Transferring programmes: changes to Immigration Rules from April 2016
UK Visas & Immigration annouced changes to the Immigration Rules in 2016 which restrict restrict your ability to transfer to a new programme on your current visa, including where you are looking to add a work placement or year of study abroad, change to a programme at a different academic level or one that is longer than your current visa allows.
The changes also remove the ability to apply for a visa extension in the UK, where you are transferring to a new programme and have not completed the programme your current visa is for.
(6 Apr 2016)
Collecting your new BRP on arrival in the UK
If you are applying from outside the UK come to study at Durham University, during your visa application online you will be given the option to collect your BRP from the Palatine Centre, Durham University*.
If you wish to use this service, enter the Alternative Collection Location (ACL) code 2HE632 in the Alternative Location field in your online application.
This option will make it easier and quicker for you to collect your BRP and complete the University’s passport & visa verification process.
(23 Jun 2015)
UKVI define working 'week' for Tier 4 students
UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) has defined the working 'week' for Tier 4 students for the first time.
Tier 4 students permitted to work part time, must ensure that they work any permitted hours (as stated on their visa) into a 7-day period starting on a Monday and ending on a Sunday.
This change becomes law on 6 April 2017.
(4 Apr 2017)
International students targetted by telephone scam
UK Visas & Immigration have made us aware of of the following scam which targets Tier 4 students whereby the student receives a telephone call from an individual who fraudulently claims to represent the Home Office.
(27 May 2016)
Enrolling your biometric details: Changes to Post Offices
It is now possible to give the biometric details required for a visa application at Durham Post Office. The Post Office is now located within WH Smith market Place, Durham.
(14 Nov 2016)
'Right to rent' checks affecting all students in private rented accommodation
From 1 February 2016, it is a legal requirement for private landlords or their agents to check that a tenant can legally live in the UK and rent a private property or rent a room in the same house as a private landlord. This is called a ‘right to rent check’.
(15 Apr 2016)
Time limit on study at degree level
Details of changes to the limit on the length of time that anyone can study in the UK at degree-level on a Student visa* and how it is calcluated, from UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI)
*Includes Tier 4 visas and pre-Tier 4 visas
(6 Apr 2016)