. If this applies to you please follow the instructions above. We will be contacting those students who we know require a new visa so we can provide you with a CAS for your application.

     

    Tier 4 visa with a different sponsor

    If you have been studying with another sponsor you must apply for a new Student visa using a CAS we have issued to you. If you have successfully completed the last course you studied in the UK you are probably able to make this application within the UK. You must provide evidence that you have submitted a new visa application before you can register.  Please see Registering with a visa application and email the relevant documents to visas@le.ac.uk.

     

    Tier 4 visa and just completed a course - you must apply for a new Student visa

    If you have just completed a course with us or another UK institution, you must apply for a new Student visa to cover your new course. Our Admissions team will provide you with a CAS to make your application.

    You can register and start studying before receiving your new visa from UKVI or permission to switch, but you do so at your own risk. If permission for a new Student visa is refused, you must end your studies immediately and you may not be able to complete your course.

    To register you will need to provide evidence that you have made this visa application (see Registering with an in-time visa application) by emailing the required documents to visas@le.ac.uk.

    if you have any difficulties in making this application before you register please contact Student Immigration Advice and Compliance who can advise you further.

     

    Tier 4 Child or Child Student route

    We do not hold a Tier 4 licence to sponsor students with a sponsored Child student visa. If you are over 16 and studying at degree level you should apply for a Student visa.

    If you have a Tier 4 (Child) visa and wish to study with us, you will need to apply for a new Student visa before you can start your studies. If you think you have been issued with A Tier 4 (Child) visa in error, please contact Student Immigration Advice and Compliance who can help you to correct this.

     



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