Graduation is a special occasion. You should make sure you are prepared, hold valid leave and understand how to share this day with friends and family.

Standard visitor visa

If you (and your friends and family) wish to come to the UK to attend graduation, you will each need to apply for a ‘Standard Visitor visa’. Please note: in the majority of circumstances, visits of more than six months in any 12- month period are not allowed.

Your family and friends may wish to come to the UK for a short visit, or to attend your graduation ceremony. If your friends and family would like to come to the UK for a period of up to six months, they may be able to come as ‘visitors’ too. In this case, they would also need to apply for a Standard Visitor Visa. To find out if your family and friends need a visa to travel to the UK and how to apply please see here. To find out what supporting documents to provide with a visa application please see here