Visas and Immigration for study in the UK

During your studies

The last thing you want to do is worry about your visa whilst you are here. But sometimes you'll have questions or will need to think about extending your visa. We've put together the most important things you need to know about your visa to make your stay in the UK as easy as possible.

Visa and immigration information for current students

It's important to know what you can and cannot do whilst you are in the UK and how to maintain your visa status. You also need to be aware how seemingly minor changes to your studies can affect your visa and what you need to do about this. 

If you can't find the information you are looking for, you can contact the International Student Advice Service at any point during your studies. One of our professional advisers will be more than happy to give you any help that you need.

Conditions of your visa

If you have a Tier 4 visa, you should be aware that sponsorship of this is governed by the university's sponsorship policy. This document explains when we will sponsor a Tier 4 visa, and also when we may withdraw sponsorship. 

We have summarised the conditions of your Tier 4 sponsorship in a helpful leaflet. This explains what you must and must not do to maintain your visa sponsorship. Please make sure you read this thoroughly.

New definition of Professional Sportsperson

In January 2019, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) changed the definition of Professional Sportsperson. Under the new rules, all Tier 4 students are now required to follow the restrictions below relating to sporting activities.

In addition to the table below, UKCISA has produced a helpful guide to the definition of 'Professional Sportsperson'. Please refer to this for additional information.


Not Allowed

To compete in Varsity sports with British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS)

Providing services as a sportsperson or coach, either paid or unpaid

Play or coach as an amateur in a charity event 

Any form of coaching role for local sports teams or clubs, including refereeing, either paid or unpaid


Competing in Varsity sports outside of British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS)


To receive any form of payment for playing sport, including payment in kind 


Registration with a professional or semi-professional sports team in the UK or overseas


Undertaking a work placement which may include any of the above

If you have any concerns about these new definitions please contact the International Student Advice Service.

Extending your Tier 4 visa

Information about how to extend your Tier 4 visa if you need more time to complete your studies

Working in the UK

Important information if you have a Tier 4 visa and want to work in the UK during your studies

Inviting a visitor to the UK

How to invite friends and family to the UK if they need a visitor visa

Travelling in and out of the UK

Things to consider if you have a Tier 4 visa and wish to travel internationally during your studies

Changing your programme

Restrictions that may affect you if you want to change your programme and you have a Tier 4 visa

Interrupting or withdrawing from study

Implications for your Tier 4 visa if you interrupt or withdraw from your programme of study

International Student Advice Service

How to access the confidential visa advice service provided by the university

The information on this page is correct at the time of writing. Whilst we try to make sure the information we provide is accurate, immigration policy changes frequently. You should therefore always refer to the official website to ensure that you have up-to-date information: