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During your studies

Tier 4 (General) – Changes to your personal circumstances

If you are in the UK with immigration permission as a Tier 4 (General) student you have responsibilities to report certain changes in your course and personal circumstances to the Home Office. We, as your Tier 4 sponsor, are also required to report changes in your studies and personal circumstances to the Home Office in line with the 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).

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 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 Tier 4 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 Tier 4 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 we have.

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 information and advice

Further immigration information and advice is available from our specialist advisers in the International Services Team.