Letters for students to support
visitor visa applications
for Graduation only
If you leave the UK when you
finish your studies and wish to return to
attend your graduation ceremony, you should be able to apply
to enter the UK as a visitor and may require
a letter of invitation from the University.
If you are not sure whether you need a letter from the University, please
local Visa Application Centre or Embassy for
confirmation. Information on applying for entry clearance as a visitor
is available from the
Office website. The final decision to issue a visa
remains with the Entry Clearance Officer and not the University.
Please note that the University is not able to sponsor students
under Tier 4 who have finished their studies and who wish to return
to attend their graduation ceremony.
We do not provide
letters for family and friends as it is not a requirement of the
visitor rules. A letter of invitation for your guests should
come from yourself. Guidance on writing a letter of invitation
for your guests can be found at
Important: If you require a
letter for yourself, we
strongly advise that you make an online request in good time due to
the time taken to receive an Embassy appointment. Please note that
generally they will not accept scanned copies of our letters. See notes
Please complete an
online request form
- this service is now open. (Note that students who are on 12 month programmes
and finish their studies in September
2014 cannot apply for letters until
We aim to provide the
letter in 5 working days
from submission of the request. The letter will
either be posted to the address that you detail on
the online request form, or be available to collect
from the Graduation Office (Room 6.123).
Opening hours 10-1
confirms that you are eligible to graduate
and that you are invited to attend
An email will be sent to you to confirm when
the letter has been posted, or when it is ready to
service will close on 27 June 2014.
Further information about Graduation
Eligible students will be able to purchase 2 guest tickets.
Additional guests can visit the University but will not be able to
enter the ceremony or departmental reception (unless you have been
able to purchase surplus guest tickets which may be available in the
second phase of the
ticket booking process - see
Guest tickets for Graduation).
If you have more questions about Graduation, please contact the
Graduation Office using the contact details provided below. Please
note that the Graduation Office receives a high
number of emails so we may not be able to
respond to your email straight away. We endeavour to reply
within 5 working days.
University of Essex
Essex CO4 3SQ
|01206 872174 / 872969
|+44 1206 872174 / 872969
[top of page]