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Can I do self study to retake exams with remaining leave?

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Can I do self study to retake exams with remaining leave?

Post by jamie_w » Thu Jun 28, 2012 2:56 pm

Hi everyone,

About 2 years ago, I purchased a 14 papers package to study ACCA (accounting qualification) with a leading education provider. They gave me a Confirmation of Acceptance of Study with Start Date: 07/2010 and Expected End Date: 02/2013. With this, UKBA granted me a Tier 4 General Student visa valid until 06/2013.

Since there are ACCA exams every June and December, I thought if unfortunately I didn't pass all papers by 02/2013, I can do some self study for the remaining papers for June 2013 exams without studying with the education provider to save money.

But yesterday when I ask a member of staff at the education provider about this, he told me if I didn't pass all papers at that time I will have to study with them for the remaining papers to comply with the visa requirement. And if I am not, they will report to UKBA to withdraw from being my Tier 4 visa sponsor so I won't be able to stay until 06/2012. It seem more like a way to force me to pay them more money.

Anyone know if that's actually the case? I'd be really appreciated if someone can give me some advices.

Many thanks,

Jamie

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Post by Lucapooka » Thu Jun 28, 2012 3:30 pm

If you stop studying with your sponsor they are obliged to inform the UKBA. They are not trying to strong-arm you ; it's part of their legal responsibility as a T4 sponsor. In turn, your leave will then be curtailed to two months. You can find another sponsor and make an application if you so choose.

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Post by jamie_w » Thu Jun 28, 2012 4:33 pm

Hi Lucapooka, many thanks for your reply.

My sponsor gave me a Confirmation of Acceptance of Study with Start Date: 07/2010 and Expected End Date: 02/2013. With this, UKBA granted me a Tier 4 General Student visa valid until 06/2013. That's 4 extra months after I received my December 2012 results in February 2013. Isn't that mean they prepared to let me stay until the end of June, as long as I comply the visa requirement to study 14 papers with my sponsor with good attendance and attempt my exams December 2012 exams?

Of course, I do hope to pass all papers by that time but these exams aren't easy and it's expensive for the course too. And I was hoping to do self study with these extra 4 months to pass the remaining exams in June 2013 if I failed any, because my visa valid until the end of June 2013 anyway. I can't really afford to pay for another course and renew my student visa, so the chance is I probably will go back home to finish my qualification there.

If I got my results and I passed all exams at that time, I won't continue study with my sponsor because I am qualified as an accountant. If I didn't pass all exams I will finish as a part-qualified accountant if I stop continue study with my sponsor. Is that mean either way, my sponsor will inform the UKBA I'm not longer a student with them, and as a result my leave will then be curtailed to two months and I won't be able to stay until the end of June 2013?

What do you think? Could you or anyone else give me some advices please?

Many thanks,

Jamie

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Post by Deviser » Thu Jun 28, 2012 5:00 pm

jamie_w wrote:if I stop continue study with my sponsor. Is that mean either way, my sponsor will inform the UKBA I'm not longer a student with them, and as a result my leave will then be curtailed to two months and I won't be able to stay until the end of June 2013?
You answered your question dude. Thats is what gonna happen exactly!

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Post by jamie_w » Thu Jun 28, 2012 5:22 pm

Hi Deviser, thanks for your reply. But, if this is the case why they gave me extra 4 months after the expected end date for my course? Isn't it make more sense to give me 2 extra months instead? I thought I'd be able to stay until the end of June as long as I complete the course for December 2012 exams with my sponsor.

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Post by Deviser » Thu Jun 28, 2012 9:25 pm

jamie_w wrote:Hi Deviser, thanks for your reply. But, if this is the case why they gave me extra 4 months after the expected end date for my course?
Because its a Tier-4 law.
jamie_w wrote:Isn't it make more sense to give me 2 extra months instead? I thought I'd be able to stay until the end of June as long as I complete the course for December 2012 exams with my sponsor.
Because its not a Tier-4 law.

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Post by Deepshithole2010 » Fri Oct 19, 2012 12:41 pm

Dear Jamie,
After your course end date ie 02/13 you are not required to be studying with your sponsor. Your sponsor should inform UKBA that you are no longer a student because either you have finished the course or you no longer studying with them.(There is no distinction between the two as far as UKBA is concerned).
If you have a visa longer than 6 months remaining UKBA will curtail your leave to 2 months, however since your visa is expiring in 06/13 UKBA would not initiate any further action and you should be OK to sit for your exams in 06/13 by self studying (ACCA is an independent body and the tuition provider has nothing to do with your exam sitting).

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Post by demaxiya » Tue Jan 08, 2013 8:42 am

It seem more like a way to force me to pay them more money

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