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Change of Circumstances

Change of Circumstances

Visa Curtailment

Advice on what will happen to your visa if you need to change your circumstances.

As a Tier 4 or Student Route sponsor, the University has to inform the Home Office of certain changes relating to your circumstances. Some changes to your study plans may result in your Tier 4 or Student Route visa being curtailed (shortened) or cancelled.

There are various possible changes during your studies which could lead to a curtailment of your Tier 4 or Student Route visa, including taking a break from your studies, completing your studies early, changing your programme or being unable to continue with your course.

If your student visa is curtailed, you must apply for a new visa if you wish to remain in the UK beyond the curtailed period.

Depending on the reason for curtailment, your visa may be rendered invalid:

  • with immediate effect
  • or within 60 days
  • or within the same wrap-up period of leave after the new programme end date, as you were originally given for your original programme end date

No curtailment action will be taken if your visa is expiring in 60 days or less.

Informing the Home Office of changes to your circumstances

When the University informs the Home Office of changes in your circumstances, we will also email you. The Home Office will contact you, either by email or a letter to your last known UK address, to confirm that curtailment action has been taken and advise you of the new visa expiry date.

You may not receive the Home Office correspondence if the contact details which the Home Office holds for you are inaccurate or out of date. You must update your address and contact details, including your email address, on S3P.

If you change your email address or UK postal address, after the university has notified the Home Office, you must inform the Home Office of the relevant changes by completing a Migrant Change of Circumstances form.

Although your physical visa (vignette inside your passport or BRP card) will remain unchanged, you must abide by the new visa expiry date contained within the curtailment email or letter. The University will not receive any notification as to the status of your curtailment.

If you do not receive a letter or email from the Home Office, but you have been notified by email by the University that curtailment action may be taken, it will be safest to assume that your visa be curtailed to the specified period stated in the email from the date you receive the notification from the University.

Travelling to the UK on a curtailed visa

If your visa is curtailed, it will no longer be valid for the purposes of entering the UK. If you do so, you will not be allowed entry into the UK.

If you’re not allowed entry, you’re normally advised to return to your originating destination at the earliest opportunity.

Working in the UK on a curtailed visa

If your visa is curtailed, you may also lose your work rights.

If your visa is curtailed to 60 days, you will lose your work rights once the Home Office curtails your visa.

If your visa is curtailed because you have successfully completed your programme early, you will retain the right to work during the curtailment period.

All visa sponsorship is governed by the University’s Sponsorship Policy - see the Policy on Student Immigration Compliance.

Changes to your studies

Your Tier 4 or Student Route visa can only be used for study at the University and for the particular programme for which the visa was issued.

Any changes to your programme of study is likely to have an implication on your Tier 4 or Student Route visa. Some changes to your study plans may result in your Tier 4 or Student Route visa being curtailed.

We’ve included below some common scenarios which could lead to a visa curtailment. If your circumstances are different or you have any questions, please contact the Visa Support Team for advice. 

In all scenarios, the process stated in Visa Curtailment will normally apply once the Home Office has been informed of the changes in your circumstances.

All visa sponsorship is governed by the University’s Sponsorship Policy - see the Policy on Student Immigration Compliance