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International Student Visa student attendance

Important information for Tier 4/International Student Visa Students to confirm their attendance at the University

Tier 4 Students are required to engage in mandatory attendance checks to ensure that the University remains compliant with Home Office regulations.

As a student on a student visa, you must: 

1) Engage with your studies

You are expected to be fully engaging with your studies.    

All attendance and engagement are monitored.  Failure to engage with your studies will result in the withdrawal of Tier 4/Student Route sponsorship.  

Fully online learning is not permitted for any student on a Student/Tier 4 visa.

During any face to face sessions, then you are required to use the check-in readers whenever you enter a classroom for more than 15 minutes.   

If you experience difficulties logging into into the virtual learning environment (eg Canvas) then you need to contact your School (email in the first instance).   If you have lost or damaged your ID card, you must obtain a replacement as soon as possible.

Please also see

HIC Integrated students Please follow the above attendance procedure
HIC Non Integrated students Please follow HIC's attendance monitoring procedure.
Research students For further details about your attendance procedure please click here


2) Attend a Visa Check

There is a mandatory Visa Check held each year.  You must attend the Visa Check to confirm your attendance. 

Further information will be posted on StudyNet before the Visa Check.  You will also receive booking information via e-mail.  All students, including HIC & Research, are expected to attend the Visa Check.  

You are still expected to attend Visa Checks if they fall within your School Reading week.  Any absence during a School Reading week or Visa Check must be authorised  - see the Tier 4 absence page.

Students on a time-limited visa, e.g. Tier 1/Discretionary Leave/Spouse visa are also expected to attend the Visa Check.

Further information on attendance requirements/Visa Check can be found on Studynet.

Visa Check FAQs

Are you required to attend the Visa Check if . . .

Situation Required to attend Visa Check Notes

You are from the UK/EU/EEA


Holders of UK/EU/EEA passports are not required to attend Visa Check unless they are now in receipt of Student Visa .

You are on a work placement/study abroad year


If you are on a work placement or Study abroad year, and are unable to attend the Visa Check, please e-mail a copy of your passport and visa to

You are in the process of applying for a visa extension/new visa


You must bring the following:

  • University of Hertfordshire ID card

  • Copies of your passport and expired visa

  • Proof you have made an in-time visa application (postage receipts or letters from UKVI).

You have changed your immigration status (switched visa category)

see notes

If you have not already informed us of your different leave, you will need to attend a Visa Check. You must bring the following:

  • University of Hertfordshire ID card.

  • Passport.

  • Evidence of your different leave (BRP/visa).

  • Evidence of new ATAS (if applicable).
  • Police registration certificate (if applicable)

You will be absent during the Visa Check

see notes

If you are going to be absent for the Visa Check, you must obtain authorised absence from your programme tutor.  

Contact Us

Student Immigration Team (Compliance)

Student Immigration Team (Advice & Compliance)

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