Extending Your Visa from within the UK
Where can I apply for a Tier 4 (General) Student Visa?
Come and see one of the International Student Advisers to discuss whether you should apply for your visa in your home country or whether you can extend your visa in the UK. Ring 01792 602000 to make an appointment with an Adviser.
What if I want to re-enter the UK to apply for a visa extension?
You must have a valid student visa which allows you to re-enter the UK. Please click here for further advice on re-entering the UK. Please click here if you require further advice on applying for a student visa outside the UK.
How can I apply for a Tier 4 (General) Student Visa in the UK?
There are two services available to you to extend your visa:
- Batch postal application through the University Batch Scheme
- Premium application through Cardiff Public Enquiry Office (PEO)
How long does it take and how much does it cost?
The Batch Scheme can take anywhere between 2 and 3 months, or possibly longer during busy periods (September - December). A Batch Scheme application costs £406. You will pay this fee by debit or credit card. You will also have to pay for your biometrics to be taken at a participating Post Office (Port Talbot or Cardiff). Cost is £19.20 per person.
The Premium service normally takes between 2 - 3 weeks. A Premium application costs £781; you can pay the application fee by credit or debit card by filling in the relevant section on the application form. Biometrics are taken at the Cardiff Public Enquiry Office office and no extra payment is needed.
What can ISAS do for me?
ISAS can assist you with your visa application in the following ways:
- Deliver workshops on how to fill in the application form and advise you on what documents you will need to provide with your application.
- Check your completed application form and documents
- Send your application to the Batch Scheme or Cardiff PEO (Premium service)
- Receive your passport, documents and visa (BRP/ID card) after a decision has been made on your application
If you want an Adviser to help you with your application, you MUST attend one of the Tier 4 (General) workshops.
Where can I get the form and further information?
Please use the links on the right hand side of this page to find our 'Frequently Asked Questions - Extending Your Leave to Remain' leaflet and links to our workshop presentation, the application form and an example of a completed Tier 4 (General) application form. You will also find guidance about the type of photographs you will need and details of your duties and responsibilities under Tier 4.