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I have submitted my Tier 4 application, but I need to travel soon.

I have submitted my Tier 4 application, but I need to travel soon. What can I do? 

It takes the Home Office several weeks to process a standard (by post) application submitted in the UK. If you need to travel before your application is decided, your options depend on whether you have already posted your supporting documents to the Home Office or not. 

I have sumbitted my documents to the Home Office 

If you need to travel urgently, you can call the UK Visas and Immigration contact centre on 0300 123 2241[†] and explain the reasons why your situation is particularly urgent (e.g. to attend the funeral of a relative). They may ask you to fax or email your request and you should include your details and any reference numbers connected with your immigration application.

The Home Office does not guarantee that they will be able to process urgent applications more quickly.

If you cannot wait for the Home Office to process your application, you can ask to withdraw it. This means that the Home Office will return your application to you unprocessed. If your immigration permission has already expired, you will be considered an overstayer from the date that you made your online request to withdraw your application, not from the date when your immigration permission expired. You will not receive a refund of your application fee. To withdraw your immigration application, use the tool on the UK Government website.

The Home Office usually takes at least 10 working days to return documents, but during the weeks before Christmas postal deliveries can take longer than usual. If you are going to withdraw your application, it is important that you withdraw it in time for the Home Office to post your passport and supporting documents back to you. It can also take the Home Office a few days to locate your documents and post them to you. You cannot collect your passport and documents in person from the Home Office. If you have been waiting at least 10 working days for your documents, you can complete an online form asking the Home Office to look into your situation. You can also contact the Advice and Counselling Service for advice.

If you decide to withdraw your application for emergency travel, you will need to apply for entry clearance from your home country before returning to the UK. Normally, your CAS should not have been ‘used’ by the Home Office if you withdraw your application. As long as it has not been used and is now not more than six months old, you can use the same CAS for a new immigration application, and you do not need to apply for a new one from QMUL. You can contact the Academic Registry (email casinfo@qmul.ac.uk or telephone +44 (0) 20 7882 5005) to check the status of your CAS. If your CAS is marked as “used” an error may have been made and you should contact the Advice and Counselling Service for further advice. 

I have not submitted my documents to the Home Office yet

If you have not yet submitted your documents, you can leave the UK and then request to withdraw your application after you have left. You then avoid overstaying your immigration permission. You will not receive a refund of your application fee. 

To withdraw your immigration application, use the tool on the UK Government website.

You will need to apply for entry clearance from your home country before returning to the UK. Normally, your CAS should not have been ‘used’ by the Home Office if you withdraw your application. As long as it has not been used and is now not more than six months old, you can use the same CAS for a new immigration application, and you do not need to apply for a new one from QMUL. You can contact the Academic Registry (email casinfo@qmul.ac.uk or telephone +44 (0) 20 7882 5005) to check the status of your CAS. If your CAS is marked as “used” an error may have been made and you should contact the Advice and Counselling Service for further advice.

[†] This is a national rate number and you can use any call allowance included in your phone contract.


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Law, regulations and policies can change quickly. The information on our website is given in good faith and has been carefully checked but QMUL cannot accept responsibility for any errors or omissions. QMUL is not responsible for the content or reliability of the linked websites which are provided for further information.

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