Change in circumstances
It is important to be aware that certain changes in your circumstances and student status can affect your visa and ability to remain in the UK.
It is a requirement that the University holds your correct UK contact details because important information may be sent to you at any time by the University or UKVI. It is your responsibility to keep everyone informed of any changes to your address.
If you change address remember to update the following:
- Birmingham City University (your Faculty Office)
- UKVI (UK Visa and Immigration)
- Police registration certificate if you have one.
Change of course
If during your studies at BCU, you find that the course you are studying is not suitable for you, you need to be aware that changing course may have immigration implications. In the first instance you must submit the Course Approval Form to your faculty who will assess whether it is academically possible. If it is an acceptable change, the UKVI Compliance team will then confirm whether the immigration rules allow you to make the change depending on a number of factors such as subject area, time already spent in the UK etc.
You should never start attending a different course before receiving written approval from the University.
Change of institution
If you have decided that you want to study at another institution in the UK, there are significant visa implications to be considered and therefore it is essential that you speak to one of the University’s International Student Advisors as soon as possible. Depending on your circumstances, you may be required to return to your home country to apply for fresh entry clearance before you can change institution.
Interruption of studies
If you need to take a break from your studies, you may be required to take an Interruption of Studies. During an “interruption”, the University will need to suspend your Tier 4 sponsorship and we will inform the UKVI of this. You will need to return to your home country during an “Interruption of Studies”.
Withdrawing from studies
During your studies, you may decide that you want to withdraw from your course or the University may withdraw you due to misconduct or non-engagement for example. The University must report any withdrawn students to the UKVI and you would need to return to your home country.
Undertake a work placement
If you undertake a work placement that is an integral and assessed part of your course, the University must provide the UKVI with the details of this placement, including the contact details and address for your employer. Those intending to partake in a “sandwich” year should be aware that they will be required to obtain a new visa for this and should seek advice from the International Student Advisors before starting the placement.