What is Tier 4 Doctorate Extension Scheme (DES)
On 06 April 2013. UK Visa and Immigration introduced the Tier 4 Doctorate Extension Scheme (DES).
If you are on a Tier 4 (General) student visa and currently following a course leading to the award of a PhD or other doctorate degree with a Tier 4 sponsor that is a UK HEI (Higher Education Institution) i.e. university, you can apply for the Doctorate Extension Scheme (DES) to stay in the UK for 12 months after your course has ended.
The Doctorate Extension Scheme is a sponsored scheme. Your Tier 4 sponsor must agree to continue sponsoring you while you are on the scheme. Your sponsor is expected to maintain regular contact with you. As a minimum, there must be at least two contact points while you are on the scheme. Your sponsor will withdraw their sponsorship if you miss these contacts without reasonable explanation.
Conditions of Leave under the Tier 4 Doctorate Extension Scheme (DES)
For the purposes of the Doctorate Extension Scheme, PhD means a PhD qualification or one of the doctorate qualifications listed at Annex 5 of the Tier 4 Policy Guidance, including -
This does not include Research master’s Degrees.
Applying for the Doctorate Extension Scheme
If your application is successful, you will be granted Tier 4 immigration permission for 12 months from the expected end date on your CAS.
Applying as Doctorate Extension Scheme dependent
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