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Your responsibilities as a Tier 4 student

 

As a Tier 4 student, you must remember that you have certain responsibilities regarding your attendance at Brunel University London and other activities that you can do in the UK, such as working. Failure to abide by these rules may put your immigration status at risk. Brunel University may have no option but to withdraw sponsorship of your visa if you were to break any of these rules. This would lead to withdrawal from the University and the curtailment (cancellation) of the visa. Please see below for a summary of the responsibilities that you have. 

Register for your course on time

You must register at Brunel University London before the deadline that you will be given in your registration instructions. The University is obliged to notify UKVI of any Tier 4 students who do not register before the deadline.

Study only at Brunel University London

A Tier 4 visa is only valid for the full-time course of study at the institution that it was issued for. If your visa has been issued for Brunel University London (using the CAS you were assigned), you must only study at Brunel University on the full-time course that was stated on your CAS.

The only exception to this is that you may be allowed to study informal, vocational short courses alongside your main course. For example, this may be an evening class in art or languages. This is called 'supplementary study' by UKVI. This must not interfere with your main course here at Brunel University. 

Police Registration

Depending on your nationality, you may be required to register with the police when you arrive in the UK. It will be clearly printed on your visa if this is required and you must register within seven days of entering the UK. You will also need to register with the police if you extend your Tier 4 leave to remain (and therefore receive a new visa). You will need to go to the Overseas Visitors Registration Office (OVRO) to register. This is based in Central London:

Overseas Visitors Records Office
323, Borough High Street
London
SE1 1JL

Please visit the Metropolitan Police website for further details of how to register with the police, including travel instructions to get to OVRO. You will receive a Police Registration Certificate, which you must keep safe as it will be required if you need to make another Tier 4 application. If any of the details on your certificate change (for example your home address), you will need to get this updated. This can be done at a local police station.

Full attendance on your course

All students at Brunel University London are expected to attend all lectures and classes and complete all of the requirements for the course. This applies especially to Tier 4 students because the University must inform UKVI of any students who fail to engage with their course of study. Your academic department monitor your attendance on your course using contact points that you will need to meet. You must ensure that you attend all of the required contact points as part of your programme i.e. lectures, seminars and exams. If this is not possible for any reason, for example if you are suffering from ill health or you need to temporarily withdraw from your course, you must contact you academic department immediately.

Working in the UK

Working alongside your studies is a good way for all students to help support themselves financially, provided it does not interfere with the academic requirements of the course. It also provides useful working experience that will be of benefit when looking for employment after graduation. However, as a Tier 4 student, you must remember that there will be restrictions on the number of hours you can work per week. This will be stated on your visa. You will be given further details about your 'Rights to Work' after you register at the University. The University is obliged to inform UKVI of any students found to be working more hours than allowed.

Please also note that Tier 4 students are not allowed to work in certain professions, such as an entertainer or sportsperson. Unpaid, voluntary work would also be included in the in the hourly restrictions as indicated on your visa. 

Renting Property

If you will be living in privately rented accommodation (excluding halls of residence or accommodation owned and managed by Brunel University London), your landlord will have an obligation to check that you have a valid visa to remain in the UK. So if you are currently renting your accommodation, you may be asked to show your current visa (or other suitable immigration documents), especially when you renew any tenancy agreements or you move to a new place. Please do not be alarmed if your landlord asks to see a your visa as they are only following their legal obligations. Please note that this will apply to any other temporary migrants over the age of 18 who are living in the property, such as family members. 

Only remain in the UK while your visa is valid

It is a criminal offence to remain in the UK after your Tier 4 student visa has expired. This is called 'overstaying'. This is unless you have applied to extend your Tier 4 leave to remain (or applied under another immigration category) before your Tier 4 student visa expired. Unless you are in a position to make a further leave to remain application before your Tier 4 visa expires, you should leave the UK before the visa expiry date.

You would not be allowed to either register at Brunel University, or remain enrolled on your course, if you are an overstayer. Furthermore, overstaying in the UK can have serious repercussions for any future UK visa applications that you may choose to make. Depending on the circumstances and how long you overstay, you may even be banned from applying for a UK visa, at least for a certain period of time. 

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) have a useful guide on their website about protecting your Tier 4 status. This covers many of the points above in more detail.