Renewing Your Student Visa
I need to extend my student visa – what do I do?
The University of Leicester can help you extend your student visa. The first step is to attend a Tier 4 (General) Student Visa Information Session where you will receive important information about how to renew your visa. As the process of renewing a visa is now more complicated, you are strongly advised to get the correct information from a trained adviser even if you have previously renewed your visa in the UK.
Information sessions run throughout the year and recommend that you attend a session approximately 3 months before your visa expiry date so that you can begin to collect the documents you will need. Details of the times and dates can be found here or you can pick up a list of them from the Student Welfare Office.
- Come to a Tier 4 (General) Student Visa Information Session given by a trained adviser. At the session:
- You will find out what supporting documents you will need to collect
- You will be informed about the current immigration rules for Tier 4 (General) Student Visas
- You will find out what you need to do to get a 'biometric' identity card
- You can ask any questions
- Your contact details will be taken so that you can be booked in for a Tier 4 Workshop
- The next step is to attend a Tier 4 Workshop - this is given by a member of our administration team who will be able to provide you with the correct visa application form and help you to complete it.
3. At the workshop, you will be booked a further appointment, this time with a trained adviser. You will be given time to collect your documents before the appointment and at the appointment the adviser will complete the remainder of the form and check your all documents.
You can then choose whether you want to make your application with the Welfare Service through the 'Student Batch Scheme' (see below) or make an application by yourself.
NB: You must submit your application before your current visa expires. If you need to travel out of the country, i.e. on holiday or conference, try to think ahead and apply early to allow the Home Office time to process and return your documents. The average processing time for postal applications is currently very high and you should allow 3 months.
The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has a section which handles only student visa extension applications and receives applications directly from some Universities and colleges. The University of Leicester is part of this 'Student Batch Scheme'.
The advantages of using the Student Welfare Office to make your application are:
- Your application is checked by a trained member of staff
- The Visa Renewal Officer and International Student Advisers act as a contact point for the Home Office in case there are any problems
- Your application and documents are posted to the Home Office by the University and returned directly here, making the process more secure
Please note that the Student Welfare Office cannot contact the Home Office for any students who have decided not to use the Batch Scheme due to data protection issues.
You will need to bring all your forms and documents to the appointment.
The Advisers will check your application and if it is correct we will post it. However, it is YOUR responsibility to make sure that you provide all the correct documents at the time of application - the UK Border Agency can refuse your application if you do not provide them.
Your application is then posted to the UK Border Agency by Special Delivery.
Once a decision has been made, the UK Border Agency will post your documents back to the Student Welfare Service. We will contact you by email to arrange collection of your passport and visa.
Please note: Whilst every attempt will be made to ensure the safe delivery of your documents, the University of Leicester cannot be held responsible for any documents which are lost or damaged during the Batch Scheme application process; or for any unsuccessful application for an extension of leave to remain in the UK.
Yes. More details will be given at the Tier 4 (General) Student Visa Information Session.
You may wish to read the UK Border Agency Tier 4 Policy Guidance which explains all the documents you will need to make a Tier 4 application:
It would be useful to contact your bank if you are not currently receiving original statements every month, to ensure that these are available for the visa renewal process. This is especially important now that you are required to show sufficient funds for a 28 day period - it is safest to assume that you will need to show £7,200 plus any course fees still unpaid for the current academic year for a 28 day period.
If you are currently sponsored, you may wish to warn any financial sponsors (e.g. your home university, your government) that you may need a letter from them (please refer to the policy guidance for further details).
Students in subject areas of Science; Maths; Geography; Engineering; Computer Science should check their University Admissions letter for a 'JACS code' to see whether you need to apply for an extra certificate called 'ATAS'.
If you have any questions about any of this information, please remember to ask them at the Visa Information Session.