Tier 4 Responsibilities
A Tier 4 visa is issued for study in the UK. To maintain your visa rights in the UK you must meet the terms and conditions your visa was issued under.
A Tier 4 visa can only be used for study at the University and programme it was issued for. Therefore you can only use your Tier 4 visa at UCL. If you have a Tier 4 visa from another university you will not be able to enrol or study at UCL unless you have made a Tier 4 visa application to extend your visa and switch to studying at UCL.
A Tier 4 Student and Sponsor Responsibilities Guide (PDF) has been created and hard copies of the booklet can be collected from the Student Centre (Chadwick Building). Please review this document in order to ensure that you comply with the conditions of your Tier 4 visa.
To maintain your Tier 4 visa you must meet and maintain the conditions listed below.
For further information please contact the UCL Visa Compliance Team at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have particular questions or queries.
UCL are required to see the originals of and keep copies of your documents. This includes the following:
- ATAS certificate (if applicable)
Documents used to obtain offer
- English language proof (if applicable)
- English language proof (if applicable)
You must be able to provide these documents for UCL at or before enrolment. If you are not able to do so you will not be able to start your studies.
If you are unable to enrol within the set enrolment period we must report this to UKVI who will curtail (cancel) your visa and you will be expected to leave the UK.
UK Visas and Immigration rules state that a Tier 4 sponsor must report to the Home Office if a Tier 4 student fails to attend their programme without being granted authorised absence. As such your visa status is dependent on you continued full-time study on your programme. This means you must maintain attendance on your course at all times and meet any minimum attendance requirements.
Engagement monitoring is undertaken by academic departments at regular points during a student’s registration at UCL. This is to ensure that students are engaging with their studies; to identify problems as early as possible to ensure that action can be taken to advise and/or assist; and to meet the requirements set by UKVI for students with Tier 4 visas.
If you do not meet your attendance requirements and/or do not provide UCL with adequate reasons why you have missed attendance we are may be required to report this to UKVI and withdraw our sponsorship of you. This will result in the curtailment (shortening) of your visa an you will be expected to leave the UK.
- Significant change in circumstances
UCL is required to report any significant changes in your studies to UKVI. If any of the following are applicable to you during your studies you must let UCL know straight away:
- Change in programme at UCL
- Change in study location
- The length of programme becomes shorter
- You will complete a work placement
Further information about changing programmes can be found here: Tier 4 students and Changing Programmes (PDF 88KB)
- Withdrawals interruptions and repeats of study
UCL is required to report you to UKVI if you withdraw from, or interrupt your programme of studies. In this case your visa will be curtailed (shortened) and you will be expected to leave the UK.
UCL is also required to report you if you need to take resits/repeats of study that do not require attendance.
- Change of immigration status
If you change your immigration status by moving into another visa category you must inform UCL straight away.
- Contact details
If you change your contact details at anytime during your studies you are required to provide us with updated details as soon as possible.
- Working in the UK
Your Tier 4 visa allows you limited working rights in the UK. Please see our guidance for further information about this.
You must not work beyond your allowed working hours or do any prohibited work. Breaking of working rights can result in cancellation of your visa, fines and/or a ban on entry to the UK.
- Police Registration
Some nationals are required to register with the police as part of their visa conditions. For further information about this please see our guidance.