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Conditions of your Tier 4 visa

Last modified:13/07/18

All student visas are granted subject to a number of conditions.  If you break any of these conditions you may suffer very serious consequences ranging from a fine to removal from the UK.  If you need to extend your visa for any purpose in the UK you will be asked direct questions about whether you have broken any of these conditions. You should seek advice if you are worried about any of these issues.

1. No recourse to public funds

This means you must not claim one of the specified public funds which are mostly welfare benefits to help people on low income. It does not include council tax exemption.

2. Police registration

Do I need to register with the police?

Certain foreign nationals are required to register with the police within very strict time limits.  You should be told if this is a requirement in the letter sent to you with the BRP visa, on your vignette. It is not always listed on the actual BRP.  It is very important that you comply with these conditions as you may be liable to a fine or even prison sentence.

 

Find out more on the Immigration rules page of the UK Visas and Immigration website – click here for the list of countries whose nationals need to register with the Police.

If you have the police registration but your nationality is not listed in Appendix 2 of the immigration rules, this is an error by the Home Office.  to have this error corrected. If you decide not to request to have the error corrected, you should try register with the police. If they don't allow you to register, please ask the police for written evidence that you have tried to register.

If your nationality is listed on the Appendix 2 of the immigration rules and you have come to the UK to study for more than 6 months but have not been issued with the condition to register, then this is probably an error. In this case you do not have to take any action. You do neither have to register with the police nor do you have to request a correction. However, if the University becomes aware of this error we have to report it to the Home Office and they might then ask you to submit your passport for correction.

How do I register?

You normally need to register within seven days of your arrival in the UK. Please read the information on the webpage of the Sheffield Overseas Visitor Registration Office, where you will find the relevant links to register online (if you are new to the UK), or to transfer (if you have already registered in a different police force area).

Please note - The online system only went live on 08 September 2017. If you entered the UK more than 7 days before 08 September 2017, please register online as soon as possible. South Yorkshire police will be aware that it is not possible to register before this date, and you should not face any negative consequences for registering more than 7 days after entering the UK.

Documents you need to collect your police registration form:

  • Original passport
  • BRP card
  • The registration fee of £34 (cash only)
  • University CAS or Offer letter - please see below:
  • Undergraduate students - you are not issued with a formal offer letter from the University of Sheffield as your letters are sent through UCAS. You can print out your CAS statement by logging into your CAS portal page and printing the statement from there.
  • Postgraduate students - your offer letter is sent to you by email and is available for you to print out from there. Alternatively, you can print out your CAS statement by logging into your CAS portal page and printing the statement from there. A photocopy of your passport/visa and University CAS or Offer letter
  • Accommodation contract

Changes you have to report to the police

Throughout your time in the UK, you must report to the police within seven days of the following changes:

◾change of address
◾change of course, school, college or university
◾change of name, marital status or birth of children
◾extension of stay granted by UK Visas and Immigration
◾change of passport
◾temporary absence of eight weeks or more from your registered address

You will need to download and complete the change in circumstances form from the South Yorkshire police website (or transfer form if you are transferring to South Yorkshire police from another area). You will need to complete the form before taking it to the police. You must also take the following original documents:

  • Passport
  • BRP
  • University CAS
  • Accommodation contract

Certain foreign nationals are required to register with the police within very strict time limits.  You should be told if this is a requirement in the letter sent to you with the BRP visa. It is no longer listed on the actual BRP. . It is very important that you comply with these conditions as you may be liable to a fine or even prison sentence.  

3. Working in the UK

Most international students are allowed to work in the UK subject to certain conditions: 

You must not work more than 20 hours during term-time
You can work unlimited during vacation periods with important differences for postgraduate students.
You must not take a permanent full time role.
You must not set up in business, self employment. The Home Office defines ‘business activity’ as ‘working for a business in a capacity other than an employee in which you have a financial or other significant beneficial interest’.

You must not  provide services as a professional entertainer or sportsperson, doctor or dentist in training.
You may also do work placements/internships provided they meet detailed requirements.

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