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Guidance for students studying at INTO Newcastle

Most students who are studying at INTO Newcastle will be on programmes below degree level, except for the Graduate Diploma. The Tier 4 rules and conditions for students studying below degree level (Academic English, International Foundation, International Year One) can be very different from those for students studying at degree level. For guidance on Tier 4, you should first look at the Tier 4 Policy guidance.

Can I apply for my visa in the UK?

Short Term Study visas

If you are in the UK on a 6 month or 11 month Short Term Study visa, you will not be able to renew your visa or apply for a Tier 4 visa in the UK.

You can only study an English language programme on an 11 month Short Term Study visa.

You should leave the UK within 30 days of the end of your programme(s) or at the end of your visa, whichever is soonest.

Tier 4 General

Time limits for Tier 4 students studying below degree level

Students may only spend a limited number of years in the UK on a Tier 4 visa. When calculating the permitted time spent in the UK, UKVI take in to consideration all of the time spent in the UK on the visa, not just the time spent studying.

The time limits for students studying at degree level are different from those studying below degree level. Further information about the time limits can be found at the following page.

If you have any concerns that applying for a new programme below degree level might not be possible under Tier 4 due to time limits, please contact the Visa Support Team.

Requirements for making a Tier 4 application in the UK

There are very specific requirements for students making a Tier 4 application in the UK.

Students holding offers for INTO Newcastle who are already in the UK and students already studying at INTO Newcastle may make a Tier 4 application with the assistance of the Visa Support Team, if they meet all appropriate Tier 4 requirements.

Students holding an offer for INTO Newcastle, who currently have a Tier 4 visa for study at a Private Provider, may not make a Tier 4 application in the UK. You can check whether your current institution is a ‘private provider’ by looking at the list of Tier 4 Sponsors. This list is updated regularly.

English language requirements

Tier 4 has specific English language requirements for students studying at degree level and below degree level.

University policy governing the immigration sponsorship, and registration, of non-EEA students

INTO Newcastle is covered by Newcastle University’s Tier 4 licence for the sponsorship of International students. There are some circumstances when INTO Newcastle may not offer or may withdraw Tier 4 sponsorship.

Can I work in the UK during my studies?

There are different Tier 4 conditions for working in the UK for below degree level and degree level students.

Most INTO Newcastle students, except those studying a Graduate Diploma, will be restricted to 10 hours work per week during term-time.

You can work more hours than the limited hours stated on your Tier 4 visa only during INTO Newcastle vacations and for the time remaining on your visa at the end of your programme. If you wish to work during these times, you should obtain written confirmation that it is either an INTO vacation period or that you have completed your programme. Your employer will need written confirmation of this before you can be employed for more than the hours stated on your visa.

If you are in the UK on a Short Term Study visa, you may not undertake any employment in the UK.

How can the Visa Support Team help you?

The Visa Support Team can answer your questions about your visa at our drop in sessions or by e-mail.

In July and August, we run additional visa drop-in sessions in the INTO building for all students who need to apply for a Tier 4 visa at the end of their programmes.

The Visa Support Team can assist you with your Tier 4 application in the UK.

The Visa Support Team will contact you by e-mail to invite you to attend a visa workshop several weeks before your visa expires. You must attend the visa workshop if you intend to apply for your next Tier 4 visa in the UK.

The Visa Support Team will then send you details of an appointment with a Visa Adviser to submit your Tier 4 application with their support.

Making a Tier 4 application outside of the UK

In some circumstances, due to Tier 4 rules, you may need to make a Tier 4 application in your home country. The Visa Support Team provide a guide to remind students of the process and the requirements of making an overseas application, you can request the guide here.

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