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International students: Check your immigration permission

Thursday 7 January 2016

Around this time of year, many students will be receiving their passports and new Biometric Residence Permits after submitting immigration applications at the beginning of last semester.

It is important that you check that the immigration permission that you have been issued is correct. Every year, the Advice and Counselling Service sees a number of students who have mistakes on their Biometric Residence Permits.

The QMUL Advice and Counselling Service recommends that you pay particular attention to the following:
• Your name is spelt correctly.
• You have been granted the correct length of immigration permission. You should be granted immigration permission until the end date of your programme plus an amount of additional time depending on the length of your programme. (see the Advice and Counselling Service guide for information on how much additional time you should be granted)
• Your work conditions are correct. If you are doing a course, which is at degree level or higher, you should be allowed to do 20 hours of work per week during term time. If you are doing a course, which is below degree level (eg a foundation programme), you should be allowed to do 10 hours of work per week during term time.
• If you are a relevant national, you are required to register with the Police (see the Advice and Counselling Service web page)
• QMUL's Sponsor Licence Number is correct (it should be "11W8K9Y63")
• Your date of birth, place of birth, sex and nationality are correct.
• If you notice an error, the section "Correcting an error" (starting on page 42) of the Advice and Counselling Service guide explains what you need to do next.

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) has a web page with good ideas to help you protect your UK immigration permission.

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