Student Immigration Advice and Compliance
Our Student Immigration Advice and Compliance team is available to provide support for you throughout your stay here at Leeds Beckett.
We will help you to settle in and adjust although we realise that this may be difficult at first.
We hope you will find that Leeds Beckett has a friendly and supportive atmosphere. Our Advisers are available to talk to you in confidence to discuss any matter that may be troubling you.
Please contact the Student Immigration Advice and Compliance team on firstname.lastname@example.org if you need help and want to talk to someone about anything to do with studying and living in the UK. You may have questions about visa extension queries, family visits, dependants’ visas, police registration, changing immigration status, support whilst studying at the University, working after your studies and pre-departure support.
SIAC Services Update - Coronavirus (Covid-19)
We are currently operating an online and telephone service to support students and staff at this time.
Please note that support is still available via e-mail, telephone or video call, we will not be offering on-campus face to face appointments. Please email us in the first instance.
Tier 4 Compliance
The Home Office have set out a range of requirements that affect all international students who need to obtain immigration permission to come to the UK and those institutions wishing to enrol them.
Tier 4 is the specific category which applies to those who want to enter the UK as students. It is divided into Tier 4 (Child) Students, for those aged 4-17 years, and Tier 4 (General) Students, for those aged 16 or over, who want to study in the UK.16 and 17 year olds can be eligible under either category. (Source: UKCISA An overview of the student immigration rules)
When Leeds Beckett University applied to become a Tier 4 sponsor, it agreed to comply with specific duties as described by the Home Office in its Tier 4 policy guidance for sponsors. Leeds Beckett University staff and students have immigration compliance responsibilities including attendance & engagement reporting and record-keeping duties. By enrolling and engaging with Leeds Beckett University, and also by informing us of any change in your circumstances, you undertake to comply with your responsibilities.
Your entry clearance visa has been granted subject to the conditions stated in Immigration rules (part 6a, para 245ZW). Entry clearance is given by the Home Office and you must not break the terms and conditions of your visa.
We are here to help you. The Student Immigration Advice and Compliance team will help support you in complying with the Tier 4 regulations for the duration of your studies.
Work during study
Whilst on a Tier 4 visa you are only able to work full-time when on vacation and not required to study or when you have completed study. You can only work unlimited weekly hours between the end date of your course (which is when you get your official results) and the end of your STUDENT permission to stay in the UK, this is classed as vacation time - which is normally four months.
For most undergraduate students, term time and holiday are defined by the academic calendar. These dates are usually based around the academic year with holidays at Christmas, Easter and in the summer.
You can only work more than 20 hours a week after the end of your course if you have actually completed the course. If you start working more than 20 hours a week before that time, you would be breaking the terms and conditions of your visa.
Where courses do not follow the usual August/September to June pattern, term time means any period when you are supposed to be doing academic work.
For example, when you should be:
- attending classes and lectures
- preparing for exams
- doing coursework
- writing essays, a dissertation
- taking resits/repeats
- waiting for results
IT IS A VIOLATION OF YOUR CONDITIONS OF STAY IF YOU WORK WHEN YOU ARE NOT PERMITTED TO DO SO.
Employers have a legal obligation to check your term dates before you can start work. You must provide your employer with a printout from your institution's website showing the term and vacation dates for your course.
Work after study
Tier 2 General is the main immigration route for working in the UK and is for skilled workers - graduates with a job offer from a registered employer.
Students can switch into Tier 2 General as long as they have current Tier 4 leave. Students must have successfully completed and passed a UK recognised bachelor or postgraduate degree. Their University must be an education provider which holds a licence for sponsoring students under Tier 4 of the Points-Based System. Students must be applying from inside the UK. Visit the UKCISA website for further guidance.
It is important to note that Visa sponsorship is required by an employer and the visa is linked to a specific job. The employer must be on the UKVI Sponsor Register for Employers and they must hold a license.
The employer must be willing to issue a Certificate of Sponsorship (COS). You cannot switch employer with a Tier 2 (General) visa. You should ask your sponsor to confirm the salary details on the Certificate of Sponsorship. You do not need to send any other evidence of your appropriate salary.
Employers can apply to the Home Office for a 'Certificate of Sponsorship' to employ a particular graduate and, if successful, the graduate can then make an immigration application to remain in the UK under Tier 2 of the Points Based System of immigration, using this certificate of sponsorship. Once the COS has been submitted to UKVI, you can start your job before receiving the decision.
The employer can offer you the job if you are the best person for the post even if there are suitable applicants from the UK/European Economic Area.
Students holding a Tier 4 Visa, switching to Tier 2 from the UK are exempt from the Resident Labour Market Test which means that the employer doesn’t have to advertise the post before offering employment to the student.
For more information on Tier 2 General visas please visit: Tier 2 General
The Graduate Route
On 11 September 2019 the UK Government announced the creation of a new immigration route which will enable international students to remain in the UK for two years.
The Graduate Immigration Route will be available to international students who have completed a degree at undergraduate level or above at a Higher Education Provider with a track record of compliance and who have a valid Tier 4 visa at the time of application.
Successful applicants on this route will be able to stay and work, or look for work, in the UK at any skill level for a maximum period of two years. Graduates will be able to switch into skilled work once they have found a suitable job.
The new route will be launched in the summer of 2021, meaning that any eligible student who graduates in the summer of 2021 or after will be able to apply for the route. This includes students who have already started their courses.
The graduate immigration route will require a new application and will include the payment of a visa fee and the Immigration Health Surcharge.
Those who graduate and whose Tier 4 leave expires before the route is introduced will not be eligible.
The Start-Up Visa is an immigration route for entrepreneurs looking to set up a business in the UK for the first time.
Leeds Beckett University is an endorsing body under this visa route and has chosen to restrict its endorsements to our own graduates. If you have a business idea that fits the Start Up criteria contact us on SIAC@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
The status of current EU students during and after Brexit
The UK/EU Withdrawal Agreement has now been ratified by both the UK Government and the European Union and has been adopted into UK national law. A transition period now comes into place until 31 December 2020, while the EU and UK negotiate new arrangements.
As an EU citizen your immigration status will not immediately change if you are resident in the UK before the transition period ends. During the implementation period your immigration status and treaty rights will not change as an EU citizen. To continue residing in the UK after the transition period ends, including for the purposes of study, you will need to be granted settled or pre-settled status by applying to the EU settlement scheme. The EU settlement scheme fully opened on 29 March 2019 and you can apply to it now for free.
As a current EU student you will have been eligible for assessment for home fee status. This means that your course fees will be the same as resident UK citizens. You will also have been eligible to apply for a student loan. The fee status and student loan you received will remain the same for the duration of the programme of study you are registered on, even if your course finishes after the transition period has ended.
EU Settlement Scheme
EU citizens wishing to remain in the UK after the transition period ends will need to apply to the EU settlement scheme. You can apply to the scheme for settled or pre-settled status depending on how long you have been continuously resident in the UK. If you have resided in the UK for 5 consecutive years without any absence of 6 months or longer in any 12 month period, and/or one absence of up to 12 months for an acceptable reason, then you will be eligible to apply for settled status. If you have resided in the UK for a shorter period of time then you will be eligible to apply for pre-settled status. If you are granted pre-settled status you can subsequently gain settled status once you have met the 5 year threshold.
EU citizens can apply to the settlement scheme now, for free. On 21 January 2019 the Prime Minister waived the application fee for the EU settlement scheme. If, however, you applied during the previous test phases of the settlement scheme and paid an application fee, you can now apply for a refund on the gov.uk website.
Those residing in the UK before 31 December 2020 can apply to the settlement scheme with a deadline of 30 June 2021 for applications.
If you are a continuing student and require an extension on your Tier 4 visa, please contact our team for an appointment and we can advise on your personal circumstance and guide you through the process.
Asylum/Leave to Remain
Student Immigration Advice and Compliance
Telephone: 0113 812 8811
Information given here is intended as a guide for international students and is given in good faith. Care has been taken in compiling the information, however, the University accepts no legal responsibility for its accuracy.
Designated officer authorised to provide immigration advice and services by an order made under section 84 (4) (d) of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 and regulated by the Immigration Services Commissioner.
Student Immigration Advice and Compliance