Home Office Reporting and Curtailment of Tier 4 Leave

Home Office Reporting and Curtailment of Tier 4 Leave

 What does curtailment of leave mean?

Curtailment of leave means that the expiry date of a Tier 4 visa is cut short (brought forward). This is usually the result of the University making a report to the Home Office, via the Home Office Sponsor Management system, against a specific CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) which has been used to apply for a Tier 4 visa. The amount of time by which the Home Office brings forward the visa expiry date depends on the type of report which has been made. As a licensed Tier 4 sponsor, the University is obliged to make reports regarding any change in circumstances of a student it is sponsoring.

Furthermore, the Home Office may use its own discretion to curtail a Tier 4 visa where it considers that:

  • the migrant has made ‘false representations’ or did not ‘disclose material facts’ to get leave.
  • the migrant has not complied with their conditions of leave.
  • the migrant no longer meets the requirements of the Immigration Rules under which they were granted leave.
  • the migrant has not maintained and accommodated him or herself and any dependants without claiming public funds.
  • it is not desirable to let the migrant remain in the UK because of his or her character, conduct or associations.
  • the migrant is a danger to national security.




How is the curtailment of Tier 4 leaving communicated to students?

The Home Office should now send written notification of the curtailment of leave to the student by email, as standard. This email notification, or its attachment, will state a new visa expiry date. The University recommends that, due to the risk of not receiving this correspondence (if the Home Office does not have up to date contact details for the student, for example), students should leave the UK according to our advice on the ‘Withdrawals and Breaks in Study‘ page.

Which reports made to the Home Office by the University will result in the curtailment of leave?

The University reports the following student activity to the Home Office:

  1. Early Completion of a course of study
  2. Permanent withdrawal from a course of study
  3. Temporary withdrawal from a course of study (including when a student has ‘Resit without Residence’ status)
  4. Change of course (if new course will be shorter)
  5. Failure to enrol on (start) a course

Which reports made to the Home Office by the University will NOT result in the curtailment of leave?

  1. Change of course (if new course will be longer)
  2. Change of study location (periods of study which are 4 weeks or longer and take place away from the university campus)
  3. Delayed arrival date

Which activity is not reported to the Home Office by the University?

  1. Authorised absence
  2. Resit with Residence