As an international student, sorting your visa is one of the most stressful things you have to do.
It can be confusing so we have put everything in one place to make it a little bit easier to answer all your questions:
How long do I have before my visa expires?
If you want to extend your visa, you MUST apply a month before your current visa expires but your visa cannot be any longer than 5 years. If you need to stay longer to complete your degree then now is the time to apply for an extension because you may be able to extend it by up to 23 months.
Can I stay in the UK over summer?
The length of your visa depends on your course - if you have a year-long visa this may include summer too. You'll find this information in your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies.
How do I extend my visa?
It isn't the easiest process but let's go through the steps!
1. You need a sponsor.
You can use the same sponsor as before or a new one. Your UK or overseas university is probably the easiest one to use.
2.You need to include a photograph and your fingerprints.
This can be done at Post Offices for £19.20 - don't forget them!
3. You need to pay.
Healthcare surcharges need to paid in advance before your application can be processed and you also need to pay for the process. A standard application takes 8 weeks, but you can pay more to get a quicker decision if you need to know urgently.
Here's a breakdown of the different types of applications, how long they take and how much they cost:
If you're ever worried about a conflict between your studies and your visa, you must speak to Student Support at your university because they'll be able to help.