Student Visa Compliance

protecting your visa

You must ensure that you satisfy the Home Office terms and conditions of your immigration permission for the duration of your visa.

As a Tier 4 student, you must ensure that you satisfy the Home Office terms and conditions of your immigration permission for the duration of your visa. This is a legal obligation and failure to do so may result in LSE withdrawing its sponsorship of you. Both LSE and you have some key responsibilities.

It is essential that you:

Provide LSE with copies of your most up-to-date immigration documents

This will include

  • Passport - if you obtain a new passport during your studies you must provide us with copies. 
  • Visa - if you apply for a new Tier 4 visa or change visa category you must provide us with copies.
  • Replacement BRP - you must provide a new copy of your replacement BRP if your original BRP was lost or stolen

To provide new scans; taught student should contact the Visa Compliance and Change of Circumstances Team  and PhD Students should contact PhD Academy.

Inform LSE immediately if your Tier 4 (General) application has been refused. 

You should email registry.visa.queries@lse.ac.uk as soon as you receive notification of a visa refusal. 

The International Student Visa Advice Team have comprehensive guidance on applying for a Tier 4 Visa including tips on how to avoid a refusal. 

Keep your contact details up to date with LSE

You must ensure that your details in LSE for You are kept up to date. This includes:

  • Your Term Time or Contact address (i.e. your address in London)
  • Your Permanent or Home address (i.e. your address in your home country)
  • Your Emergency Contacts or Next of Kin (i.e. somebody we can contact in case of emergency)

Keep your contact details up to date with the Home Office

You can let the Home Office know of any changes by reporting a change of circumstance. 

Visit the Home Office's Report a change of circumstances if you have a visa or BRP page for more information. 

Reply to any requests for information promptly

From time to time Student Services (for taught students) or PhD Academy (for PhD students) may request information about your immigration status. You must respond to these queries quickly and within the deadline.

These requests will always be made via your LSE email. 

Provide truthful information when requesting a new CAS

You must provide accurate, complete and truthful information when requesting a new Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) statement. 

This includes details of any previous periods of study in the UK. According to the 5-year cap imposed by the Home Office, degree-level students cannot obtain permission to study in the UK for longer than 5 years. PhD students pursuing their first PhD are exempt from the 5-year cap rule. However, if you were awarded a Postgraduate research qualification which is listed in part 4 of Annex 6 of the Tier 4 Migrant guidance, your studies are capped at 8 years.

Attend all teaching

You must attend all your lectures and classes as scheduled with no unauthorised absences.

You are required to attend all teaching sessions as scheduled on your personal timetable. If you wish to attend a session at a different time, always seek authorisation from your Department before you do so. Attending seminar sessions that you are not registered to attend without authorisation from your Department will result in your attendance not being recorded accurately.

Leave the UK if you interrupt your studies or withdraw

If you interrupt your studies or withdraw from the School, LSE will cancel our sponsorship and you will need to leave the UK.

If you are considering interrupting or withdrawing and hold a Tier 4 visa you are strongly encouraged to seek advice from the International Student Visa Advice Team.

Inform the Home Office if you transfer to a shorter programme

If you transfer to a programme which has a shorter expected completion date you must inform the office by emailing migrantreporting@ukba.gsi.gov.uk.

For example, if you transfer from a 12 month MSc programme to a nine month programme you must contact the Home Office.

If you hold a Tier 4 visa and are planning to transfer you are strongly encouraged to seek advice from the International Student Visa Advice Team.

Comply with all the conditions of your visa

These are likely to include:

  • Not working more hours than you are permitted to
  • Not claiming public funds

And in for some nationalities

  • Registering with the police

For more information about how to meet these conditions visit the International Student Visa Advice Team page on When you have your visa.

Keep your BRP card up to date

For more information visa the Home Office Biometric Residence Permits page.

 

LSE's legal responsibilities as a Tier 4 sponsor include:

 

Keep up-to-date copies of all immigration documentation

We keep copies of your immigration documentation in the format of colour scans. 

In most cases we take these scans at registration but if your circumstances change we will need to take new scans.

Ensure that students keep their contact details up to date on LSE for You

We will check that you have updated your contact details in LSE for You. This includes:

  • Your Term Time or Contact address (i.e. your address in London)
  • Your Permanent or Home address (i.e. your address in your home country)
  • Your Emergency Contacts or Next of Kin (i.e. somebody we can contact in case of emergency)

Inform the Home Office if your circumstances changes

We will inform the Home Office immediately if a Tier 4 student

  •  fails to register
  •  interrupts their studies
  •  withdraws from their programme
  •  fails to progress after sitting or re-sitting assessments
  • breaches any conditions of their visa
  • changes visa category
  • receives a refusal on their Tier 4 (General) application
  • completes their studies early
  • transfers to a different programme

Monitor the attendance of students with Tier 4 visas

We check the class and/or seminar registers for all students holding Tier 4 visas.  

We will report unsatisfactory attendance to the Home Office but you will be informed before this course of action is taken.

Issue CAS statements

Issue Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) for students who are eligible to study in the UK under current Home Office immigration rules. 

If at any time during you studies you require advice on immigration, please contact the  International Student Visa Advice Team or visit their webpages for more information.

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