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Doctorate Extension


What is the Doctorate Extension?

The Doctorate Extension is an extension to a Tier 4 visa for PhD students to remain within the UK for 12 months after completing the PhD in order to gain work experience or find a permanent job.  Find out more at and in the Tier 4 regulations


Who can apply?

Only students satisfying the following criteria can apply:

  • You must have valid Tier 4 leave to remain, and the expected completion date of your course must not be later that your current visa expiry date;
  • You must not have been awarded your PhD yet;
  • But you must be within 60 days of the expected completion date.


How do I apply?

If you are interested in applying for this extension and you satisfy the eligibility criteria above, download an application pack from here. This contains:

  • a letter explaining more about the Doctorate Extension Scheme
  • a CAS request form and
  • a Tier 4 Doctorate Extension Agreement

Please fill in the CAS request form and the Tier 4 Doctorate Extension Agreement  and send to or hand it in at the Base.

When we receive this we will issue you with a CAS and contact you to offer you help with your visa application.


Can my immediate family apply as my dependants under the Tier 4 (Doctorate Extension)?

Yes. The Doctorate Extension is Tier 4 and works in the same way as other Tier 4 extensions.





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