Extending your student visa through International Student Support
From 24th June 2013 most Tier 4 (General) student visa applications that are made in the UK must be submitted to the UK Border Agency using a new online procedure. This involves completing and submitting your application form and making your payment online. When you have done this you will then need to submit your supporting documents to UKBA by post.
We have produced a leaflet which will help you to create an online account with UKBA and to complete the online application form. This is available to download here:
How to extend your visa through ISS
ISS is based at the Student Support Centre and operates the “Student Batch Scheme” in conjunction with UKBA for student visa extension applications. We would strongly encourage you to send your application through this scheme so that ISS can support you through the application process.
A comprehensive booklet called “A guide to extending your student visa” is available to collect in hard copy from the Student Support Centre (50 Park Place), or you can download it here:
This will give you the detailed information you will need in order to complete your visa application.
It is essential that you read this guide carefully before making your visa application.
You can also view our Tier 4 student visa video which explains what documents you will need for your visa application.
Most applications are processed within 14 weeks from the date of posting, although it can take longer at busy times such as October or January, or if the UKBA make enquiries.
We strongly advise you not to book any travel until your documents are returned as we cannot guarantee how long the process will take.
Step by step guide to extending your visa through ISS
Download our booklet called “A guide to extending your student visa”
Download our leaflet called “How to complete the Tier 4 Student Online Application”
Complete the Tier 4 Student Online application form as instructed in the leaflet. There are 12 sections to complete. Gather together all of the required supporting documents and take a photocopy of each document.
Save your Tier 4 Student Online application form as a PDF document as instructed in the leaflet and then email it to firstname.lastname@example.org as an attachment at least 4 weeks before your visa is due to expire. Please identify your email as “Tier 4 Student Online Application” in the subject box, and in the main body of your email please include the following information:
- Your full name
- Your contact telephone number
- Your student ID number
- The date your current visa will expire
ISS will contact you within 5 working days to book an individual appointment for you to review your application with an International Student Adviser, and if it is complete to pay the visa fee and submit your application online and send your supporting documents to the UKBA. Please bring your supporting documents and photocopies with you to this appointment.
Is there a more urgent service?
ISS may be able to assist you in making a premium in-person application at the UKBA Public Enquiry Office (PEO) in Cardiff. This costs £781 and your visa usually takes approximately 2 weeks to be issued from the day you give your biometric details at the PEO. Please note that Cardiff University have been given a limited number of appointments each week at the PEO. These will be available on a first come first served basis.
You will need to book an appointment with an International Student Adviser so that we can discuss this process with you. Please DO NOT complete the Tier 4 Student Online application form in this situation.
Once your application is complete it will be sent to the PEO and you will then be allocated a biometric appointment. If your application is successful then all of your documents and your Biometric Residence Permit will be returned to the Student Support Centre and we will contact you to let you know that you can collect them.
My parents are providing financial support, is there a template letter that they could use?
If your parents are providing financial support you will need to submit additional documentation as outlined on page 8 of our guide. To assist you we have produced a template letter that your parents could complete:
Don't forget that the letter must be signed and it must be an original document. Scanned copies, faxes or emails are not acceptable.