If you are in the UK with a visa that is not a Student Visa then you may not be able to study. It is your responsibility to make sure that you are complying with the immigration rules at all times. If you are unsure if your current visa allows you to study you should contact the Student Immigration Team.
If your course requires ATAS clearance and your visa is time limited you must obtain your ATAS certificate before you start your course in the UK unless you are an exempt nationality (see below).
Students who are nationals of EU countries, the European Economic Area (EEA), Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland or the United States of America do not need an ATAS certificate. The requirement for ATAS clearance applies to all other students on courses flagged for ATAS clearance, regardless of their country of residence.
If you need to apply for an ATAS certificate please read the information on our website about how to apply. Only those with indefinite leave to remain or settled status do not need to apply for ATAS.
If you are in the UK with leave as a dependant (for example, your partner has a Tier 4 or Student visa or a Work visa) then you can usually work or study while you are in the UK. You will be allowed to study part time or full time as a dependant. Remember, though, if you study part-time you may not be granted leave in the Student visa category if your dependant leave runs out unless your academic School will permit you to switch to full-time student status; this is because most courses must be studied full-time on a Student visa.
If you need to switch from a Dependant visa to a Student visa then you can apply from inside the UK but you will not be eligible to apply for the Graduate Immigration Route after completing your course unless you have spent at least a year studying your course with a Student visa.
If you have obtained any form of work or family visa (e.g. Tier 5: Youth Mobility Scheme, Tier 1 (General), Tier 2, Ancestry, Spouse visa) then you are allowed to study either full or part time in the UK. However, the immigration rules state that in order to obtain immigration permission in a work category you “must intend to work” therefore when you applied you did so on the understanding that your main intention in the UK was work, not study.
If you do undertake study while holding a work visa, it is advisable to continue working in the UK, and if you are unsure of your situation, you should seek advice from the Student Immigration Team before starting your proposed course of study. It is acceptable to study part-time whilst holding a visa in one of these categories. Remember, however, if your visa runs out before the end of your course you cannot obtain an extension as a student in order to complete your studies unless your School agrees to switch your status to full-time, since most courses only allow full-time study with a Tier 4 student visa.
From 31 January 2021, 2 additional visa routes are being introduced: BN(O) Status Holder route and the BN(O) Household Member route.
If you are eligible to apply under this route, you can choose the 2.5-year route or the 5-year route at the point of application. This leads to settlement after 5 years.
Application needs to be made using UK Immigration: ID Check app. Study is permitted whilst holding this visa and is subject to ATAS and police registration condition. If you currently hold the 6-month BNO (Leave outside of rules), you will be permitted to switch to the new routes from 31 January 2021.
In most cases if you have an ongoing visa application with UKVI and have yet to receive a decision you will still be able to study a course at the University.
To complete International Check-In and start your course you would need to provide evidence of your ongoing visa application and provide evidence that the application was made whilst you still had immigration permission in the UK. You must provide evidence of when you applied for your visa and evidence that your application is still in progress. The evidence must be a letter from UKVI confirming the immigration category that you have applied in eg. biometric letter or evidence that you have paid for a visa application eg. final document checklist. We cannot accept a letter from your solicitor as evidence of an ongoing visa application.
If this evidence is not dated within the last month, or you are unable to provide this, you must provide the Student Immigration Team with your consent for them to contact UKVI directly to check your current immigration status in the UK. Your email simply needs to contain your name, date of birth and nationality, and a sentence stating “I consent to the University of Manchester contacting UKVI to check my immigration status in the UK”.
As an asylum seeker you can study at the University, which is a university of sanctuary.
To complete International Check-In and start your course you will need to provide evidence of your ongoing asylum application. You must provide evidence of having made your application and that this is still ongoing eg. recent correspondence from UKVI that confirms your Home Office reference number and the category you have applied in.
If this evidence is not dated within the last month, or you are unable to provide this, you will need to provide the Student Immigration Team with your consent for them to contact UKVI directly to check your current immigration status. Your email simply needs to contain your name, date of birth and nationality, and a sentence stating “I consent to the University of Manchester contacting UKVI to check my immigration status in the UK”.