Your Tier 4 visa imposes a number of rights, responsibilities and restrictions on you and on the University, as your sponsor.
You are responsible for your immigration status. Edinburgh Global will send email updates of any major changes to the Immigration Rules, but you are responsible for ensuring that you abide by the conditions of your visa.
It is very important that you take these conditions seriously, as failure to do so could result in the loss of your visa.
Your Tier 4 visa is granted to allow you to study in the UK. You can:
There are certain things that your Tier 4 visa will prohibit you from doing. You must not:
When you apply for a Tier 4 visa, you agree to accept certain responsibilities. You are responsible for:
For more information on what happens at the end of your studies:
As your sponsor, the University has agreed to be responsible for you while your visa is valid. We have a number of legal obligations which must be fulfilled.
The University must keep a record of:
The University is required to inform the Home Office if:
You are required to enrol at the University by the latest start date on your CAS. If you cannot arrive by that time, you must arrange a later start date with your School, and let us know so we can tell the Home Office.
If you cannot arrange a later start date, the University must tell the Home Office that you will not start your programme, and your Tier 4 visa will be cancelled. You must not attempt to travel to the UK using your Tier 4 visa.
If you defer your studies, the University will tell the Home Office and your visa will be cancelled. You will need to apply for a new Tier 4 visa to begin your studies at a later date.
You are normally allowed to change your programme without it affecting your visa, providing:
If the new programme is shorter than the previous one, your visa will be curtailed to reflect the new end date. This will normally mean that your visa will expire four months after the new end date.
If your new programme is longer than the previous one, you will need to apply for extra time to complete your studies. You may not be able to make your application in the UK. For full information about this, see our information about academic progression and time limits.
If you fail to attend 10 consecutive ‘contact points’ without seeking permission from your School or supervisor, the University is required to exclude you from your programme.
The University must inform the Home Office and your visa will be curtailed. You will be given 60 days to leave the UK.
The University must inform the Home Office and your Tier 4 visa will be curtailed. You will be given 60 days to leave the UK or apply for a different visa to stay.
If you interrupt your studies for more than 60 days, the University cannot continue to sponsor your visa. This includes in circumstances of serious illness or pregnancy.
Your visa will be curtailed and you will be given 60 days to leave the UK or apply for a different visa to stay. You will need to apply for a new Tier 4 visa to return to studies.
We strongly advise you to speak to an International Student Advisor before you defer or interrupt your studies.
If you take a leave of absence to study, or do a work placement, in another location, the University will inform the Home Office of your new location. Your Tier 4 visa will not normally be affected and will remain valid until its expiry date.
Immigration law in the UK is complex and it is important that you are fully aware of your rights and responsibilities.
In the UK, it is illegal to give immigration advice unless you are fully trained and regulated. It is important that you seek professional advice before making changes to your studies. Please do not take advice from your friends.
The International Student Advisory Service provide a fully trained and regulated immigration advisory service, and are the only people in the University who are permitted to give immigration advice. We are happy to help you, and you can come to speak to us at a drop-in session or contact us via our enquiry form.
For more information on our terms of service: