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How can I attend graduation if my student visa expires before the ceremony?

If your student visa expires before your graduation ceremony you will need to return home and apply for a Standard Visitor visa to return to the UK. You cannot apply for a Standard Visitor visa from within the UK.


Visa nationals must obtain a visitor visa before leaving their home country.  Non-visa nationals may apply before leaving their home country or on arrival in the UK. To check how you should apply please visit the UKVI web page.


Standard Visitor visas cannot be extended and it is not possible to switch into any other immigration category from within the UK.

For 2022 ceremony details please see the Graduation webpage or visit the myBolton APP.