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Support for international postgraduate researchers


 

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Key contacts 

International Student Support Office (ISSO)

internationaladvice@rhul.ac.uk

First point of contact for international students with immigration queries and needing support. 

Find out more

Student Administration

student-administration@rhul.ac.uk

  • Ensures that the College complies with its UKVI obligations as a Tier 4 / Student Route visa sponsor.   
  • Issues new CASs for continuing international students whose Tier 4 / Student Route visa has expired.
  • Is required to curtail a Tier 4 / Student Route visa if a student does not comply with their visa obligations. 

Doctoral School

doctoralschool@rhul.ac.uk

  • Although the Doctoral School does not have the expertise to provide immigration advice, it:
    • sign-posts you to the relevant information source
    • flags to you any immigration considerations if you wish to change your registration (e.g. interrupt)
    • monitors that Tier 4 / Student Route visa postgraduate researchers are engaging with their studies, in line with their visa obligations, and reports this to Student Administration
  • Please copy in the Doctoral School to any correspondence with Student Administration regarding immigration matters.

 

During your studies

Your main contact for immigration advice during your studies is the International Student Support Office (ISSO)

Please also view the immigration advice on the College website. 

Engagement with studies

If you are in receipt of a Tier 4 / Student Route visa sponsored by Royal Holloway, it is a requirement of your visa that you engage with your studies.  Your supervisor is asked to confirm your engagement every two months. 

The College has a legal responsibility to report any student admitted to the College on a Tier 4 / Student Route visa who does not appear to be meeting the engagement requirements to UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI).   Therefore, if you fail to meet UKVI visa requirements and/or fail to respond to informal and formal warnings from the College in this regard, you could have your sponsorship withdrawn, your visa cancelled and your registration with the College terminated.

If you have any concerns about your ability to engage e.g. due to illness, please contact the International Student Support Office as soon as possible for advice: InternationalAdvice@rhul.ac.uk

Extending your visa

If you already have a student visa to study at Royal Holloway and need to extend this to continue your studies you first need to apply for a new Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) before you can apply for your new visa.  You can request a CAS online here.

For support with the process, please contact internationaladvice@rhul.ac.uk.

Find out more

Immigration considerations if you interrupt your studies

If you interrupt your studies, Royal Holloway will withdraw its sponsorship for the duration of the interruption and you are obliged by the Home Office to leave the UK for this period.  Before you return from interruption, you will need to apply for a new visa.

Find out more about renewing your visa 

In exceptional circumstances, you may be permitted an authorised absence for a period less than 60 days:

  • Under this type of authorised absence you are permitted to remain in the UK for the duration but this will impact the amount of leave remaining on your visa to complete your studies.
  • Authorised absence must be approved in the same way as an interruption. 
  • To discuss the authorised absence process please contact student-administration@royalholloway.ac.uk.

Immigration considerations if you extend your submission deadline

If your submission deadline has been extended due to extenuating circumstances, please be aware that this does not affect your visa expiry date.  If you need to extend your visa, please follow the steps outlined above.

Informing the College if you are researching  / studying outside of the UK

If you are sponsored by Royal Holloway on a Tier 4 / Student Route visa, you must inform Student Administration (cc Doctoral School) via the relevant form below BEFORE you travel abroad for research or study.

If you are unsure which form to complete, please contact the International Student Support Office for advice. 

If you are sponsored on a student visa by Royal Holloway and not yet in your writing up year: 

  • Tier 4 / Student Route visa - studying outside of the UK form
    • Royal Holloway can continue sponsoring you when you go abroad for research (study) as long as your supervisor approves the absence and confirms that they will maintain contact for the duration of the trip. Your permission to stay in the UK will remain current and you will be allowed to return to the UK without having to apply again for a new Student Route visa.

If you are sponsored on a student visa by Royal Holloway, in your writing up year and need to return to the UK after your study trip abroad to complete your study / research:

  • Tier 4  / Student Route visa - writing up outside of the UK form
    • Royal Holloway can continue sponsoring you when you go abroad for study during your writing up year as long as your supervisor confirms that you will be required to return to the UK to access resources and facilities and confirms that they will maintain contact for the duration of the trip. Your permission to stay in the UK will remain current and you will be allowed to return to the UK without having to apply again for a new Student Route visa.

If you are sponsored on a student visa by Royal Holloway, in your writing up year and are returning to your home country to complete your dissertation or writing period:

Useful links for EU students

EU Hub

Advice from UKCISA (UK Council for International Student Affairs)

 

After your studies

Read about your immigration options after your studies here

Find out more about the Graduate Route

If you have any queries regarding this, please contact International Student Support Office for advice. 

 

Contact us

International Student Support Office - for immigration queries: internationaladvice@rhul.ac.uk

Student Administration: student-administration@rhul.ac.uk

Doctoral School: doctoralschool@rhul.ac.uk

Quick links

Visa and immigration advice

New CAS request form - for continuing students

Tier 4 / Student Route visa - studying outside of the UK form

Tier 4  / Student Route visa - writing up outside of the UK form

Tier 4  / Student Route visa - confirmation of withdrawal of sponsorship form

A to Z of the Doctoral School microsite