This information is for students who will be applying to extend their Tier 4 visa.
When to extend your visa
You need to submit a visa application before the expiry date of your current visa. You can apply to extend your visa up to three months before the expiry of your current visa.
How to extend your visa
1. Register and create an account online
-If you are applying from inside the UK, please follow this link and click on 'Apply Online'.
-If you are applying from outside the UK, please follow these links for Tier 4 (General) and Tier 4 (Dependent) or contact the International Student Advisers for further information. On the application form, enter the Alternative Collection Location (ACL code) 2HE479 on both of your application forms so you can collect your BRPs at the University.
2. Request your CAS statement
You must request your CAS statement before you can apply to extend your visa. The University will only issue you a CAS statement if you are applying for visa extension on or before the expiry date of your current student visa. If your visa has expired, you will not be issued a CAS until you show evidence that you have left the UK (e.g a flight ticket). You will have to apply for entry clearance from your home country.
Click here to request your CAS statement.
Please note: your CAS will not be released until your bank statements are checked by the International Student Advisers
3. Prepare your supporting documents
You must show a maintenance of £1015 per month of your course up to a maximum of nine months (e.g if your course lasts two months, you need to show £1015 x 2 or if your course lasts nine months or more or you will have to show a maximum £9135).
Note that UKVI look at the date of the latest banking transaction to determine that the bank statement is no older than one month old rather then the date that the statement is printed.
The full amount MUST be in your bank account for 28 consecutive days. Your bank statement must be no older than one month.
Please note that applicants for Tier 4 (Doctorate Extension Scheme) are exempt from this rule and need to show £2030 for 28 days.
If you are unsure of the official end date of your course, please contact Department of Student and Academic Administration at: email@example.com
You may use your parents’ bank account to demonstrate your maintenance and fees. The statement must be in English or officially translated but the funds can be in the local currency. If you use your parents’ bank statement to prove your maintenance and fees, you must also provide your original birth certificate and a letter from your parents, signed and dated, confirming they are sponsoring you.
If you are a sponsored student, (sponsored by your Government or an official recognised company) you must provide an up-to-date official sponsorship letter as evidence of your funds.
4. Fill in the online form
Fill in the online form as much as you can, but stop at the declaration page.
If you go any further, you will not be able to make any amendments to your application. Bring all your supporting documents to the Global Office, as well as your login details, and the International Student Advisers will check your application before sending it.
Applications are dealt with weekdays from 10.00am to 3.00pm.
Cost of visa application:
What happens next?
Once you have submitted your Biometrics (fingerprints and eye scan) at the Post Office in the city centre of Portsmouth, the Home Office should make a decision on your application within 8-10 weeks. You may be asked to attend an interview.
You will receive a decision on your application in writing. This will be sent to the Global Office if you applied through us. If you apply using the premium service, you should receive a decision on the day of your appointment and your visa will usually be posted to you in ten working days.
Resits and Repeats
You can apply for a visa extension in the UK. Please follow guidance from Step 1 on this page.
The UKVI Student Compliance Team will be unable to issue to you a CAS to progress with your course until the results of your second attempt resit.
If your visa period does not cover the second attempt resit, you will need to apply for further leave to undertake the resit.
Please note: If you have changed courses, you will need to return home to apply for your visa, extensions can only be made in the UK if you are continuing on the same course.