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Changes during your course

Changes to your course or personal circumstances and your student visa

If you are in the UK with Tier 4 or Student immigration permission, you have responsibilities to report certain changes in your course and personal circumstances to the Home Office. As your sponsor, we are also required to report changes in your studies and personal circumstances to the Home Office in line with the Student Sponsor Guidance.

Who you have to tell

In most cases you must inform the Home Office when there are changes to your course or to your personal circumstances.

How you make the report to the Home Office will depend whether you are inside or outside the UK and if you have a visa (sticker in your passport) or a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP).

Changes to your course

If there are any changes to your planned studies once you’ve started your course, your student visa may be affected. Please read our guidance to find out more:

Changes to your personal circumstances

  • Changing your UK address and contact details

    1. Update your myEssex Portal and;

    2. Tell the Home Office and;

    3. Update your Police Registration Certificate, if you’re required to register.


  • Changing your name

    If you would like to change your University record, read the University’s student names policy (.pdf) and seek advice from your Student Services Hub.

    1. Tell the Home Office and;

    2. Update your Police Registration Certificate, if you’re required to register.

    Please be aware that sponsored students who change their name must obtain a new passport and update their visa/BRP, before the University can update our records. This is because our records must match your identity and visa documents we have.


  • Changing your other personal details

    If you would like to change your University record, seek advice from your Student Services Hub.

    1. Tell the Home Office and;

    2. Update your Police Registration Certificate, if you’re required to register.

    Please be aware that sponsored students who want to change their nationality must obtain a new passport and update their visa/BRP, if applicable, before the University can update our records. This is because our records must match your identity and visa documents held on our records.


  • Other changes you must report to the Home Office

    You must report any other changes to the details you gave in your application, including if:

    • you get a criminal conviction
    • you separate from your partner
    • any of your children stop living permanently with you

Further advice and guidance

If you require further guidance you can contact specialist advisers in our International Services Team.