University of Bath

How to make a Check and Send appointment to process your visa extension

Existing students, or students on a pre-sessional course, can make an application to extend their visa through our Check and Send service.

Student support
Student being supported through their application

Before your Check and Send appointment

Before booking a Check and Send appointment, you will need to provide specific documents and have them checked at a 'drop-in' session.

Use our checklist to make sure that you provide all of the documents required for your Check and Send appointment.

Request a CAS number

You need to request a confirmation of acceptance (CAS) to study at least two weeks before the date of your Check and Send appointment. Find out how to request a CAS.

How to book your appointment

Once you have collected all of the required documents, you can make a Check and Send appointment by going to the Student Services Centre in at the 4 West Roper Student Services Centre or by calling +44 (0)1225 385538.

Save your online application

You can then fill in the online application form on the government website and save it without submitting or paying a fee. For help in completing your application please download our application instruction form.

It is your responsibility to ensure that your application is complete, correct and meets the UKVI requirements.

You must complete this application, but not submit it, before your Check and Send appointment.

Your Check and Send appointment

In your Check and Send appointment, a Student Immigration Adviser will help you complete your application before it is submitted to the Home Office.

This service is designed to help minimise the risk of your visa extension being refused; common reasons for refusal include:

  • your bank documents do not clearly show that there is enough money in your bank account every day for a 28-day period
  • your financial documents do not meet Home Office requirements
  • you have not provided original qualifications or certificates listed on the Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
  • your documents are not in English
  • your tuberculosis (TB) test has not been approved by the Home Office

Make sure you bring your completed visa application form and the required documents to your appointment. We will then check your application form and documents, and send your application to UKVI (assuming the details of your application are correct and meet requirements) for you at no extra cost.

We reserve the right not to send your application for you if we have not seen your documents.

After your appointment

Biometric enrolment letter

Once your visa application form has been submitted, you will receive a document checklist and biometric enrolment letter, which we will print out.

You will need to take the biometric enrolment letter to a post office offering this service (the nearest to the University are in Bristol, Keynsham and Trowbridge). You must do this within 15 working days of your visa application submission.

Returning your passport and documents to you

We will contact UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) as necessary and oversee your application until UKVI have made a decision and your passport and documents are returned to us. We will return your passport and documents to you and advise you of any further action required.

It is essential that you keep photocopies of all documents as UKVI only accepts original documents.

Further information

You can read our guides for more information. We recommend that any Tier 4 applicant reads:

You can also email if you have any specific queries.