Can you apply in the UK?
You can apply for Student immigration permission in the UK if you meet ALL of the following three requirements:
1. You have valid UK immigration permission in any category except as a:
- Short-term Student
- Parent of a Child Student
- Seasonal Worker
- Domestic Worker in a Private Household, or
- Outside the Immigration Rules
You can apply to extend from within the UK if you are currently here with valid immigration permission as either:
- Tier 4 (general)/Tier 4 (child), or
2. The course start date of your programme as stated on your CAS must be before your current immigration permission expires, or no more than 28 days after.
3. If you currently hold Tier 4 (General) or Student immigration permission, the “Evidence Used” field of your CAS statement must confirm that your new studies show academic progression in order for you to extend in the UK.
If you’re currently studying in the UK, you’ll usually need to show your studies will be at a higher academic level than your current course. In addition, you must have successfully completed the course for which your current leave was issued in order to make your new application in the UK. You will need to provide evidence of having successfully completed your course with your Student visa application.
Your new course must be one of the following:
- at a higher academic level than your current course
- at the same level and related to your previous course or career aspirations - it must be degree level or above at a Higher Education Provider (HEP)
- intercalated to a medicine, dentistry or medical science course you started studying under your Student visa (including a Tier 4 (General) student visa)
You do not need to show your studies are at a higher level if you’re doing one of the following:
- resitting exams or repeating modules
- applying for the first time to a new institution to complete a course you started at an institution that lost its student sponsorship licence
- applying after working as a student union sabbatical officer to complete a qualification you started studying under your last Student visa (including a Tier 4 (General) student visa)
- completing a PhD or other doctorate that you started studying under your last Student visa (including a Tier 4 (General) student visa)
- continuing your medical, dentistry or medical science degree after completing an intercalated course
- applying to extend your stay to complete your studies because you’ve done (or want to do) a work placement or study abroad programme
If you are exempt from showing academic progression this will be detailed in your CAS.
In all other cases, if you have not successfully completed the course for which your current Student immigration permission or Tier 4 leave was issued, you will need to make your new Student visa application from your home country.
To assess your academic progress, Queen Mary needs information about any previous studies in the UK. If your CAS is issued based on incorrect or incomplete information about your previous studies, your application could be refused.
If you have any questions about the level of your programme at Queen Mary or any previous programmes you have taken, contact the admissions team responsible for your application to Queen Mary.
In order for Queen Mary to confirm academic progress on your CAS, normally you must show that you have successfully completed your previous course and received your result. This is so even if your place on the new programme was not conditional on or based on your previous course.
If you do not yet have your result, the provider of your current course needs to write a letter on official headed paper to the Admissions Office at Queen Mary which confirms that, based on your performance throughout the course, they judge that you are highly likely to complete your course successfully. If you are already at Queen Mary and are moving from one course to another, for example from Masters to PhD, you need to ask the Student Enquiry Centre to issue this letter. They will contact your academic school to confirm your situation before issuing the letter.
If your university is not willing to do this, this means Queen Mary cannot confirm academic progress on your CAS, and you will need to make your Student visa application outside the UK. The only other option, if you are starting a postgraduate research qualification (e.g. a PhD) is if you can defer the start of your programme until after you are awarded your qualification, and then apply in the UK. Check with the Admissions team dealing with your application whether this would be an option for you.
A Syrian national with valid immigration permission may be able to apply in the UK under a concession for Syrian nationals.
Even if you can apply for the Student visa under the concession, we recommend that you get specialist immigration advice about whether switching to Student immigration permission is the best option for you.
This is only possible in certain compelling circumstances: please see the guidance written by UKCISA for further information.
We recommend that you contact a Welfare Adviser for further advice if you think this concession applies to you.
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