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What do I need to be aware of if I am studying with one of these visas?

Your immigration permission should always reflect the main reason for you being in the UK and should be appropriate for your course of study.

You are permitted to study if you hold one of these visas, however, you should read the risks and restrictions for studying using one of these visas.

Please click on the relevant section below to expand the guidance.
  • Your visa, although issued primarily for the purpose of work, does not prohibit study.

    However, leaving and re-entering the UK during your course carries a risk, should an Immigration Officer at the port of entry question your purpose for being in the UK.

    If the Home Office judges that you no longer meet the requirements of the visa issued to you for work then action may be taken to cancel your leave.

    If your visa does not cover the duration of your course you will need to extend your leave or switch into student visa before it expires.

  • Your visa, although issued primarily for the purpose of work, does not prohibit study.

    However you need to be sure that you can fulfil your obligations to both your Tier 2 sponsor (employer) and the University.

    If the Home Office judges that you no longer meet the requirements of the visa issued to you for work, then action may be taken to cancel your leave.

    If you cease to be employed by your sponsor you will need to switch to a student visa in order to continue your studies.

    You may do this from inside the UK if you are registered on a full-time course of study and meet all other student visa application requirements.

  • Your visa does not prohibit study.

    However you need to be sure that you can fulfil your obligations to both your Tier 5 (GAE) sponsor and the University.

    Holders of Youth Mobility (YM) visas should not have entered the UK with the main intention to study; future applications for a Student Visa may be refused if the Home Office judge that the main purpose for visiting the UK on a Tier 5 Youth Mobility visa was in fact to study full-time.

    If your visa does not cover the duration of your course you will need to switch to a Student Visa before it expires.

  • Your visa permits study but is linked to your spouse/partner/parent.

    If your circumstances change you may no longer have the permission to remain in the UK.

    Examples of changes in circumstance could include:

    • The person to whom your visa is tied leaves the UK, has their visa curtailed or switches visa category, or your relationship with them breaks down.

    To continue your studies you may need to apply for student visa in your own right. It is possible to do this from inside the UK or from overseas. Please visit the Immigration and Compliance website for further information about Student Visas.

  • This visa permits a short-period of study in the UK. If you applied for this visa before 1 December 2020, it may be used for a period of study-abroad/exchange/visiting research at Warwick, re-sitting examinations, attending short courses or participation in distance learning course where no period of study in the UK exceeds six months and where the periods of study could not be considered to be too ‘frequent or successive’. It is not an appropriate visa for full-time study on a course which is UK based and longer than six months in duration (or 11 months for English language courses where stated).

    If you applied for this visa before 1 December 2020, your intended visit period is less than 6 months and you are granted a visa for 6 months you should leave the UK within 30 days after your course end date, or your visa expiry date, whichever is sooner. Staying in the UK more than 30 days beyond the visit date stated in your original visa application could be viewed by the Home Office as a breach of visa conditions and may lead to future visa applications being refused.

    If you applied for this visa on or after 1 December 2020, you will only be able to study an English language course which is between 6 - 11 months in the UK, and you must intend to leave the UK within 30 days of the end of their English language course, or at the end of 11 months, whichever is sooner.

    Whilst holding this visa, it is not possible to have dependant family members in the UK, to switch to a Student Visa or to extend this visa in the UK. Work (including on a work placement or work experience) is not permitted and you are unable to claim public funds.

    Please read more information about courses that can be studied using this visa route.

  • This may be because you will be studying at Warwick on a course which is being delivered in partnership with another UK institution. In this case, you are permitted to study at Warwick because we would have reported the partnership to the Home Office UKVI.

    You may also be permitted to enrol on the basis that the study at Warwick is supplementary in nature, or, you are a visiting research student coming to Warwick for less than 6 months.

    In all other cases, if you are permitted to enrol, you will have submitted a student visa application with a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) issued by Warwick and you have provided the University with formal confirmation of the submitted student application.

    Please be aware that any changes to your course, or your circumstances, during the time that your application is still awaiting approval will need to be communicated to the Home Office via the University's Immigration Service.

    If at some point during your studies you decide to study a different course at Warwick, or make changes to your course, you may need to apply for a new student visa and in some cases this will need to be done from overseas.

    You should refer to our website for more information.

  • You should be aware that, in some circumstances, such as if you fail to progress, withdraw from your course or change institution, the University will be unable to continue sponsoring you and yourstudent visa will be curtailed.

    The student visa is linked to both the institution (Warwick) and the course originally stated on your CAS.

    If your current Warwick student visa was granted for you to study on a previous course, you will need to apply for a new Warwick student visa within 6 weeks of the date of enrolment, or before your leave expires (whichever is the earliest).

    If you enrolled on this basis, you should have already met with an International Student Adviser and we will monitor and ensure that you submit your visa application before the deadline.

    Following the same principle, if at some point during your studies you decide to study a different course at Warwick, or make changes to your course, you may need to apply for a new student visa and in some cases this will need to be done from overseas. Please refer to our website for further information.

    If your student visa application is currently pending approval by the Home Office, you need to be aware that any changes to your course, or your circumstances, will need to be communicated to the Home Office via the University.

    Should an in-progress visa application be unsuccessful and you do not hold a visa which permits you to study at Warwick you will be required to withdraw under University regulation 36.4.2.

    You should notify us immediately if you become aware that your visa has been refused so that we can assist you further.

    While you are sponsored by the University of Warwick for your student visa, you must adhere to your student visa responsibilities.

    Failure to comply with your responsibilities, breaching the conditions of your immigration permission or failure to act in accordance with UK law, may result in the University using its discretion to withdraw student visa sponsorship from you under University Regulation 36.4.3.

  • If you enrolled on this visa you must present your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP card) to the University, unless it is delivered directly to the University.

    You must do this before your temporary travel visa expires, or, by the date given to you by a staff member of the University at an in-person immigration event, whichever is later.

    Failure to do this may result in you being withdrawn from your studies under University Regulation 36.4.2.

    Please note, if you are required to collect your BRP from a designated Post Office, failure to do so within 10 days of your arrival in the UK may result in a fine or cancellation of leave by the Home Office.

    If you have opted to have your BRP sent to the University, you will receive an email from us when it is received which will include instructions of when and how to collect your card.

    You should be aware that, in some circumstances, such as if you fail to progress, withdraw from your course, or change institution, the University will be unable to continue sponsoring you and your student visa will be curtailed.

  • If you enrolled on this visa you must present your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP card) to the University.

    You must do this by the date given to you by a staff member of the University at an in-person immigration event. If you have genuine difficulties collecting your BRP card from the Post Office, for example, there is a delay in its production, please keep our BRP team informed when you receive a reminder email.

    Failure to do this may result in you being withdrawn from the University under University Regulation 36.4.2.

    If you are required to collect your BRP from a designated Post Office, failure to do so within the deadline given on your decision letter may result in a fine or cancellation of leave by the Home Office. If you have genuine difficulties, please contact us so that we can assist you further.

  • This category does not impose any study or work restrictions and you have no limit on the time you are able to stay in the UK, as long as you meet the general residency requirements of the Home Office.

    If you are an EU national (or a family member of an EU national) and hold Permanent Residence in the UK, you will need to apply for Settled Status under the EU Settlement Scheme before 30 June 2021.

    Failure to provide the University with evidence of this permission may result in your withdrawal from the University under Regulation 36.4.2.

  • Study is usually not prohibited on this type of visa.

    Should your circumstances change you may no longer have the right to remain in the UK and this may impact your ability to continue your studies.

    You are advised to seek advice from Student Immigration & Compliance should your circumstances change.

    If your current leave does not cover the whole duration of the course, you will be required to provide evidence of your new immigration permission to the Student Immigration and Compliance team so that your records can be updated.

  • This category does not impose any study or work restrictions in the UK and you have no limit on the time you are able to stay in the UK.

    You should have uploaded documentation related to your immigration status during the online course registration process.

    Please note that the University requires all non UK/EEA nationals to provide copies of these documents, and any other documents required.

    Failure to provide this evidence may result in your withdrawal from the University under Regulation 36.4.2.

  • This category does not usually prohibit study in the UK, unless you have a ‘no study’ condition on your Bail 201 letter.

    If you do not have the Bail 201 letter, the University will need to contact the UKVI to ascertain that you have the right to study.

    Should your circumstances change, you may need to apply for a Student visa in your own right. It is not possible to do this from inside the UK so you would need to ensure that time spent overseas obtaining a student visa did not affect your studies.

    If you are seeking asylum in the UK, it may take quite a long time for the Home Office to make a decision.

    The Student Immigration and Compliance team will contact you for updates during your registration period, and will invite you to give us consent to check progress with the Home Office directly.

    If you have already given us consent to obtain this information directly from the Home Office, please reply to our email confirming the same.

  • If you applied for this visa before 1 December 2020, you are able to study for up to 30 days in the UK. The study must be an extra activity that you do during your visit to the UK, and cannot be the main purpose of your visit (unless you are a non-visa national and entered the UK without making a visa application before you travel, or, if you hold a long-term Standard Visitor Visa). If your study period is longer than 30 days you may be required to leave the UK and re-enter with a new Visitor visa (this route is available from 1 December 2020). If this is the case, a member of staff at Student Immigration & Compliance team would have advised you accordingly and given you a deadline to do so.

    If you applied for this visa on or after 1 December 2020, you are able to study for up to 6 months in the UK. This includes a period of study-abroad/exchange/visiting research at Warwick, re-sitting examinations, attending short courses or participation in distance learning course where no period of study in the UK exceeds six months and where the periods of study could not be considered to be too ‘frequent or successive’. It is not an appropriate visa for full-time study on a course which is UK based and longer than six months in duration.

    It is not possible to have dependant family members, switch into Student visa in the UK or extend this visa type. Work (including on a work placement or work experience) is not permitted and you are unable to claim public funds.

  • Exemption:

    Study is usually not prohibited on this type of visa.

    Should your circumstances change you may no longer have the right to remain in the UK and this may impact your ability to continue your studies.

    You are advised to seek advice from the Student Immigration and Compliance Team should your circumstances change.

    If your current leave does not cover the whole duration of the course, you will need to provide evidence of your new immigration permission to the Student Immigration and Compliance Team so that your records can be updated.

  • This visa allows you to study, and you need to ensure that you remain compliant with the conditions of that visa, and respond to any points of contact from the University that sponsors your visa.

    Should your circumstances change, you may no longer have the right to remain in the UK and this may impact your ability to continue your studies.

  • You will usually be allowed to enrol if your visa does not cover the duration of your course but you should be aware of the following:

    • You must always have valid UK leave to remain fully registered at Warwick - if your visa lapses and you cannot show you have made a new application for leave which permits study you will be temporarily withdrawn under University Regulation 36.4.2
    • If you are required to apply for a student visa from overseas and the application is refused or your return to the UK is delayed causing you to take an unauthorised absence from your course you may be temporarily withdrawn or required to restart at a later date
    • If you apply for a student visa from inside the UK and your application is refused, your continued registration will depend on whether you still hold a valid visa which permits study and/or can submit a new visa application before a date specified by the University, or whether an administrative review overturns the refusal and your application for student visa is approved.
  • Study is usually not prohibited on this type of visa.

    Should your circumstances change you may no longer have the right to remain in the UK and this may impact your ability to continue your studies.

    You are advised to seek advice from the Immigration and Compliance team should your circumstances change.

    If your current leave does not cover the whole duration of the course, you will be required to provide evidence of your new immigration permission by uploading this on the following form:

    Warwick | Student Immigration | I am a Student | Change in Circumstances | Change in immigration category

    British National Overseas BN(O) visa

    Until 31 January 2021, this visa (leave outside of rules) is issued for 6 months and available to British national overseas who normally live in Hong Kong. If you meet the requirements for this visa (see more information below) and are given this visa on arrival in the UK, you will be permitted to study but will need to present evidence of this to the Student Immigration and Compliance team. As your visa is only valid for 6 months, you will need to make an application for the Hong Kong BN(O) visa from 31 January 2021, and before it expires.

    From 31 January 2021, 2 additional visa routes are being introduced: BN(O) Status Holder route and the BN(O) Household Member route. If you are eligible to apply under this route, you can choose the 2.5-year route or the 5-year route at the point of application. This leads to settlement after 5 years.

    Application needs to be made using UK Immigration: ID Check app. Study is permitted whilst holding this visa and is subject to ATAS and police registration condition.

    For more information please refer to the GOV website: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/british-nationals-overseas-in-hong-kong

    It is vital that the University holds up to date evidence of your immigration permission. Failure to provide this may result in your withdrawal from the University under Regulation 36.4.2.

  • Pre-settled status:

    This visa permits study until its stated expiry date. You can spend up to 2 consecutive years outside the UK without losing your status. You will need to maintain your continuous residence if you want to qualify for settled status at a later date. This is because prolonged absence would impact your eligibility to obtain settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme. You can find more information on our website: https://warwick.ac.uk/study/international/immigration/eea/faq

    Should your circumstances change, for example, you lose your status through prolonged absence, you may need to apply for a Student Visa. Please contact us for more information in this case.

    It is vital that the University holds up to date evidence of your immigration permission. Failure to provide this may result in your withdrawal from the University under Regulation 36.4.2.

    Settled Status:

    This category does not impose any study or work restrictions and you have no limit on the time you are able to stay in the UK, as long as you meet the general residency requirements of the Home Office.

    It is vital that the University holds up to date evidence of your immigration permission. Failure to provide this may result in your withdrawal from the University under Regulation 36.4.2.

  • This visa is usually valid for 6 months and it permits study. You must make sure that, once you arrive in the UK, you apply for settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme as soon as possible, and before 30 June 2021 (unless your circumstance is such that you are permitted to apply after 30 June 2021). You can find more information on our website: https://warwick.ac.uk/study/international/immigration/eea/faq/

    As you are a non-EEA national, this visa is linked to the EEA family member on whom you are dependant. If your circumstances change you may no longer have the right to remain in the UK. Examples of changes in circumstance could include (but is not limited to): the person to whom your permit is tied leaves the UK, loses their status due to long absences, or your relationship with them breaks down.

    Should your circumstances change you may need to apply for a Student Visa in your own right. You may wish to seek advice from the Immigration service team for guidance.

    It is vital that the University holds up to date evidence of your immigration permission. Failure to provide this may result in your withdrawal from the University under Regulation 36.4.2.

  • It is possible for you to commence your studies remotely provided you have completed the online course registration. You must intend to arrive at Warwick by your CAS latest course start date. If you are unsure, refer to this website: https://warwick.ac.uk/coronavirus/students/arrival

    It will be necessary for you to obtain a visa which permits you to study at Warwick prior to you coming to the UK. Once you have obtained your visa and you arrive in the UK you should go to the Enrolment Dashboard and upload a copy of your Entry Stamp to the UK (and a copy of your Temporary Travel Visa if on a different page) and BRP (if you have collected this from a Post Office). If the University will be receiving your BRP then you will only need to upload your Entry Stamp (and Temporary Travel Visa if on a different page). If your BRP is sent to the University, you will receive an email confirming when the BRP has been received and details of how to book an appointment to collect it.

    It is vital that the University holds up to date evidence of your immigration permission. Failure to provide this may result in your withdrawal from the University under Regulation 36.4.2.

  • If you are an EU national and have applied under the EU Settlement Scheme, no further action is required.

    If you are not an EU national, it is possible for you to commence your studies provided an International Student Adviser from the Immigration and Compliance team has checked that you have made an in-time valid immigration application. You should receive email confirmation of the outcome of their assessment shortly.

    If your visa application is currently pending approval by the Home Office you need to be aware that any changes to your course, or your circumstances, will need to be communicated to the Home Office via the University's Immigration and Compliance team and you ensure you keep them up to date with any changes to your circumstances.

    Should an in-progress visa application be unsuccessful and you do not hold a visa which permits you to study at Warwick you will be required to withdraw under University regulation 36.4.2. You should notify the Immigration and Compliance team immediately if you become aware that your visa is refused so that they can assist you further.

    As soon as the outcome of your application is known you should inform the Immigration and Compliance Team of this so that your record may be updated. You may upload a copy of your new BRP, should you have received it directly, via the Enrolment Dashboard. If the University is receiving your BRP on your behalf we will contact you once this is received to advise you how to book an appointment to come and collect it from us.

    It is vital that the University holds up to date evidence of your immigration permission. Failure to provide this may result in your withdrawal from the University under Regulation 36.4.2.