What do we do?
We provide help and advice with visas and immigration and can support you with a range of queries relating to studying in the UK as an international student.
Our services include:
- Online enquiry service for all current, prospective and recently graduants of the University;
- Face-to-face appointments covering a range of topics including student immigration, your family’s immigration, working after your studies, financial hardship, leave of absences or any other issue affecting your life as an international student;
- Workshops on key immigration topics including: extending your Tier 4 visa, Doctorate Extension Scheme, Making an online Tier 4 application, Guide to completing the application;
- Checks of supporting documents required for Tier 4 visa applications (mandatory before a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) is issued and how to apply for a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
- Visa Correction Scheme where we can assist you with errors made on visas or provide information about how to correct errors on BRP cards;
- Support to staff across the University in relation to any immigration enquiries or queries about international students.
How can we help?
During your time with us, we are here to help you with any problems or questions you may have and support you when things are going well. We encourage you to attend social events run by the Guild of Students and University events.
The University’s reporting duties
The University has a duty to report certain information to the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI), which means that we will have to tell them if we find out you have breached any conditions of your visa. It is important that you read and understand the following:
- If you take a Leave of Absence from your studies, you will normally need to leave the UK until you are ready to resume your studies. Please contact IST to discuss this;
- If you delay your course start date or do not arrive for your course on time, we will have to tell the UKVI about this and this might affect the validity of your visa. You should contact IST if you have not left the UK and think you will not arrive on time;
- You should keep your police registration certificate up to date;
- You should only work the number of hours that is stated on your visa during term time. For further information visit working during your studies.
If you are worried that you have breached any of the conditions of your current visa, then please contact us so that we can advise you further.