Entry Clearance Correction Scheme

Your entry clearance sticker includes the start and end dates of your visa, your name and date of birth, LSE's Tier 4 sponsor licence number, and your work restriction.

The end date of your Tier 4 student visa depends on the length of your course:

  • programme of study is 12 months or longer: you will be granted until the end of your programme plus four months.
  • programme of study is more than 6 months, but less than 12 months: you will be granted until the end of your programme plus two months.

The months at the end of your programme are granted to give you enough time to obtain your results, attend your graduation ceremony and leave the UK or switch into a different immigration category. It is a risk to travel during this period. 

Home Office Errors

You may notice an error on the sticker in your passport:

  • the end date for your programme is too short. 
  • LSE's sponsor license number is missing or incorrect
  • the number of working hours are incorrect*
  • your personal details (for example mis-spelled name)

* full time degree students should have permission to work 20 hours a week in term time.  For full details on the working rules go to:

Working during your studies|

If you applied outside the UK for your Tier 4 visa, there is a simple system in the UK to amend this:

  • You contact ISIS to advise us there is an error on your visa / we contact you to inform you your visa may be incorrect
  • ISIS prepares a letter confirming the error which you must sign to give us permission to request the correction on your behalf
  • ISIS sends your passport and supporting documents on your behalf to the correction team at the Home Office explaining the apparent error
  • The Home Office check the records of your application and the information on your visa
  • If the Home Office agrees an error was made, they will issue a corrected visa
  • Your passport is returned to ISIS and we will update Registry with details of your new visa

IMPORTANT: Your passport will be sent to the Home Office at the start of the process and remain with them until a decision is made.  It is currently taking 20 working days plus to obtain a correction and it is now the peak period for requests. We have no way of tracking the progress of a request so advise you do not plan to travel if you need a request submitted.

Further details can be found on the Home Office website:

Home Office|

It is also possible to submit a correction of your visa your self.  If you complete the correction yourself, you must provide the Registry with the details of your new Tier 4 visa:

Tier 4 Student Responsibilities|

When should I get my visa corrected?

Contact ISIS as soon as you notice an error in the sticker in your passport.  You can only get this corrected before your visa expires.  If you request a correction but you don't receive a reply or the amendment is not agreed, you may be unable apply to extend your stay in the UK to obtain the additional months on your visa - this means making a fresh Tier 4 application.  You can only do this before the end date of your programme.

How long does it take to amend mistakes?

The Home Office advises they plan to complete corrections in 15 working days. At present it is taking longer than this.   Do not plan any travel until your passport has been returned.   If you find a mistake on your entry clearance, we advise you request a correction in plenty of time before your visa ends. 

Where can I get help at LSE?

Bring your passport to ISIS in the Student Services Centre.

If you obtained your Tier 4 visa in the UK, there is no equivalent system for amending mistakes but LSE can contact the Home Office to request that the mistake is amended. Contact ISIS.