Graduation

You or your family members may need to apply for a Visitor visa to attend your graduation.  The process you need to follow depends on whether you or your family members are Visa Nationals or Non-Visa Nationals.  You can find a list of Visa National countries here.  If your country is not on this list, you are a Non-Visa National.
 

Visa for you to attend graduation
If you are from a Visa National country, you must apply for a Visitor visa before travelling to the UK.  You can find further information on how to apply in your country HERE.  The visa application fee is £87 in local currency and you will need to submit the following documents with your application:

  • Passport
  • 2 UK passport sized colour photographs
  • Evidence that you have sufficient funds for your visit (we recommend you have sufficient funds for at least 3 months even if your visit is shorter).
  • Proof that you intend to leave the UK at the end of your visit (for e.g. your return flight details).
  • Evidence of where you will be staying in the UK (for e.g. hotel reservation).
  • Your graduation ceremony invitation email.

If you are from a Non-Visa National country, you do not need to apply for a visa in advance, but can request entry as a Visitor when you arrive.  You should still carry all of the documents listed above in case you are asked to show them to the Immigration Officer.
 

Visas for your family members to attend graduation
Your family members will also need to come to the UK as Visitors.  The process if they are Visa Nationals is the same as above and they will need to submit the following documents with their application:
 

  • Passport
  • 2 UK passport sized colour photographs
  • Evidence that they have sufficient funds for their visit (we recommend they have sufficient funds for at least 3 months even if their visit is shorter).
  • Proof that they intend to leave the UK at the end of their visit (for e.g. their return flight details).
  • Evidence of their relationship to you (for e.g. a birth or marriage certificate).
  • Evidence of where you will be staying in the UK (for e.g. hotel reservation).
  • Your graduation ceremony invitation email.
  • An invitation letter from you.  You can download an example letter of invitation HERE.
  • Copies of your current passport and visa.

If your family members are Non-Visa Nationals, they do not need to apply for a visa in advance, but should carry these documents in case they are asked to show them to the Immigration Officer.