Attending your graduation

Attending your graduation on Tier 4 visa

Please choose from the two options below one which best describes your current Tier 4 visa:

Attending your graduation on Standard Visitor Visa

If you are worried about re-entering the UK on your Tier 4 visa or if your Tier 4 visa expires before your graduation day, you will have to apply for a Standard Visitor Visa.

  • You cannot apply for a Standard Visitor Visa in the UK
  • You cannot switch from a Tier 4 visa to a Standard Visitor Visa when you are in the UK

Check here if you need to apply for a Standard Visitor Visa before you travel to the UK:

  • If you are required to apply for your Standard Visitor Visa before your travel to the UK, please do so from your home country;
  • If you are a non-visa national and can be granted permission to enter as a Standard Visitor at the border, please read the guidance on what documents to prepare here.

Please note – entering as a Standard Visitor would supersede any remaining Tier 4 leave you would have had left.

Supporting documents for your Standard Visitor Visa

Once you have received your graduation invitation email and completed the online form confirming your attendance, you can request a visa support letter to support your Standard Visitor Visa application.

Visa support letter confirms that:

  • you are eligible to attend your graduation if the University confirms your academic award
  • the date of your graduation ceremony.

Guests’ names are not included in the letter. Two guest tickets are guaranteed for the ceremony.

How to request a visa support letter

To request your visa support letter, please email: graduation-office@bristol.ac.uk with the following information:

  • request a visa letter for graduation
  • your name
  • student number
  • postal address

Please remember, the Graduation Office will only be able to issue this letter if you have received your graduation invitation email and completed the online form confirming your attendance.

Apply for Standard Visitor visa

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