International Student Support

Correcting errors on a Tier 4 student visa

If you believe there may be an error on your Tier 4 student visa (entry clearance vignette (sticker) or biometric residence permit), it may be possible to apply for the error to be corrected free of charge. Below you can find information about common errors that can be corrected, and details of how the International Student Support team can help you apply for a correction. UKVI expect errors to be reported to them within 10 days, so it is important your check your visa as soon as you receive it.

Which types of errors can be corrected?
Length of leave (visa expiry date)

If your course lasts for 12 months or longer, your visa should cover the length of the course plus four months.

If your course lasts for six months or longer but under 12 months, your visa should cover the length of your course plus two months.

If you course lasts for less than six months your visa should cover the length of the course plus seven days. For pre-sessional courses which are under six months long, your visa should cover the length of your course plus one month.

If you believe that you have been given an incorrect length of leave that does not cover the above guidelines, International Student Support can help you apply for a correction.

Spelling errors 

If your name has been mis-spelled on your visa, you can apply for this to be corrected.

Working conditions

Your visa will also contain information about your permission to work. One of the following statements will appear on your visa:

  • work (and any changes) must be authorised
  • able to work as authorised by the Secretary of State
  • work as in Tier 4 Rules
  • restricted Work. Part-time term time. Full-time vacations
  • restricted work term time
  • work limited to max 20 hrs per week during term-time
  • work limited to max 10 hrs per week during term-time

You must not work if your passport sticker says ‘no work’ or ‘work prohibited’.

For degree level courses and above your Tier 4 visa should say 'Work Limit 20 hrs p/w term time'. For courses below degree level it should say 'Work limit 10 hrs p/w term time'.

University of Sussex Sponsor Licence Number (SLN)

Your visa should contain the University of Sussex Sponsor Licence Number, which is P2W0CWXJ9. If the Sponsor Licence Number is missing or incorrect on your visa, you can apply for correction.

Incorrectly granted a vignette (sticker) rather than a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)

If your visa is granted for longer than 6 months you should have been issued a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) and collected this on arrival in the UK. If your visa is longer than 6 months and has been issued after 1 January 2016 as a vignette (sticker) in your passport, then you will need to get this corrected by applying for a BRP.

Any other errors 

If you believe there is an error of some other type on your visa, please consult the International Student Support team, and we can check whether this is an error and whether it can be corrected.   

How to apply for correction of your Tier 4 student visa - if you have an entry clearance

If you applied for your Tier 4 student visa outside the UK before April 2015 or your visa was granted for less than 6 months, you may have been issued with entry clearance - a vignette (sticker) inside your passport. If you believe there is an error on this visa, please consult the International Student Support team. We will have a look at your visa and if it appears that there is an error, we can help you apply for this to be corrected.

IMPORTANT - please note that it may take up to 6 - 8 weeks for the UKVI to consider your application to amend your entry clearance. During this time you will be without your passport and visa, so if you are hoping to travel outside of the UK in the two months after you plan to submit your application for correction, please consult us so that we can advise you on the most suitable time to apply for the correction.

How to apply for correction of your Tier 4 student visa - if you have a BRP (Biometric Residence Permit)

If you applied for your Tier 4 student visa after April 2015 and your visa was issued for longer than 6 months, you should have been issued with a BRP (Biometric Residence Permit) card. If you believe there is an error on your BRP card, please consult the International Student Support team. We will check your BRP card, and if it appears that there is an error, we can help you advise you on how this can be corrected.

IMPORTANT - You must check your BRP straight away as the Home Office must be notified of any mistakes within 10 working days of you receiving your BRP. Please note that it may take several weeks for your application to be considered. 

 

International Student Support

E international.support@sussex.ac.uk
T +44 (0)1273 67 8422