How to make a Check and Send appointment to process your visa extension
If you're a student on a full-time or pre-sessional course, you can apply to extend your visa through our Check and Send service.
Before your Check and Send appointment
Use our checklist to make sure you bring all the documents we will ask to see at your appointment.
Request a CAS number
Make sure you request a confirmation of acceptance (CAS) to study at least two weeks before the date of your Check and Send appointment.
How to book your appointment
After you have collected all of the required documents, you can make a Check and Send appointment by going to the Student Services Centre at the 4 West Roper Student Services Centre, or by calling +44 (0)1225 383838. Please note, no visa advice will be given over the phone.
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 with completing your application, please download our application instruction form.
It is your responsibility to ensure that your application is complete, correct and meets UKVI requirements.
Although you must complete your application before your Check and Send appointment, you do not need to submit it to the Home Office at this stage.
Your Check and Send appointment
At your appointment a Student Immigration Adviser will help you to complete your application form before you submit it 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
Make sure you bring your completed visa application form and the other documents we need to your appointment. We will check them for you and (assuming the details of your application are correct and meet requirements) we will then send it to UKVI for you at no extra cost.
If we cannot see your documents we reserve the right not to send your application.
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 need to take the biometric enrolment letter to a post office that offers this service within 15 working days of submitting your visa application The appropriate post offices nearest to the University are in Bristol, Keynsham and Trowbridge.
Returning your passport and documents to you
We will contact UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) and oversee your application until they have made a decision, and then they will send your passport and documents back to us. We will then return them to you, and advise you of anything else you need to do.
It is essential that you keep photocopies of all your documents, as UKVI only accepts originals.
You can read our guides for more information. We recommend that any Tier 4 applicant reads How to apply for a Tier 4 visa.
You can also email our Student Immigration Service if you have any specific queries.
Pre-sessional students starting an academic course in Sep 2018
If you are studying a standalone pre-sessional course, you will need to extend your Tier 4 visa for your main course. After you have finished your pres-sessional course, the Student Immigration Service will help you to apply.
You will attend two visa lectures – the Academic Skills Centre will email you with the dates and times of these lectures. You will have two appointments in September – one to check your documents, and one to hand in your documents. You can also attend a drop-in session at any point to ask any questions about the application process.
The visa application process:
Attend visa lecture one & two (the Academic Skills Centre will give you the times for these). We will give you your appointment one time slot and a folder to help you prepare your documents during visa lecture one.
Attend your appointment one with all your documents for checking. Once we have checked your documents, we will give you an appointment two slot.
Submit your visa application form online one day before your appointment two. Do not submit earlier than this, even if you receive your CAS earlier.
Your CAS will be issued after you have passed your pre-sessional course. You do not need to request this.
Attend your appointment two with all your documents. We will collect your documents in the appointment two and send them to UKVI for you.
Take your biometric letter to a Post Office to enrol your biometrics. You need to do this within 15 working days of submitting your application online.
Your documents and Biometric Residence Card (BRP) will be returned to the University. We will let you know when they have arrived and you can collect them.