Doctorate Extension Scheme Applications
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If clarification is needed on any aspect of the Rules or you have questions about your visa application, please email the International Student Advisory Team at firstname.lastname@example.org where we will respond to you as soon as possible, alternatively telephone +44(0)118 378 8038 or you can book an appointment to speak to an International Student Adviser.
What happens next?
You should provide the University with evidence that you have made a visa application to ensure that your student record is updated. This is important, because as your Tier 4 sponsor the University needs to have up-to-date records of your immigration status.
After you have attended your appointment to provide your biometrics and supporting documents the next correspondence you receive should be from UK Visas and Immigration with your visa application decision. Your BRP will arrive shortly after.
If your visa application is refused, make sure you contact the International Student Advisory Team and supply a copy of the refusal notice.
Time for a decision
Cost per person
Within 8 weeks
Within 5 working days
The next working day after
* Plus an additional £19.20 biometric enrolment fee
As part of the application process you and any dependants will be required to pay the immigration health surcharge to cover the duration of your stay in the UK. You’ll then be able to use the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK and won’t require private medical insurance. Please note that you will still need to pay for certain types of services (e.g. prescriptions, dental treatment and eye tests).
Students already present in the UK who make applications for leave to remain (extensions) are subject to the charge, even if a period of under 6 months' leave is applied for, but this means that entitlement to free NHS treatment will continue. The cost of this charge will be £300 for each applicant and dependent per year of the actual visa to be granted, including any final extra period. Periods less than six months are charged at £150. Periods between 6 and 12 months are charged at the full year rate.
How to make an online tier 4 (general) visa application in the uk
The form is only available online and can be completed by following the steps listed below:
- Go to the Home Office UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) website at:
- Follow the instructions on the form.
- When you reach the page pictured below, stop, log out and book an appointment to see an adviser. If you go beyond this point it may not be possible to make any changes or corrections to the form. DO NOT PAY or finish the application.
- You will receive an email with a link, which allows you to return to the form if you have not completed it. Ensure that you can access your email and the link easily when you come and see an adviser.
- Bring ALL of the required original documents with you to a Visa Application and Supporting Documents check appointment. To view how to book an appointment click here.
- If you do not have your online application completed to stage 3 above or you do not have all the required documents with you, the adviser will not be able to see you and you will be asked to return later.
- After you have submitted the application, you will need to book an appointment to visit a Service Point to provide your biometrics (fingerprints and photo) and your supporting documents. The closest Service Point is Reading library.
- You will retain your documents (including your passport) whilst your application is being processed, but you must NOT leave the UK before a decision has been made on your application. Otherwise UK Visas and Immigration will treat your application as being withdrawn.
Guidance on your bank statement
Your bank statement must show the required amount in your account for a continuous period of 28 days, with no days missing.
The end date of the statement must not exceed 31 days of the application date; for example, if your bank statement is from 1 June to 30 June, you must make your application before the end of 31 July. Please refer to the Tier 4 policy guidance:
Your personal bank statement must show your:
- name; and
- account number; and
- date of statement; and
- financial institution’s name and logo; and
- amount of money available.
If the bank statement is from an online source or the bank provides a computer print-out of your bank statement(s), each page must be stamped by the bank.
You cannot use funds in your spouse or partner’s account unless it is a joint account.
You can use a letter from your bank giving all the above information that also states there is enough money in the account to cover your (and your dependants) maintenance.
If you are using your parents' bank statement, it must be their personal bank statement also showing the information above. Only the main applicant can use money held by parents.
If the money is held in your parents' personal bank account:
- You must include your birth certificate.
- You must also include a letter from your parent(s) confirming that you are their child and that they give their consent to you using the funds.
What documents are required for your application?
All documents will need to be either:
- scanned and uploaded by yourself to your UKVCAS account after applying for your visa; or
- they will be scanned and uploaded by staff at the service point during your biometric enrolment appointment.
If you attend an appointment at an Enhanced service point the document scanning is included in the appointment fee. However, if you attend an appointment at a Core service point you will either need to scan and upload copies of the documents yourself or pay for the scanning service. You should take all documents to your appointment.
Documents not in English must be translated by a fully certified translator/translation company and the translations must meet specific requirements. Please see the Translation webpage for guidance.
- Completed Tier 4 online application form. Please see 'How to make an online Tier 4 (General) visa application in the UK'.
- Current passport or travel document, including your previous passport if it contains your current UK visa.
- Current Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) card, if applicable.
- Assigned CAS number (you will get a new CAS to support a DES application through the Doctoral Research Office).
- Police Registration Certificate if you were required to register with the police. Make sure this is up-to-date.
- Letter from your financial sponsor confirming that they have no objection to your application to remain in the UK (if you were financially sponsored during your course).
- Personal bank statements (no more than 31 days old) showing maintenance of £2030 (i.e £1015 per month for 2 months). This amount must be held for at least 28 consecutive days.
- Any dependants will each be required to demonstrate funds of £1360 (i.e £680 per month for two months) held for 28 consecutive days. Dependants can evidence money held by them or the Tier 4 student. Please see the Requirements for Tier 4 (dependent) applications page for guidance on the required documents.
How do you qualify for the DES scheme?
- Hold a valid Tier 4 (General) visa for a course that leads to the award of a PhD, and
- Not have completed your PhD course, and
- Be applying no more than 60 days before the PhD expected end date as stated on your new CAS, and
- Apply from within the UK