Tier 4 requirements

The UK has moved to a Points Based System for immigration purposes and there have been significant changes in the regulations relating to students and universities that have been implemented within Tier 4 of the Points Based System. 

Under Tier 4, UK higher education providers are considered the “sponsor” of  international students studying in the UK. The University of Roehampton is a Highly Trusted Sponsor.

The University of Roehampton has a responsibility to keep the UK Border Agency informed of students who have been given immigration permission and then fail to arrive on time, or who do not attend properly.

Our duties under the points-based system include:

  • reporting
  • record keeping
  • compliance and cooperating with the UK Border Agency. 

Reporting

We are required to report the following to the UK Border Agency as part of our sponsor duties:
  • If you do not enrol on your course within the enrolment period (within 10 working days of prescribed enrolment period).
  • If you do not attend the 3 ID Check Sessions throughout the academic year.
  • If you discontinue your studies (including a deferrals of study).
  • If the University of Roehampton stops sponsoring you for any other reason (for example, if you move into a different immigration route with a different sponsor or one which does not require a sponsor).
  • If there are any significant changes in your circumstances, for example if the location you are studying at changes, or if the duration of a course of study shortens.
  • If we have any suspicions you are breaking the conditions of your permission to stay.

Record keeping

The University of Roehampton will keep records of your attending the Check Sessions throughout the academic year, as well as copies of your passport and documents confirming your right to study in the UK.

Failure to comply with monitoring system

If you fail to attend all ID Check Sessions you will be reported to the Home Office.     

  • You risk being deported and banned from entering the UK for up to 10 years.

Visas and passports

All students with a Tier 4 Visa must have their Passport and Tier 4 Visa details double checked and copied by the International Student Immigration Officer at the University of Roehampton. You will be requested to bring your travel documents to the Information Centre during your induction week. If your passport expires you will need to apply for a new passport in the UK and you will need to have your new passport details copied.

For further details about this please contact: p.bakrin-lucius@roehampton.ac.uk

ID Checks 2012-13

New Tier 4 students 2012-13

DateTIMELOCATION
Friday 14 September9am–12 noon  AND 1-5pmInformation Centre - Richardson Building - Digby Stuart Campus
Monday 17 September9am–12 noon  AND 1-5pmInformation Centre - Richardson Building - Digby Stuart Campus
  1. Please bring your Tier 4 Visa and Passport with you.
  2. There will be two other ID Check Sessions in the 2012/13 cycle. You will be sent details of these sessions closer to the time.

Continuing Tier 4 students 2012-13

DateTIMELOCATION
Thursday 27 September9am–12 noon  AND 1-5pmInformation Centre - Richardson Building - Digby Stuart Campus
Friday 28 September9am–12 noon  AND 1-5pmInformation Centre - Richardson Building - Digby Stuart Campus

Please attend one of the designated times and bring your University of Roehampton Student Card.

Registering with the police

International students whose Tier 4 visas contain information telling them to register with the police should aim do so within seven days of arriving in the UK although this is flexible.

Students living in Greater London should go to:

The Overseas Visitors Records Office

180 Borough High Street

London SE1 1LH

Tel: 020 7230 1208 (for recorded information)

Mondays – Fridays, 9am-4pm

(nearest tube station is Borough on the Northern Line)

 

To register you must take with you

1.     Your passport

2.     £34 in cash, credit card, debit card or cheque with cheque guarantee card

3.     Proof of student status (offer letter or enrolment letter from the UG/FE Registry or PG/Professional Registry if you have already enrolled)

 

After registration

The police will give you a Police Registration Certificate. Keep this safe and use it when you re-enter the UK or apply to renew your student visa. If you are ever asked to produce it, you will have 48 hours to do so. Every time you change address, please inform your local police station within seven days so that they can change your Certificate to the new address. You will also need to re-register with the Police if you extend your visa or switch sponsor, the new visa will contain details that you need to do so.

 

You will need to register with the Police if you are a student from any of the following countries:

Afghanistan, Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Bolivia, Brazil, China, Colombia, Cuba, Egypt

Georgia, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Libya, Moldova, Morocco, North Korea

Oman, Palestine, Peru, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan

United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Yemen

Tier 4 employment regulations

Postgraduates

Enrolment Week: Monday 17 – Friday 21 September 2012

Finish date for PG Taught Programmes: Friday 6 September 2012

As you are studying on a 50 week programme including the time given for writing up your dissertations; your employment must be no more than 20 hours per week during term-time.

You have immigration permission to work over 20 hours per week from the period between your course completion date and the expiry date of your current Tier 4 Visa. Your job must not constitute a full time vacancy.

Undergraduates

During term-time your employment must be no more than 20 hours per week.

During recognised vacation periods your Tier 4 Visa allows for you to work full time as long as your job does not constitute a full time vacancy.

You have immigration permission to work over 20 hours from the period between your course completion date and the expiry date of your current Tier 4 Visa.

Autumn Term 2012

Enrolment Week: Monday 17 – Friday 21 September

Undergraduate Teaching Begins: Monday 24 September

Teaching and Term Ends: Friday 14 December

Christmas Vacation: 14 December 2012 - 6 January 2013

Spring Term 2013

Undergraduate Teaching Begins: Monday 7 January

Teaching and Term Ends: 

Easter Vacation: 

Summer Term (examination and assessment)

Undergraduate Teaching Begins: 

Consultation Week: 

Examination Period: 

Term Ends: 

Changes during your stay

If your circumstances change while UKBA are considering your Tier 4 application or while you are studying in the UK as a Tier 4 student, you should tell UKBA using the change of circumstances form (the form should be used by any student who has sent applications after 30 July 2010).

You should use the form to inform UKBA of:

  • Changes in your personal details
  • Criminal convictions that you have not previously told UKBA about;
  • Changes in your contact details;
  • Changes in your representative's details;
  • Changes in your family members' details, if they are in the UK as your dependants
  • Any other information that you think UKBA should know.

The form should not be used to report other changes, such as a change in your education provider or course of study. You can find more information in the guidance notes at the back of the form.

Changes during your stay if you hold a ICFN (Biometric Card)

If you have an identity card for foreign nationals, you should not use the change of circumstances form to tell UKBA about changes to your personal details or appearance. Instead you should use form ICFN (RC), which you can download from the Identity card holders' responsibilities page.

When you complete the change of circumstances form, you will need:

  • A description of the change you want to make;  
  • Your points-based system reference number;  
  • Your representative's reference number (if appropriate);  
  • Your date of birth; 
  • Your nationality.

You must send the form to the postal address on the cover of the form.

Your contact details

You must advise the University of any contact details that change whilst studying at Roehampton. This includes your:

  • Address
  • Email address
  • Telephone numbers

Please email: registry@roehampton.ac.uk

Course details

You will need to visit the Information Centre in the Richardson Building based on Digby Stuart Campus to complete the necessary changing in circumstance forms:

  • if you discontinue your studies (including a deferrals of study)
  • if University of Roehampton stops sponsoring you for any other reason (for example, if you move into a different immigration route with a different sponsor or one which does not require a sponsor)
  • if there are any significant changes in your circumstances (for example if the location you are studying at changes, or if the duration of a course of study shortens).

Disclaimer

The University of Roehampton is a Highly Trusted Sponsor. Our license is reviewed and is therefore subject to change.

This information should not be viewed as legal representation. The guidance offered is to be viewed strictly as guidance and not as legal advice.

 

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