Leave to Remain – applying from inside the UK

If you are already in the UK and need to extend your visa for a new course, to continue studying your existing course, or to transfer to Derby, you need to complete a Leave to Remain application. Leave to Remain applications are submitted using the Tier 4 Student online application.

How much does the application cost?

The standard service costs £475, the priority service £975 and the super priority service £1,275. This fee will not be refunded if your application is refused.

You may also need to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge prior to the submission of your application.

How long will my application take to process?

The standard service takes approximately eight weeks to process, however this is no guarantee and many applications can take longer.

The priority service aims to make a decision on your application within two weeks. You must apply for the priority service before you can use it. If you have been accepted you must then apply for your visa within 24 hours.

Most premium service applications are processed within one day. You will need to book an appointment at a Premium Service Centre when you pay for your application.

When should I apply?

Leave to Remain applications must be submitted before your current visa expires. If you cannot meet the criteria for Tier 4 before your visa expires then you will be expected to leave the UK and apply for Entry Clearance. You cannot overstay your visa as you would be in breach of immigration rules and the University of Derby would not be able to enrol you on the course or make you an offer. 

If you are an existing Derby student you will be emailed by the International Student Centre a reminder that your visa is expiring approximately four months before. You should start planning your visa extension around this time.

If you are progressing to a new course it must start within 28 days of your current visa expiring. You will have to return to your home country if there is a gap of more than 28 days and apply for Entry Clearance.

What documents will I need to submit?

You will need to submit the following documents with your application. All documents must be the originals, not copies.

Documents not in English or Welsh must be accompanied by a certified translation by a professional translator/translation company. Each translation must contain:

What is an Appendix H National?

If you are a national of a country listed under Appendix H of the immigration rules then there are certain documents you do not need to provide with your application, namely evidence of Maintenance and your qualifications. If you are a national of one of the countries listed in the link above then your application should only ask for mandatory documents such as your passport and (if applicable) your TB test results and ATAS clearance. You must ensure that you provide whatever documents the application asks for. Furthermore, make sure that you do meet all requirements and have all necessary documents readily available as UKVI could ask to see them during the application process.

Will I need to have my fingerprints taken?

Yes, your biometric details will be taken as part of the application process. If you apply through the standard service or priority service (posting your documents) you will also need to pay to have your biometric (fingerprint) details taken. This is done at a participating post office and will cost £19.20. UKVI will send a letter inviting you to have your biometric details taken which must be done within 15 working days of the letter. The nearest post offices are:

Derby-based students

Babington Court
Babington Lane

Buxton-based students

36-40 Great Underbank

You can use the post office branch finder to find your nearest post office. Select ‘Home Office Biometric Enrolment’ under Products & Services to filter the search.

How do I submit my documents?

Once you have paid for your application you will need to print off the ‘Checklist’ which will have on it the address where you will need to post your documents. Your documents must be posted within 15 working days of submitting your application if applying for the standard service. They must reach UKVI within two working days if you are applying for the priority service.

If you are applying for the premium service you will take your documents with you in person to the premium service centre.

Who can help me with the application?

Applications in the UK must be checked by the Immigration Advisor before they are paid for and submitted. Once the application and supporting documents have been checked the Immigration Advisor will post your documents. Please email visa@derby.ac.uk to book an appointment to go through your application and documents once they are ready to be submitted.