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Temporary absence

Temporary absences from the residence area can be ignored when deciding if you have been  ordinarily resident in an area for a specific length of time, usually three years for the fees and ...
29/02/2016 10:50:00

Voluntarily adopted residence, children's residence

Lord Scarman in the case of Shah stated that when considering ordinary residence the state of mind of a person is important in two respects. One is that the residence is for a settled purpose. The o...
29/02/2016 10:33:00


There are some requirements that you must meet in order to apply for a Tier 4 (General) visa. Also, the evidence you submit in support of your application must meet specific requirements, otherwise y...
26/02/2016 11:29:00

The case of Shah

Extracts from the case of Shah v London Borough of Barnet 1983 All ER 226 This is the key  case in relation to the meaning of ordinary residence and it is often quoted in other cases.  Not...
25/02/2016 16:05:00

Council Tax

Council Tax is set by local authorities in England, Scotland and Wales to pay for local services that they provide, such as rubbish collection, the police and the fire brigade. It is based on the valu...
25/02/2016 14:44:00

How can you check that you are allowed to work?

Check what your passport sticker (entry clearance or residence permit) or biometric residence permit (BRP) says. You should also have received detailed information in a letter when you received your...
25/02/2016 13:03:00

Can you work?

Many Tier 4 (General) students can do some work in the UK during their studies. Tier 4 (Child) students who are aged 16 or older can work up to 10 hours a week. Younger students are not allowed to w...
25/02/2016 12:40:00

Going home

In the months before your course finishes, as well as being busy with your examinations, thesis or dissertation, you will also be thinking about what to do next. Like many students, you might be looki...
25/02/2016 12:39:00

Finding work

You can find advertisements for jobs in your local newspapers, in shops, on notice boards around your university or college, in the careers service or your Students' Union. There are many job search w...
25/02/2016 12:07:00

Employer obligations

UK employers have a number of legal duties towards their employees. These include: anti-discrimination measures health and safety requirements the obligation to pay the minimum wage ...
25/02/2016 11:55:00

Income tax, National Insurance

You will have to pay income tax if you earn more than a specified personal allowance in any tax year. You can find out more about personal allowances and income tax rates from Her Majesty's Revenue an...
25/02/2016 11:48:00

Studying music or dance at degree-level

If you are studying music or dance at degree-level, you are allowed to undertake a work placement that involves professional performance, as an exception to the general prohibition on work as an ent...
25/02/2016 11:36:00

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...
25/02/2016 11:26:00

Definitions: for fee status assessment

This section has explanations about words and terms which occur in our information on Home or Overseas fees? and Student support. These explanations should not be read in isolation but, inst...
23/02/2016 15:43:00

Courses at further education (FE) institutions

This information explains the conditions you need to meet to be entitled to pay tuition fees at the 'home' rate if you are studying any course at a FE institution in Northern Ireland. This includ...
23/02/2016 15:02:00

Higher education (HE) courses at HE institutions

This information explains the conditions you need to meet to be entitled to pay tuition fees at the 'home' rate for study at a HE institution in Northern Ireland. Information is based on the N...
23/02/2016 15:01:00

Further Education

This information primarily explains the conditions you need to meet to be entitled to pay tuition fees at the ‘home’ rate on courses of further education (FE) in Scotland. The Sc...
23/02/2016 14:29:00

Time limit

There is a maximum time limit ('cap') on studying with a Tier 4 visa. Before they can issue you a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies, a Tier 4 sponsor will need to check that your application wil...
18/02/2016 15:57:00

Family members visiting you

A member of your family may wish to come to the UK for a short visit.  This may be because, for example: they are your child but are already over 18, your parent, your brother or sister,&n...
04/02/2016 14:44:00

Schooling for your children

If your children are aged between 5 and 16, they can attend government primary and secondary schools in the UK, as long as they are here as your dependants. You will not have to pay for this. However,...
04/02/2016 14:43:00

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29/01/2016 16:21:00

Safe travel

Be aware of things to avoid to stay safe.  There are tips on staying safe at: Go Europe Lonely Planet Before you travel, make a paper copy and photograph of your passport, your stud...
25/01/2016 16:57:00

How to respond

If you receive such a call (or a similar contact by any other means, for example email or text) we advise as follows: Do not give the caller/sender any personal information, and do not confirm ...
25/01/2016 14:00:00

What you need to declare

If you are travelling to the UK from a country outside the European Union and are carrying the equivalent of 10,000 euros or more in any currency (in cash, banker's draft or cheque of any kind) you wi...
25/01/2016 11:57:00

Lecture notes

When you attend lectures, you will need to take notes. Remember: you don’t need to write down everything the lecturer says: concentrate on the main points and important details mos...
25/01/2016 11:47:00

Know what is required

It is important to know what you need to do to fulfil the course requirements. By finding out the answers to some of the following questions, you may be able to plan your work and how to use your time...
25/01/2016 11:35:00

Sources of information

The internet is a good place to obtain information about an institution and the courses it runs. For example, you can search for courses on the British Council's Education UK website. You can lo...
25/01/2016 10:49:00

Discount travel

Some bus companies travel very cheaply to Europe, for example Megabus. Train travel tends to be more expensive although you can obtain discount as a student on a number of travel tickets. Bus? Train...
25/01/2016 10:11:00

Charity and company information

UKCISA is a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales (Company Number: 4507287) and a charity registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales (Charity Number: 1095294)....
25/01/2016 09:57:00

What we do

We: Monitor and influence government and education sector policy through close contact with senior officials, policy makers, MPs, partner organisations and sector bodies throughout the UK. ...
25/01/2016 09:46:00

Where and when to travel

Where? If you have come to the UK from outside Europe, you have a fantastic opportunity to travel around during breaks from your studies. There are many online guides to help you choose where to go a...
25/01/2016 09:45:00

Plan your journey

Check the information from your college or university for details about how to get there, including any transport arranged by your institution. Carry this information in your hand luggage. ...
22/01/2016 16:58:00

Your qualifications

You can check the equivalence of your country's qualifications with those in the UK by contacting the National Recognition Information Centre for the UK (UK NARIC). The international recruitment staff...
22/01/2016 16:36:00

How to apply?

For undergraduate degree level courses at UK publicly-funded institutions, you should apply through the central admissions system called the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). The UC...
22/01/2016 16:35:00


We recommend creating a budget well in advance to make sure that funding issues are not a barrier to you getting the most out of your university experience.  
22/01/2016 15:59:00

Our aims

To increase support for international education and raise awareness of its values and benefits. To promote greater student mobility and reduce obstacles and barriers to it. To encourag...
21/01/2016 16:21:00

International Student Calculator

The international student calculator is a website with information and advice about UK living costs and managing your money. Find out about Budgeting Banking Accommodation Emplo...
21/01/2016 12:18:00

Prepare for success

You can find useful information about study in the UK on our webpages.  Find out the difference between a lecture, a seminar and a tutorial, different methods of assessment and tips on study...
21/01/2016 12:03:00

Work rights

19/01/2016 20:07:00

Croatian nationals

Croatia became part of the European Union on 1 July 2013. However, the UK Government has restricted access to employment in the UK for Croatians. This is likely to be for a period of five years from a...
19/01/2016 19:58:00

Study and assessment methods

19/01/2016 17:58:00

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

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19/01/2016 09:09:00

Currency Limits

If you bring money worth 10,000 Euros or more (including money in other currencies) and you are coming  to the UK from a country that is outside the European Union, you have to declare that sum t...
11/01/2016 12:04:00

Bringing cash

We strongly advise against bringing large amounts of cash and recommend that you bring most of your money in Travellers' Cheques or use a Travellers' Cheque card. Keep your Travellers' Cheques in a di...
11/01/2016 12:00:00

Entrepreneurs, ‘high value migrants’

Tier 1 of the Points Based System offers several routes for working in the UK as what the Home Office terms a "high-value migrant". It is for entrepreneurs, including recent graduates f...
11/01/2016 11:37:00

Making a Tier 4 (General) application outside the UK

This information is based on the Immigration Rules, and on the policy guidance and application forms issued by the Home Office for Tier 4 (General) applications. We update it as soon as possible af...
03/01/2016 11:27:00

Dual citizens

If you are a citizen of one of the countries listed above, other than the UK, and also have citizenship of another non-EEA country, you will be able to come to the UK under European law. In addit...
11/12/2015 13:06:00

Lost passport or BRP while outside UK

Before you travel, make a paper copy and photograph of your passport, your student visa and/or your student Biometric Residence Permit  (BRP) and keep them separate to your travel documents. ...
11/12/2015 12:54:00


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