Extend your student visa in the UK or continue to live in the UK as an EU / EEA national
International Student Support offers a variety of resources to assist you with making a Tier 4 visa extension application.
While we can offer assistance and support with preparing your visa application, it is your responsibility to ensure that you submit this in good time - it is important to check the date when your visa expires so you can prepare your application, gather your documents and make your application in time.
It is particularly important to ensure you meet all UKVI document and maintenance requirements and to start preparing financial documents early. All visa applications must be submitted before your visa expiry date.
We can also offer some assistance regarding applying for the EU Settlement Scheme.
Study in the UK as an EU / EEA national
While the UK Government has made some announcements, unfortunately things could change so it is very important to keep checking for updates on the www.gov.uk webpages and our Information Sheet for EU and EEA nationals , however, everything written here is based on the information we have at this moment.
If you currently live in the UK, or have been living in the UK within the last 6 months and intend to continue doing so, please see the information below about eligibility to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.
EU Settlement Scheme for EU and EEA nationals - when and how to apply: You will need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme if you wish to remain in the UK after the end of the “transitional period” when the UK leaves the EU. While the UK Government has made some recent announcements and additions to the immigration rules, things could change so it is very important to keep checking for updates on the www.gov.uk webpages. Everything written here is based on the information we have at this moment and with the UK expecting to leave the EU on 31st January 2020.
EU citizens and certain family members can apply from outside the UK free of charge and a decision would be made based on the length of their residence in the UK. We understand that EU nationals will need to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme before 30 June 2021, whereas EEA nationals will need to apply before 31 December 2020. There is no change to the position of EEA nationals (EU, non-EU EEA and Swiss citizens) and their family members already here in the UK during before and during the transitional period which means students and their family members can continue to exercise their residency rights in the UK.
It would probably be safest, in terms of reassurance and having evidence of your right to re-enter the UK, if you apply for the EU Settlement Scheme soon. You can see information about the EU Settlement Scheme in Appendix EU of the UK Immigration Rules. UKVI have noted that the EU Settlement Scheme processing times are usually 5 working days however can take up to one month.
Once granted, your settlement status will be recorded digitally so you will not receive a document to prove this. However, employers, educational institutions, UK Border Officers etc can access this if required. Those holding settled or pre-settled status are expected to continue to be able to work, study, and access benefits and services in the UK in the same way they do now.
Please note, if your EU Settlement Scheme status is lost due to a period of absence exceeding the time permitted, and if you are no longer eligible to apply under the settlement scheme, you will need to apply under any other category of the Immigration Rules in place at the time you wish to enter the UK.
“Settled status” and “pre-settled status”: You will receive either “settled” or “pre-settled” status when your application is decided – this will depend on how long you have lived in the UK. See the evidence of UK residence documents you can prepare and submit. You can get a Certifying Letter from the University to prove how long you have been studying at University of Glasgow on your current course (and for evidence of any previous courses studied at University of Glasgow too).
If you have been living in the UK continuously for five or more years (with gaps of up to 6 months in any 12 months period and / or one instance of up to 12 months absence for a specified reason, including study) you will be eligible to apply for settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme. ‘Settled status' (unless granted to Swiss citizens and their family members) will be lost after a continuous absence of more than five years from the UK and Islands (for Swiss citizens and family members under the EU settlement scheme this will be lost after a continuous absence of more than four years from the UK and Islands).
If you have not been living in the UK continuously for 5 years you will be eligible to apply for pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme. There is no minimum time you need to have spent in the UK in order to apply for pre-settled status – you only need to show evidence that you currently live in the UK and meet the definition of ‘continuous qualifying period’ in Appendix EU Annex 1- Definitions. 'Pre-settled' status will be lost after a continuous absence of more than two years from the UK and Islands.
Applying for a Tier 4 visa - first steps (read the online resources below)
Read the following resources:
Links to International Student Support
You should only take immigration advice from a regulated adviser - look out for the OISC 'tick' logo on any websites you use.
Prepare - Complete - Submit: Tier 4 visa extension application support
The Prepare-Complete-Submit guides have been made to offer you in-depth support to assist you with preparing to make your visa application at each stage of the process. Follow each of the links below to help you understand how to:
1. Prepare to make your visa application and gather the documents required
- Prepare guide
Supporting document guides for your Tier 4 visa application:
2. Complete your visa application form
3. Submit your visa application form and documents (including information on the evidence required for Visa Registration and what to do when you get your new visa)
- Submit guide
Your Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS)
Request your CAS
If you are extending your visa to start a new course at University of Glasgow, you do not need to request a CAS - it will be issued to you automatically once you have accepted an unconditional offer.
If you are extending your visa to continue on the same course at University of Glasgow, ask for a CAS Request Form at the relevant office (listed below), taking with you your current passport, your current visa and any previous passport (if it includes your current visa) so that the information can be verified. Once you have completed the CAS Request Form, and if your CAS request is approved, the External Relations Office will issue the CAS.
Where to request your CAS
|College of Arts||
Room 101, 6 University Gardens, Glasgow, G12 8QH
|College of MVLS||
Dental School: 378 Sauchiehall St, Glasgow, G2 3JZ
|School of Medicine (UG students): Wolfson Medical School Building, University Avenue, Glasgow, G12 8QQ|
|School of Veterinary Medicine: Garscube Campus, Bearsden Road, Glasgow, G61 1QH|
|All MVLS PG students:
Room 111, Sir James Black Building, University of Glasgow, University Avenue, Glasgow, G12 8QQ
|College of Science & Engineering||
1st floor, Level 3, Boyd Orr Building, University Avenue, Glasgow, G12 8QQ
|College of Social Sciences||
Room 107, Florentine House, 53 Hillhead St, Glasgow, G12 8QF
Check your CAS
Please ensure that you check all the details on your CAS once it is issued to you. If there are any errors on the CAS, contact the External Relations Office as soon as possible and before you apply for your visa. Once you are sure that all your details are correct on the CAS, you will need to print this and use it to help you complete the visa application form.
Updating your CAS with fee payments
When you pay tuition fees or accommodation fees to the university, the amount you pay can be shown on your CAS. As part of your visa application requires you to show financial evidence, it is important that you ensure your CAS update accurately reflects the fees you have paid before you submit your visa application online.
|Type of study||If you pay before receiving the CAS||If you pay after having received the CAS|
|Undergraduate||Please contact Noreen.Inglis@glasgow.ac.uk to inform the university of your payment and to request that this payment is noted on your CAS when it is issued.||
Please email your payment receipt to Noreen.Inglis@glasgow.ac.uk with ‘CAS Fee Update Required’ in the subject line to request an update to your CAS. Don't forget to include your name and CAS number in the e-mail.
You will receive a screenshot by e-mail within 7 working days of your request to show that your CAS has been updated.
|Postgraduate Taught||Your payment should be automatically included in your CAS when it is issued.|
|Postgraduate Research||Your payment should be automatically included in your CAS when it is issued.||
Your CAS will be updated once the payment has been received. The CAS is normally updated within 7 working days after the payment is made and you will be sent a 'CAS Fees Update' e-mail confirming that the CAS has been updated.
If you make a payment but do not receive a confirmation e-mail within 7 working days, you should email your payment receipt to firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘CAS Fee Update Required’ in the subject line to request an update to your CAS.
Tier 4 Pilot Scheme
Tier 4 visa pilot: applying for a Tier 4 (General) visa to study a one-year master's course.
The Home Office have selected University of Glasgow to take part in a pilot scheme. This will provide students applying for a Tier 4 visa to undertake a Masters course under 13 months in length the opportunity to benefit from six months extra time on their visa to look for work after their studies have ended. The visa application process itself for Tier 4 Pilot applicants will be streamlined.
Features of the Tier 4 Pilot Scheme
- You will be granted six months leave after your course end date - this will be helpful if you wish to stay in the UK to look for work after your studies have ended. Visa processing times may also be slightly quicker.
- While you must still prepare your financial and academic documents for your Tier 4 visa application (e.g. evidence of meeting the maintenance requirement and qualifications used for entry onto your Masters), you will not be required to submit these. Please note that you are still required to meet the Tier 4 Immigration Rules and you may be chosen to provide this documentation to the UKVI.
- See the Tier 4 Pilot Scheme information in the Tier 4 Policy Guidance, Annex 6.
You are eligible for the pilot scheme if you will study at University of Glasgow from May 2018 and:
- you are applying for a Tier 4 visa to start a one-year taught master's degree, or
- a one year research master's degree (MRes)
This includes combined pre-sessional and master's degrees where the duration of the master's is no more than 12 months. Please note, you are not eligible for the Tier 4 Pilot Scheme if you are applying for a one-year visa extension to complete an undergraduate exit master's qualification, or the second year of a two-year postgraduate degree.
If your entry to the main course is conditional based on successful completion of your pre-sessional programme, you will get an initial visa for the pre-sessional programme. You will then benefit from the pilot when you make your visa application for your master's course.
If you meet the above eligibility requirements, you can benefit from the Tier 4 Pilot Scheme if:
- you are applying for entry clearance (outside the UK), or
- you are applying to extend your Tier 4 visa inside the UK (following the successful completion of the most recent course studied on your current Tier 4 visa)
It is best if you note that you are eligible for the Tier 4 Pilot Scheme in the Additional Information section of the visa application form. If you have any questions about the Tier 4 Pilot Scheme or the Tier 4 visa application process, please contact International Student Support.
If you apply under the Tier 4 Pilot Scheme and are incorrectly granted the standard four months from your course end date, you must email the Home Office within 14 days of getting your biometric residence permit to tell them about the error. You must include your name, date of birth, nationality and UKVI reference number in your email. They will reply to your email to let you know if you can submit an administrative review and how to do this. If you have any questions about the process, please contact International Student Support.
Dependants who are making a Tier 4 dependant visa application at the same time as you under the Tier 4 Pilot Scheme are also eligible to benefit from the reduced documentation requirements and longer visa. If however they do not apply at the same time as you, they will be required to include full evidence of their finances with their visa application, but they will receive the same amount of leave as you.
As part of your appointment, you will need to book an appointment at a UKVCAS Service Centre - there is a UKVCAS Service Centre in Glasgow or you could choose to book at a UKVCAS service centre elsewhere in the UK. You can choose from the Standard, Priority or Super Priority services. Please see the 'Submit' guide for more information.
Biometric Information & BRPs
Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)
When you apply for a visa in the UK, you will be given your visa on a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) card instead of a sticker in your passport. The BRP will have all your visa details (visa type and expiry date) and conditions of your stay on it (e.g. working permissions). When you travel you must take both your passport and your Biometric Residence Permit with you to be able to get back into the UK.
Enrolling your biometric information
The biometric information you will provide is:
- A photograph of your face (this is taken for you with a digital camera)
- Fingerprints and thumbprints (these are scanned)
You will enrol your Biometrics as part of the UKVCAS appointment. If you have dependants here who are applying with you, they will also need to provide their biometric information - see the UKVI website for what children need to do when enrolling biometric information.
Visa checks & new visas
Under the points-based immigration rules, the university must have a copy of your passport and your new visa (Biometric Residence Permit) as proof you have the appropriate leave to study.
You must show this to the Tier 4 Compliance Team:
- As part of the Registration process or
- At any other time outside the main registration period by bringing your new visa and passport to the Student Services Enquiry Desk, Level 2 of Fraser Building
More information on how to provide this to the Compliance team can be found here.
Apply to extend your Tier 4 Dependant's leave
For details on your dependants' eligibility to extend their visa in the UK, please refer to the PBS Dependants Policy Guidance.
Links to guidance and information
- UKCISA: Tier 4 Dependant visa information
- UKVI: PBS Dependant visa information
- PBS Dependants Policy Guidance
If you have dependants applying at the same time as you and would like a visa application check with an International Student Adviser, please ensure you tell the Student Services Enquiry team the number of dependants you have when you book the appointment, as a longer appointment will be necessary.