Tier 4 Extension Service
If you're a student on a full-time or pre-sessional course, you can apply to extend your visa through our Tier 4 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 Tier 4 Extension Service.
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
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 Tier 4 visa.
Before your Tier 4 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 Tier 4 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 Tier 4 Visa Extension
Before attending your Tier 4 extension appointment you will need to provide specific documents to be checked through the Tier 4 Extension Service Moodle module. You can prepare these documents before you receive your CAS.
Upload your supporting documents online
You will need to upload your supporting documents to the Tier 4 Extension Service Moodle module at least 24 hours before your online appointment. This will allow our advisers to check your documents before the appointment and make sure they meet the Tier 4 requirements. They will contact you if there are any problems with your documents and may re-arrange your appointment if necessary.
Please also make sure you have all of the required documents (including your passport and visa) saved to your own computer in individual files. You will need to access these during the appointment to upload your documents to the Tier 4 online application form. Please also make sure you have a bank card with you to pay for the application form and Immigration Health Surcharge.
Your online Tier 4 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 and upload the documents we need to Moodle before your appointment. We will check them for you and (assuming the details of your application are correct and meet requirements) we will submit the online application with you and book your appointment at a UKVI Service Point. The nearest UKVI Service Point that is free to use is in Cardiff.
After your appointment
Attend a UKVI Service Point to enrol your biometrics
After you have submitted the Tier 4 application online during your Tier 4 extension appointment, we will book an appointment at one of the UKVI Service Points for you to show your original documents and enrol your biometrics. You must take your original passport with you.
Your passport and documents
Your original documents will be returned to you on the day of your UKVI Service Point 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 collect it from the University.
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.