Presentation on theme: "Immigration Issues Christian Adams, International Student Adviser."— Presentation transcript:
Immigration Issues Christian Adams, International Student Adviser
Immigration Issues International Student Support Immigration Advice Service Visa Corrections Visa Extensions Schengen visa for travel in Europe Working in the UK
International Student Support Level 3, Sherfield Building Tel
International Student Support can help you with… Visa renewals Dependent visas Correcting Entry Clearance mistakes Travel visas Checking permission to work Family visits
Specialist Immigration Advice The International Student Support staff are the only named College immigration advisers Trained to government standards
Student Entry Clearance Rules The applicant needs to prove that s/he: Has been accepted on to a full-time course Has the ability and intention to follow the course (CAS number 30 points) Has adequate finances (Bank statements or scholarship letter 10 points) Total: 40 points
Student Visa Rules Enrolled on full-time course (no part-time study) No ‘gap’ years Degree level course OR 15 day-time hours/week at ‘bona-fide’ college Enough money without needing to work
5 Year Cap Students cannot spend more than 5 years studying at degree level in the UK (UG course + Masters) Includes study under Tier 4 and under previous old Student visa rules
5 Year Cap exceptions Exceptions 4 year degree / 2 years to do Masters Excluded courses eg Medicine PhD / more than 8 years no further extensions
Points Based System - implications Upload Passport and visa to Student E-service. Tier 4 visa must be linked to Imperial Keep your contact details up to date (e-service and PRC) Attendance monitoring (if you miss classes / exams/ coursework deadlines because of illness, tell your dept!) Try not to fail exams!
Protecting your immigration status Keep copies of all important documents: passport, visa, BRP (if you have one), PRC (if applicable) Keep evidence of your journeys to / from the UK Make a note of your visa expiry date (+ 4 months before start planning) Ask your bank for paper bank statements (by post) and don’t throw them away!
Police Registration Only certain nationalities: check your visa Within 7 days of arriving in the UK Overseas Visitors’ Records Office, 180 Borough High street, SE1 1LH Take your: passport £34 cash proof of address & registration Tell local police station each change of address
Entry Clearance Correction Scheme Did you get your student visa overseas? Does your visa have the correct expiry date for your course? Correct expiry dates: Undergraduate student visas should expire in late October in the year that the course ends MSc students – end of November 2014 or end of January 2015?
Entry Clearance Correction Scheme The International Student Support can request a free correction for you and your dependants We can also request permission to work if your visa is valid for more than 6 months but says ‘No work’ Bring your passport (and any dependents’ passports) to the International Student Support office in November
Student Visa Extension Write visa expiry date in diary 3 months before it expires: Visit the International Student Support office during Quick Queries for advice on preparing for your application Collect & photocopy your supporting documents Book appointment / attend a visa clinic in the International Office to get your application checked
Three ways to apply 1.Using the International Student Support Student Batch Scheme - cost (£406), added support of College 2.By post independently - cheaper (£406) but slower) 3.In person at Public Enquiry Office, Croydon - fast but expensive (£781)
Travel to Europe on a Schengen Visa Austria Belgium Czech Republic Denmark Estonia Finland France Germany Greece Hungary Iceland Italy Latvia Lithuania Luxembourg Malta Netherlands Norway Poland Portugal Slovakia Slovenia Spain Sweden Switzerland
Schengen Visa Check embassy website to see if you need to apply Make application well in advance of proposed travel date Book appointment at appropriate embassy Application form, fee, passport, photos, bank statement, trip details (flight, accommodation, invitation letter / conference details), medical insurance, Statement of Attendance from Hub
Permission to Work Work /Business as in Tier 4 Rules Work 20 hours max in Term-time No recourse to public funds Work (and any changes) must be authorised Limited Leave to remain in the UK. No recourse to public funds. Able to work as authorised by the Secretary of State.
Working in the UK Non EEA students can work: 20 hours per week in term time Unlimited hours in holiday time PG students – 20 hours max during dissertation Official course end date=end of course Special rules for Romanians & Bulgarians