When you have your visa

 

Information about what to do when you have your visa for the UK

 

Once your student visa has been granted, you are responsible for checking and understanding the conditions of your visa. The sections below advise on what you need to check when your student visa is granted, how changes to your studies can affect your visa, travel and healthcare. 

If you are ever unsure about the conditions of your visa or whether a change to your studies will affect your right to be in the UK, contact ISVAT for advice.

Where has your advice on working on a visa moved to?

We have created a new web page on working on a visa in the UK.  You can find information on working during and after your studies on this page:

Working on a visa in the UK

Your passport, visa and BRP


What is a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)?

Important: Please check our COVID-19 immigration advice  web page for vital information on collecting your BRP if you are required to quarantine.

After your arrival in the UK, you will need to collect your BRP from the Post Office.  Your BRP replaces the sticker in your passport and it is your legal evidence that you have immigration permissions for the UK. IT IS NOT JUST A PROOF OF AGE CARD. 

Do not carry your BRP with you on a daily basis as you may lose it and this can affect your travel plans or your ability to prove your right to work in the UK.

My visa is only valid for 30/90 days?  Why is it wrong?

The sticker you receive in your passport when your visa is successfully grant overseas, is only intended to be used for you to travel to the UK to collect your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP). Once you have collected your BRP, you will need that for travel and it supersedes the sticker in your passport.

You do not need to/it is not possible to extend your sticker to match the length of your BRP so you can use this for travel.

Sometimes the sticker on your passport can be incorrect. If you do not have a BRP at the Post Office and your vignette is not valid for 30/90 days from the issue date, please contact ISVAT for advice as you may need to get this corrected. It is better to get any errors amended before travel where possible.

For periods of study of less than six months, you will not be issued with a BRP.

Checking errors on your BRP or visa

Mistakes are often made when vignettes or BRPs are issued, so it's very important you check this as soon as you receive your decision letter or BRP because you have a limited period of time in which to get these successfully corrected. Failing to get errors on your BRP corrected within 10 days of collecting it, may mean you miss out on opportunities such as part-time work or being eligible for the Graduate Route.

Find out more about errors and how to get them corrected in our info sheet.

Possible errors may be:

  • It expires too soon. The end date of your student visa depends on the length of your course:

    9/10 month programme will receive an additional two months at the end of the visa
    12 + month programme will receive an additional four months at the end of the visa
  • If you have received too much time at the end of the visa you should still report this e.g. being granted six months in error at the end of the visa
  • Your working conditions are incorrect e.g. you have only 10 hours instead of 20. You must get this corrected before you can work your permitted hours.

I have lost my passport or BRP.  What do I need to do?

If you have lost your passport or BRP, you can find out what steps you need to take in our infosheet:

Lost Passport or BRP

FAQ: My BRP still hasn't arrrived at the Post Office/been delivered to my UK address and I have reported this, what should I do?

1 February 2021

We are aware that there are issues with BRP collection across the sector this autumn. The relevant team in the UKVI are dealing with requests in chronological order. The UKVI advise that you should not travel without your BRP and that if you choose to do sio, you will need to apply for a replacement vignette before returning to the UK.

Registering with the Police

Do I need to register with the Police?

UPDATE: 3 September 2021

OVRO appointments are currently booked up until March 2022. However, it is very important that you still book an appointment.  By booking an appointment you have started the process for registering with the Police within seven days.

You must not attempt to register if you are required to complete quarantine. The UKVI have confirmed that you should check with the local Police on whether they are open for registrations.  If they are not you must complete it once social distancing measures have been removed.

Following the recent government announcement, OVRO is currenly closed for appointments until further notice.  Those people with appointments booked will be sent a cancellation notice.  OVRO assures us that there will be no penalty for late registration under the current circumstances.

Some nationalities must register with the police when they arrive in the UK with a visa for more than six months, and/or if they extend their visa for more than six months. 

You only have to register if your decision letter/email from the UKVI says you must. You can check the list of nationalities who need to register on the Home Office website

If you have been away from the UK for more than 12 months you need to re-register.

After you register, you must keep your registration certificate updated if you get a new visa or if you change address.

When to register

  • Within 7 days of your arrival in the UK (now booking is possible you must book an appointment immediately even if the only appointment is for later)

  • If you have a new visa you must go to OVRO and get your certificate updated within 7 days of receiving your new visa

  • If you change address you must update your certificate within 7 days

  • If you move into the Metropolitan Police area from another Police force

How to register with the Police in London

Police Registration in London is administered by the Overseas Visitors Records Office (OVRO) near Elephant and Castle/Borough tube stations.

For full details on registering please read Metropolitan Police - Overseas Visitors Records Office    

You will now be able to book an appointment online with OVRO to complete the Police Registration process. The exceptions to this are students who have already collected an admission slip. You must attend the date on your admission slip or you might be marked as registering late with the Police.

Tips:

  • Read OVRO's guide to the online appointment booking system.
  • Prepare all of the required documents 
  • Family or group bookings are not permitted. You must book each appoinment individually.
  • You must arrive at the start time of your appointment.  If you are more than 10 minutes late you will be required to re-book your appointment. For example, if your appointment is 9:00 am to 9:30 you must arrive by 9:00 am.

OVRO have provided the following tips for their online portal:

Tutor Contact: This is a new data field for OVRO London and falls in line with data fields used by over 20 other police forces who use same online portal.

Where students do not have a named tutor they can enter a generic email for the school/college/university or student support services. 

Arrival Date: Where students have stayed in the UK to continue their course but may have taken a break to go on holiday etc. they should enter the date they arrived on their most recent Entry Clearance Visa vignette.

Change of address –if a student already has a PRC and only wants to update their address, they should be advised to create an account and book an appointment which is likely to be at OVRO for now as we are currently working on a further enhancement in this regard. Once we deploy the enhancement, the system will direct customers on where to report, i.e a police station. 

Completing the proforma

You must complete the OCR proforma before you go to OVRO. The OCR proforma must be typed and you must glue your photograph to the form because it will be placed in a scanning machine.

It is your responsibility to make sure you have completed the form correctly. Please read the guidance notes on completing the form carefully.

Failure to complete the proforma correctly will mean that you must book another appointment to complete the process.

What happens if I change address after I register?

If you change your address, you must inform the Police within seven days.  You can do this at any local Police station.  You can find your nearest Police station on the Metropolitan Police website.

If you live in LSE halls and you change rooms, you don't need to get this updated.

What happens if I do not register with the police?

It is a criminal offence not to register with the police if it is a requirement of your student visa. You could be arrested, prosecuted and fined up to £5,000 or even imprisoned.  It could also lead to you being refused a visa in the future.

Changes to your personal details

Sometimes your circumstances may change when you are studying at the LSE.  If you are on a student visa, it is important that you understand how this change may affect your visa.

If you change your address after obtaining your visa, you need to take the following steps:

  • Update your address on LSE for You.

  • If you applied for your visa in the UK, you should inform UK Visas and Immigration. 

  • If you are required to register with the Police, you must add your new address to your Police Registration Certificate within 7 days of moving.  You can do this at your local Police station.

New student visa/Change of Visa Route/Collected your BRP

If you have applied for a student visa in the UK to start your studies at LSE, have extended your visa or collected your BRP after being temporarily registered you should:

  • Take your new student visa/BRP to the Student Services Centre so that they can update your record if you are an undergraduate or postgraduate (taught) student;

  • Take your new student visa (including DES visas) to the PhD Academy if you are a PhD student;

  • Provide the Overseas Visitors Records Office with the details of your new visa within 7 days if you are required to register with the Police.

If you have changed visa category  whilst you still have studies to complete e.g. you become a PBS dependant, please contact ISVAT for advice.

Healthcare

If you have applied for a Student visa of more than six months outside the UK or have extended your visa in the UK, you are likely to have paid the Immigration Health Surcharge.

Find out more about healthcare on the following UKCISA web pages:

UKCISA:Health and healthcare

If you have applied for your visa overseas and your programme of study is less than six months, you will need to obtain private health insurance before travelling to the UK because you will not be eligible for non-emergency NHS access.

 

Travelling on a Student visa

Travel in the UK

If you plan to see more of the UK during your time at LSE, UKCISA has some tips on travel and transport:

UKCISA: Travel and transport

You may wish to look into getting a discount rail card or coach card to access cheaper travel, although for longer journeys a domestic flight can sometimes prove as affordable.

The Republic of Ireland is in the Common Travel Area but is not part of the UK, so you will need to check what immigration permission you may need.

Travel to Europe

Your Student visa for the UK only grants you immigration permission for the UK.  It doesn't grant you permission to travel to any other country and you will need to check the immigration requirements you wish to travel to.

Even though many countries in the EU are part of the Schengen zone, each country has it's own requirements for a visa application.  You should check the specific requirements of the country you are applying to.  Find out more about Schengen visas on the following web page:

UKCISA:Travel in Europe

You should note that many countries require you to have a UK bank account for at least three months to be eligible for a Schengen visa.  

ISVAT are only able to advise on the UK immigration rules for students.

Travel to other countries

ISVAT are only able to advise on the UK immigration rules for students. If your programme has a year abroad e.g. a dual degree or an exchange, then you will need to seek immigration advice from your host institution on your visa options.

Changes to your Programme of Study

Completing your MSc programme without a dissertation

LSE sponsors 12 month MSc students on a visa for the length of their programme.  If your degree programme gives you the opportunity to 'load-up' on your units and complete in nine months without the need for a dissertation, then you should be reported to the UKVI at the end of the summer term for early completion.  This is because you no longer have any teaching to take place, even though you still will not be awarded until November. Being reported in June risks your eligibility for the Graduate Worker visa as your visa will be curtailed and it may expire prior to you receiving your results.

Please note that if you change the structure of your degree by dropping a dissertation and only taking exams for the 2020-21 academic year, this does not mean that you can work full time after the end of summer term. You are still sponsored until the end of September and are therefore restricted to the working conditions until the official sponsorship end date stated on your CAS has passed.

Absences during Term Time

It is an exceptional circumstance for a student to require an absence from their studies during term time.  However, should you face an issue where you need a leave of absence e.g. a genuine family emergency or a visa refusal, you are permitted a maximum of three weeks absence.

This absence can only be granted by your department and will be depedent on your academic progress on your programme. The Visa Compliance Team will need to be informed of any approved absences for taught students and the PhD Academy for PhD students. Departments are able to turn down any requests for an absence duing term time, especially if they believe it will affect your studies.

If you are concerned an absence will affect your visa contact ISVAT for advice.

Interruption of Studies

If you are facing difficulties with your studies, there are a number of services in the School that may be able to help.  You should seek advice before choosing to interrupt your studies so that you understand the process and the implications for your studies and visa.

If you choose to interrupt your studies, you are unable stay in the UK during your period of interruption. LSE is required to report to the Home Office that we are no longer sponsoring your visa, within 10 working days of your interruption being processed.  This will start the curtailment (cancellation) of your visa. You can find out more about curtailment on the UKCISA web pages:

UKCISA: Protecting your Student Status

You will receive an email from the Visa Compliance Team confirming a report has been submitted to the Home Office. We advise that once the report has been submitted, because you will not know when your visa is curtailed:

  • if you are working, you should inform you employer of your change in circumstances so they are able to assess your right to continue working;
  • you no longer have the right to access the NHS once your visa is in the process of being curtailed;

  • anyone who is dependant on your visa will also lose the conditions of their visa and will need to return home with you;

  • your reason for being in the UK (studies) no longer exists - we advise that you should plan to leave the UK within 60 days of receiving the email from the Visa Compliance Team. This is because some students did not receive the notification from the UKVI and overstayed their new expiry date;

  • you should not plan to travel out of the UK and attempt to return on your current visa. Once you leave the UK,  the UKVI advise that you should consider your visa as cancelled.

  • If the Visa Compliance Team have emailed you to say that they have informed the UKVI that we are no longer sponsoring your studies, you no longer have the right to study in the UK.  Even if you are allowed to enter the UK by a Border Force Officer or you have not been informed of your curtailment date by the UKVI, you do not have the right to study so will be unable to attend teaching or take exams on your old visa.  You must contact ISVAT for advice in these circumstances and do not expect to be able to undertake studies once you are reported.

  • You will not receive a refund of the Immigration Health Surcharge that you have paid.

The Home Office will contact you either by letter or by email advising you of the new expiry date of your visa.  This is usually 60 days from the date of the letter or email. This information can sometimes be delayed, so we advise it is best to plan to leave the UK as soon as possible, ideally within 60 days of the Visa Compliance Team confirming you have been reported to the UKVI.

Deferring Assessments

If you have deferred any of your assessments, the Visa Compliance Team may be required to report you to the UKVI depending on whether you are able to progress/complete your studies within your expected end date.  The report will withdraw sponsorship of your Tier 4/Student visa and this starts the curtailment process.

If you are an undergraduate student who is able to be entered into the summer re-sit period, you should note that this does not automatically mean we will not report you to the UKVI. This will depend on when you defer your assessments and the number of assessments you defer.   If you are considering deferring your assessments, please ensure you have read the process for deferrals.

If you are a Masters student with a visa expiring in August and you defer assessments, you will be unable to extend your visa to stay in the UK until the Resit and Deferral Assessment period in January 2022. You will be able to be sponsored to return, but can only apply for your visa outside the UK.  This is because the gap between the expiry of your visa and the start of sponsorship for RDAP exceeds the premitted length for extension in accordance with the Immigration Rules.

If you are a Masters student with a visa expiring in January and defer assessments, you will need advice for your individual case.Home Office guidance advises that if resits can be completed within the current, valid visa, institutions should not sponsor further for extensions.

What happens if I am reported to the UKVI after deferring assessments?

You will receive an email from the Visa Compliance Team confirming a report has been submitted to the Home Office. 

This will start the curtailment (cancellation) of your visa. You can find out more about curtailment on the UKCISA web pages:

UKCISA: Protecting your Student Status

You will receive an email from the Visa Compliance Team confirming a report has been submitted to the Home Office. We advise that once the report has been submitted, because you will not know when your visa is curtailed:

  • if you are working, you should inform you employer of your change in circumstances so they are able to assess your right to continue working;
  • you no longer have the right to access the NHS once your visa is in the process of being curtailed;

  • anyone who is dependant on your visa will also lose the conditions of their visa and will need to return home with you;

  • your reason for being in the UK (studies) no longer exists - we advise that you should plan to leave the UK within 60 days of receiving the email from the Visa Compliance Team. This is because some students did not receive the notification from the UKVI and overstayed their new expiry date;

  • you should not plan to travel out of the UK and attempt to return on your current visa. Once you leave the UK,  the UKVI advise that you should consider your visa as cancelled.

  • If the Visa Compliance Team have emailed you to say that they have informed the UKVI that we are no longer sponsoring your studies, you no longer have the right to study in the UK.  Even if you are allowed to enter the UK by a Border Force Officer or you have not been informed of your curtailment date by the UKVI, you do not have the right to study so will be unable to attend teaching or take exams on your old visa.  You must contact ISVAT for advice in these circumstances and do not expect to be able to undertake studies once you are reported.

The Home Office will contact you either by letter or by email advising you of the new expiry date of your visa.  This is usually 60 days from the date of the letter or email. This information can sometimes be delayed, so we advise it is best to plan to leave the UK as soon as possible, ideally within 60 days of the Visa Compliance Team confirming you have been reported to the UKVI.

Becoming an unregistered student due to non-progression/not being awarded your degree

If you have failed any of your assessments and are not able to progress/be awarded your degree, the Visa Compliance Team will be required to report you to the UKVI.  The report will withdraw sponsorship of your visa and this starts the curtailment process.

You will receive an email from the Visa Compliance Team confirming a report has been submitted to the Home Office. This will start the curtailment (cancellation) of your visa. You can find out more about curtailment on the UKCISA web pages:

UKCISA: Protecting your Student Status

You will receive an email from the Visa Compliance Team confirming a report has been submitted to the Home Office. We advise that once the report has been submitted, because you will not know when your visa is curtailed:

  • if you are working, you should inform you employer of your change in circumstances so they are able to assess your right to continue working;
  • you no longer have the right to access the NHS once your visa is in the process of being curtailed;

  • anyone who is dependant on your visa will also lose the conditions of their visa and will need to return home with you;

  • your reason for being in the UK (studies) no longer exists - we advise that you should plan to leave the UK within 60 days of receiving the email from the Visa Compliance Team. This is because some students did not receive the notification from the UKVI and overstayed their new expiry date;

  • you should not plan to travel out of the UK and attempt to return on your current visa. Once you leave the UK,  the UKVI advise that you should consider your visa as cancelled.

  • If the Visa Compliance Team have emailed you to say that they have informed the UKVI that we are no longer sponsoring your studies, you no longer have the right to study in the UK.  Even if you are allowed to enter the UK by a Border Force Officer or you have not been informed of your curtailment date by the UKVI, you do not have the right to study so will be unable to attend teaching or take exams on your old visa.  You must contact ISVAT for advice in these circumstances and do not expect to be able to undertake studies once you are reported.

The Home Office will contact you either by letter or by email advising you of the new expiry date of your visa.  This is usually 60 days from the date of the letter or email. This information can sometimes be delayed, so we advise it is best to plan to leave the UK as soon as possible, ideally within 60 days of the Visa Compliance Team confirming you have been reported to the UKVI.

Withdrawing from Studies

Before withdrawing permanently from your studies, you should seek advice from your department and the Advice Team, by completing this enquiry form, to discuss the options available to you. 

If you do decide to withdraw, the LSE will be required to inform the Home Office within 10 working days that we are no longer sponsoring your Tier 4/Student visa.  This will start the curtailment (cancellation) of your Tier 4/Student visa.

This will start the curtailment (cancellation) of your visa. You can find out more about curtailment on the UKCISA web pages:

UKCISA: Protecting your Student Status

You will receive an email from the Visa Compliance Team confirming a report has been submitted to the Home Office. We advise that once the report has been submitted, because you will not know when your visa is curtailed:

  • if you are working, you should inform you employer of your change in circumstances so they are able to assess your right to continue working;
  • you no longer have the right to access the NHS once your visa is in the process of being curtailed;

  • anyone who is dependant on your visa will also lose the conditions of their visa and will need to return home with you;

  • your reason for being in the UK (studies) no longer exists - we advise that you should plan to leave the UK within 60 days of receiving the email from the Visa Compliance Team. This is because some students did not receive the notification from the UKVI and overstayed their new expiry date;

  • you should not plan to travel out of the UK and attempt to return on your current visa. Once you leave the UK,  the UKVI advise that you should consider your visa as cancelled.

  • If the Visa Compliance Team have emailed you to say that they have informed the UKVI that we are no longer sponsoring your studies, you no longer have the right to study in the UK.  Even if you are allowed to enter the UK by a Border Force Officer or you have not been informed of your curtailment date by the UKVI, you do not have the right to study so will be unable to attend teaching or take exams on your old visa.  You must contact ISVAT for advice in these circumstances and do not expect to be able to undertake studies once you are reported.

The Home Office will contact you either by letter or by email advising you of the new expiry date of your visa.  This is usually 60 days from the date of the letter or email. This information can sometimes be delayed, so we advise it is best to plan to leave the UK as soon as possible, ideally within 60 days of the Visa Compliance Team confirming you have been reported to the UKVI.

Programme Transfers

The Home Office does permit you to transfer programmes at LSE once you have campus enrolled. However, you may need to obtain new permission from the Home Office depending on the level and length of your new programme. Not all transfers are possible and you may need to return home to apply for your new visa. 

Case One: Transfer to a new programme which is the same length as your current visa

If you transfer to a new programme which you can complete without extending your visa, you will be able to start your new programme. 

The Visa Compliance Team will be required to report to the Home Office that you have a minor change in your circumstances.

Case Two: Transferring to a new programme which is longer than the length of your current visa.

If you plan to transfer from your current programme to a new programme which is longer than your current visa, you must contact the International Student Visa Advice team before the transfer is approved.  Changes to the immigration rules on and LSE's regulations mean that this may no longer possible.

If you were granted a visa for the LSE and USC MSc Global Media and Communications, but decide to transfer to the classic track after arrival this is still possible.  The visa you will have been granted covers the length of the programme at the School. But you must note:

  • You will be unable to extend your visa to get the four months grace period at the end;
  • Your visa will expire before you receive your results and ceremonies - we cannot extend for this purpose
  • You will not be eligible for the Graduate Route because your visa will have expired before you have been awarded your degree.

Case Three: Transferring to a new programme which is shorter than your current programme

If you transfer to a shorter programme e.g. from a 12 month Masters degree to a 9 month Masters degree, the Visa Compliance Team will be required to report both your transfer and your early completion to the Home Office.

Your visa will be curtailed by the Home Office, meaning your immigration permission will end earlier.  You will be classed as completing early, which means you should still receive the extra time at the end of your visa and will be able to work full-time at the end of your course.

If you are planning to transfer due to non-progression please read the information under the repeat teaching section.

Case Four: Transferring to a new programme at a lower level of study

It is not possible to transfer to a programme at a lower level of study e.g. transferring from year two of programme to year one of another programme.

Repeat teaching or transfers due to non-progression

If you have a visa and are considering applying for repeat teaching, we strongly recommend that you seek immigration advice as well as academic advice.  The Student Route rules cap degree level study at five years for undergraduate students, plus where you can apply for your visa. There is no cap at postgraduate level under the Student Route.

Repeat teaching is unlikely to be granted solely on the basis that you wish to remain in the UK and this would be the only way to extend your visa.

Transferring to a new programme after failing to progress

If you fail to progress from the programme that you were issued a visa for and plan to transfer to a new programme, you will not be able to extend your visa in the UK. 

You should note that whilst the immigration rules may allow you to apply for a new visa from outside the UK, the LSE's own regulations will no longer permit you to transfer to a lower level or re-start on a new programme.  

Contact our team for advice before planning to do this.

Mode of Study

The immigration rules now permit part-time study on a Student visa at Masters level or above, but the conditions are far more restrictive:

  • You cannot work - if you planned to transfer to part-time to work you will not have this condition on your immigration permission;

  • You cannot bring your dependants with you - if you transfer to part-time, your dependants may lose the right to be in the UK;

  • You cannot undertake a work placement;

LSE will only support applications under the Student part-time route if this is the only possible option for a student to be able finish their degree. Contact ISVAT before completing a request to change your mode of study.

You should note that if your switch to part-time is permitted, this will require you to make a new visa application overseas.  It will not be possible to remain on your current visa and extend in the UK.

Further information can also be found on UKCISA's web pages.

Early Completion

If you complete your programme early e.g. because you have transferred to a shorter programme, the Visa Compliance Team will be required to report your early completion to the UKVI.  You will be given a new expiry date of your visa, which will be the original wrap-up time granted on your initial visa.

If you are a PhD student who has submitted their thesis early, you will not be reported unless you complete all the requirements and are awarded before your original programme end date.

IMPORTANT: We have been informed by the UKVI that if you are reported for early completion and are in the curtailment period, if you travel outside the Common Travel Area (UK and the Republic of Ireland) you should consider that your leave has lapsed and you no longer have Tier 4/Student permission.

For example:

  • Student completes early due to a transfer to a shorter degree programme;

  • Student is reported to UKVI

  • Student is granted a four month curtailment period which matches the four months they were granted at the end of their visa;

  • Student is permitted to work full-time as it is vacation;

  • Student travels outside the Common Travel Area (UK and Republic of Ireland) during the four months (e.g. for a holiday or to do with their work) - their Tier 4/Student visa is automatically curtailed and they are unable to re-enter the UK.

We advise against early completion because of the risks unless it is essential due to a transfer of programmes either at another institution.

Academic Appeals

If your visa has expired and you are submitting an academic appeal, you are not required to be in the UK for this process. LSE will not continue sponsorship on Tier 4/Student for an academic appeal. Also, depending on which point in your studies you submit your appeal, you may be reported to the Home Office and your visa may be in the process of being curtailed. If you no longer have any studies to complete, we advise against remaining in the UK.

Re-taking Assessments

FAQ Updated 10 June 2021:  I am a postgraduate/undergraduate student. If I defer assessments ,will my eligibility for the Graduate Route be affected?

If you are a postgraduate/undergraduate student  considering deferring/who has deferred assessments, you should note that this may affect your ability to remain sponsored. 

The re-sit period for postgraduate students will be held in January 2022 and it may not be possible to sponsor students for this period  as your current visa may still be valid and because the resit and deferred assessment period can be completed during the validity of your visa. 

We are now also aware that the Home Office are saying eligibility for the Graduate Route may be based on a continuous period of leave, despite previously advising otherwise.  This means that even if you are able to be sponsored for RDAP/IRDAP if your visa doesn't meet the minimum required period of study you may not be eligible for the Graduate Route. The sector have raised this with the Home Office and we are seeking clarification.

Work restrictions during out-of-term assessment periods

If you are required to undertake re-take assessments of any form during the in-year resit period (including LLB resits) or have any exams during the January exam period, you should consider this as term-time and should only work a maximum of 20 hours per week.

Students with re-takes/deferred assessments in January.

If you have re-takes or deferred assessments in January, your immigration options will depend on whether your visa has expired and whether the exams are in-person:

  • Students whose visa expires in August will be unable to extend their visa due to UKVI rules stating that there must be nor more than 60 days between periods of academic engagment.  LSE does not sponsor under the Student visa for January exams as it is only one week.  You wil be able to return on a Standard Visitor visa;
  • If you have both January and summer re-takes/deferred assessments, you will be unable to be sponsored for both periods on the same visa.  Again, this is because there are more than 60 days between the January exams and the summer exam period;
  • If your visa is due to expire in January, you may be able to use this visa to attend January exams if you have re-takes/deferred assessments. 
  • If you have a visa which expires in January 2022, this is likely to cover the re-sit and deferred assessment period for postgraduate students and you will be unable to extend your visa.

Students with re-takes or deferred assessments in May/June (the main examination period) 2021

LSE will be able to sponsor you to take your assessments in the UK. You will need to request a CAS and apply for a new Student visa:

LSE:Request a CAS

You should note that if you have had a gap in your studies and your period of sponsorship is less than six months, even though LSE will state your original programme start date on your CAS, you may only be issued with a visa that covers the full length of the re-sit period plus seven days at the start and end of the visa.  

I have a non-study visa or Tier 4/Student visa for another institution.  Can I use this for my re-take/deferred assessments?

This depends on the visa that you hold and your commitments in the UK.  Please contact us for advice using our online query form.


 

 

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