Section 1: Purpose and Contents of this page:
This page has been created to give guidance for students considering completing their studies earlier than originally expected.
Please ensure you have carefully read the guidance provided for your situation BEFORE you contact Student Immigration.
Early completion usually applies to the following scenarios:
- Undergraduate students who have changed course to a shorter programme, for example, from a four year programme to a three year variant
- Undergraduate students who are exiting a longer programme early due to an exam board decision, for example graduating with a BEng after three years rather than an MEng as originally expected
- Postgraduate Research students who are exiting with a lower qualification, for example, being awarded an MPhil instead of a PhD
- Postgraduate Research students who have switched to an MPhil after thesis submission, where the outcome is a downgrade but no corrections are needed (pass straightaway)
- Postgraduate Research students who complete their studies and are awarded their PhD earlier than originally expected
This is because the University will notify the Home Office of your early completion which will trigger curtailment action against your Student Visa.
There will be no change to your UK immigration permission and rights while you are still studying.
However, as soon as your award is conferred, the University will report your early completion to Home Office UKVI and this will trigger curtailment of your Student (Tier 4) Visa.
This is because you no longer require a Student Visa once your course of study has ended.
You will be notified by email once the University has reported your early completion; read this email carefully as it provides information about what to do next.
We advise that you exit the UK or switch to another immigration category (if permitted) within four months of the date of our email notification to you.
This is because we cannot predict when the UKVI curtailment team will take action.
The four month 'wrap up' period granted to most students after early completion is intended for you to make arrangements to either leave the UK or apply for further permission to stay in the UK, either in another immigration category or will another sponsor.
When you leave the UK, please provide us with proof or your departure.
Once you have left the UK you should not attempt to re-enter using the same Student Visa even if you have not received official notice of visa curtailment.
This is because the Home Office will deem a curtailment notice as having been served as soon as the email/letter has been sent by them, regardless of whether the recipient receives said notice.
The University does not know whether curtailment action has been taken or not.
You cannot appeal a curtailment and should therefore assume that curtailment action will take place four months after the UKVI are notified of your early completion.
In the event you receive a curtailment notice from the Home Office:
It will state your revised visa end date.
If you are inside the UK, this is the date by which you must either leave or apply for further permission to stay (if eligible).
If you are interested in applying to the Graduate Route you must remain in the UK after your award is conferred, submit the application before the revised visa end date in your curtailment notice and remain in the UK until the Graduate Route visa is granted.
If you are in the UK when you receive curtailment notification and then leave the Common Travel Area you will not be permitted re-entry as your visa is deemed as lapsed and you will not be granted entry to the UK.
If you are overseas when you receive notification of curtailment you must not attempt to re-enter the UK using the same Student (Tier 4) visa, even if the revised end date is in the future; you will be denied entry at the UK border.
You will not be able to apply to the Graduate Route.
If you wish to return to the UK after your early completion has been reported to the Home Office, for example to attend your Graduation Ceremony, you must obtain another UK visa suitable for the purpose of your visit, such as a Standard Visit visa.
Please remember to keep your contact details updated with both the University and the Home Office so that you will be able to receive any updates regarding your immigration status.
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: