This section explains your options if you stop studying at your sponsor institution because it has a problem with its Tier 4 licence or has closed. It is very important that the Home Office has your current UK postal address and your email address so that important correspondence can reach you; see our information about reporting a change of address to the Home Office.
When your Tier 4 sponsor's licence is revoked, your Tier 4 immigration permission (leave) is usually cut short (curtailed). You are normally given a period of 60 days in which to find another Tier 4 sponsor, make a different type of immigration application or leave.
If you choose to leave the UK or make another application, make sure you go or submit your application before the end date of your current
leave. Your curtailment
letter or email from the Home Office will give the new end date. If your leave has not, or not yet, been curtailed,
the end date is as printed on your vignette or biometric residence permit. However, unless you have been told otherwise in writing, you should assume that your leave will be cut short to 60 days from the date on which the Tier 4 licence is revoked or the institution closed, so do not wait too long to leave or apply; sometimes correspondence does not reach you and you risk staying in the UK without any leave.
When your leave has been curtailed it will lapse (automatically expire) when you leave the UK. This will not show on your visa or biometric residence permit, but it will be on the Home Office's computer system. This means you must not leave the UK and try to re-enter using the same visa. Instead, you should apply for a new visa before you return to the UK. Likewise, even if you have not yet been informed by the Home Office that your leave has been curtailed, you should not try to re-enter the UK using leave thatis due to be curtailed.
It is important to understand what having your leave curtailed to 60 days means:
- If your sponsor has closed or lost its licence, this does not in itself mean that you have breached your Tier 4 immigration conditions or committed any immigration offence
- Having been sponsored in the past by an institution that has closed or lost its licence is not a breach of your conditions or an immigration offence
- You are not being formally removed or deported from the UK
- Having your leave curtailed does not in itself have any repercussions for future UK immigration applications
If you want to stay in the UK and switch to another Tier 4 sponsor, you do not have to wait to receive a curtailment letter from the Home Office before you make arrangements to do that. Your new Tier 4 sponsor might want more information about your situation, including details of whether your leave has been or is going to be curtailed. This is reasonable, and you need to give the new sponsor your permission to make enquiries about you with the Home Office.
The information in this section does not apply to you if your leave
has been curtailed with immediate effect (it ends now, not in 60 days'
time), if you used deception or false documents in a previous
application, have committed a criminal offence since you were last granted leave, or if you have breached your immigration conditions. You
should seek advice from an immigration lawyer before you make any new