Your studies and Tier 4
Your responsibilities (students)
By accepting our University's Tier 4 sponsorship (using our CAS), you’ll have responsibilities
to us and to the Home Office.
As an Essex student you must adhere to all University Regulations
which include Immigration Status requirements. It's important that as well as progressing academically, you
attend everything and continue to meet all the rules, requirements and conditions of your leave. Make sure
you understand what you must do to maintain your Tier 4 immigration status so you can complete your studies as planned.
To help you understand what your responsibilities are we have produced a leaflet
You, your studies and Tier 4 (.pdf).
You should receive a copy of this leaflet when you register for your course and an updated copy in
each subsequent year of your course. Copies are available from your
Student Services Hub.
The conditions of your visa
Your immigration permission will be subject to certain conditions.
Make sure you know what these conditions mean.
- If your visa states you can work you must
check what term time means for you and what type of work you can do (paid or unpaid). You can't
work more than the hours stated on your visa in any seven day period (a week) unless you are sure
it's not term time for you.
- If you must register with the Police,
you have to do so within seven days of arrival in the UK or within seven days of collecting your BRP.
You must update your certificate if any of the details held change or you extend your visa.
- You can only study the course your CAS was for, with the Tier 4 sponsor that issued it.
- If applicable, you must hold a valid ATAS certificate.
- You must not claim social housing or welfare benefits.
If you don't comply with the conditions of your visa you may be considered to
be in breach and there could be serious consequences for your UK immigration status
and any future applications. If you've been given incorrect conditions you must inform
the Home Office. Please read the
Home Office Tier 4 Policy Guidance
for full details.
Breaching the conditions of your visa
If you're concerned that you may have breached (broken) the conditions
of your visa please contact
SU Advice immediately.
Changes in course and/or personal circumstances
You must report certain changes in your circumstances to
the Home Office. If you wish to change your course, you may have to make a new Tier 4 visa
If you have an ATAS certificate and your course content or research proposal
changes and/or your course completion date (as per your CAS) is extended, you'll have
to apply for a new certificate within 28 days.
As your Tier 4 sponsor, the University is also required to
report certain changes in
your circumstances to the Home Office.
You must leave the UK by the date your visa expires or, if you finish your course
early, the date your visa is curtailed to expire.
As a student you're expected to attend all lectures, classes and seminars as
well as all other scheduled events or meetings. Don’t forget to swipe in using your
card on the Count-Me-In electronic readers. If you're going to be absent
or are ill you must seek authorisation for this by completing the
notified absence from teaching form
found in your MyEssex portal. If you're a postgraduate research student, you should contact
your allocated supervisor about any period of absence in the first instance. This includes seeking
authorisation if you require to study away from campus for any period of time.
As a Tier 4 sponsor our University is required to monitor the attendance of all
our Tier 4 students and report those who do not attend as required. Therefore, even
if your absence has been authorised, you could be required to attend a meeting with
the International Services Team and if your attendance is not satisfactory you may be
withdrawn from your course.
We recommend you read the University’s detailed information about
attendance, using your card and reporting an absence.
If you'd like advice about your responsibilites as a Tier 4 student at Essex, please
contact our International Services Team by completing our online enquiry form.
If you're planning on starting a new course with another Tier 4 sponsor, please contact the
institution you intend to study at, or an alternative immigration advice service.