Tier 4 G8way Membership
It’s likely it has cost you a considerable amount of time, effort and money to apply for and have your Tier 4 student visa approved - so why not take out G8way membership to make sure it’s protected? At G8Way, we appreciate how important your visa status is, that’s why we make it our mission to provide you with the specialist knowledge, advice and Tier 4 membership benefits you need to secure your studies and your future.
Our international student membership has been designed with you in mind. Regardless of the course you’re enrolled on or where you are studying within the country, we can assist you in finding UK Student membership benefits that are the right fit for you.
Protecting your visa status
Even if you’ve followed the correct procedures to have your visa accepted, there is still a specific set of rules in place that you will need to adhere to in order to protect it. These rules are extremely strict and it’s your responsibility to obey each and every one of them. Abiding by these regulations is often referred to as protecting your leave to remain. However, if you breach any of the conditions, even if it’s accidental, you run the risk of facing serious repercussions, such as having to terminate your studies and leave the UK.
Why you should protect your student visa
There are a whole host of mistakes that could put your student status at risk, so it’s crucial that you’re familiar with the terms and conditions of your visa. Even if you make an error unintentionally, you risk having your visa revoked and being forced to leave the country. Below, we take a look at just some of the mistakes that could result in your right to study in the UK being taken away.
To retain your Tier 4 student visa, you’re expected to follow a specific enrolment process. During this, you’ll need to fulfil a number of requests, such as providing confirmation of your course details, your UK address and phone number, payment of your tuition fees and proof of your leave to remain. If you are unable to complete your enrolment successfully and on time, your visa may be cancelled, jeopardising your chances of continuing your studies.
If you are studying a course that is longer than one year, you will be expected to repeat this process at the start of each academic year. Failure to re-enrol could mean that you’re unable to continue your programme and you may be asked to leave the UK.
As a Tier 4 student, your attendance will be recorded and monitored closely. For instance, you are required to attend all sessions that are part of your course, including lectures, seminars, field trips, tutorials, exams and meetings with members of staff. It is your responsibility to make your attendance known, and you may be required to ‘check in’ at each of your classes.
It’s important to note that you must not sign in for another student or ask someone else to check in on your behalf. This is considered fraudulent activity. If you check in to a class but you do not attend, this will be subject to the relevant disciplinary procedures and could result in the withdrawal of your sponsorship and your right to remain in the UK.
While you are required to attend all of your classes, there may be times when you are unable to for unexpected reasons. It’s essential that you keep your absences to a minimum and if you cannot attend a session, you must request permission from your tutor first. You will also need to provide satisfactory evidence as to why you cannot attend.
Should you need to be absent, you may need to file an absence report, providing a reason why and evidence to support your explanation. If your absence carries on for longer than two weeks, this is considered an interruption to your studies. As a result, you may have your student visa cancelled. To continue your studies, you will have to begin the whole process again and apply for a new visa.
How we can help
At G8Way, we appreciate how important it is to ensure your visa is protected no matter what. When things go wrong, dealing with the consequences can be extremely stressful and worrying, which is why we offer bespoke student visa protection solutions to help you when you need it most. To find out more about Our Tier 4 Products, don’t hesitate to contact us today.