If your current Tier 4 visa expires before the end of your current programme, you will need to extend your stay in the UK.
When to apply
If you need to be on campus to complete your current programme and if you continue to meet relevant academic and immigration requirements, you should be able to apply for your visa extension (your next Tier 4 General visa) while here and must do so before your current visa expires.
How to apply
There are three ways to submit your Tier 4 visa application depending on how quickly you want UKVI to decide your visa application.
Standard – it could take up to 8 weeks, but costs less. Original documents are submitted by post. Biometric details (photos and fingerprints) are enrolled separately at extra cost.
Premium – adecision is made the same day (in most cases), but is more expensive. Original documents are checked and scanned during the appointment. Biometric details are enrolled during the appointment.
For Standard and Premium service, you can apply online
Priority – a decision is usually made within 10 days, providing you comply with strict time restrictions. You must complete and submit a request form and receive a UKVI confirmation email with further instructions before you can proceed to completing your online application.
Whichever service you choose, please remember to download and print your Tier 4 document checklist and/or Tier 4 application and submit these together with your original documents to the UKVI by post or in person.