Are you graduating with a PhD soon? The Doctorate Extension Scheme (DES) is designed to allow PhD graduates a longer period to find work with a Tier 2 sponsor, set up a business in the UK or gain valuable work experience in your field. If your Doctorate Extension Scheme application is approved, there will be no restrictions on the type of employment you may take except for a doctor or dentist in training or a sportsperson (including working as a coach).
If you make a successful application, you will continue to be sponsored by the University of Salford during the 12 month period. You must stay in contact with the University as we will have monitoring and reporting duties to fulfil for the Home Office. If contact is not maintained and details not updated, we will withdraw your Tier 4 sponsorship and your visa will be cancelled.
For further information about the scheme, please see the Home Office guidance.
In order to be able to apply under this scheme you:
You must apply a maximum of 60 days before your expected end date and before your current Tier 4 visa expires. The expected end date is the date your PhD is awarded.
Timing of the application is your responsibility and it is not possible to apply after your PhD has been awarded.
What happens next?
Once the online application has been submitted and the fee paid, we have 15 days in which to submit the supporting documents to the Home Office.
You will then receive a letter from the Home Office asking you to provide biometric details at a designated Post Office. Once this is done, your application will be processed by a caseworker at the Home Office who will decide the outcome.
Documents and a new visa (a Biometric Residence Permit) will be posted back to the University. We will contact you to come and collect these from us.
The Doctorate Extension Scheme is a sponsored scheme and therefore the University has certain monitoring and reporting requirements.
Once a CAS has been issued, the Home Office Compliance Team will set up two contact dates during the course of the 12 months. It is the responsibility of the University and you to determine the most appropriate format for your contact points. Acceptable methods may include a meeting either in person or using Skype, telephone or email contact. If the University finds the conditions of the visa are not being met or you do not respond to the contact being made by the Home Office Compliance Team, this will be reported to the Home Office.