Registering with a Tier 4 Visa

Tier 4 Visas

Tier 4 Visas

Most non-EU/EEA students who wish to study in the UK for more than 6 months will obtain a Tier 4 visa. Some students studying in the UK for less than 6 months may also be able to obtain a Tier 4 visa for their studies. A Tier 4 visa gives the holder the right to work and access to the National Health Service (NHS). There are obligations and duties for both Tier 4 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 Tier 4 Licence number so when you receive your BRP you should check it carefully, including your personal details.

 

Collecting your new Tier 4 visa

If you have obtained a Tier 4 visa overseas you will be given an entry clearance vignette (visa sticker) in your passport valid for one month 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. If you are subject to quarantine restrictions you are not required to do this.

  • 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 entry clearance vignette expires before you are able to travel you must contact the Coronavirus Immigration Help Centre to request a replacement visa with revised validity dates free of charge until the end of this year. Please inform the University by forwarding any relevant correspondence to visas@le.ac.uk .
  • New students registering on a  tier 4 visa

    To successfully register on a 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)
  • At the visa checkpoint 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 your 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 as we will have to confirm when you entered before we can register you.

    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 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 before the end of July so we can provide you with a CAS to obtain a new visa.

     

    Tier 4 visa with a different sponsor

    If you have been studying with another sponsor you must apply for a new Tier 4 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 - apply for a new Tier 4 visa

    If you have just completed a course with us or another UK institution, you must apply for a new 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 Tier 4 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

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

    If you have a Tier 4 (Child) visa and wish to study with us, you will need to apply for a new Tier 4 (General) 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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