I need more time to complete my course, how can I extend my current visa?

I need more time to complete my course, how can I extend my current visa?

Aimed at:  Edinburgh Napier’s international students

 

If your visa will expire before your current course has been completed or if you decide to further your studies at the University after your course has finished, you will have to apply for an extension of your immigration permission to remain in the UK.

 

Preparing your Tier 4 visa extension application form

The International Support Team will help you prepare your application and check the documents required to extend your student visa while in the UK and post it to the Home Office.

We would advise Edinburgh Napier University students wishing to apply in the UK, to apply through the University International Support Team. We operate the ‘Check & Send’ scheme. This is a scheme whereby our International Support Officers can check and submit Tier 4 applications on behalf of students to the Home Office. If you use this service, we will be able to answer any queries the Home Office may have about your application and can check on the progress of your application if necessary. To make use of this services please email internationalsupport@napier.ac.uk.

Student are required to read the Policy Guidance, complete the Tier 4 Online Application Form and then attend an appointment with International Support so that we can check your form and documents to issue the CAS letter you require for your visa application. For further information or to book an appointment please email internationalsupport@napier.ac.uk.

Once you have attended an appointment and have gathered all the required supporting documents and completed your online application form, it should be submitted to the International Support Team and your complete application will be checked and sent to the Home Office.

You can find the current cost of Tier 4 Visa extensions at the Home Office website. There is a higher charge for students who wish to make their application in person at a Public Enquiry Office.

Making your application to the Home Office

Remember: It is your responsibility to make your application to extend your leave to remain as a student in plenty time. The Home Office must receive your online visa application before the date your current visa expires.

If you make your application after the visa expiry date, you will be ‘overstaying’ and this is a criminal offence. You will not have any immigration status in the UK as an overstayer and this will affect your right to study and work while you are waiting on a decision about your application. It could also cause you problems for any future immigration applications you make.

Terms and Conditions of the Check & Send Scheme

University staff will post your application to Home Office caseworkers who specialise in student immigration. The advantages of this is that it is normally:

  • Faster and if the caseworkers have queries about your application they will telephone International Support instead of writing to you, which saves time.
  • Your immigration status is between you and the Home Office.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure that you apply for your new visa before the expiry date of your existing visa.
  • It is illegal for you to remain in the UK without valid leave to remain.
  • It is your responsibility to complete (including signing and dating) your Tier 4 (G)student online application form and provide the correct documentation.

Submitting your own application by post

  • You will need to complete the online application form and attend an appointment with the International Support Team who will check your application form and supporting documents. If all your documents are in order, you will be issued with your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) letter.
  • You will be required to sign a form confirming that you will provide your new immigration documents to the International Support Team once your new visa has been granted so that the University has an up to date copy of your immigration permission.

It is advisable that you take photocopies of the documents you will be submitting to the Home Office for your records. We advise you post your application to the Home Office using Special or Recorded Delivery. Please ensure you post your application to the correct address which is listed on the application form.

Applying in person at a Public Enquiry Office (PEO)

  • If you wish to apply for your visa quickly, you can make an appointment as part ofyour online visa application or in exceptional circumstances by telephone on 0870 606 7766.
  • You will need to complete the online application form and attend an appointment withthe International Support Team who will check your application and supporting documents. If all your documents are in order, you will be issued with your Confirmation of Acceptance to Study (CAS) letter.
  • You will be required to sign a form confirming that you will provide your new immigration documents to the International Support Team once your new visa has been granted so that the University has an up to date copy of your immigration permission.
  • You will normally have a decision on the day of your appointment and your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) will be posted to you within 7-10 working days.
  • The closest Public Enquiry Office to Edinburgh Napier University is located in Glasgow, however, you are able to attend an appointment at any PEO in the UK.
  • It is advisable that you take photocopies of the documents you will be submitting to the Home Office for your records.
  • For further information on submitting an application at a PEO please refer to the Home Office website.

Visa Refusals

In order to avoid visa refusals, it is important that you ensure all of the information provided in your visa application is correct. We follow strict guidelines when dealing with a visa refusal and it is often possible for you to submit an Administrative Review to the Home Office if your visa is refused.

We may also sometimes require to refer you to an immigration specialist if your situation is particularly complex.

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