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.

Please take care to read this information carefully so you're aware of what you and the University are required to do.

Your responsibilities 

Remember that your immigration permission (visa) is your responsibility. If there is any change to your studies (including date changes, suspension or temporary leave and changes of programme) you must get advice about any effect this will have on your visa.

As a Tier 4 student, the Home Office expects you to meet the following conditions: 

  • Remain registered as a full-time student and attend all of your lectures/classes. If you are not able to attend then you should inform your department as you must not have any unauthorised absences.
  • Register with the police if it states on your visa that you are required to do so. You must also make sure that your police certificate is kept up-to-date with any changes which are listed on here
  • Leave the UK if you stop studying (for example if you interrupt your studies or have retake exams and will not be attending during the year).  You should always seek advice from the International Student Office if your registration status is about to change. Some changes reported to UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) will result in visas being curtailed (shortened). UKVI may attempt to inform you of a curtailment but they may not have your most recent address or other contact details. To avoid refusal of entry at the border it is essential that you check, in good time, whether you need to make a fresh entry clearance application before returning to the UK.
  • Do not breach the conditions of your visa. This includes ensuring that you do not work more hours than you should. For further information about working in the UK whilst on a Tier 4 student visa, visit our working during study page.
  • Inform the university if you change immigration status and no longer have Tier 4 immigration permission. You can do this by taking your new visa to the Student Services Centre.
  • Inform the university every time you obtain a new Tier 4 (General) Student visa by bringing your Biometric Residence Permit and your passport to the Student Services Centre.
  • Ensure the university holds up-to-date contact details for you by updating the Portal with any changes of address or personal details.
  • If you have a pending visa application and you change your address you must inform UKVI via their online form.
  • Inform the university if your application to the UKVI is refused. You should seek advice from the International Student Office if this happens.
  • If you change to a shorter programme, you must inform UKVI by e-mailing them at migrantreporting@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk.

You can do simple things to protect your immigration status in the UK. Please read the UKCISA webpage about protecting your Tier 4 status for more details.

For more information about your rights and your responsibilities while you're in the UK visit the Home Office website.

Our responsibilities

As a Tier 4 Sponsor, the Home Office requires us to:

  • Ensure that we have up-to-date contact details for all Tier 4 students.
  • Ensure we have a copy of all students’ current Tier 4 visa.
  • Inform UKVI of any students who fail to register for their programme of study.
  • Inform UKVI of any students who interrupt or withdraw from their programme of study and confirm the date that they intend to leave the UK.
  • Monitor the attendance of Tier 4 students and report to UKVI any students who fail to meet UKVI requirements.
  • Inform UKVI about any significant changes to a student’s circumstances or programme of studies (eg. if a student completes the programme early).