Thursday 17 November 2022 7:17 AM UTC
By A Staff Reporter
LONDON Nov 17: As required by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI), the University must check your attendance and engagement on your course and is obligated to withdraw sponsorship of your visa if you have been absent from your studies without permission or have not been engaging sufficiently.
This occurs if you have missed a number of consecutive contact points or have been absent from, or not engaging with, your studies for a sufficient period of time. Withdrawal of your Student Visa sponsorship would result in withdrawal from the University.
Recent reports received from student representatives from various universities state that there is a lack of understanding with students in regards to how to ensure they keep up the contact points (attendance count) regularly.
Speaking to this website Nithin Raj Vice President (Finance, Business & Law) at the Anglia Ruskin University Union says: “We have come across several instances where that students’ visas have been cancelled after universities reporting to Home Office about students’ non-enagement”.
“It has begun to be noticed by authorities that majority of the students those who miss number of consecutive contact points or have been absent from, or not engaging with their studies are from the Indian community”, he said.
“Many students forget that the University monitors their engagement. It is their duty that if a student does not attend classes and do not let the school know then the University has a duty to tell UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and they may cancel the student’s visa”.
Nithin says that on some occasions it is also a case where some students don’t check their email from the university warning them about non-attendance or missed consecutive contact points and this results in the university reporting to the Home Office.
Maintaining your attendance is very important to an international student in the UK
You must attend all of your classes, meetings, tutorials etc. You must report any unavoidable absence to your academic School as soon as you can. If you are absent from University for any reason you must not work. It is your responsibility to maintain your attendance. It is the University’s responsibility to monitor your engagement. If you do not attend your classes and you do not let your school know then the University has a duty to tell UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and they may cancel your visa.
If you are doing your dissertation, waiting for a visa or writing up your thesis then this is term time. Do not plan any travel or work more than 20 hours per week during this time.
Your student visa is only valid if you are studying ‘with attendance’ on a full-time course. If you are studying with ‘partial attendance’ (attendance in either semester one or semester two only) then you may be required to leave the UK for a short time. Please contact us for more advice.
If you suspend your studies, then the University has a duty to tell UKVI. UKVI will then cancel your current visa and you will need to leave the UK as soon as you can. Please contact us for further advice if you plan to suspend your studies.
If you withdraw from your studies, then the University has a duty to tell UKVI. UKVI will then cancel your current visa and you will need to leave the UK as soon as you can.
It is your responsibility to seek advice on your visa before suspending or withdrawing your studies.
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