Visas and immigration

Study permissions for students

All Tier 4 Sponsors, including the University of Bath, must take steps to ensure that all students have permission to be in the UK.

In response to this requirement, in September 2014 the University introduced the 'Policy for ensuring all students have appropriate immigration permission to study in the UK'. Under this policy, all current full-time students in 2014/15 not covered by existing visa verification procedures were asked to provide a copy of an identity document.

In April 2015 the Home Office provided the education sector with advice and clarification on what steps should be taken to meet their requirements.

In light of this clarification, the University is assured that its existing procedures during the admissions cycle satisfy Home Office requirements and has therefore withdrawn its 'Policy for ensuring all students have appropriate immigration permission to study in the UK'.

We will however continue to follow the robust steps already in place. The requirement to have permission to be in the UK is now outlined in the admissions terms and conditions. Students must also continue to confirm they have permission to be in the UK during online registration.

The University has taken steps to destroy all copies of identity documents provided for the purposes of this policy. Students who have been asked for their identity document and not yet responded are no longer required to provide their document and need take no further action.

Mark Humphriss
University Secretary
July 2015