How and when do I apply for new immigration permission to return to my studies?
Do I have to apply for new immigration permission before returning to the UK?
Because your Tier 4 or Student immigration permission should have been curtailed (see our guidance on Reporting and Curtailment), you should apply for new immigration permission before returning to the UK.
If you attempt to travel on your existing Tier 4 or Student immigration permission you may be denied entry to the UK.
What sort of immigration permission should I apply for?
If you are returning to your studies, you will normally need to apply for Student immigration permission. However, if you are returning to the UK to take a short period of study, and you do not intend to stay on in the UK after your studies (for example as a Tier 2 Sponsored Skilled Worker or to undertake further studies), you may decide to apply to return to the UK with Visitor permission instead. From the 1 December 2020 the Short-Term Student visa was replaced with Visitor permission.
What if I intend to apply for the proposed Graduate route (post study work) at the end of my course?
Those graduating in Summer 2021 or later can apply under the route, those graduating before Summer 2021 will not be eligible.
If you are close to the end of your course, you may have the choice to return to the UK with Visitor Immigration Permission or this may be the only option available to you. At present we understand that only international students who complete an undergraduate degree or higher at Queen Mary with Tier 4 immigration permission or Student immigration permission at the time of application will be eligible. Please read our Webpage for information about this proposed route.
If you will be applying for Student immigration permission, we have produced an advice guide, “Applying for Student immigration permission” and video guides to help you apply.
If you will be applying for Short-Term Student immigration permission, see our advice guide, “What Immigration permission do I need to study at QMUL?”
You can access this and other guidance on the Advice and Counselling Service website.
These guides explain how and when you can make your application, what documents you will need and how to get them.
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.