Doctorate Extension Scheme (DES)

Current PhD students wishing to extend their Student Visa could apply for the Doctorate Extension Scheme (DES) until 1 July 2021. This scheme is now closed and has been replaced with the Graduate Immigration Route.


End of the DES Scheme

The DES scheme has now been closed and replaced with the Graduate Immigration Route.

If you already have a DES visa, it will not be possible to switch into the Graduate visa. It is also not possible to change an ongoing DES visa application still under consideration with UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) to a Graduate Immigration Route application.

Where you have a DES visa application submitted before 1 July 2021 still under consideration with UKVI, please see the following pages for useful information about your status and work rights:

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