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Immigration

Re-sitting Exams or Part of Your Programme

If you are required to re-sit an exam before progressing to the next level of programme and spend a period 'out of residence', your Tier 4 (General) visa may be affected.

It is a condition of your visa that you are registered and engaging in a full time programme and you ensure you attend and make academic progress. The University is required by UK Visas & Immigration (UKV&I) to notify them of any changes in your situation, including when you are 'out of residence' due to re-sit exams.

Undergraduate students

The University is required to notify UK Visas & Immigration (UKV&I) if you are not in attendance (‘out of residence’) for more than 1 calendar month while waiting for your re-sit exam(s).

Where the University notifies UKV&I as above, UKV&I will then contact you to confirm that your visa has been curtailed and that you should leave the UK before the date they specify in their letter, if you have not done so already.

Curtailment of your Tier 4 (General) visa

If a concession is agreed for you to suspend your study, the University will notify UKV&I of this within 10 days of the date you suspend your study.

UKV&I will then email you* to confirm that your visa has been curtailed (cut short) to 60 days from the date of their email. They will confirm the exact date by which you should leave the UK, if you have not done so already. 

It is not possible to remain in the UK if you have suspended your study.

You will receive an email from the Student Immigration Office to confirm these arrangements.

*Please note: The time it takes UKV&I to email you may vary

Leaving the UK

Your visa will expire at the end of the 60 day period / date specified by UKV&I and you must leave the UK before this date. If you do not, you will be considered an 'overstayer' and this may have implications for any UK visa application you might make in the future.

Once you have left the UK, you will not be able to use your visa to re-enter the UK, even if the 60 day period has not passed.

Returning to the UK for your exam

If you are required to return to the UK for your re-sit exam you can do so by applying for a Student Visitor visa 

If you pass your re-sit exam and you are able to progress with your study you can apply for a new Tier 4 (General) visa from your home country in order to return to the UK and continue your study at Durham.

Repeating part of your programme

If you are required to repeat part of your programme before progressing to the next level, you may need to extend your visa (before it expires) so that you have enough time to complete it.

Postgraduate students

If you are required to re-sit an exam or part of your programme and you do not have enough time on your visa to do so, you may need to extend your visa before your current visa expires.

Postgraduate students

If you are required to re-sit an exam or part of your programme and you do not have enough time on your visa to do so, you may need to extend your visa before your current visa expires.

Contact Us

Student Immigration Office
The Palatine Centre 
Stockton Road
Durham
DH1 3LE
UK
 
+44 (0)191 33 46069