Understanding how your visa works and what to do when your circumstances change will help make sure your time in the UK goes smoothly.
You'll need to allow plenty of time to make changes to your visa including if you would like to extend it. Find out what you need to do, how we can help you and how long it is likely to take.
Extending your visa in the UK
If you currently have a Tier 4 student visa and need more time in the UK as a student, you may be able to make an immigration application in the UK.
Applying for your visa outside the UK
You may need to make your Tier 4 Student visa application in your home country, particularly if you've had a break in your studies or if you have added a year abroad or a year in industry to your programme
Find out who qualifies as a dependant, how you can make a Tier 4 dependant application in the UK or abroad and what documents you'll need to provide.
ATAS - Academic Technology Approval Scheme
If you're planning to undertake a postgraduate course and are from outside the European Economic Area you may need an ATAS certificate.
When you arrive in Leeds, you may need to register with the police, depending on where you've come from and how long you'll be here.
Family and friends visits
Many international students invite family and friends to attend graduation or to visit the UK for holidays.
You can travel to several countries within the European Economic Area by using a Schengen visa. Find out where you can go and how to apply.
Correcting Visa Errors
Sometimes UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) makes mistakes when issuing Tier 4 student visas and if your visa is incorrect, you can apply to have it corrected.
Tier 4 responsibilities
Under Tier 4 of the Points-Based System, students and universities must comply with certain responsibilities. These responsibilities apply wherever you study, and are not specific to the University of Leeds.
Tier 4 time limits
There are limits placed by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) on how long you can hold a Tier 4 visa. The length of time you can hold a Tier 4 visa depends on your level of study.
Suspensions, temporary leave and external students
There are a number of reasons why you may not be required on campus and have to leave the UK. Find out what you have to do if this affects you.
Lost passports and Biometric Residence Permits
Your should keep your passport and Biometric Residence Permit safe while you're studying and living in the UK and also when travelling outside of the UK. These important documents can be inconvenient and expensive to replace.
At the end of your course
If you want to return to the UK after your course has finished, it's important to know about the arrangements you have to make.
Collecting your Biometric Residence Permit
If you have a Tier 4 (General) student visa or a Short Term Study Visa and are attending a course for six months or longer, youll need to collect your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) when you arrive in Leeds.
Fraudulent phone calls
We are aware that a number of international students have been targeted by fraudsters, pretending to work for UKVI, advising there is a problem with their visa and requesting additional payment or personal details.
Work placements and extending your Tier 4 visa
If you are currently working on a placement as an assessed part of your course, or if you have a confirmed offer for a work placement, or you are on a study abroad year, it is likely that you will need to apply for further time on your Tier 4 visa as a result.