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					EXTENDING YOUR STUDENT VISA IN THE UK
If you know that you are going to need to extend your Student Visa to complete your studies at the University
of Bradford, it is very important that you are aware of the new visa regulations.


POINTS BASED SYSTEM: TIER 4 FOR STUDENT VISAS

Tier 4 is part of the new Points Based Immigration system that is gradually being introduced for people coming
to the UK to study or work

Tier 4 is the part that relates to students

If you need to extend your student visa to complete current course, you will now have to follow new rules for
Tier 4


How many points do you need to extend your visa?

You need to score 40 points:
      30 points for your ‘CAS’ number (CAS = Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies)
      10 points for ‘maintenance’


CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies)

Your CAS number is a unique number that the University has to apply to the UK Border Agency for you, as
part of the visa extension process.

This takes the place of the ‘Visa Letter’. From 22 February 2010, any visa applications sent with a visa letter
will be rejected by UKBA – a CAS must be used instead.

How do you get a CAS?

      Collect a visa information form from The Hub or UBU Reception
      Take this to your Department and ask them to complete it, sign and stamp it
       Your Department will be confirming that you have regularly attended your course and made progress
       on your course
      Take the form to the Hub
      Take your passport with you
      Ask for your CAS number
      We will apply to UKBA for your CAS number, and you will be able to collect this from The Hub – allow
       10 working days for this process

   REMEMBER: IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO GET A CAS INSTANTLY! DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST
   MINUTE TO APPLY – ALLOW TEN WORKING DAYS TO GET YOUR CAS
MAINTENANCE

‘Maintenance’ is the amount of money that you have in your bank account for your living costs and remaining
tuition fees. The UK Border Agency specifies how much these amounts must be.

You must have the correct amount of ‘maintenance’ to ensure that you score the required 10 points for your
visa extension.


How much money will you need to have in your bank account?
Two months ‘Living Costs’

      Students outside of London: living costs are now calculated @ £600 per month
       You will therefore need to show that you have £1200 for living costs in either your bank account or your
       parents’ bank account

       In addition, you will need to show that you have enough money to pay the balance of your tuition fees
       for the academic year, in your bank account or your parents’ bank account

ALL of these funds must be in either your bank account or your parents’ bank account.

From February 2010 you will need to show that these funds have been in your account or your parents’
account for at least 28 days before making your application.


I am a sponsored student – are there different arrangements for me?
Yes. If you are sponsored by an ‘official financial sponsor’* there are different arrangements.

       *An ‘official financial sponsor’ is considered by the UK Border Agency as being any of the following:
       UK Government, your home Government, the British Council, an international organization,
       international company or University.

      You will need to show a letter from your Official Sponsor, giving details of how much money they give to
       you – ie the amount they are paying towards your tuition fees and the amount they are giving you each
       month for your living costs.

      The letter must be on official paper of the Official Sponsor and must have the official stamp of their
       organization on it.

      If your Sponsor pays all of your tuition fees and living costs, you would not need to show your bank
       statement – just the letter from the Sponsor

      If your Sponsor pays for example, half your tuition fees and none of your living costs, you would need a
       letter from the Sponsor to confirm that, and then you would need to show that you have the balance of
       the tuition fees and the living costs (as detailed above) in your own bank account, for 28 days before
       making your visa extension application.


I have an official loan – are there different arrangements for me?
Yes. If you receive an official loan eg Stafford Loan there are different arrangements

      You will need to show the official loan agreement that proves how much money you will receive.
HOW CAN YOU PREPARE YOURSELF?
      Look now when your visa expires, so that you allow yourself enough time to make all the arrangements
       – start preparing at least 2 to 3 months before your visa expires
      Attend a Visa Information Session 2 to 3 months before your visa expires
      Think now about your:
           o Attendance
           o Progression
           o Finances

Visa Information Sessions
Visa Information Sessions are run by our Visa Adviser, and are held several times each month, all through the
year.
    At the Visa Information Session, the Visa Adviser will explain to you how to fill in the visa extension
        application form, and what other documents that you required. She can also send off your application
        form to the UK Borders Agency, if you apply in time. For full details of the Visa Information sessions,
        see www.brad.ac.uk/international/visas.php

Attendance:
If you are not able to attend your course for any reason YOU MUST:
      Tell the University immediately and give the reason why (your Department will tell you who to contact)
      Keep all documentation that proves the reason for your absence

Progress
Do your best to progress in the normal way on your course. But if things go wrong…….
    If the University allows you to resit any modules or resubmit your dissertation, it is still possible for us to
       issue a visa letter for you if you need an extension of your visa (but only for you to resit either once or
       twice)
    If you need time to write up your thesis (PhD students), we can issue a visa letter for you

Your Finances
Make sure that you have a bank account in your own name (or joint name eg with spouse)
    Make arrangements now so that you have the required money in your bank account at the correct time.
    If you are going to show your parents’ bank statements, as proof of finance, you will need to arrange
      with them to send these to you in time.
    You have to submit these statements at the same time as your application form. They cannot be
      submitted at a later date.
    If you are showing your parents’ bank statements, you also have to supply a letter from them confirming
      they have no objection to the funds being used for your tuition fees and living costs. You also need to
      provide your birth certificate, to prove your relationship with them. These documents have to be
      submitted at the same time as your application form. They cannot be submitted at a later date.

WHAT OTHER DOCUMENTS DO I NEED?
All students will need:
      Your passport (and your Identity Card for Foreign Nationals if you have one)
      Application form - available to download from:
        www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/studyingintheuk/adult-students/applying (if applying in UK)
      Application fee – currently £357 for postal applications, £628 if you go in person to Public Enquiry
        Office
      2 passport sized photographs
      CAS number
Other documents that you may need according to your circumstances
      Bank Statement (see above) for all self funded students or students funded by their parents
      Birth certificate (see above) for students funded by their parents
      Letter from parents, for students funded by their parents
      Sponsor Letter (see above) for students who have full or partial sponsorship for their studies
      Loan confirmation (see above) for students who receive an official loan for their studies
      Police Registration Certificate (certain students only – see below and
       www.brad.ac.uk/international/police-registration.php )
      ATAS certificate (certain students only –see below)


Who needs a Police Registration certificate?
If you are from any of the countries listed below, and you are here for more than 6 months, and it is stamped in
your visa ‘Register with the Police within 7 days of arrival’ you need to register with the Police

       Afghanistan, Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan
       Bahrain, Belarus, Bolivia, Brazil
       China, Colombia, Cuba
       Egypt
       Georgia
       Iran, Iraq, Israel
       Jordan
       Kazakhstan, Kirgizstan, Kuwait
       Lebanon, Libya
       Moldova, Morocco
       North Korea
       Oman
       Palestine, Peru
       Qatar
       Russia
       Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria
       Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan
       United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, Uzbekistan
       Yemen

If you are from any other country not mentioned on the list, or if you will be in the UK for less than 6 months,
you will NOT need to register with the Police.


If you need to register with the Police, and you extend your visa, you have to send in your UP TO DATE Police
Registration Certificate.

Make sure you keep your Police Registration Certificate updated at all times
If you change your address or change your course, you MUST inform the Police within 7 days
      Go in person (Monday to Thursday 9.00am to 1.00pm and 2.15pm to 4.00pm) or send your certificate
       by Recorded Delivery to the Police in Leeds to get your certificate amended

               Millgarth Police Station, Millgarth Street
               LEEDS, West Yorkshire, LS2 7HX

      When your get your visa extension back from the UKBA, you will also need to go in person to the Police
       station to have your Police Registration Certificate updated, within 7 days
Who needs an ATAS certificate?
Students doing the course below will need to apply for an ATAS certificate BEFORE they apply for their visa
extension. Apply for your ATAS certificate 6 to 8 weeks before your visa expires as it takes some time to
arrange.

Research students in:
    School of Engineering, Design and Technology
    School of Informatics
    School of Life Sciences
          o Biomedical Sciences
          o Cancer Therapeutics
          o Chemical and Forensic Sciences
          o Pharmacy

MSc students in the School of Engineering, Design and Technology on the following courses:
   MSc Advanced Materials Engineering
   MSc Automotive Engineering
   MSc Automotive Engineering Quality Improvement
   MSc Mechanical Engineering


How do you apply for an ATAS certificate?

      Go to your Department and ask for an ATAS letter

            o   Engineering PhD and Masters in the above areas       See John Purvis
            o   Informatics PhD                                      See Rona Wilson
            o   Pharmacy PhD                                         See Shamim Haider
                                                                     or Carol-Ann Thomas
            o   Biomedical Sciences                                  See Christine Dove


      When you have your ATAS letter, you must then take it to The Hub, and ask for it to be counter signed
       by Sarah Hargreaves.

      NB this letter is not valid unless signed by your Department and Sarah Hargreaves.

      Apply online for your ATAS certificate at www.fco.gov.uk/atas

      Your ATAS letter and certificate are essential in order to apply to extend your student visa.

For further information about ATAS, see www.fco.gov.uk/atas or contact Karen Bailey
k.r.bailey@bradford.ac.uk
STUDENT DEPENDANTS

If your spouse and children are living with you in the UK on ‘Student Dependant’ visas, they are likely to need
to extend their visa at the same time as you.


How much does it cost?
   If your dependants apply at the same time as you:
    the cost is currently (April 2010) GBP 80 per dependant if you make their application by post
    the cost is currently (April 2010) GBP 107 per dependant if you make their application at a Public
        Enquiry Office

   If your dependants apply separately to you:
    the cost is currently (April 2010) GBP 475 per dependant if they make their application separately by
        post
    the cost is currently (April 2010) GBP 730 per dependant if they make their application separately at a
        Public Enquiry Office


What documents to they need?
      PBS Dependant application form for each dependant
       www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/sitecontent/applicationforms/pbs/pbsdependantapplication.pdf
      2 photographs for each dependant
       follow photograph guidance very carefully – details can be found at
       www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/sitecontent/applicationforms/flr/photoguidance0409.pdf
      Police Registration Certificate (if it is stated on the current visa that you need to register with the Police)
      Evidence of the required funds


What are the required funds for dependants?
      UKBA require you to show that you have 2 months of living costs at GBP 400 per month per
       dependant ie GBP 800 per dependant


What evidence of funding do you need to provide?
      Bank statements to show that the required funds have been held for at least 28 days prior to making
       the visa extension application
      The statements can be in your name, your spouse’s name or joint names


I am a sponsored student. What evidence to I need to show for my dependants?
      If you receive money from your sponsor for your dependants, you need to provide an original of your
       sponsor letter to show how much money per month you receive
      If you receive less than GBP 400 per month for each dependant, you will need to show that you have
       the balance in your own bank account, or the bank account of your spouse, or a joint bank account

REMEMBER: To qualify for the lower application fee (GBP 80 per dependant), you need to include the
application form for each dependant and their documents in the same envelope as your own application
USEFUL LINKS
UKCISA (UK Council for International Student Affairs)

www.ukcisa.org.uk/student/info_sheets/immigration_uk.php
www.ukcisa.org.uk/student/immigration.php

UKCISA Advice Line
Tel: 020 7107 9922
Monday to Friday, 1.00pm to 4.00pm

UK Border Agency
www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/studyingintheuk/adult-students/




WHO TO CONTACT AT THE UNIVERSITY
     Naheeda Kauser                                     Sue Baker
     Visa Adviser, UBU                                  International Student Adviser, The Hub
     Email: ubu-visa@bradford.ac.uk                     Email: s.m.baker@bradford.ac.uk
     Tel: 01274 233248                                  Tel: 01274 233080




April 2010

				
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