Student visa sponsor and your responsibilities
We have listed your responsibilities in our Student visa essential information page.
Read it carefully to ensure you understand our responsibilities as Student visa sponsor and your responsibilities as a Student visa holder.
You can also find out more in our Statement of Service.
Our responsibilities to you
We (the University of Bristol) are your Student visa sponsor (see the UKVI register of Student visa sponsors) and must fulfil a number of UKVI obligations for sponsors in order for us to sponsor you to study here.
We are required to ensure you are engaged with your studies. We will use information about your attendance to monitor this, which will be collected by your School. This will be done on a monthly basis and will include information about your lecture, seminar or tutorial attendance, submission of work, exam attendance, tutorials, or contact with your supervisor or other staff, as well as your engagement with online learning resources. The information we use will usually relate to the standard attendance requirements of your course.
If we have any concerns about your level of engagement with your studies, you will be asked to meet with your Faculty Education Manager (or equivalent) to discuss any problems you may be having. This process is designed to be supportive to you and your studies. We will assist you in obtaining the relevant support as necessary.
If our concerns are not addressed, or you do not meet with us when requested, or you have missed too much to continue your course, there may be implications for your visa status. In certain cases, we may be required by UKVI to withdraw sponsorship of your visa if we cannot satisfy ourselves that you are appropriately engaged with your study.
We are also required to report to UKVI any changes in your circumstances as outlined in the previous section. Some of these changes mean your visa will be curtailed (cancelled). We are required to report within 10 days of the change; we will usually email you 24 hours before making the report.
We are required to report if we have reason to believe you are breaching the conditions of your Student visa, including if you do not comply with the working conditions of your visa.
We are also required to hold copies of your most recent visas and passports, so please ensure you contact us if you change your passport or visa (including if you switch to a different immigration category). Please check our website for what to do if you lose your passport or visa.
Finally, we are required to maintain up to date records of your contact details, including term time address and telephone numbers. Please ensure you keep your details up to date.