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International Students


If you hold permission to study on Tier 4 you need to make sure you continue to fulfil the conditions attached to this permission. Some of these are explicit and stated on your visa whilst others are detailed in policy documents and the immigration rules. It is important you understand Your Responsibilities under Tier 4.

Taking your BRP when you travel overseas

If you travel overseas during your studies and you have a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP), you will need to take this with you. The BRP is the documentary evidence of your Tier 4 immigration permission in the UK. You will need to show your BRP to Border Force at the port of entry when you return to the UK. 

Keeping to the dates on your visa

It is a criminal offence to remain in the UK beyond the expiry of your visa if you have not applied for further leave to remain in the UK. The University cannot allow you to continue to study if you overstay and will only allow you to resume your studies when the Home Office gives you permission to study here.

If you overstay for more than 28 days you will not be allowed to apply for further leave to remain from within the UK. If you overstay by more than 90 days you will be barred from coming back to the UK for at least 12 months.

Other things to consider

  • Keep copies of your personal documents, including passport, vignette or BRP and police registration certificate as well as other correspondence you may have had with the Home Office.
  • Keep the Home Office informed of your address, otherwise the Home Office records your permanent contact address as the one you gave in your Tier 4 application. You can report this change online.
  • The implications if you change course at Cambridge, or wish to change to another University.

If you are studying on an approved alternative visa, you need to familarise yourself of the conditions and obligations on you and ensure you meet these.

The International Student Team is here to support you if you have any questions on your immigration status and future plans.