As thousands of international students move from college to college, care needs to be taken to ensure you stay on the right side of the law. One wrong move and you could find your visa being cancelled by the UK Border Agency.
Immigration Adviser Cynthia Barker has dealt with number of students whose Tier 4 and pre-Tier 4 visas were suddenly curtailed by the border agency within weeks of their former college reporting their premature departure. She said:
“We have seen student’s visas cancelled shortly after they stop attending the college which granted them permission.”
Some of these students had left their college without completing their course and without applying for new permission. In many cases they also owed substantial sums in unpaid fees.
Their new providers seemed quite happy to enrol them without bothering to take up a reference from the previous college or offering any advice to the student. This can have serious repercussions for the student later on down the road when it comes to renewing their visas without an ‘established presence’ in the UK.
“If you have changed college, do you have the new permission from UKBA? Also, has your new college checked your reference and attendance record from the previous college? These factors can affect your leave to remain.”
Cynthia added that “students should check their visa and student status as holding a visa does not guarantee your stay in the UK”.
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