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FAQ Maternity leave

This page features frequently asked questions about maternity leave for students using a Tier 4 visa.

It is important that you carefully read the questions on this page before contacting the University's Visas and Immigration Student Advice Service. However, if your question has not been answered then please contact us through the online enquiry form here.

I am on a Tier 4 visa. Am I allowed to take maternity leave?

The University of Southampton guidelines state that students who wish to take maternity leave will need to suspend their studies.

If you are a student who is studying in the UK on a Tier 4 Visa, a suspension will mean that we will have remove sponsorship on your visa.  You will be expected to leave the UK within 60 days and you will need to apply for a new visa to return to study once your period of maternity leave is over.  Some airlines have restrictions on flying whilst in the latter stages of pregnancy so it is important that you check with your airline so as to ensure that you have enough time to leave the UK. 

I am unable to leave the UK as my airline will not permit me to fly. What do I do?

If you leave it too late to travel or are prevented from travelling due to a pregnancy related health condition, you will need to seek the advice of a specialist immigration lawyer to switch to a different visa category to remain the UK.

Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions

If you are uncertain about anything or you have a query, then our comprehensive frequently asked questions (FAQs) page may have the answer.

Visa drop-in and appointments

Visa drop-in and appointments

You can talk to one of our visa advisors by coming to a visa drop-in session, or you can book an appointment for an in depth discussion.

Enquiry forms

Enquiry form

You can contact us through our online enquiry form. We strongly encourage people to contact us through the online enquiry form rather than to directly email us.

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