Change in circumstances

Group of students 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.

Contact details

As a Tier 4 student it is a legal requirement that you keep your contact details up to date with the University and the Home Office (UKVI).

Updating the University

For the University, this includes your UK address details and a UK telephone number.

If you change address or telephone number you MUST:

  1.       Log into
  2.       Select 'Address'
  3.       Change your current address / telephone number
  4.       Click 'Save'

Updating the Home Office (UKVI)

You must also change your address with the Home Office:

Click here and follow the instructions to use the online form or send your change of address details and supporting documents to:

Change of address team
7th floor, Lunar House
40 Wellesley Road

Updating the Police

If you were required to register with the Police on arrival in the UK, you will need to let them know every time you change your address. To do this, you need to go to the West Midlands police website and book a registration appointment.

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.