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Authorised absences for Tier 4 Visa Holders

The University of York acts as immigration sponsor for students holding a Tier 4 visa during their studies. If a sponsored international student’s studies are interrupted for personal or academic reasons, the University is normally required to withdraw its sponsorship and report this to the Home Office​.

There are limited circumstances in which the University will not withdraw its sponsorship of a student’s visa during a period of authorised absence:

Absence of 7 days or fewer

A sponsored international student may remain in the UK provided that they:

● notify their department of their absence; and

● register their illness via the self­certification procedure (if appropriate).

Absence of up to 30 days

A sponsored international student may remain in the UK provided that:

● they seek prior authorisation for the absence from their department; and

● their programme end date or submission deadline remains unchanged; and

● the student continues to meet their expected points of contact throughout the duration of their absence.

Absence of between 31 and 60 days

A sponsored international postgraduate research student may remain in the UK provided that:

● they seek prior authorisation for the absence from the Special Cases Committee; and

● their programme end date or submission deadline remains unchanged; and

● the student continues to meet their expected points of contact throughout the duration of their absence.

Absence of more than 60 days

The student will need to leave the UK and apply for a new visa to re­enter the UK when ready to resume their studies.

Read the full guidance

The information presented here is correct as of April 2016 and may be subject to change at any time, dependent on UKVI regulation and policy.

Contact

If you have any questions, contact the Immigration Advice Service provided by the Student Hub in Market Square.