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Protect your Student Visa - Essential tips for Student visa holders

Tips to protect your Student visa. It is your responsibility to ensure the following:

1.   CHECK YOUR BRP

Check that there are no errors on your BRP card, such as your name.

Check any conditions attached to your visa (eg working conditions).
Make sure you have been given enough time to complete your studies. Your visa end date should include 4 months after your CAS end date.
- Any errors must be reported and amended. 

BRP's will be replaced by eVisas in 2025

2.   ATTEND  AND ENGAGE WITH YOUR STUDIES

Study must be full time, in person and in the UK. Fully on-line study is not permitted.
You must request absence if you will be out of studies during term time.
Failure to attend and engage will result in your withdrawal (and visa cancellation). 

If you wish to switch (transfer) programmes, then you may need to leave the UK and apply for a new visa first. 

3.   STICK TO YOUR WORKING CONDITIONS

- Make sure you know your working conditions.   Check you have been given the correct working conditions.  At degree level and above you can work 20hrs per week during term time;
These hours are per week and must never be averaged over a longer timescale. The Home Office have also defined a working week as running from Monday to Sunday.
Paid and unpaid work, on-call hours, on-the job training and working as a voluntary worker all count towards your permitted weekly working hours limit.
During University vacations periods and whilst on an University approved work placement you can work full time (unless you are a reseach student).

4.   PAY YOUR FEES ON TIME

Failure to pay by the deadline dates will result in your withdrawal and cancellation of your visa.   Click here for further information. 

Once visa sponsorship has been withdrawn it cannot be reinstated even if your debt block is removed and you are allowed to return to study.  

5.   KEEP YOUR CONTACT DETAILS AND VISA INFORMATION UP-TO-DATE

When you first registered we would have taken copies of your passport and visa.  Therefore if anything changes please make sure you send a new copy to SITCompliance.  You must also inform SITCompliance of any chnages to your immigration status eg you get a visa refusal or you change to another immigration category.

Email sitcompliance@herts.ac.uk if you get a new passport or visa.
- Update your contact details if your name or address changes.

Remember to also keep your contact details with the Home Office up-to-date.  Click on 'update your contact details' to find out how to do this.

6.   READ THE UNIVERSITY'S POLICY ON INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

It's important that you read the University's policy on the requirements for Student Route applicants and students.  It explains amongst other things when we we will withdraw visa sponsorship. 

7.   MAKE SURE YOU DO NOT MISS OUT ON THE GRADUATE ROUTE
You must have valid student leave at the point of application and you can only apply from the UK.
Your award must be locked and the University must confirm your successful award to the Home Office before you can apply.

If you end up repeating or deferaing then its likely your award will be locked after your visa has expired meaning you wont be able to apply for the Graduate Route. 

See more information here

8.   READ YOUR EMAILS 

 The University uses emails to communicate with you.  The email address we use will be the personal email you used when you first registered.  If you change email make sure you update your record.

READ your emails on a regular basis (check your junk folder as well).  You could miss out on important reminders.  If we email you and you dont reply then the assumption is you have left and so visa sponsorship will be cancelled.  Saying that you  never looked at an emal is not an excuse when you have been withdrawn.  

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