Obligations and UKVI Compliance


The University of Leicester is a Tier 4 sponsor and therefore can sponsor international full-time students under Tier 4 of the points based system.

To retain this license the University and its registered students must fully comply with all UKVI requirements.


Responsibilities of International Students Studying on Campus

If you are an international student you have additional responsibilities. You must:

  • Hold a valid visa that entitles you to study. You will provide this to us at visa checkpoint at the beginning of each academic year. In addition, if your visa expires during your course you must renew it and bring your new visa to the Registry in the Student Services Zone within the Fielding Johnson Building.
  • Update us immediately if you change or switch immigration category. If your visa changes during your course you must bring it to the Registry in the Student Services Zone within the Fielding Johnson Building.
  • Complete central face-to-face registration (visa checkpoint). You will need to provide us with your passport and visa/biometric ID card, including any renewed visas.
  • Meet attendance requirements of your course. You will need to study while in the UK, maintain good attendance, seek prior permission for any holidays or breaks in attendance, as well as attending all required visa checkpoints on time every year. Further information regarding attendance requirements.
  • Register with the Police within 7 days of arriving in the UK if your visa requires you to do so. Please visit the Student Welfare Services for more information on registering with the police.
  • Secure ATAS approval where your course requires this and provide a copy of your clearance certificate to us. Find out if your course requires ATAS clearance.
  • Keep your contact details in the UK up to date. You will need to do this by registering any changes via MyStudentRecord.
  • Follow University processes if you decide to suspend or withdraw from your course. You will be required to return home if you defer or suspend your studies, withdraw from your course or if your course is terminated or ends early.
  • Tell us if you have a significant change in circumstances. This would include change of name or marital status.
  • Fully abide by the terms of your visa. Including not working more than the number of hours specified on your visa.

Changes to your registration status may affect your immigration status. Discuss your immigration concerns with an International Student Adviser.

Responsibilities of the University

The University's responsibilities begin when a Confirmation of Acceptance for Study (CAS) is given to you and will end when you successfully complete your course, withdraw from your course or the University withdraws you from your course. Other situations that would end the University's responsibility would be if you did not enrol, temporarily suspend your studies or transferred to another University.

Find out more about the University's monitoring and reporting obligations.

If you have a Tier 4 (General) student visa then the University is classed as your 'immigration sponsor' for the duration of your study. This means we are legally obliged to:

  • Keep an up-to-date record of your personal contact details
  • Keep a copy of your passport and your visa
  • Report certain information to UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI).

If we have issued you with a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) that you used to make your Tier 4 (General) student visa application, we must report to UK Visas and Immigration if you:

  • Defer the start date of your course
  • Do not start your course
  • Do not complete registration
  • Suspend your studies (i.e. temporarily withdraw from your course)
  • Leave the University without completing your course (i.e. permanently withdraw from your course)
  • Change to a course that does not meet your Tier 4 visa requirements (e.g. part-time study)
  • Complete your studies early
  • Have your course of study terminated
  • Breach any conditions of your leave

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