Last updated 1 June 2020
If you are a postgraduate student you will not be eligible for the In Year Resit and Deferred Assessment Period (IRDAP). In this case, LSE may be required to report non-progression depending on the number of assessments you choose to defer, when you defer them and if your ability to be awarded your degree/progress into your next year of teaching is affected.
Our current guidance on what happens to your visa if you defer your assessments can be found in the Changes to your programme of study section of the following web page:
When you have your visa
This guidance applies under the concessions currently in place from the UKVI and there is no change to the process or outcomes.
I'm a Masters in Management student and I am considering interrupting my studies to do my summer term teaching and visit next year. Will this affect my visa?
If you choose to interrupt your summer term teaching for the Masters in Management, you will be reported to the UKVI for non-progression. This will start the curtailment process for your Tier 4 visa. You can find more details on interrupton of studies on the following web page:
When You Have Your Visa
You would only be sponsored to return to your studies in the summer 2021. Your expected date of return would depend on whether you have also deferred assessments or just interrupted your teaching. You are unable to interrupt your teaching, but extend your Tier 4 visa to remain in the UK, because you will not re-engage with your studies until summer 2021.
If you are considering interrupting your studies solely because you wish to become eligible for the Graduate Worker Route in 2021, rather than academic reasons, we strongly advise against this. We are aware that there is likely to be a minimum period of studies in the UK required to be eligible for the route and this is likely to be continuous studies on a visa.
If you interrupt your studies, the visa you would be granted for 2021 would be less than six months in length. You risk being granted only an additional seven days at the end of your visa in line with the rules. If you only have seven days at the end of your visa, you would not be able to receive your results in the UK and would thherefore not be eligible to switch into the Graduate Worker route. Also, your period of study is also likely to be too short a period of time to be eligible for the Graduate Worker Route.
If you are considering interrupting your studies, please discuss this with the Student Services Centre Advice Team and your Department to find out if this is the best option for you.
If I defer my assessments this year and move my graduation date to next year, will I become eligible for the Graduate Worker route?
The rules for the Graduate Worker route will not be available until Spring 2021, but we understand that there may be a minimum amount of time you need to have been studying in the UK to be eligible and this is likely to be continuous study on your visa. Also, when you apply for Tier 4 solely to attend retake assessments, you may only be granted an additional seven days at the end of your visa because the period of study is less than six months. This would mean that your visa would expire before the release of your results making you ineligible for the Graduate Worker route.
You should only consider deferring your assessments for academic or wellbeing issues. It is a risk to defer them if your sole intention is to move your graduation date to become eligible for the Graduate Worker route and we advise against this is this your main purpose for your decision.
If you are in the UK and plan to defer your assessments, please contact ISVAT for advice on the potential immigration implications.