Visa Information for Current Students

Visa Information

If you hold a Tier 4 visa for study at the University of Wolverhampton both you and University have responsibilities to the Home Office during your studies and we must work together to make sure you meet the requirements of your visa.

Responsibilities

Details of the University of Wolverhampton's responsibilities as your sponsor can be found on our General Information page.

As a Tier 4 visa holder, your responsibilities include -

  • you must bring your visa and your passport to the University when you arrive for us to take a copy (we will do this at enrolment)
  • you must also bring your visa and passport to the University if you receive a visa extension and/or make any changes to your passport or visa
  • you must keep your contact details up to date on e:vision. This includes your address, telephone number and email address 
  • you must make sure you have enrolled and registered your modules by the deadline date for your intake
  • you must engage fully with your studies and University compliance processes. If you miss any classes, tutorials, assignments, exams or appointments with your tutors you must tell your School why
  • you must seek advice from the Visa and Immigration Support Team if you wish to transfer to a different course, withdraw from your studies or take leave of absence.  These changes will be reported to the Home Office and may result in your visa being curtailed (cancelled). If you are concerned about the implications for your visa you must talk to a Visa & Immigration Support Officer as early as possible 
  • you must not work more than the hours stated on your visa (usually 20 hours per week) during term time, although you can work full time during an official university vacation period
  • you must register with the police and keep your registration certificate up to date (only applicable if it is a condition of your visa)

Enrolment for continuing students

You will be required to re-enrol on your course at the start of every academic year. If you do not enrol by the deadline date given, you will be withdrawn from your course. We will be obliged to report this to the Home Office and your visa will be curtailed so you will be required to return home.

Engagement monitoring

If you are an Undergraduate or Postgraduate student, the University will monitor your engagement with your studies by asking you to complete a Check Point every month during the academic year.  You will be required to check the visa and passport documentation we hold for you is correct on our records, confirm your contact details and visit your Student Centre to confirm your attendance. 

If you are a research student, your supervisor will log every meeting with you and your engagement will be monitored through these records.  If you are on a full time work placement, your supervisor will submit a monthly timesheet to record your attendance.

Police Registration

If you live in Wolverhampton or Walsall (or anywhere else in the West Midlands) and you are required to register with the police as a condition of your visa, you must do this at Digbeth Police Station in Birmingham. If you live in Telford you must register at Telford Police Station. If you live elsewhere, you must register with the appropriate police force that covers your address.

If you are already registered with the police, you must make sure your police registration certificate is kept up to date and you must report any changes to your details to the police. This includes all changes of address and any change to your immigration documents. It is essential to have your certificate updated. This is required by law and is very important as you will need to send it with any application for a new visa.  Further information can be found on the Overseas Visitors Registration webpages.

You will need an appointment to register with the police in Birmingham. It is important you book your appointment at an appropriate time for your schedule, and you must attend your appointment on time. Don't book it at a time when you should be attending lectures. If you are unable to attend for any reason you must inform the police as soon as possible so you can re-schedule your appointment. If you need any help contacting the police about your appointment please contact the International Student Support team.

If you have any questions about police registration please check the most up to date information on the Overseas Visitors Registration Office website or contact the International Student Support team in MX Student Centre.

Extending your Tier 4 visa

If you need to extend your Tier 4 visa, we advise that you start to make preparations to submit your application 3 months before your current visa expiry date. We will contact you during this time to remind you to submit your application and offer assistance. It is extremely important to prepare in advance to make sure you can submit your visa application before your current visa expires. The University of Wolverhampton will not be able to support your application if it is not made before your current visa expires. In April 2016 the Home Office has made changes to the Immigration Rules that may mean you cannot extend your visa inside the UK. It is therefore extremely important to prepare well in advance in case you are required to return home to apply for a new visa.

You can book an appointment with a Visa & Immigration Support Officer by emailing visa-enquiries@wlv.ac.uk for advice, help with your application.

Information about applying for a visa can also be found on link to Applying for a Visa page.  If your visa application is unsuccessful, you must contact the Visa and Immigration Support Officer immediately for further advice.

Renewing / extending your passport

It is important to maintain the validity of your passport in case you need to travel urgently or need to extend your stay in the UK.

The website for the embassy of your home country will have advice about applying for a new passport or extending your current one. Each embassy will have different procedures so it is important to check their advice early in case the process may take some time or may require you to travel home.  If you need help with transferring your visa to a new passport please contact the Visa & Immigration Support Officer or more advice can be found on the Visas & Immigration webpages.

When you have applied for your new passport or applied to extend the validity of your current passport, you must provide the Visa & Immigration team with evidence of the application.

When you receive your new passport/extension to your current passport you must bring the documents to MX Student Centre, City Campus so that can copies can be kept on your student record.