1. When your Student (formerly Tier 4) visa expires, your course will have finished and you intend to return home.
If your current visa gives you enough time to complete your course and you do not intend to do any further study or stay in the UK for any other reason, you should schedule your travel arrangements to leave the UK before your current student visa expires. If this is your situation please ignore the email/webpage.
2. Your Student (formerly Tier 4) visa will expire before your course finishes.
If your current visa does not give you enough time to complete your course (for example you have been referred in a module or need more time for your PhD), you will need to make a visa extension application. Please contact International Student Advice (ISA) to find out how you can do this. Make sure you allow plenty of time before your visa expires, at least one month preferably more.
3. You have made an application to get a new visa (not a Student visa) yourself.
If you have made an application to extend your visa yourself then you need to provide evidence of the application to ISA.
4. Your current Student (formerly Tier 4) visa covers your course but you would like to stay in the UK to study a new course.
If you are intending to study a new course you will need to apply for a new visa before the new course starts. If the new course will be at the University of Plymouth we recommend that you contact us at ISA so you can prepare for your visa application. We will advise if you can make the new application from within the UK or if you have to apply from overseas. If your new course will be with another university, you must contact them directly for immigration advice.