Correcting Entry Clearance Errors – Tier 4 (General)

As a Tier 4 (General) student you should have been given certain conditions. You should also have some additional time to stay in the UK after your course finishes.

If you have been given incorrect conditions and/or an incorrect length of stay by an Entry Clearance Post overseas we can help you to request it is corrected, free of charge.

Until such time as it is corrected you must adhere to the conditions stated on your visa.

  • Immigration conditions you should have been given

    Study with your Tier 4 sponsor

    Your visa sticker will state the Sponsor License Number for your Tier 4 sponsor. For the University of Essex this will be THHCP1YV6.

    Working in the UK

    University of Essex Tier 4 students should have been given the following work conditions:

    • if you are studying a degree level course – 20 hours a week in term time
    • if you are studying a course that is below degree level – 10 hours a week in term time
    • if your visa states ‘No Work’ you cannot work in the UK at all, paid or unpaid

    Check the Home Office Tier 4 Policy Guidance. Read the section entitled 'Can a student work whilst in the United Kingdom?' to find out if you have the correct working conditions.

    Police registration

    Depending on your nationality you may have a condition to register with the Police. You should not have this condition if you are studying for less than 6 months.

    Check our website for further information on who should have a condition to register with the police.

    No recourse to public funds

    All Tier 4 (General) migrants should have this condition. It means that you do not have access to welfare benefits or local authority housing.

  • The length of leave you should have been given

    The length of leave you should have depends on the level of your course and its duration in calendar months.

    University of Essex Tier 4 (General) students are usually entitled to the following additional leave after the course end date (as detailed on your CAS). For full details see the Home Office Tier 4 Policy Guidance.

    How long can a Tier 4 (General) student come to the UK for?

    • Masters courses October to October – course duration plus 2 months (the course is more than 6 but less than 12 calendar months)
    • Masters courses of more than 12 calendar months – course duration plus 4 months
    • PhD – course duration plus 4 months (the course duration is more than 12 calendar months)
    • Undergraduate degrees – course duration plus 4 months (the course is more than 12 calendar months)
    • Pre-sessional Course of less than 6 months – course duration plus 1 month
    • Pre-sessional Course of more than 6 months but less than 12 months – course duration plus 2 months
    • Pre-sessional Course of 12 months or more – course duration plus 4 months
    • For Essex Tier 4 students who are on a course of less than 6 months (that is not a Pre-sessional course) – course duration plus 7 days.

    Note: Students who are coming for a foundation course or an English language course, who have a conditional offer for another course after that foundation or English language course, will normally only be granted leave to cover the length of the first course.

    Dependants of students

    Dependants of Tier 4 (General) students should be granted the same length of time as the student.

  • Biometric Residence Permit

    If you have a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) issued in the UK and you notice an endorsement error or there are any other errors you must contact the Home Office yourself to request it is amended within 10 working days of receiving your permit. See the Home Office website for more information.

  • How to request your entry clearance is corrected

    If you haven’t yet arrived in the UK

    If you have time before you need to travel to the UK contact the Entry Clearance Post that issued your visa and ask them to correct it.

    If you have arrived in the UK

    We recommend you contact us immediately by emailing intadv@essex.ac.uk, attaching a copy of your (and your dependants) Tier 4 entry clearance sticker, so that we can check your conditions and, if we believe there is an error, request your entry clearance is amended by the Home Office. If the Home Office agrees to the correction, we will send your passport and documents for you and arrange for them to be delivered back to us. We will take a copy of your new correct visa for your student record. This service is offered free of charge.

    Alternatively, you can apply yourself direct to the Home Office or to the Entry Clearance Post overseas that issued the entry clearance. If you do this and have your entry clearance corrected you must remember to take your new visa to the Student Services Hub so that they can take a copy. The Home Office does not charge for this service.

    For further information about this scheme see the Home Office website.