Your Tier 4 visa is granted in order to allow you to study in the UK. With your Tier 4 visa you can:
- Study on a full time programme with your sponsor (Edge Hill University)
- Take additional (supplementary) studies with your sponsor or another institution, providing this does not interfere or affect your main programme of studies.
- Undertake certain types of work (hyperlink)
Short-Term Study Visa:
Your Short-Term Study Visa is granted to allow you to study in the UK for a maximum of 6 months. You may also be able to study on a Short-Term Study Visa if you are studying an English Language programme, even if it is for a period of longer than 6 months. With your Short-Term Study Visa you can:
- Study a full time or part time programme in the UK for a maximum of 6 months or a maximum of 11 months for English Language programmes.
- Take a short period of research as part of a degree course if you are studying abroad.
There are certain things that your Tier 4 visa will prohibit you from doing, you must not:
- Claim Public Funds
- Work as a self-employed person, entertainer, sponsor person or coach
- Study on a part-time basis
- Study your main programme with an institution that is not your sponsor
- Stay in the UK beyond the end date of your visa, unless you have made an application to extend your stay in the UK.
Short-Term Study Visa:
There are certain things that your Short-Term Study visa will prohibit you from doing, you must not:
- Study at a State School
- Take work of any kind. This include work placements and voluntary work
- Extend this visa
- Bring family members (dependants), they must apply separately either under Short-Term study or a Standard Visitor visa.
- Claim Public Funds
When you apply for a Tier 4 visa, you agree to accept certain responsibilities, including:
- Keeping your contact details with the university up-to-date, including your address, phone number and email address. This includes both your term time and home addresses
- Registering with the police, click here for more information
- Providing the university with a copy of your passport and visa, and updating this in case of renewal or extension
- Attending all contact points including: classes, lectures, seminars and the set Tier 4 contact points
- Seek visa advice in timely manner from the International Office if required
- Ensuring that you apply for a new Academic Technology Approval Scheme certificate each time you make changes to your studies if applicable
- Ensuring that you leave the UK, or apply to extend your stay, before the expiry date of your current visa
Short-Term Study Visa:
When you apply for a Short-Term Study visa, you agree to accept certain responsibilities, including:
- Keeping your contact details with the university up-to-date, including addresses, phone numbers and email address. This include both your term time and home addresses
- Providing the university with a copy of your Passport and visa, and updating this if you renew or extend
- Registering with the police if you are on an English Language programme over 6 months in duration. Click here for more information.
- Attending all contact points including, classes, lecture and seminars
- Seek visa advice in timely manner from the International Office, if required
- Ensuring that you leave the UK before the expiry date of your current visa.
Edge Hill's promise
As a Tier 4 Sponsor Edge Hill University has certain responsibilities, referred to as sponsor duties, for Tier 4 students and all visa controlled students.
For all Visa controlled students at the university we must keep a record of:
- Your current address, email and telephone number
- Your current visa and passport
- For Tier 4 students: your attendance at classes, lecturers, seminars or other activities.
For Tier 4 students the University is required to report the following to the UKV&I (Home Office):
- If you fail to enrol with the university by the latest enrolment date specified on your CAS.
- If you change your programme of study with Edge Hill University. Under some circumstances you may not be able to change programme or this may require a new Tier 4 visa application. Please contact the International Office if you wish to change your programme of study.
- If you do not attend classes, if your attendance is poor and/or you fail to attend 10 consecutive contact points without seeking permission from the International Office. The university must report this and withdraw your sponsorship.
- If you withdraw or are withdrawn from your programme of studies. If you are withdrawn you will be given 5 working days to appeal this decision. If you do appeal this will not be reported until a decision has been made on the appeal.
- If you change the location of your programme. Edge Hill University only has 1 campus which Tier 4 students can study on and therefore this only applies if you are on a placement.
Immigration law in the UK is complex and it is important that you are fully aware of both your rights and responsibilities.
In the UK it is illegal to give immigration advice unless you are fully trained and regulated by the OISC. It is important that you seek professional advice before undertaking any changes or actions, do not take the advice from friends or try to interpret the rules yourself.
The International Office has staff which are trained to give immigration advice or direct you to the appropriate place if unable to give advice. In the first instance please contact the International Office for any advice and guidance.
Tier 4 Attendance Monitoring
Edge Hill University is required to monitor the attendance of all Tier 4 students to ensure that you are engaging on your programme of studies and meeting the core requirements of your Tier 4 visa.
A contact point is attendance at a lecture, seminar or workshop where a tutor is present. Monitoring is carried out on one contact point per week. All students studying on bachelor’s, taught master’s, Study Abroad, IFP, PMP or Pre-sessional courses should complete the following procedure:
- Print the Attendance Monitoring Form (AMF)every teaching week.
- Complete the ‘Personal Details’ section and then ask one of your tutors every week to sign the form
- Return the form to the International Office drop box (Main Building, room Stanley 10) no later than 5 pm every Friday.
Research (including masters dissertation)
A contact point is attendance at a meeting with your supervisor once a month.
- Print the Attendance Monitoring Form (AMF) every month.
- Complete the ‘Personal Details’ section and then ask your research/master’s dissertation supervisor to complete the bottom section.
- Return the form to the International Office drop box (Main Building, room Stanley 10) no later than 4 pm of the 3rd working day of the following calendar month.
A contact point is full attendance at your placement, this is monitored on a weekly basis so one contact per week.
- Print the Placement Attendance Monitoring Form (PAMF) every teaching week.
- Complete the ‘Personal Details’ section and then your placement supervisor/mentor to complete the rest of the form.
- Return the PAMF form to the International Office drop box (Main Building, Stanley 7) no later than 5 pm every Friday or alternatively email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Most students have no problems during their studies and are able to complete their programme on time, as stated on the CAS for Tier 4 students. However, on occasion students face problems which interrupt studies or cause issues and delays for the student programme. Some students may have the re-sit exams, repeat a year of studies, or ask for special consideration due to personal issues.
For Tier 4 students please contact the International Office to speak to the Student Support Office and Compliance and Immigration Manager in the first instance as there may be visa implications.
For all enrolled students there is information regarding resits and programme extensions on the Academic Registry webpage which can be accessed through the GO portal. Alternatively, call in to the Student Information Centre for advice. In all cases please ensure that you make the International Office aware of the issues in order for us to provide the best possible advice and support.
During your time in the UK a family member or friend may wish to visit you for events such as your graduation. If they intend on coming to the UK for a period of less than 6 months they may qualify to come as a standard visitor. If they are a Visa National it is compulsory for the application for entry clearance to be made before they travel to the UK. For more information on Visitor Visas please click here.
If you wish to support their application please contact the International Office for more information.