I am outside the UK and need a visa for my graduation

If you are from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you may require a visa to attend graduation.  

If the only purpose of your visit is to attend graduation and perhaps have a short holiday in the UK, you may apply for a Standard Visitor Visa.

You must apply for a Standard Visitor Visa from outside the UK. It is not possible to switch into this category from within the UK. 

You should not apply for a short-term study visa because these visas are for students coming to the UK to take a short course.

How do I apply?

For full information about Standard Visitor Visas, including how to apply, is on the UK Government website.

How do I get a letter to confirm the date of my graduation?

You may need a letter from the University to confirm the date of your graduation. This is available on MAP.

There is an option inside the 'Graduation' container of MAP that allows you to request  a  ‘Letter to Confirm your Degree Ceremony Date’.

The option appears after you have completed graduation registration and have indicated that you will be attending your graduation ceremony. Remember to click on the link to confirm your graduation ceremony date.

If you are outside of the UK and would like the letter to be sent to you via DHL, please follow the guidelines on our website.

Note: If your family or friends are also intending to visit the UK in order to attend your graduation ceremony, you will need to order extra copies of this letter for each of their visa applications too.

What other documents do I need? 

The Home Office give guidance on supporting documents and further information on their website.

Checked and updated on 31/01/18 VN

Graduation Photo - July 2012

I am inside the UK and only need to invite my family

I am inside the UK and only need to invite my family

If you are currently inside of the UK and only need to invite your family for your graduation, there is a different visa type for them. Click here for more information