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Can I extend my Tier 4 visa?

Please visit our webpage about extending your Tier 4 visa.

How can I contact the Immigration and Welfare Officer?

The Immigration and Welfare Officer is based in the Student Services. Drop in sessions are run 4 times a week in the Student Centre, Chancellors Mall, further information can be found on our Drop in webpage. You can contact the Immigration and Welfare Officer by telephone on 01204 903496 or email studentimmigration@bolton.ac.uk.

My visa expires before graduation can I extend it?

You cannot extend your Tier 4 visa in order to attend graduation. The Tier 4 rules only allow the University to sponsor students up to the expected end date of their course. If your course is for 12 months or longer you should be issued with a visa for the duration of your course plus an additional amount of time of 4 months. If your course is for less than 12 months your visa will be issued for the duration of your course plus an additional amount of time of 2 months. If your graduation ceremony falls outside of this time you will be required to return home and apply for a visitor visa in order to return to the UK and attend your graduation. Further information can be found on about applying for a visitor visa.

Can I work in the UK?

Your Tier 4 visa will state the number of hours per week which you are entitled to work in the UK. For more information about working during your studies and after your studies please see the webpage: http://www.bolton.ac.uk/StudentServices/ImmigrationWelfare/WorkingUK.aspx

I have lost my passport and visa what do I need to do?

Firstly you will need to report your passport and/or visa as lost or stolen to the Police. You will be given a reference number which you should make a note of keep in a safe place. You will need to contact your country’s embassy in the UK to check how to apply for a new passport. A full list of Embassies in the UK can be found on the webpage detailed below.

You will need to report a lost Biometric Residence Permit to UKVI through the following webpage https://www.gov.uk/biometric-residence-permits/lost-stolen-damaged. The Immigration and Welfare Officer can advise you of the correct process and assist you in completing and checking the application form you need to complete to replace your visa.

Further information can be found on the following webpage: http://www.bolton.ac.uk/StudentServices/ImmigrationWelfare/Lost-or-Stolen-Passport.aspx

Can I travel during vacation period?

During the university vacation period you can travel within the UK or return to your home country. If you wish to visit any other country you will need to apply for immigration permission for that country before leaving the UK. The Schengen Visa Scheme allows students to travel to certain countries within the European Economic Area using just one visa.

Further information about travelling and the Schengen visa is available online:

http://www.bolton.ac.uk/StudentServices/ImmigrationWelfare/Travelling-during-your-studies.aspx

If you still have questions after checking the information on our webpage you can come along to the Immigration and Welfare Drop in for further information.

Can I open a bank account in the UK?

If the course you are enrolling on is for a period of one academic year or longer you should be able to open a bank account in the UK. There are a number of high street banks in the UK which offer current accounts to international students. You can view a list of banks, their Bolton address and website details here:

http://www.bolton.ac.uk/StudentServices/ImmigrationWelfare/StudyingLivingBolton.aspx

Once you have chosen a bank you will need a letter of introduction which can be issued by the Student Advisors. You can request this in the Student Centre or by email studentadvisors@bolton.ac.uk

If you are studying a pre-sessional course and you are having difficulties opening a UK bank account please come along to the Immigration and Welfare drop in or email: studentimmigration@bolton.ac.uk

Am I entitled to receive free medical treatment from the NHS?

Tier 4 students who made their visa application before April 2015 and are studying a course which is 6 months or longer are entitled to receive free medical treatment from the NHS.

If you need to extend your permission to remain in the UK you will be required to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS). This will be £150 for each year that you will remain in the UK.

Students who made their visa applications after April 2015 will have paid the Immigration Health Surcharge as part of their visa application and will receive free medical treatment from the NHS for the duration of their visa.

Free medical treatment includes registering with a GP (Doctor) surgery, appointments to see the Doctor, and any treatment required either by the Doctor or in Hospital. There is a charge for medicines that you may need to take. If you are prescribed a medicine by your Doctor the cost will be £8.20 per item (Correct at February 2016 the cost of prescription medicines is reviewed annually in April and is subject to increase). There is also a charge for treatment at the Dentist, optical treatment and some GP services such as vaccinations for travel and sickness certificates. 

Can I drive in the UK?

Further information about driving in the UK can be found on the UKCISA webpage:
http://www.ukcisa.org.uk/Information--Advice/Living-in-the-UK/Driving

Do I need to register with the Police?

Your visa will tell you whether you need to register with the Police. If you are required to register you must contact the International Visitors Registration Office within 7 days of arrival in the UK to make an appointment. For more information about Police Registration please see here:

http://www.bolton.ac.uk/StudentServices/ImmigrationWelfare/PoliceRegistration.aspx

What should I do if I need to travel for an emergency?

Travel during term time is not recommended unless there are exceptional reasons. You must seek advice from the Immigration and Welfare Officer before leaving the UK during term-time. If you are required to travel during term-time you will need authorisation from your Programme Leader and you will be expected to provide evidence of why you need to travel. If your absence is authorised the Immigration and Welfare Officer will provide you with a letter confirming the authorised absence and the date you are expected to return to the University.

Can I make changes to my studies?

If you are studying at the University of Bolton with a Tier 4 visa you will need to be aware that certain changes to your studies may impact on your visa. For more information about changes to your studies and how they will impact your immigration status in the UK can be found here:http://www.bolton.ac.uk/StudentServices/ImmigrationWelfare/ChangesStudies.aspxYou must seek advice from the Immigration and Welfare Officer before your request any change to your student record. 

 

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