If your Student visa is expiring and you wish to remain in the UK, you may be able to apply for a Graduate visa, but this will depend on a number of factors.
The Graduate visa allows you to remain in the UK for a further two years (or three years if you have a PhD) following the completion of your course.
In order to apply for a Graduate visa, you will need to meet all of the requirements on the date of application. These requirements include being in the UK on a Student visa, having studied a UK bachelor’s degree, postgraduate degree or other eligible course, and successfully completing said course. In order for your application to be granted, your education provider will need to confirm to the Home Office that you have successfully completed your course.
At times, students may experience delays with their university confirming that the course has been completed successfully. If this is the case and your visa is expiring, you may need to contact your university and take certain steps to ensure you are able to submit a successful application.
As above, you are unable to submit a Graduate visa application from outside of the UK, and therefore it is very important that you discuss the relevant steps with your education provider, so that you are able to meet the requirements before your visa expires.
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