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Durham University

Immigration

Withdrawal from your programme

It is a condition of your Tier 4 (General) visa that you are registered and engaging in a full time programme at Durham University and you ensure you attend and make academic progress, as required.

The University is required by UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) to notify them of any changes in your situation within 10 days, including where you withdraw from your programme.

Curtailment of your Tier 4 (General) visa

From the date you withdraw (or are required to withdraw) from your programme, you will no longer be a registered student and the University will notify UKVI of this within 10 days of that date.

Your visa will then be curtailed to 60 days and you should make arrangements to leave the UK within this period. UKVI will email you to confirm this and the exact date by which you should leave the UK, if you have not done so already.

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

Please note: UKVI may take longer than 60 days to contact you, but you should still leave within this period as advised above.

Please note: Any dependants with you in the UK will also have their visa curtailed.

Leaving the UK

Your visa will expire at the end of the 60 day period (date specified by UKVI) 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.

Your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) will no longer be valid for returning to the UK, even if the 60 day period has not passed. You should send your BRP to UKVI at the following address before you leave the UK:

BRP Returns
Freepost
Returns Unit
PO Box 163
Bristol
BS20 1AB

Academic appeals

If you make an academic appeal and it is upheld and you are given permission to continue your study immediately: You must leave the UK and apply for a new Tier 4 (General) visa before returning to the UK to resume your study.

If your appeal is upheld and you are given permission to resume your study in the following academic year: You will need to leave the UK before the date specified by UKVI and apply for a new Tier 4 (General) visa before returning to the UK to resume your study.

If your appeal is not upheld or a decision is not made before you are required to leave the UK : You should make arrangements to leave the UK before this date, if you have not done so already.

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

Working in the UK no longer allowed

From the date the University notifies UKVI of your situation, you will no longer be allowed to work in the UK.

Leaving with a lower qualification

If you been awarded a qualification that is at a lower academic level than the once your visa was granted for, your visa will be curtailed to 60 days and you should make arrangements to leave the UK during that period.

Your visa will not allow you to work in the UK during this period.

Applying for another visa

If you plan to study in the UK again but have not successfully completed the course for which your visa was granted, you will not meet the UKVI academic progression requirements and must apply for a new visa from outside the UK.

Informing your School or Department

If your situation changes and you are thinking about withdrawing from your programme it is important that you speak to staff in your School or Department as soon as possible.

Further advice

Contact the Student Immigration Service to discuss your situation if you are not sure how withdrawing from your programme will affect you.

The University of Durham makes every effort to ensure that the information published on this page is accurate. However, the University cannot guarantee the information may not be altered owing to circumstances beyond the University’s reasonable control. Such circumstances include (but are not limited to) change in Government policy, or change of law. Any changes will be incorporated into the University’s website as early as possible.