Student Visa Extension UK : Easy Steps and Guidelines

Student Visa Extension

Student Visa Extension is crucial for overseas students to study abroad without interruption. In the UK, several educational institutes grab students’ attention globally. People living in the UK on a two-year student visa can now extend their stay to complete their studies and apply for this visa extension.

Furthermore, applying for a student visa extension involves meeting financial requirements, cost, CAS, and necessary documents. Understand the procedure for extending the UK student visa for a smooth educational transition. Moreover, legal assistance from official resources is needed to gain updated and accurate information. 

Eligibility Criteria For Student Visa Extension 

Before applying, applicants must check the eligibility criteria for a smooth process. Also, the applicants need to meet the given criteria:

  • At the time of the extension application, you must have a student visa in tier 4.
  • The application must be enrolled in any registered educational institute according to visa requirements.
  • Must have a sponsorship letter offered by the university.
  • You must have enough funds to extend your stay for living expenses and tuition fees.
  • Show academic records that prove your new course is higher than the previous one. 

How To Apply For Student Visa Extension 

Follow the simple steps to apply for the extension of a student visa or tier 4 visa:

  • Gather necessary documents, including proof of financial aid, CAS, valid passport, and academic progression. 
  • Open the official website and complete the application process here online. Carefully fill all the sections with correct information.
  • Pay the extension fee according to the latest revised fee. You need to ensure the accurate fee from the legal government website.
  • After this, attend biometric sessions to provide verified photographs and fingerprints. 
  • Processing time can be varied from 8 weeks to above, so it is advisable to apply six months before the expiry of the current visa. 

Financial Requirements 

The following are the financial requirements for the student visa or tier 4 extension:

  • Applicants must have a minimum of £1023 in their account for one month, except for tuition fees. And the maximum financial requirement is £9027 for nine months for any course you will study in the UK.
  • The applicants must hold the money for 28 days in their accounts and their parent’s or partners’ accounts.
  • Suppose you are showing the amount of financial stability from your parent’s account. In that case, you need to give your birth certificate and letter, which claims that your parents are responsible for paying for the expenses of your studies.
  • Applicants can use their partner’s account if they reside in the UK.
  • The bank statement must not be 31 days older.
  • If you are getting a visa on scholarship, provide the latest scholarship letter.
  • Dependents need to show £680.
  • Your application will only be accepted if you meet these requirements.

Documents Required

The following are the documents required for the extension of the student visa:

  • Current and valid CAS
  • A passport that shows your previous visit if you have one.
  • Sponsor letter
  • Necessary financial requirements for stability.
  • If the CAS claims the applicant is sponsored on the progress date, such individuals do not need to prove their eligibility. 
  • Proof of completion of previous academic records is required to show that you are enrolled at the above level.
  • If the application provides BRP
  • The dependent must provide a birth certificate.
  • All documents must be translated into English; otherwise, your documents will be rejected.
  • If any applicant belongs to the country listed in differential evidence requirements, such individuals still need to meet the application process requirements. 

CAS Requirements

The following are the requirements of CAS:

  • While extending your stay for further studies, applicants do not need a new CAS. They can use the previous one.
  • If you are extending your stay because of the completion of the current course, you need a new CAS.
  • The CAS includes educational records, personal details, and evidence of paid tuition fees.
  • An accommodation fee is not part of CAS; pay it in advance to avoid delays.
  • CAS expires in six months, which means you need to have a new CAS after six months.

Additional Requirements

Some additional requirements associated with the extension of student visa are given below:

  • The dependent needs to have £6120 for nine months in the accounts, which they need to hold for 28 days.
  • Applicants who rely on their parents must have a supporting letter in which their parents claim that they will provide the educational expenses for their kids.
  • Also, an English-translated birth certificate is required for the dependent applicant.
  • The applicants don’t need to keep the money in pounds in their banks.

Cost Of Student Visa Extension

The costs involved in the extension of student visa is given as follows:

Type of feeCost 
Application fee £490
Annual IHS fee£1035
One year IHS for under 18£776
IHS for less than six months£388
Biometric fee £19.20
Priority service for processing£990
Super priority service for processing£1290

Conclusion

To conclude that, overseas individuals who want to stay more in the UK for studies need to apply for the extension of student visa. However, the process ensures the gathering of required documents, eligibility criteria and cost. Be mindful to apply for the extension before the validity of your current visa comes to an end. Following the immigration rules and understanding the visa extension guidelines will help you make a successful decision. Further, seek advice from legal advisors or lawyers to make the process easy to understand. Manage your expenses and require important documents before planning your visit. 

(FAQs)

When should I apply for an extension of my student visa to the UK?

Start the extension process three months in advance before your visa expires. Because the processing of applications requires more time and it takes more than eight weeks to process the application. So, in some emergency cases, applicants need to face problems. But if you apply in advance for the extension, you will avoid such situations.

What document do I require to apply for the student visa extension?

The following are the documents required for the extension of the student visa:

  • Proof of completion of previous academic records is required to show that you are now enrolled at the above level.
  • If the application provides BRP
  • The dependent must provide a birth certificate.
  • All documents must be translated into English; otherwise, your documents will be rejected.
  • Current and valid CAS
  • A passport that shows your previous visit if you have one.
  • Sponsor letter
  • Necessary financial requirements for stability.
  • If the CAS claims the applicant is sponsored on the progress date, such individuals do not need to prove their eligibility. 

Can I work while my application for an extension is being processed?

People who apply for student visa extensions before their current visa expires can work, while if your visa expires before you apply for the extension, you cannot continue your work. If you continue your work in the UK on a student visa, you must know about the procedure and its exemptions. 

Who can apply for a student visa extension?

The following are the conditions under which applicants can apply for the extension:

  • Applicants who want to study more and earn higher education, which is different from the previous course.
  • Individuals who can not complete their course in the given period can go for an extension.
  • To get a graduate route, the applicant can also get an extension.
  • PhD students need more than two years to complete their research. 

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