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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.

Full details of the changes, implications and advice

(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.

Details of this and alternative arrangements for collecting your BRP when you arrive

(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.

Further information about working during your study

(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.

Details of recent scams and what to do if you think you have been targetted

(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.

Further details of participating Post Offices  

(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’.

Further details and frequently asked questions

(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

Further details on the time limit and how it is calculated

(6 Apr 2016)

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.

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Student Immigration Office
The Palatine Centre 
Stockton Road