After your studies
Advice and information if you have completed, or are about to complete, your studies at Sheffield.
You will be able to stay in the UK on your Student or Tier 4 visa to attend your graduation ceremony if
- your visa is still valid; and
- your visa will still be valid after the date of the graduation ceremony
If you have a Short-Term Student visa, and not a Student or Tier 4 visa, you'll need to leave the UK within 30 days of your course end date or before your visa expires, whichever date is earlier. If the graduation ceremony is after this date, you're advised to return to the UK as a visitor to attend.
If you've had any change of status during your course that could affect the validity of your visa, you should refer to any immigration advice sent to you by International Student Support.
If you decide to leave the UK after you finish your course but wish to re-enter the UK on your Student or Tier 4 visa to attend your graduation ceremony, this should still be possible if your visa is still valid and covers the date of the ceremony.
You should request a certificate of student status (graduation attendance)* from SSiD and carry this in your hand luggage when you travel back to the UK.
If the above does not apply to you, and you need to apply for a visitor visa to return for graduation, you should use the certificate of student status (graduation attendance)* as a supporting document when applying for the visa.
If you're inviting family to graduation who require a visitor visa, you can find useful information below:
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When you graduate, you automatically become part of the Sheffield alumni. For information on alumni benefits and events, visit the Sheffield alumni page.
To receive the latest alumni information, benefits and opportunities, provide us with your contact details:
If you wish to remain in the UK to work beyond your visa expiry date, you must switch to another immigration category. Visit the working in the UK page for more information.
If you're a PhD student finishing soon and wish to remain in the UK for work, visit the Doctorate Extension Scheme* page.
The University Careers Service will continue to support you up to three years after you graduate. See Careers Service Support for International Students
You can also get help on applying for a visa in a work category from the Student Advice Centre.
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If you've been registered with the police while in the UK and you're now leaving, South Yorkshire Police advise that you return your police registration certificate to them.
When your BRP card has expired you should return it to UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI). You do not need to do this when your BRP card is still before its Valid Until date, unless you receive specific instructions from UKVI asking you to do this.
If you are returning your BRP, you should
- cut the BRP in half
- place it in a plain, windowless envelope
- post to the relevant address below
If you're outside the UK:
Portishead Office Park
If you're inside the UK:
P.O. Box 195
If you're inside the UK and making a further visa application, you should receive instructions on returning your BRP to UKVI when they send you the decision letter or email for your new application.
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