Hi all. Sorry to pop in with nothing but questions, but...I have a question. Due to some rather spectacular procrastination/administrative bumbling on the part of my Uni, I'm not graduating until April. The only problem is my visa expires and I need to be out of the UK on 1 February, unless the Uni gets its act together and gets me my grades posthaste.
My question: If I were to leave the UK for a week or so on 1 February and go to somewhere like Ireland or Italy and then come back in, would that entitle me to the six month visitor's entry clearance? I don't want to do anything shady that would jeopardize my chances of getting a graduate visa, but I ask because transatlantic flights are a bit pricey, and I'd like to avoid it if I could!
Thanks. I hope you're all having a good new year. :)
I'd suggest making an appointment to talk to someone in your uni's international office ASAP (like, tomorrow), and asking their advice. You should not have to risk your future visa status or pay tons of money if the problem is the fault of your university's registry office, and given the amount of money foreign students bring to universities and how little they get back in some cases, you would have every right to make a fuss.
What I'm being told by student wellfare and the university is that I need to file a formal complaint if I want the university to reimburse me for any unnecessary visa fees.
I got a thesis extension to deal with a family bereavement this summer solely because I was lead to believe my graduation date wouldn't be affected. What irritates me is that the department didn't grade a single piece of my work since last February, and yet they're somehow trying to make this out as if it's my fault, essentially saying I didn't communicate enough with them, so they 'didn't know' I was planning on graduating in December. Yeah...
I'm going to speak to the head of postgrad for my department on Tuesday, but since he's one of the main people I'm having problems with, I'm not too optimistic. A formal complaint may be my only option.
I'm sorry to vent at you! Thanks for reading.