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Information on extending your Tier 4 visa.
You should request a new CAS around 3 months before your visa expires, or as soon as possible if your visa is about to expire. We will then contact your academic department to request details of your academic progress and attendance records. If you are eligible to extend your visa, we will request financial documents from you so that we can ensure you meet the Tier visa requirements. The final step is that we will invite you to attend an appointment with us to submit your visa extension application – if you intend to and are eligible to apply from within the UK. If you plan to apply from overseas, you must still leave the UK before your current visa expires and we will need to see evidence of this before issuing a new CAS. If you plan to apply from overseas, you must still leave the UK before your current visa expires and we will need to see evidence of this before issuing a new CAS.
Have a look at our Tier 4 Visa Extension guide for more information.
Can I extend my Tier 4 visa?
If you already have a Tier 4 student visa, or have recently had a Tier 4 student visa, you can extend it in the following circumstances:
- If you have just finished one course in the UK, with Goldsmiths or possibly another University and you are going to complete another course in the UK (subject to the requirements for academic progression and the cap on previous study in the UK).
- If you are repeating your course ‘in attendance’ with Goldsmiths, for example, you may have failed some or all of your studies and been told by assessments you need to repeat ‘in attendance’. You need to request a new CAS if this applies to you.
- If you are a PhD student requiring additional time to complete your studies with us. You will need to request a new CAS and the Immigration Advisory Service will carry out a full assessment of your case and confirm your extension details with your supervisor and the Graduate School.
In all of the above circumstances, you can only extend your visa if you have made satisfactory academic progress, and been attending classes consistently.
You cannot extend your visa in the following circumstances:
- To attend your graduation. Please read the information about returning to the UK to attend your graduation.
- If you are repeating some or all of your course as an ‘Exam Attendance only’ student (which means you do not need to attend any classes, but need to sit an exam or hand in assignments)
- If you have already been awarded your PhD qualification
- If you have, or will, exceed the ‘5 year cap on study’
- If you do not meet the requirements for ‘academic progression’
Extending your visa inside the UK
Moving from one course to another
If you currently hold a Tier 4 student visa, you can only apply for a new course of study from within the UK if your new course starts within 28 days of the expiry of your current visa.
Repeating your course ‘in attendance’
If you are repeating in attendance, you will need to request a new CAS using our online form. This will then be sent automatically to the Immigration Advisory Service, and a member of our team will contact you to discuss your request.
PhD students requesting additional time
You should request a new CAS around 3-4 months before your current visa expires, the Immigration Advisory Service will then liaise your supervisor and the relevant departments to carry out a series of checks, such as your academic progress to date and your attendance/engagement on the course.
If we are unable to support a Tier 4 visa extension for your new submission date or for your Viva, then you would be advised to leave the UK and return on a Short-Term Study Visa.
When to apply inside the UK
You must apply before your current visa expires and have met the Tier 4 visa requirements. The Immigration Advisory Service will help you make your application, so you don’t need to worry. You can check our Extending your Tier 4 visa guide for more information about the extension process.
Documents needed to extend your visa inside the UK
The Immigration Advisory Service will help you apply for your visa inside the UK, but you can prepare your documents ready for your appointment with us. For your Immigration Advisory Service appointment, you will need the following documents:
- 2 Passport photos meeting the Government photo guidelines
- Your bank statements meeting the Tier 4 financial requirements
- Any academic qualifications – we will tell you what qualifications you need to bring to your appointment
- Your current passport
- Your current visa / BRP
- Any previous passports that contain UK visas inside them
- National Insurance number if you have one
- Your police registration certificate (if you were required to register with the police)
- And any other documents requested by us.
Applying outside the UK
Applying outside the UK
You will need to apply for your extension in your home country, or the country where you are usually resident. We can only issue the CAS once we have confirmed you are outside of the UK and satisfied the Tier 4 visa requirements. - we will usually ask to see a copy of your boarding pass and/or flight tickets or a stamp in your passport.
Returning from an interruption
If you are returning to Goldsmiths, we recommend that you request a CAS around 3 months before your return date. This will allow us to check your supporting documents by email, including your bank statements, and means you should have time to apply for your visa in your home country. We will also need to check your previous attendance history. You should check the visa processing times in your country and if you have concerns, request your CAS a little sooner.