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Correct lengths of visa

It is important for you to check that your visa has been issued for the correct length of time. When considering your application for entry clearance (a visa) the British Embassy, High Commission or Consulate in your country should comply with the following guidance: 

 

Type/length of course Length of stay allowed
12 months or moreThe full length of the course + 4 months after the end of your course
6 months or more but less than 12 monthsThe full length of the course + 2 months after the end of your course
Pre-sessional course of less than 6 monthsThe full length of the course + 1 month after the end of your course
Course of less than 6 months that is not a pre-sessional courseThe full length of the course + 7 days after the end of your course
Postgraduate doctor or dentistThe full length of the course + 1 month after the end of your course

 

Dependants of students should be granted the same period as the student. Please note that you will not be able to bring family to the UK with you unless you are taking a postgraduate course which is over 12 months long, or you are a government-sponsored student and your course is longer than 6 months;

If you have financial sponsorship, and your financial sponsor limits the time you may study in the UK, your visa will be issued for the same length of time (which is stated on the sponsor letter) plus the usual post-course period allowed.

It is important that you make sure that you have the right entry clearance (visa) before leaving home to travel to the UK. If you are issued with entry clearance (a visa) that does not comply with this guidance, you should ask the Entry Clearance Officer or Entry Clearance Manager to change it before travelling to the UK.

For example: A student studying a MSc program starting 18/09/2014 and finishing 29/09/2015 should expect the entry clearance (visa) to be valid until 29/01/2016. The full length of the course plus 4 additional months. 

What to do if you think your visa has not been issued for the correct length of time after arrival in the UK

There is a scheme in place called the Entry Clearance Correction Scheme whereby we can get mistakes rectified free of charge. It is important to try to sort out any mistakes as soon as possible as the process can sometimes be lengthy.

You can find out more about the Entry Clearance Correction Scheme and/or discuss your case by contacting International Student Support.