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Changes to your circumstances

We understand that there may be unexpected circumstances which make you consider taking a break in your studies (interruption), changing programme (transfer) or leaving Northumbria University (withdrawing). While considering a change in circumstance it’s important to understand how it may affect your Student Route (formally Tier 4).

As your Student Route (formally Tier 4) Sponsor we are required to inform the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) of certain changes to your circumstances, these changes could then result in your visa being curtailed (cancelled). Once we have informed the UKVI of the changes below, we are normally unable to withdraw that report. If your visa is curtailed the UKVI will contact you to tell you your new visa expiry date, you will need to leave the UK or apply for new leave (if eligible) before your new visa expiry date. 

Please be aware that the curtailment of your visa will impact on your right to work in the UK, as well as that of any dependants, where applicable. Any time you remain in the UK will be counted towards any future study CAP.

Current international students holding a Tier 4/Student Route visa who are considering a change in circumstance should seek immigration advice from the Welfare, Immigration and Funding Team as soon as possible by raising an enquiry through the student portal.  

Further information on the implications of a change in circumstances and how to request a change can be found in the student portal.

Academic failure

We are required to inform the UKVI of any students who are withdrawn as an academic failure. The UKVI will curtail your visa to 60 days. If you make an appeal against the Academic Failure decision please note that the report to the UKVI will remain during this time. Depending on how long it takes to receive the outcome of this appeal, you may be required to leave the UK while you await the outcome.  

Adding or removing a placement to your course

If you do not undertake a placement and therefore complete your course earlier than the course end date on your CAS we will inform the Home Office of your early completion. The Home Office will then curtail your visa to the original wrap up period given on your current visa.

If you wish to add a placement to your course you should seek advice from the Welfare, Funding and Immigration Team through the Student Portal. You may be required to apply for your new visa before you can begin your placement.

Applicants from 2021 are unable to add Advanced Practice to their course once they have enrolled.

Completing your course earlier than expected

If you completed your programme earlier than the end date stated on your CAS we will be required to inform the UKVI. The UKVI will then curtail your visa to the original additional wrap up period given on your current visa. Your wrap up period will depend on your course type and length, you can see details of this below. 

 

Type of course

 

Period to be granted after the course ends (Wrap up period)

 

12 months or more

 

4 months

 

6 months or more but less than 12 months

 

2 months

 

Pre-sessional course of less than 6 months

 

1 month

 

Course of less than 6 months that is not a pre-sessional course

 

7 days

 

Postgraduate doctor or dentist

 

1 month

Deferring

If after being accepted onto a course, you decide to wish to defer to the next date of entry you should request this as soon as possible following the instructions here. If you wish to defer you should request this before the start of your course, you should not enrol on your course if you planning to defer.

If you have already been granted a Student Route visa, we will inform the Home Office that you have deferred. Your Student Route visa will then be cancelled, and you will be unable to use it to travel to the UK. You will require a new CAS and new visa application before you start your programme at your new start date.

Exclusion including financial exclusion

We are required to inform the UKVI of any students who are excluded, included financial exclusion. Once you have been financially excluded, we are unable to withdraw this UKVI report, even if you then go on to make a payment to the University. The UKVI will curtail your visa to 60 days and you will be required to exit the UK. Excluded students will not be sponsored for any future study at Northumbria University.

Referrals or deferrals as a non-attending student

If you are undertaking referrals/deferrals and have no attendance required during this time we will be unable to sponsor you during this time. We will inform the Home Office that you are repeating elements of your course as a non-attending student, they will then curtail your visa to 60 days.

To return to your studies in the UK once you have passed your referrals/deferrals you will need to request a new CAS in order to apply for your new visa. You can request a CAS here.

Taking a break in studies

If you take a break in your studies we will inform the UKVI and your Tier 4/Student Route visa will be curtailed to 60 days and you will be required to exit the UK.

You will require a new CAS to make a new visa application from overseas before you can return to your studies, you will be required to request a new CAS here.

Transferring course

The Immigration rules do not allow all students to transfer on their current Tier 4/Student Route visa. In order to transfer to a course which is a different level, different length or a different subject area to your current course (ie. English to Engineering) you may be first be required to apply for a new visa from your home country.

If you wish to transfer course you should discuss this with your Programme Leader or Personal Tutor and the Welfare, Immigration and Funding Team to discuss what is possible.

Withdrawing from your studies

We will inform the UKVI if you decide to withdraw from your course. Your Tier 4/Student Route visa will be curtailed to 60 days and you will be required to exit the UK.


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