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Working in the Christmas vacation
Tier 4 PhD students don't have standard vacations so should continue to work part-time. Most other
Tier 4 students will be on vacation for the whole Christmas vacation.
Check your vacation dates for your course/campus if you want to work more hours and seek advice before
working extra hours if you’re not sure.
We emailed you recently about working in the UK. Please read our guidance about
working while studying and seek advice if necessary.
Travelling home for Christmas
If you're returning home over the Christmas vacation, please make sure you take your valid Biometric
Residence Permit (BRP) and Police Registration and the other documents you used to make your Tier 4 application
with you. You will need these to re-enter the UK.
Don’t forget, if you're going to be away outside the University’s Christmas closure period, you need to ask
your supervisor to authorise your absence.
Lost BRP while outside the UK
Take great care of your BRP as if you lose it or it's stolen, you will have to report it to the Home Office
and apply for a single entry visa to return to the UK This usually takes at least two weeks. As soon as you are
back you will have to apply for a replacement BRP. If you lose your passport at the same time you will need to
obtain a new passport before you can apply for a replacement BRP visa.
If you had the condition to register with the Police on either your entry clearance sticker, BRP or on the
outcome letter from the Home Office you must do so otherwise you will be breaching a condition of your leave and
that can have serious consequences. If you should have registered and haven’t done so yet please contact the Police
and arrange to register immediately. Contact our International Advisers
if you need to ask us a question.
Waiting for the outcome of your recent Tier 4 application
If you made an application to extend your Tier 4 visa from within the UK, the Home Office aim to process it
within eight weeks. However, it can take longer and the Home Office recommend not making travel plans until you
have received back your passport and BRP.
You have had the outcome and it was refused
You're still awaiting the outcome
If you're still awaiting the outcome, it's has been more than eight weeks since you applied and you have plans to
travel over the Christmas vacation, complete the online enquiry form before Friday
We will check the status of your application and advise you accordingly. However, please be aware that if your application
hasn’t yet been processed it's unlikely to be completed in time for you to travel home for Christmas.
You already have your new BRP
Make sure you have brought it into your Student Services Hub.
As your Tier 4 sponsor, we must see it and take a copy for our records.
You, your studies and Tier 4 – your responsibilities
We hope that you understand your responsibilities to us, your Tier 4 sponsor and to the Home Office, but further details can be found:
If you would like a copy of the leaflet, please come and collect one from your Student Services Hub.
Contact us if you have any questions about what we or the Home Office expect from you.
Visa check for returning Tier 4 students
If you registered to continue your course this year you should have been into your Student Services Hub to have your documents and details
checked. If you didn’t come in please do so before the end of this term. If you started your course in October 2016, your documents will have
been checked at registration.
Returning for the Spring Term and attendance
Make sure you return for the start of the Spring Term. For most students this will be 16 January 2017 but could be earlier depending on your
campus and course. If you're unable to return for the start of the Spring Term you must seek authorised absence from your department. If you can’t
return in time you may be required to intermit.
Don’t forget to attend everything and swipe in if you're based at Colchester or Southend Campus. If you're sick you must complete the notified
absence from teaching form available in your myEssex portal. If you're a PhD student, contact your
supervisor. Failure to attend could lead to you being withdrawn from your course.
If you're returning from intermission for the Spring Term you will need a new Tier 4 visa to re-register as your old one will have been cancelled
by the Home Office. If you haven’t already done so you should request a CAS immediately by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
so that you can apply for a new Tier 4 visa and return in time.
The University will be closed from 12.30pm on Friday 23 December and will re-open on Tuesday 3 January. There are activities for students who stay
on the Colchester or Southend campus over Christmas: