INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS AND IMMIGRATION Polly Penter International Student Advisor Contents – Immigration Advice at King’s – What should my visa say? – Police Registration – Your Sponsor’s Responsibilities – Changes to your Studies – Returning to the UK – Work During Study – Extending your Visa Seeking Advice Our Student Advisers:• Are the ONLY named College immigration advisers • Receive official and regular training • Provide advice that is regulated by the Government • Run various workshops and provide up-to-date information via our website: www.kcl.ac.uk/advice Check Your Visa • Check that all the information on your visa is correct • Read all the corresponding information and check that you understand it • If you’re not sure about something, ask! • Make copies of your visa and passport and keep them somewhere safe • Keep letters from the Home Office/UKVI somewhere safe as you may need these in the future Entry Clearance • Compulsory for all non-EEA/Swiss nationals studying for 6 months+ to secure entry clearance before travelling • You cannot extend your stay in the UK if you didn’t originally obtain entry clearance • If you arrived in the UK without entry clearance, or are here with permission to stay in a category other than Tier 4 or “Student”, speak to a Student Adviser • Cannot study for more than 30 days if here as a Visitor Tier 4 Entry Clearance • Students on degree courses should receive leave for the length of their course, plus an additional four months, with permission to work • Students on courses lasting longer than 6 months but less than one year should receive two additional months’ leave after the course end date • You should have the right to work up to 20 hours per week (or 10 hours if you’re studying below degree level) • Your visa should include the King’s College London licence number Visa errors • Possible to correct mistakes made on your entry clearance stamp (e.g. end date/working conditions/licence number) • Send your passport and a covering letter to UKVI • Contact us if you would like further advice/assistance: [email protected] • Cannot be amended if due to incorrect course dates on the CAS • See http://www.ukcisa.org.uk/International- Students/Immigration-/Other-immigration-matters/ for more guidance Police Registration • “Relevant foreign nationals” entering the UK for more than 6 months are required to register with the police • Your visa should state that you are required to register • Initial registration or registering a change of circumstances (e.g. new address/extension of student leave/change of institution/new passport) must be done within 7 days, in person or through the Visa Support Team • £34.00 fee. Take evidence of student status, passport, 2 passport photos and a copy of your visa/passport • Register at the Overseas Visitors Records Office – 323 Borough High Street Enrolling • You should have a visa for King’s College London, or • You should have applied to extend your visa for study at King’s • You can enrol temporarily if you can show us proof of application, e.g. the payment receipt; or • You may have a visa issued before the introduction of Tier 4, or another type of visa (EXCEPT Visitor) – check with a Student Adviser if it allows you to study Your Sponsor’s Responsibilities Your sponsor is obliged by law to report certain information about you to the Home Office, including… • If you do not enrol • If you take a break from or defer your studies • If you stop attending (miss “expected contacts”) • If you leave your course • If you switch to another immigration category • If you break other visa conditions (e.g. working) • Your visa is likely to be curtailed (i.e. will end early) by the Home Office Re-registration • To ensure you are engaging with your studies • To see how you are progressing on your course, and discuss any concerns you may have • To ensure you still have the correct immigration permission • Only takes a few minutes and happens twice a year • Will receive an email with details. You must attend, or respond to the email to arrange another time Changes to Your Studies You must discuss the following with a Student Adviser before taking action: • Leaving your course • Switching to another course within King’s • Changing your mode of study (e.g. to part time) • Taking a break from your studies You’ll need to complete a “change of circumstances” form. •Discuss matters with an adviser if you need to take resits Changing Course • If you change course within King’s and your new course is the same length, you shouldn’t need to do anything • If your new course is longer you’ll need to extend your visa • If your new course is shorter, you will need to inform the Home Office •If you want to move to another institution, you will need to obtain a new visa as your current visa only allows study at King’s •If you will be interrupting your studies, you will usually be expected to return home and your visa will be cancelled If You Lose Your Passport/Visa • Report loss/theft to the police • Obtain a new passport • If you have a Biometrics Residence Permit, report the loss to the UKVI within 30 days or you will be fined • To apply for a replacement visa, complete form TOC (fee of £147) • To obtain a new BRP, complete form BRP(RC) (fee of £38) • There is no requirement to carry your passport/BRP with you in the UK – so it’s safer to leave it at home! Returning to the UK You need to be able to demonstrate you still meet the immigration requirements each time you enter the UK. You will need to show: • Visa • Enrolment confirmation letter (from the Compass) • Evidence of sufficient funds • Intention to leave the UK if near the end of the course Make sure you have these documents in your hand luggage so you can show them to the Immigration Officer Travelling elsewhere • Check if you need a visa and apply well in advance • Make sure you have the right documents to re-enter the UK • Check the safety briefings on www.fco.gov.uk • Get insurance and be really careful of your belongings, especially your passport! • Take emergency contact details with you: your insurance company, credit card companies, local embassy and King’s Working During Study • Requirements very strict – if in doubt, ask! • Check your visa! • Students at degree level+ can usually work for up to 20 hours per week in term time and full time during vacations • Summer does not count as vacation for Masters students! • PhD students: vacations must be agreed with supervisor • Cannot be self-employed, take up a permanent full-time role or work as a professional sportsperson/entertainer • You can work for up to 4 months after the end of your course or until your visa expires (whichever is sooner) Visa Extensions • Start preparing your application at least two months before your expiry date • If you apply after your leave expires you will be refused • Check rules to ensure you can extend – there are strict rules governing the time you can spend studying, which courses you are allowed to do and when you can apply • Ensure you meet all the requirements and that documents meet specified formats. • Get your application checked by a Student Adviser Updating Your Details It is important to keep your details up-to-date with UKVI throughout your studies, or else you could face £1000 fine or cancellation of leave. Data includes: • personal details; • criminal convictions; • contact details; • representative’s details; and • dependants’ details. To update UKVI, you should complete the online form at www.gov.uk/ukvi Contacting Us Immigration Advice: • By email – [email protected] • At drop-ins Information is always available on our website: www.kcl.ac.uk/advice Registration issues: • [email protected] Visa errors: • [email protected] Useful Websites • www.ukcisa.org.uk – immigration guidance • www.gov.uk/ukvi – forms and guidance for immigration applications • www.kcl.ac.uk/advice - guidance and our contact details • www.facebook.com/kingsinternationalstudentsupport workshops and updates Let’s see what you’ve learned…. …with a little quiz… ANY QUESTIONS?