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Restarting a Course

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Section 1: Purpose and Contents of this page:

This page has been created to give guidance for restarting a course.

Restarting a Course refers to students who withdraw from their course part-way through an academic year (usually the 1st year of the course), with the intention of starting that same year of the course again in the following academic year.

Please ensure you have carefully read the guidance provided for your situation BEFORE you contact Student Immigration.


Section 2: Re-starting on a different course

Students in their first year of study may be permitted to restart University the following year on a different course if they find their first choice was not the right one for them.


Students allowed to restart will be treated as a new student when they return.


This means that once you have decided to re-start on a different course, part way through your first year of studies or at the end of Year 1, you will need to Submit the request via Student Records Online:


Warwick | Student Records | RestartsLink opens in a new window


Once you have been accepted onto the new course, and completed the re-starting paperwork, you will be permanently withdrawn from your current course and this will be reported to the UKVI.


Please see our guidance on the Permanent WIthdrawal on the following link:


Warwick | Student Immigration | Permanent Withdrawal (PWD)Link opens in a new window .


You will then then be expected to return to your country of residence, or, if you are eligible to do so, switch to a different visa category / a new sponsor if you are to remain in the UK.


About 3 months prior to the start date of your new course, you will be contacted by the Student Records Team advising that your registration has been restarted.


This email will also advise that you will be subject to a Right to Study check on your re-enrolment.


Therefore, if you have not switched to a different visa category within the UK, that will grant you the Right to Study your new course, you will need to have:


Left the UK by your UKVI Curtailment Date, if you did not switch to an immigration category that allowed you to remain in the UK


The UKVI can action a curtailment following a Permanant Withdrawal Report at any time, therefore, we advise that you should aim to leave the UK within 60 days of the Report Date, or, applied to switch categories, if eligible to do so, within 60 days of the Report Date.


If you did switch categories, but your new immigration category does not grant the Right to Study your restart course:


You must leave the UK in good time to make an Overseas Student Visa application and return by your course Start Date.


Overseas applications can take up to 6 weeks to complete.


Requested an overseas CAS from Student Immigration



Please see our CAS guidance on the following link:


Warwick | Student Immigration | CAS Link opens in a new window


Submit your application in good time to receive your visa and return to the UK, AND complete your online ernolment by your Course Restart Date.


Please see our guidance on applying for a student visa on the following link:


Warwick | Student Immigration | Student Visa | Applying for a visa under the Student RouteLink opens in a new window


Please Note:

If you decide to re-start on a different course following the September exam board, the same process will be followed but the Student Immigration Team will make a judgement as to whether you are likely to have enough time to return to your home country, make a student visa application, and travel to the UK before the latest start date of your new course.


Student Immigration will not issue a CAS for an overseas Student Visa application if you do not have enough time to leave the UK, make your application, receive your visa and return to the UK by your Latest Arrival Date.


You may wish to check the university's CAS assignment deadline.


Warwick | Student Immigration | CAS | Section 6: What is the deadline for the university to issue a CASLink opens in a new window


It is likely that you will need to use the 'priority service' or 'super priority service' for your visa application if it is available in your home country.


Please be aware that even if you are accepted onto the new course, if there isn't enough time for you to obtain a new student visa then your CAS request may be declined and you will need to consider deferring for a year.


Please make an appointment to meet with an adviser if you have read all the information on our website but still have questions.


Warwick | Student Immigration | MyAdvantage | Book a 15 minute Help Desk appointmentLink opens in a new window

Section 3: Re-starting the same course you are currently studying

During their first year of study students may be permitted to restart their course the in the following academic year if their first attempt has been affected by issues beyond their control (e.g. if medical problems or personal factors negatively affected their ability to study).


Students allowed to restart will be treated as a new student when they return.


This means that once you have decided to re-start your course, part way through your first year of studies or at the end of Year 1, you will need to Submit the request via Student Records Online:


Warwick | Student Records | RestartsLink opens in a new window


Once your restart has been approved by Student Records, and the restart paperwork has been completed, you will be permanently withdrawn from your current course and this will be reported to the UKVI.


Please see our guidance on the Permanent WIthdrawal on the following link:


Warwick | Student Immigration | Permanent Withdrawal (PWD)Link opens in a new window .

If there are 60 or less days between your permanent withdrawal report and your course restart date:

You are able to re-enrol on your current visa.


As your course is now longer, you MUST submit a new Student Visa application BEFORE your current visa expires.


As the UKVI consider restarting on the same course as a resit, you are able to make this application within the UK.


As you have already used your CAS number in your previous enrolment, you will not be able to complete your re-enrolment until Student Immigration have perfromed a CAS Bypass.


To ensure this is done, please contact Student Immigration, using our Online Contact Form:


Warwick | Student Immigration | Contact UsLink opens in a new window


Please ensure you copy and paste the following text in to the "Please provide ALL relevent details regarding your query in the section below" field on the contact form listed on the link above:


I am writing to inform you that as there are less than 60 days between my PWD and Restart Date, I will be re-enrolling on my current visa.

I confirm I will be making a new Student Visa application at a later date, but before my current visa expire.

To enable my re-enrolment on my current visa, please can you action a CAS Bypass


Student Immigration will then process your submission within 5 working days, and will send you a confirmation email to advise when the CAS Bypass has been completed.


You can then complete your online enrolment.


If there are more than 60 days between your permanent withdrawal report and your course restart date:

You will be expected to return to your country of residence, or, if you are eligible to do so, switch to a different visa category / a new sponsor if you are to remain in the UK.


About 3 months prior to the start date of your new course, you will be contacted by the Student Records Team advising that your registration has been restarted.


This email will also advise that you will be subject to a Right to Study check on your re-enrolment.


Therefore, if you have not switched to a different visa category within the UK, that will grant you the Right to Study your new course, you will need to have:


Left the UK by your UKVI Curtailment Date, if you did not switch to an immigration category that allowed you to remain in the UK


The UKVI can action a curtailment following a Permanant Withdrawal Report at any time, therefore, we advise that you should aim to leave the UK within 60 days of the Report Date, or, applied to switch categories, if eligible to do so, within 60 days of the Report Date.


If you did switch categories, but your new immigration category does not grant the Right to Study your restart course:


You must leave the UK in good time to make an Overseas Student Visa application and return by your course Start Date.


Overseas applications can take up to 6 weeks to complete.


Requested an overseas CAS from Student Immigration



Please see our CAS guidance on the following link:


Warwick | Student Immigration | CAS Link opens in a new window


Submit your application in good time to receive your visa and return to the UK, AND complete your online ernolment by your Course Restart Date.


Please see our guidance on applying for a student visa on the following link:


Warwick | Student Immigration | Student Visa | Applying for a visa under the Student RouteLink opens in a new window


Please Note:

If you decide to re-start on a different course following the September exam board, the same process will be followed but the Student Immigration Team will make a judgement as to whether you are likely to have enough time to return to your home country, make a student visa application, and travel to the UK before the latest start date of your new course.


Student Immigration will not issue a CAS for an overseas Student Visa application if you do not have enough time to leave the UK, make your application, receive your visa and return to the UK by your Latest Arrival Date.


You may wish to check the university's CAS assignment deadline.


Warwick | Student Immigration | CAS | Section 6: What is the deadline for the university to issue a CASLink opens in a new window


It is likely that you will need to use the 'priority service' or 'super priority service' for your visa application if it is available in your home country.


Please be aware that even if you are accepted onto the new course, if there isn't enough time for you to obtain a new student visa then your CAS request may be declined and you will need to consider deferring for a year.


Please make an appointment to meet with an adviser if you have read all the information on our website but still have questions.


Warwick | Student Immigration | MyAdvantage | Book a 15 minute Help Desk appointmentLink opens in a new window

Section 4: If you have further queries and useful links:

If, after reading the guidance above, and you are still unsure of what you should do next, please contact Student Immigration to discuss your situation via the following methods:




    Please click on the following links for more information


    University of Warwick:


    UK Government:


    Other contacts:

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