Visitor visas

  • How to apply for a visitor visa (UKVI)

    Check if you need to apply for a visa before you travel

    If friends or family are applying for a visitor visa to come and see you, you should send them:

    It is a good idea for your visitors to take out travel and medical insurance as they will not be eligible for most NHS care.

    Applying for a visitor visa to attend your graduation ceremony

    It is not possible to extend your Tier 4 student visa to attend your graduation ceremony, so if your ceremony is going to take place after the end date of your Tier 4 visa, you will need to leave the UK and apply for a visitor visa to return. You will also need to request a graduation ceremony invitation visa letter to support your visitor visa application and for the visitor visa application of anyone coming to see you at the ceremony. You can do this via your PIP page.

    Graduation checklist

    It is possible to study for up to 30 days on a visit visa as long as this is not your main reason for visiting the UK.