A Graduate visa gives you permission to stay in the UK for at least 2 years after successfully completing a course in the UK. Find out more about considerations to keep in mind before making an application.
Extending your visa in the UK
If you currently have a student visa and need more time in the UK as a student, then you may be able to make an immigration application within the UK.
Applying for your visa outside the UK
You may need to make your visa application in your home country, particularly if you've had a break in your studies.
Out-of-term travel and immigration advice
If you’re looking to travel overseas during the University holiday periods, follow the advice below to make sure you don’t come across any difficulties.
Find out who qualifies as a dependant, how you can make a dependant application in the UK or abroad and what documents you'll need to provide.
ATAS - Academic Technology Approval Scheme
If you're planning to undertake a postgraduate course and are from outside the European Economic Area you may need an ATAS certificate. Please note that from 6 July 2018 the ATAS condition will apply to courses with a duration of less than six months alongside courses over six months.
International family and friends visits
Many international students invite family and friends to attend graduation or to visit the UK for holidays.
You can travel to several countries within the European Economic Area by using a Schengen visa. Find out where you can go and how to apply.
Correcting Visa Errors
Sometimes UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) makes mistakes when issuing student visas and if your visa is incorrect, you can apply to have it corrected.
Student visa time limits
There are limits placed by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) on how long you can hold a Student visa. The length of time you can hold a Student visa depends on your level of study.
Student Visa responsibilities
Students and universities must comply with certain responsibilities. These responsibilities apply wherever you study, and are not specific to the University of Leeds.
Suspensions, temporary leave and external students
There are a number of reasons why you may not be required on campus and have to leave the UK. Find out what you have to do if this affects you.
Lost passports and Biometric Residence Permits
Your should keep your passport and Biometric Residence Permit safe while you're studying and living in the UK and also when travelling outside of the UK. These important documents can be inconvenient and expensive to replace.
At the end of your course
If you want to return to the UK after your course has finished, it's important to know about the arrangements you have to make.
Collecting your Biometric Residence Permit
If you have a student visa or a short term study visa and are attending a course for six months or longer, you’ll need to collect your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) in Leeds.
Language centre visa extensions in September
Language Centre pre-sessional students who are starting a new course at the University can follow these instructions to extend their visa in the UK.
Work placements and extending your Tier 4/Student visa
If you have a confirmed offer for a work placement as an assessed part of your current course, or if you will be undertaking a study abroad year, it is likely that you will need to apply for further time on your visa as a result.
Protect yourself from fraud
Be aware that a number of international students in the UK have been targeted by fraudsters, pretending to work for the Home Office UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI), an embassy, the police, or another official authority in their home country.