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‘No recourse to public funds’

If you have the sentence ‘No recourse to public funds’ included in your passport stamp, or printed on your Biometric Residence Permit, you will not be in breach of your immigration conditi...
23/02/2017 15:24:00

3 August 2015 onwards

First check whether you are allowed to work - see Can you work?  If you are permitted to work, your maximum working hours in term time are: 20 hours a week if you are studying a...
05/04/2017 17:23:00

30-day vignette

The following information outlines the steps to take if there is a problem with your 30-day vignette. #Toggle1#
25/08/2017 14:01:00

31 March 2009 - 5 April 2012 and before 31 March 2009

If you made your Tier 4 immigration application on or after 31 March 2009 and before 6 April 2012, you can remind yourself of your work conditions in Table 2 of the July 2016 version of An employer's ...
17/08/2017 14:42:00

5 tips that can help

02/08/2017 16:09:00

6 April 2012 - 2 August 2015

First check whether you are allowed to work - see Can you work?  If you are permitted to work, you are restricted to working a maximum number of hours a week in term time. Maximum workin...
09/08/2017 16:26:00

6 April changes to the Immigration Rules

On 11 March the Home Office announced a number of changes to the Immigration Rules which take effect from 6 April 2016. Read our summary of the changes that will affect students.
16/03/2016 15:52:00

97% go home when visas expire

Government reports show that 97% of international students go home before their study visas expire. And the Home Secretary has commissioned the MAC to undertake a review of the impact of international...
25/08/2017 10:42:00

A model of culture shock

The process of culture shock can be illustrated by a model known as the “W” curve. This may not relate entirely to your experience. Sometimes the process is faster or slower but it can be ...
31/07/2017 11:20:00

Academic culture

It may take some time for you to adjust to studying in the UK. Academic culture and expectations vary according to the subject, the level of study and the type of institution. However, there are some ...
18/11/2015 15:06:00


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18/10/2017 12:15:00

Accessing advice when your institution is closed

Where to get advice on visa issues during the Christmas closure period if your International Student Adviser is not available.
20/12/2012 12:30:00

Accommodation and immigration checks

Information about the immigration checks that landlords are required to carry out in certain areas of the UK from 1 December 2014.
03/11/2014 15:37:00

Accreditation schemes

It is important to check whether a property, landlord or institution is part of a reputable accreditation scheme. In joining an accreditation scheme a landlord commits themselves to offering housing a...
13/03/2017 16:21:00

Addresses and contacts

04/09/2015 14:57:00

Administrative review extended

Administrative review soon to be extended to most immigration applications.
28/01/2015 13:51:00

Advice Line - Xmas closure

The students' Advice Line will be closed from Christmas Day (Thursday 25 December) through to Monday, 5 January 2015 when it will re-open. The members' Advice Line will be closed on Tuesday 23 Decembe...
22/12/2014 10:42:00

Advice Line closures over Christmas & New Year

UKCISA's Advice Lines closed on18 December and from 24 December to 4 January.
16/12/2015 09:00:00

Advice Line will be closed on Friday 24 October 2014

The Advice Line will be closed on Friday, 24 October 2014.
15/10/2014 14:38:00

Advice Line: closure over Christmas period

Advice Lines closed: 20 Dec pm and then from 23 Dec to 2 Jan. Re-opens Tues 3 Jan.
16/12/2016 14:10:00

All the leaves are brown and the sky is grey

How are you settling in? And what's it got to do with Chris Martin from Coldplay?
16/10/2014 14:35:00

Am I insured for fees?

Unfortunately, students sometimes have to leave their courses early, or repeat part/all of their courses, due to accidents or illnesses during their studies. You may wish to look at opt...
21/03/2017 13:45:00

Amended Tier 4 policy guidance (07/14)

Policy guidance updated on 9 or 10 July, though still says 1 July. Funds are higher; Annex 7 has changed
10/07/2014 09:59:00

Amendments to our England fees and Student Support info

Changes to England's 'Long residence' category took effect from 3 March 2017. See our revised web info.
05/04/2017 17:48:00

Announcement soon on England 'Tigere' policy

BIS expects new policy to be confirmed in May
23/03/2016 17:00:00

Appealing a fee status decision

If you think a mistake has been made with your fee status decision, do not sign any document/contract agreeing to pay the 'overseas' rate of fee. Contact the institution immediately and ask it to exp...
23/02/2017 15:18:00

Application checklist

This checklist is a summary of the steps involved in making a Tier 4 (General) application in the UK. We have included links to more detailed information and to external websites. Choose i...
18/09/2017 10:54:00

Apply for a NI number

Your National Insurance number (NINo) is a unique personal number which is used to record your National Insurance contributions. You do not need to have a NINo before starting work, but you must obtai...
13/11/2015 11:37:00

Applying for entry clearance

Your application must include: The completed application form. In every country apart from North Korea, you have to fill this in online. You will be asked your 'reason for visit'. Cho...
09/08/2017 15:48:00

Applying for Tier 4 using TOEIC certificates?

Planing to use TOEIC certificates as evidence of your English language ability for Tier 4? Note new requirements from the Home Office.
22/05/2013 16:04:00

Applying for your Tier 4 visa

Coming to study in the UK this autumn? See our guide to Tier 4 applications
12/08/2013 10:45:00

Applying in England: Basics

17/08/2016 11:43:00

Applying in England: Who is entitled?

If you meet all the requirements of one or more of the following categories, you will be entitled to some level, and amount, of Student Support. This is only a brief summary of persons who are en...
10/06/2016 12:11:00

Applying in Northern Ireland: Who is entitled?

If you meet all the requirements of one or more of the following categories, you will be entitled to some level, and amount, of Student Support. This is only a brief summary of persons who are en...
02/12/2015 16:26:00

Applying in Scotland: Basics

02/12/2015 16:11:00

Applying in Scotland: Who is entitled?

If you meet all the requirements of one or more of the following categories, you will be entitled to some level, and amount, of Student Support. This is only a brief summary of persons who are en...
18/05/2016 12:02:00

Applying in Wales: Basics

19/01/2016 14:47:00

Applying in Wales: Who is entitled?

If you meet all the requirements of one or more of the following categories, you will be entitled to some level, and amount, of Student Support. This is only a brief summary of persons who a...
19/01/2016 14:46:00

Are you an EEA national?

You are a European Economic Area (EEA) national if you are a citizen of one of the following countries. If you have permanent residence in, but not citizenship of, any of these countries, you are...
19/09/2016 09:23:00

Are you international students’ union of the year?

The NUS International Students’ Awards 2017 are open for nominations
29/03/2017 09:59:00

Arriving by air

Most international flights to London arrive at Gatwick or Heathrow airport, but some flights, especially from continental Europe, may arrive at Luton or Stansted. Depending on your final des...
24/06/2016 16:37:00

Arriving in the UK

What should you bring with you to the UK? What are you not allowed to bring? Preparing for your arrival in the UK
23/09/2013 10:24:00

Arriving via Ireland

You might travel to the UK via the Republic of Ireland. However, it is important to understand that both countries are part of a Common Travel Area (CTA). The CTA streamlines arrival in the UK fr...
10/08/2017 12:04:00

ATAS closure between 20 December 2013 and 3 January 2014

No ATAS applications between 20 December 2013 and 3 January 2014. Earlier applications delayed.
09/12/2013 15:52:00

Attending conference? Submit your questions to the Home Office panel

All attendees are invited to submit their questions by midday on Friday 24 June.
23/06/2016 14:59:00

Avoid overstaying

Overstaying means allowing your visa, or BRP, to expire whilst you remain in the UK. Overstaying is a criminal offence. There is no 'grace period' within which you can lawfully overstay. If you submi...
03/04/2017 16:53:00

Awards for postgraduate study

This section gives you information about the funding available if you are studying in the UK as a postgraduate student.   Loans  If you normally live in England, and you are studying anyw...
06/09/2016 16:53:00

A-Z guide to cricket for international students

Find out what a 'googly' is in our introduction to the weird and wonderful world of cricket for international students in the UK.
08/05/2015 14:00:00


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