Suspension, deferral, withdrawal, course transfer and early course completion can all have an impact on your visa.
If you stop studying you should seek advice and notify your employer immediately as your working entitlement could be affected. Changes to your studies may also affect the visas of any dependants you have in the UK and their permission to work here.
Suspension of studies
If you suspend your studies for personal or academic reasons then the Home Office would usually expect you to return to your home country unless you are not medically able to do so.
If you are suspending for maternity or paternity leave, email the Student Immigration team to check whether you can remain in the UK and find out how your Tier 4 Student visa will be affected.
If you hold a Tier 4 Student visa issued using a CAS number, the University is obliged to report your suspension to the UKBA who may cut your visa length short
The University will contact you by email to discuss any unusual circumstances before a report is made to the UKBA and in some cases a report may not be required. If a report is made to the UKBA, then you would need to leave the UK. When you are ready to return to resume your studies, you will need to apply for a new CAS number and student visa in your home country.
The University’s report to the Home Office and your visa curtailment will impact on your right to work in the UK as well as that of your Tier 4 Student dependants.
If your suspension has been reported, you will therefore need to advise your employer that you have ceased studying.
If you would like advice before proceeding with your suspension, email Student Immigration outlining the length of time you intend to suspend and the reason for doing so.
Students who suspend their studies should be aware of the time limit on degree level studies in the UK.
This limits the number of years students can spend studying at degree level in the UK on a student visa. Although the Home Office has suggested that “compelling and compassionate circumstances” will be taken into account when calculating the time limit, we cannot guarantee that any time spent on suspension would not be included in the time limit.