Immigration Rules

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Immigration Rules part 15: condition to hold an ATAS clearance certificate

Condition to hold an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) clearance certificate.

  1. 417. Where these Rules refer to leave to enter or remain in the United Kingdom being granted to an individual, subject to the conditions set out in this Part 15, such condition is as set out in (i) and (ii) below:
    1. (i) no study which is:
      1. (a) undergraduate or postgraduate study leading to a Doctorate or Masters degree by research in one of the disciplines listed in paragraph 1 of Appendix 6 of these Rules, or
      2. (b) undergraduate or postgraduate study leading to a taught Masters degree or other postgraduate qualification in one of the disciplines listed in paragraph 2 of Appendix 6 of these Rules, or
      3. (c) a period of study or research in excess of 6 months in one of the disciplines listed in paragraphs 1 or 2 of Appendix 6 of these Rules at an institution of higher education where this forms part of an overseas postgraduate qualification,
  2. unless the migrant has obtained a valid Academic Technology Approval Scheme clearance certificate from the Counter-Proliferation Department of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office which was issued to the migrant prior to the commencement of such study and that specifically relates to the course or area of research the migrant wishes to undertake and to the institution at which the applicant wishes to undertake it, and the migrant has provided a print-out of the certificate to the institution, and
    1. (i) if the migrant is undertaking a course or a period of research of a type specified in (i) above and his course (or research) completion date is postponed or delayed for a period of more than three calendar months or there are any changes to the course contents (or the research proposal), the migrant must apply for a new Academic Technology Approval Scheme clearance certificate within 28 calendar days, and must provide a print-out of the new certificate to the institution promptly after this is made available by the Counter-Proliferation Department of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.”