When you apply for your Tier 4 General student visa, your name is added to the University’s sponsor licence number.
If you are a Tier 4 student, you cannot study at the University of Edinburgh unless you have a Tier 4 General visa with the University’s sponsor licence number on it.
If you have a Tier 4 visa already and it does not have the University of Edinburgh’s sponsor licence number on it (23CYGN5K3) then you must apply for a new Tier 4 visa before enrolling at Edinburgh and bring evidence of that to your enrolment.
The visa application you make does not need to be decided by the time you enrol. However, evidence such as proof of postage, letter of acknowledgment from UKBA or a receipt from the International Office Visa Application Service confirming you have made an application, will be accepted.
If you need to change your Tier 4 visa to being sponsored by the University of Edinburgh, what you need to do depends on when you made your most recent visa application.
The UKBA have various regulations depending upon when you last applied for your visa. Details can be found on the UK Border Agency website:
We strongly recommend that regardless of your situation, you should make a fresh visa application to switch to University of Edinburgh sponsorship before you enrol, to avoid any complications.
The University as your Tier 4 sponsor has a legal duty to ensure that we - and as far as possible, you - comply with UK Border Agency (UKBA) requirements.
We are required to report to the UKBA if a student listed on our sponsor licence:
In addition, the University must keep an up-to-date copy of your passport and visa page/UK ID card with your student records.
If the UK Border Agency receives a report from the University for any of the reasons above, your visa may be curtailed or cancelled.
As a Tier 4 General Student in the UK, it is essential that you comply with the conditions of your Tier 4 general student visa:
If you are concerned about your ability to comply with your student visa conditions, please contact us by email for confidential advice.
This article was published on Feb 13, 2013