Attendance and engagement for Tier 4/Student Visa

This page explains some of the duties and responsibilities that you have as a Tier 4 (General)/ student visa holder for attending your course. It also explains the University's responsibilities toward you for monitoring your engagement in order to continue to sponsor you for your studies in the UK.

Checking your visa

You must check your Tier 4 (General)/ dtudent visa for any errors including the expiry date. You should have been given a visa until the end date of your course, plus four months. If there are any errors, please contact us immediately for advice. It is your responsibility to check that your visa expiry date is correct and that you have enough time on your visa to complete your current course.

Renewing your passport or visa

If you renew your passport or visa you must inform Student Administration and provide them with a copy of this. The University has a duty to keep up-to-date copies of both your visa and your passport. 

Maintaining your attendance

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.

Suspending or withdrawing from your course

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.

Keeping your contact details up to date

You must keep your term-time and permanent address, your telephone number(s) and your personal email address up to date on your student record. You should do this using Liverpool Life. The University must be able to contact you at all times so you must keep your records up to date.


Speak to a International Advice and Guidance advisor

If you are unable to find an answer to your query on our web pages email iagteam@liverpool.ac.uk or book an online confidential one-one appointment.