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 immigration permission should have been curtailed (see our guidance on Tier 4 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 (General) 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 Tier 4 (General) 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 as a Short-Term Student instead of under Tier 4. However, please be aware that permission as a Short-Term Student is normally only suitable for students who will need to be in the UK for six months or less in any twelve month period.
If you will be applying for Tier 4 (General) Student immigration permission, we have produced an advice guide, “Applying for Tier 4 (General) Student immigration permission” and video guides to help you apply. You can find these resources on the Advice and Counselling Service website.
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 advice guide from 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.
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