When you hear ‘Tier 4 sponsor’, this means your university; the university who gave you a CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies) which enables you to study.
All Tier 4 sponsors have specific duties they must undertake, which are outlined in the Home Office’s guidance for sponsors: Tier 4 of the Points Based System – Policy Guidance.
Your Tier 4 sponsor must provide information to the Home Office about you in certain instances. This is called ‘reporting’, and applies if you have a Tier 4 Visa that you applied for on or after 5 October 2009. Your sponsor must also meet these duties if you are doing a work placement that is part of your course, or if you are studying at a partner institution that was named on your Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS).
If you fail to comply with any of the conditions attached to your Tier 4 visa the Home Office can refuse future immigration applications or remove you from the UK. You might also be barred from returning to the UK for a certain period.
The University of Lincoln has a Tier 4 Compliance Team which undertakes specific duties and provides information to the Home Office about students on Tier 4 visas. If you would like to contact the Tier 4 Compliance Team with a query or you have concerns about your responsibilities, you can contact them in the following ways:
Telephone: 01522 886143
We would advise you to read the information provided by UKCISA (UK Council of International Student Affairs) about your sponsor’s duties to the Home Office.
Why is Compliance important?
The University of Lincoln hold a Tier 4 Sponsor licence which allows us to sponsor international students to come to the UK to study with us. In order to retain the Tier 4 Sponsor Licence, you and the University have an obligation to follow the rules set out by the Home Office.
Consequences of non-compliance
If you do not follow the rules of your visa, the University will have no choice but to report your visa to the Home Office. The Home Office will curtail your visa and you will need to leave the UK. It is very important that you maintain your Tier 4 visa by understanding the responsibilities that are attached to it.
The Tier 4 Compliance Team
The Tier 4 Compliance team is a small team that makes sure the University and the students we sponsor are compliant to the Home Office rules.
The Tier 4 Compliance team are here to help with any problems or queries you have regarding the responsibilities of your visa and how to remain compliant. If you have any queries, please email the Tier 4 Compliance Team at Tier4visa@lincoln.ac.uk
Top 10 Tips to comply with your visa
1) Check your University email account once a day! The University will contact you via email with information or important matters so make sure you check your email on a regular basis.
2) Update your contact details using Blackboard – this includes your email address, telephone number or term time address.
3) Know the conditions of your visa such as your working rights. This should be on your visa but if you are not sure, ask the International Advice team at Internationaladvice@lincoln.ac.uk before taking employment.
4) Bring any new immigration documents to the Student Support Centre. If you receive any correspondence from the Home Office relating to your visa, or you have a new passport, please let the University have a copy of this as we will need to update your record.
5) Attend 100% of your classes on your own timetable and sign the register at each session. If you have to be absent for a session, don’t forget to inform your School in advance and give them evidence of why you cannot attend.
6) You should use the same signature when you sign your name on each register.
7) Apply for Authorised Absence if you need to be absent during term time. You should apply and wait for a decision before you buy the flight tickets to travel.
8) Attend your Tier 4 Census Check. You will be asked to attend a very quick meeting, once a year, with the Tier 4 Compliance Team. This meeting is an opportunity for the University to check that all contact details, passport and visa information held is still current and up to date. You will be sent an email to your university email account about this.
9) Attend all meeting requests. If you are invited to a meeting by the School, or the Tier 4 Compliance team, or any other University department it is very important that you attend the meeting. If you cannot attend the meeting then you need to inform the person you are meeting so that this can be rearranged.
10) Prepare for a visa extension early if your current visa does not cover the end of your course. You can apply for a CAS 4 months before your current visa expires by completing the CAS request form at http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/international/howtoapply/visas/