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Immigration checks

‘Right to rent’ checks Landlords in England* are required to check their tenants' immigration status before granting a tenancy agreement, to make sure that the tenant has a 'right to ...
06/07/2017 14:04:00

Find out more

For more information about what we do, read our Annual Review for the year 2016-17, and Annual report and summarised accounts for the year ended 31 March 2016. See a full list of ...
05/07/2017 23:45:00

Do I need a visa?

If you are a EEA or Swiss national then you do not need permission to enter the UK or to study here.  See our information on staying in the UK as a EEA or Swiss national student for more informat...
05/07/2017 16:10:00

Home or Overseas fees: the basics

Publicly funded educational institutions normally charge two levels of fee: a lower 'home' fee and a higher 'overseas' fee. Private sector institutions often have only one level of tuition fee,...
04/07/2017 17:11:00

Employment (Tier 2)

There are different subgroups of Tier 2: Tier 2 (General), the provisions of which are summarised here Intra-company transfers (which could apply to you if you are employed by a multi...
21/06/2017 12:50:00

Working after studies

If you are coming to the end of your studies in the UK, you might be considering the possibility of staying on in the UK to work. This section of the website explains some of the schemes that are like...
13/06/2017 10:21:00

Privately rented housing

If your institution does not offer housing, or if you want to look at alternatives, there are a range of options.  
08/06/2017 15:34:00

Going through immigration control

If you arrive at an airport, you pass through immigration control first (before collecting your luggage). There are usually two main queues: one for European Economic Area and Swiss nationals, and one...
23/05/2017 17:08:00

Medical insurance

If you are coming for up to 6 months, look at the page for England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland (depending on where you are going to stay in the UK) to see whether you will be entitled to fr...
23/05/2017 16:42:00

Brexit: Impact on student finance

The funding bodies in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, have all given reassurances to EU nationals about continuing student finance eligibility. &nbs...
17/05/2017 11:02:00

Plagiarism warning

This term can vary widely from country to country.  Plagiarism means taking someone else’s ideas or work and presenting it as your own, without acknowledging the original source. This may n...
10/05/2017 17:06:00

Complaints about your institution

In the UK, most organisations have an informal and formal process of resolving complaints.  An informal process might mean talking to someone about something that you are dissatisfied with o...
10/05/2017 16:32:00

Your rights

10/05/2017 16:28:00

Student advice

We hope the information on our student webpages will answer most of your questions. But if you cannot find the information you need you may want to speak to someone for further advice: If y...
08/05/2017 12:22:00

Our services

UKCISA provides support to students and to members.  This area of the website is for students.  Members, external organisations and Press can find more information on the Instituti...
08/05/2017 12:17:00

Brexit: Impact on fee status assessments

The funding bodies in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, have all given reassurances to EU nationals about continuing student finance eligibility in lig...
05/05/2017 09:41:00

Be an innovator

www.innovate2getahead.co.uk Whether you’re looking to develop your innovation skills, you have an idea for a business, or you have an existing business and are looking for it to grow, use t...
27/04/2017 14:40:00

Get ahead in your career

Start your career journey  www.prepare2getahead.co.uk Studying in the UK is the start of an amazing journey that will provide you with knowledge, opportunities and experiences, as well the ...
27/04/2017 14:36:00

Travel in Europe

This section gives you advice about travelling in Europe. The first thing that you need to check is if you need a visa to travel or not.  A number of European countries are part of an agreement ...
27/04/2017 11:56:00

Driving

Before driving any vehicle (car, motorbike, van etc) in the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland), you should check that you meet all of the legal requirements which apply (a)...
27/04/2017 11:55:00

Travel and transport in the UK

The UK is well connected by various forms of transport. Including numerous train lines, airports, cycle paths, underground subways and roads. If you would like to drive while you’re in the UK pl...
27/04/2017 11:55:00

Water in the UK

Drink tap water, be healthy and save money Tap water in UK rates among the best in the world and it's the most popular drink for people when at home in this country. Depending on where you study, you...
27/04/2017 11:53:00

UK traditions and culture

The UK is rich with culture and customs, from historic castles and buildings to beautiful gardens. We've written a short guide for international students in the UK. You could see the changing of the ...
27/04/2017 11:51:00

Choosing your housing

When choosing your housing, get as much information as you can, as early as possible.  Find out what is available. Check the institution website thoroughly and read all the correspondence se...
27/04/2017 11:49:00

Food and drink

Most known for our love of tea, scones and fish and chips in the UK there are a number of food and drink items you should sample while in the UK. These can be found at various markets, shops, cafes ...
21/04/2017 10:58:00

Can you work?

Tier 4 (General) students who are sponsored by a higher education institution (HEI) or by an overseas HEI can work during their studies. Tier 4 sponsors are listed by type of institution in the regi...
18/04/2017 15:19:00

Tier 4 licence revoked

An institution which has its Tier 4 sponsor licence revoked by the Home Office is no longer allowed to sponsor Tier 4 students. This affects its current and prospective students. If you have Tier 4 i...
13/04/2017 16:42:00

Legacy sponsor

A small number of Tier 4 sponsors are 'legacy sponsors'.  Legacy sponsors have a zero confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) allocation and are not able to sponsor students to start a new c...
11/04/2017 12:31:00

When your visa is issued

Your visa will be issued as a vignette (sticker) in your passport. You should take a photocopy of this vignette and of the pages of your passport that contain your personal information, and carry thes...
11/04/2017 10:14:00

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

Entertainer

You must not be employed or self-employed as an entertainer, although there is an exception if you are studying a music or dance degree course - see Studying music or dance at degree-level. An &...
05/04/2017 17:07:00

Professional sportsperson

Under Tier 4, you cannot work as a professional sportsperson including as a sports coach. You might need to decide whether your sports activities are professional or amateur. The Immigration Rules pr...
05/04/2017 17:02:00

Volunteering and unpaid employment

You might want to be a volunteer. There is a difference between unpaid employment (voluntary work) and volunteering, and you should always check with the organisation which offers you a volunteering...
05/04/2017 16:54:00

Where, when, how to apply

04/04/2017 11:05:00

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

Sponsor duties

All Tier 4 sponsors have specific duties they must undertake. These duties are outlined in document 2 of the Home Office's guidance for Tier 4 sponsors. Your Tier 4 sponsor must provide information ...
03/04/2017 16:19:00

Family members of British citizens

If you are a British citizen and have lived in another EEA country, you will be able to derive a right under EU law if you have had a genuine period of residence in another EEA country for longer than...
30/03/2017 16:34:00

Family members of EEA nationals

If your family members are also EEA or Swiss nationals, they can come to the UK in the same way as you. If your family members are not EEA or Swiss nationals, and you are coming to, or you are in, th...
30/03/2017 16:12:00

Basic residence rights

EEA and Swiss nationals have an initial, unrestricted right to reside in another member state for up to three months (in this case the UK). Thereafter, you must be here as a student, employe...
30/03/2017 15:26:00

Time limits

There are time limits ('caps') on how long you can study with a Tier 4 visa. Before they issue your CAS, a Tier 4 sponsor will check that your proposed studies will not take you over the cap. When ass...
30/03/2017 15:21:00

Comprehensive sickness insurance

In order to have a right of residence in the UK as a student you have to have comprehensive sickness insurance (CSI). The European heath insurance card (EHIC) obtained from your country of residence...
24/03/2017 11:17:00

Refusals

You will have the right to apply for administrative review of the refusal. The Home Office will review its decision to see if it made a case working error. You will also have the right to apply for ad...
22/03/2017 16:38:00

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

Insurance

UK law requires all motorists to have valid insurance that provides them, or anyone they permit to use the vehicle, with insurance cover for the vehicle that they are driving. It is an offence to driv...
21/03/2017 09:55:00

What to bring

In most housing, you will need to clean your own room and do your own laundry. Some institution housing may provide a cleaner for the communal areas. Housing is normally fully furnished, but ...
13/03/2017 16:32:00

Disabled students

UK institutions are legally required not to discriminate against disabled students, and not to treat them less favourably than other students. Institutions are also required to make adjustments to ser...
13/03/2017 16:28:00

Students with a family

Check early if your institution provides: housing suitable for families short-stay housing for families or for international students individually house-hunting support for students w...
13/03/2017 16:24:00

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

Booking private housing

It is generally not a good idea to enter into a contract for longer-term housing (other than halls of residence) before you arrive in the UK. There are, however, some exceptions. For example some hous...
13/03/2017 16:19:00

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