Student visa extension service
If you're a student on a full-time or pre-sessional course, you can apply to extend your visa through our Student visa extension service.
How to book your appointment
Due to the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak, the Student Immigration Service are not currently able to offer face to face appointments. We have therefore set up an online Student visa extension service.
This service is designed to help minimise the risk of your visa extension being refused. It is your responsibility to ensure that your application is complete, correct and meets UKVI requirements.
Request a CAS number
You will not be able to book and appointment with us until we have issued a CAS to you. Make sure you request a confirmation of acceptance (CAS) to study at least two weeks before you would like to apply to extend your Student visa.
Before your Student visa extension appointment
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. You must fill in the application form before attending your appointment. If you are unsure of any questions, please fill in the answers to the best of your ability.
Although you must complete your application before your Student visa extension appointment, please do not submit it and pay for it at this stage - an adviser will check the application form and submit it with you during the appointment.
Documents for your Student visa application
Before attending your Student visa extension appointment, please check which documents you need for your visa application and make sure you have a copy of these saved on your computer in individual files. You will need to access these during the appointment to upload your documents to the Student visa online application form. You can prepare these documents before you receive your CAS. We may request that you provide these documents by email before your Student visa extension appointment.
If you are not sure which documents you need to prepare, or have any questions, please book an advice appointment to speak to an adviser before your Student visa extension appointment.
Your online Student visa extension appointment
A Student Immigration Adviser will video call you using Microsoft Teams at the start of your appointment. Please make sure you log into Microsoft Teams in time for the start of your appointment. During your appointment a Student Immigration Adviser will check your completed application form before you submit it to UKVI.
Make sure you complete (but do not submit) the online visa application form before your appointment. We will check your documents for you and (assuming the details of your application are correct and meet requirements) we will submit the online application with you and upload your supporting documents.
Please also make sure you have a bank card with you to pay for the application form and Immigration Health Surcharge.
After your Student visa extension appointment
Enrolling your biometrics and receiving your BRP
After you have submitted the Student visa application online during your Student visa extension appointment, you should receive an email confirming whether UKVI are able to re-use your biometrics from your previous visa application. If your biometric can be re-used, you will be asked to download an app to provide an updated photograph. If your biometrics cannot be re-used, you will receive an email asking you to book a biometric appointment. If you are required to provide your biometrics again, you must take your original passport with you to your biometric appointment.
Your original documents will be returned to you on the day of your biometric appointment. Your BRP will be sent to us within eight weeks if you use the Standard Service. We will email you once we have received it and you will be able to book an appointment to collect it from the University.
You can read our guides for more information. We recommend that any Student visa applicant reads How to apply for a Student visa.
You can also email our Student Immigration Service if you have any specific queries.