Academic Registry

Academic Registry is no longer in operation. UKVI compliance information is handled by the Student Experience division.

UKVI compliance-information for staff

If you work for Sussex, this UKVI compliance information is for you. If you study at Sussex, search the Student Hub.

Our status

The University is a Student Visa Sponsor, which means we can sponsor international students to obtain a student visa to study with us.

Student Sponsor status is granted by a Home Office department called UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI).

To maintain this status, we must ensure we comply fully with UK Immigration Rules and Student Sponsorship guidance.

Tier 4 visas

On 5 October 2020, the “Tier 4” visa system was replaced by a points-based student immigration route. All references to "student visa" apply equally to Tier 4 visa-holders.


We have key staff responsible for student visa policies and procedures which demonstrate how we comply at all stages of the student journey.

These people are:

Throughout the student visa process

At the offer stage (when offers are made and accepted), we have a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) issuing policy [PDF 228KB] and provide information on how to apply for a student visa using the CAS issued by the University. We also provide information about the responsibilities of student visa-holders.

At the registration stage and while studying, we supply extensive advice and support for student visa-holders.

If you want:

Helping a student

If you have queries from students, direct: