Visa information for non-EU students
Congratulations! All your self-motivation, dedication and hard work has paid off - you’re about to graduate!
We hope you’ll be able to join us on graduation day. As a non-EU student, please check if you or your guests require a visa here: https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa
If you currently hold a valid Tier 4 student visa and remain in the UK until the date of the graduation ceremony, then you are fine to attend. If your Tier 4 visa is set to expire, don’t worry - you can return home before your Tier 4 visa expires and apply for a Standard Visitor visa to attend your ceremony.
Standard Visitor Visa
The link below provides you and your guests with useful information about applying for a Standard Visitor visa. All the information provided will help you submit a valid application.
You can apply for the Standard Visitor visa online at:
Supporting letter issued by the Arden University Awards and Graduation team
Arden University produce a covering letter which accompanies your Certificate and Transcript. This letter confirms that you are eligible to attend your graduation ceremony. You will need to include this document when applying for your visa.
Once you have registered your attendance and hired your gown with Ede and Ravenscroft, please use this as confirmation of attendance.
An invitation letter written by you and sent to your guest
Your guest will have to include an invitation letter with their visa application. Arden University cannot issue an invitation letter because the UKVI require you, as the student, to provide the letter.
To make it easier for you to prepare this letter, we have created a sample letter of invitation which you can use to write your letter - see below.
All guests must comply with the UK’s immigration rules and leave the UK before their visa expires.
To Whom It May Concern,
Re: Visa application for <insert name of visitor>.
I am a student at Arden University and have completed the following course: <insert course name>. I am due to graduate from Arden University.
I would like to invite my <insert relation to you, e.g. mother, father> named <insert name of visitor> to come and visit me in the UK so that they can attend my Graduation Ceremony in <insert location, eg. London/Midlands> on <insert date>.
My visitor will be staying the UK for <insert number of days/weeks>.
Please choose the relevant paragraph below and delete the ones which aren’t applicable, depending on whether or not your visitor will be staying with you at your address and whether or not you will be supporting them financially during their stay in the UK.
My visitor will be housed with me at my current property during their stay and will be supporting themselves financially during their time in the UK. I rent the following property: <insert your address in the UK>.
My visitor will be housed with me at my current property during their stay and I will be financially supporting my visitor during their stay in the UK. Please find attached my bank statements to confirm that I have the funds to support them during their stay. I rent the following property: <insert your address in the UK>.
During their visit, my visitor will be supporting <himself/herself> financially, including paying for their own accommodation. <insert accommodation that has been booked and send confirmation details>.
I hope that <insert visitors name> will be granted a visitor visa so that <he/she> can attend the Graduation Ceremony to help me celebrate my success.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you require any further information.
<insert Student’s signature>