Extending an existing visa or applying for a new one

If you need to extend your student visa – or apply for a new one – here's an overview of what you need to know and your next steps.

Resits, repeat study and visa extensions

If you need to resit or repeat part of your course you may be able to extend your Tier 4 (General) student visa.

However, due to immigration legislation, this won't always be possible. You should contact a UWE Bristol Immigration Adviser as soon as possible to discuss your options.

If you need a Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) for a visa extension, you must complete a CAS request form. Come to a drop-in session – we can help you with the form and submit if on your behalf.

As well as getting a new CAS, there are visa requirements to meet as part of the visa extension application process. Some of these are time sensitive, so it's a good idea to talk to us and prepare your documents at least three months before you need to apply.

Applying to extend your visa

Speak to a UWE Bristol Immigration Adviser for advice on extending your visa.

Continuing your studies at UWE Bristol

Sometimes, students want to continue their UWE Bristol experience after completing their course. For example, you may decide to study a postgraduate course when you finish your undergraduate degree.

If you do choose to continue your studies with us, we strongly recommend that you contact an Immigration Adviser to find out whether:

  • you must apply for a visa before you start your new course
  • you can apply in the UK.

Because you will be studying a new course, the Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) that you need for your visa application will be sent to you via your UWE Bristol Welcome website. You do not need to submit a CAS request form.

Applying for a new visa

You do not need to wait to receive a CAS for your main course before you start to prepare your documents for your visa application.

To apply for your visa see our advice on applying for a Tier 4 (General) student visa inside the UK.

UWE Bristol's International College students

If you are going to study a new course at UWE Bristol after completing a course at UWE Bristol's International College (UWEBIC), you must apply for a new visa. You can make the application as soon as you successfully complete your UWEBIC pathway course.

You will not be able to start your new course at UWE Bristol before you have applied for your visa.

It is important that you check the visa application requirements for your main course before you finish your UWEBIC pathway course. Some of these requirements have strict deadlines. Advisers will visit UWEBIC to discuss the requirements, but we encourage you to come and see us at a drop-in session as early as possible so that we can advise you individually.

Applying for a new visa

You do not need to wait to receive a Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) for your main award before you start to prepare your documents for your visa application.

Read our advice on applying for a Tier 4 (General) student visa inside the UK.

Our friendly team welcomes questions – please do just get in touch.