International Students Returning to Campus
Posted on behalf of: University of Sussex
Last updated: Wednesday, 27 July 2022
From 30 June 2022 Government visa regulations no longer permit distance/remote learning for students on a Student Route/Tier 4 visa UK. All academic engagement for someone with a Student visa must take place in the UK after this date or else the University will be required to withdraw its visa sponsorship.
Students who hold a Student visa and who are in a vacation period, or whose study for this term has ceased on or before 30 June, are not required to enter the UK on their current permission until they are due to resume their course in the next term or academic year. Those who have come to the end of their course and who wish to qualify for the Graduate route will however be required to enter on or before that date and meet the other requirements of the route in order to make a successful application.
Continuing students should note that the University fully anticipates that we will be returning to full face to face delivery for the next academic year and that we would expect students to be planning to return to the University in September 2022.
You should be aware that if sponsorship is withdrawn you would not receive any refunds for any visa fees or Immigration Health Surcharge payments (IHS) that have been made. You should also be aware that you would not qualify for the Graduate Visa Route, as one of the eligibility criteria is that you apply for this visa from within the UK while you have a valid Student/Tier 4 visa.
If you are a student expecting to return to the University in September 2022 and we have been required to withdraw sponsorship after 30 June 2022, you will be required to apply for a new visa before you return for the new academic year.