Visa requirements for attending your graduation

If your Tier 4 visa expires after your graduation date

If you stay in the UK between your course end date and your graduation date

You can remain in the UK on your Tier 4 visa to attend your graduation ceremony.

If you leave the UK between your course end date and your graduation date

  • You should not try to enter the UK on your Tier 4 visa even if it has not expired. You are no longer in full-time study and UKVI could stop you entering the UK.
  • Check if you need to apply for a visa before you travel to the UK. Returning to the UK for graduation is considered tourism.
    • If you need to apply for a Standard Visitor Visa you must do so from your home country.
    • If you not need to apply you can leave the UK before your Tier 4 visa expires and re-enter the UK as a visitor.

If your Tier 4 visa expires before your graduation date

  • You must leave the UK before your visa expires
  • Check if you need to apply for a visa before you travel to the UK. Returning to the UK for graduation is considered tourism
    • If you need to apply for a Standard Visitor Visa you must do so from your home country.
    • If you not need to apply you can leave the UK before your Tier 4 visa expires and re-enter the UK as a visitor.
  • 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

Apply for a Standard Visitor Visa

Our Graduation Office can provide a visa support letter.

Visa support letter

The letter confirms:

  • 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

Request a visa support letter

You must have received your graduation invitation email and completed the online form confirming your attendance.

Email: graduation-office@bristol.ac.uk with the following information:

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

Apply for Standard Visitor visa

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