For students on a Tier 4 visa the BISC is required to see the originals of and keep copies of your documents. This includes the following:
- Immigration documents
- Visa/Biometric Residence Permit
BRPs are delivered to the BISC for collection, and will typically be available for collection during Orientation. Photocopies of the passport and BRP for Tier 4 students are kept in a secure location and a limited number of staff has access. All other students are requested to submit their passports for photocopying as this information (e.g., for when booking travel in Europe.
The BISC has a legal duty to report non-European Economic Area (non-EEA) students with Tier 4 visas to UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) when the student has missed 10 consecutive timetabled commitments (which include all scheduled classes, on- and off-site experiential learning opportunities, exams, and arranged meetings with faculty). The BISC has an additional obligation to report to UKVI any other such changes that may affect the terms of an international student’s visa. This includes reporting failure to register, reporting withdrawals (both enforced and unenforced), and leaves of absence.
Upper Year Students
All students in the Winter and Summer semesters are requested to submit their passports for photocopying as this information is required when booking travel in Europe. Students who do not submit their information will be unable to participate in the Mid-Term Trip.
Students in the Fall semester may choose not to have their passport copied as they will not be travelling with the BISC overseas. However students are advised to submit their passport for copying as a secure copy can be sent to travelling students in the event a passport is lost or badly damaged.