The Home Office website has all the information you need about applying for a Standard Visitor visa, including how to apply, fees, waiting times and the supporting documentation you will need.
You and/or your guests may need a Standard Visitor Visa to attend your graduation ceremony.
Applying for a visitor visa
Letter of invitation
You can apply to the Ceremonies Team for a letter of invitation which you can present to your home authorities along with your application for a visa letter. This letter will confirm you have been invited to a graduation ceremony and the date and location of the ceremony. It will state that attendance at the ceremony is subject to successful completion of your award and clearance of all academic fees to the university. It will be addressed to "whom it may concern" and will refer to you, the graduand, by name.
It will not refer to any other person such as named guests. However, you can use this letter to accompany any letter of invitation that you provide for your guests.
How to apply for a letter of invitation
Once you have registered your attendance at graduation, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than
- 20th October for November 2023 ceremonies
After this date it will not be possible to provide you with a letter.
The letter will include the following information from your student record on ICON:
- Your student ID number
- Your full name
- Your home address
An electronic copy will be emailed to your student email address and contact address. If you also require a hard copy please request this in the email.
Before contacting the Ceremonies Team please check that the information on ICON is correct and up to date. We will not be able to reproduce letters if you have not done this.