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There is an element of truth to what you've been told, at least in my view. Having travelled under different visa categories I do know that one point that is always important is proving your intent of returning at the end of your leave/visa. I.e. you need to show that you will not overstay. So if you don't have leave to return to the UK to complete your course, that could be a roadblock to being granted a visa to do a US based work placement. Hence my previous comment/question to your international students advisory board on whether you can apply for this before you apply for your US visa, but once you have a confirmed work placement offer.tabish wrote:1) I am very close to confirming an internship offer in the United States - I would be going there on the J-1 (intern/exchange visitor visa) for a year, starting this summer (2016) until next summer (2017). This would be my so-called "placement" (third) year of my degree. I have been told that by the visa sponsor organization (necessary for J1 visas, atleast) that my application at the US Embassy in London would get "shut down straight away" (?! seems extreme) due to my UK visa not actually being valid anymore by the time I complete my internship (summer 2017), and hence the visa officer not being able to see any proof of me returning to the UK once I finish my work in the US. He said I couldn't even be able to convince the visa officer that I'd go back to my home country when I finish my internship because it's not a guarantee.
I wouldn't mention this in either of your visa applications, as it's bound to cause problems. As otherwise there would be no intension to return back to your home country after your studies have completed. Getting sponsored employment after graduating would be something to think about later, and not at this stage, if that's what you were thinking when you made that statement.and besides - going back to my home country is not something I even want to do!
I can't speak about applying for a UK student visa extension from the US, but I have in the past made a successful UK visitor visa application from the US, when I was working there on a L1 work visa. So it's technically possible, whether it would be for a Tier 4 application, is something you would need to find out. Again, the approach of trying to get the extension before leaving on your work placement would be my recommendation.2) After I finish my internship in the US, I have been told by a university immigration advisor that it's absolutely no issue at all to apply for an extension for my final year from overseas (he makes it sound so easy) as I'd be classified as a 'resident' of whichever country I go to (in this case, the US) or a temporary resident, atleast, as I'd be on a non-immigrant J-1 visa.. and foreigners can apply for a UK visa from a third-country as long as they are residing there. Is this true and would I face much issues in this regard?
The course was always 4 years but the CAS provided was for 3 years long. I thought this was very odd too and when asked, the immigration services dept at my university said something along the lines of the CAS always being 3 years long as the nature/status of your fourth year is never confirmed until you've completed your third, or something along those lines. Didn't make 100% sense to me then, either.cs95tdg wrote:Something that's not clear to me is whether your original Tier 4 CAS was for just 3 years & if so why it wasn't for 4 years, given that you began your course as one with a placement from the beginning?
This is something I will look into pursuing. Thank you so much!cs95tdg wrote:If you have a confirmed placement offer, is there anything from stopping you from making a Tier 4 application for the final year now? That would be a question I'd ask the international students advisory board, if it were me.
Those words sound familiar, but as its been a long time now since I was a student I can't quite remember precisely when and where I've heard them. It may have possibly been during the time when I was enquiring about extending my student visa. Memory sometimes fails when trying to recall the precise chronology of events. But I think I now understand why the 4th year would be considered unconfirmed when you are first offered a place at university. For example what if you do not get offered a work placement, or if you decide you don't think any of them are suitable. In may mean you are forced to continue down the 3 year degree route, without a placement. That's the way I see that explanation. So until such a time you have a confirmed placement offer in hand, that you have accepted, your final 4th year isn't really confirmed.tabish wrote:The course was always 4 years but the CAS provided was for 3 years long. I thought this was very odd too and when asked, the immigration services dept at my university said something along the lines of the CAS always being 3 years long as the nature/status of your fourth year is never confirmed until you've completed your third, or something along those lines. Didn't make 100% sense to me then, either.