07.02.2019 How long are you allowed to stay in the UK after studies?

07.02.2019 How long are you allowed to stay in the UK after studies?

When must you leave the UK?

The length of your Tier 4 visa depends on the length of your course, as stated in your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS). The Home Office varies this leave if you are government sponsored and then limits your stay in the UK to meet your sponsor’s requirements.

The following table shows how much leave the Home Office grants for each course duration.

Course length Additional months granted at end of course
12 months or longer 4 months after course end date
6 months – 12 months 2 months after course end date
Masters courses covered by the Tier 4 Visa Pilot 6 months after course end date
Pre-sessional course 1 month after course end date
Courses less than six months e.g. medical elective 7 days after course end date

The course end date is determined by when the University expects you to have completed all required elements of the course and is the same for all students on that course.

The Home Office expects you to leave the UK on or before your visa expiry date, unless you have applied to extend your stay or to switch into another immigration category.

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