Is your visa due to expire?

If you do not book a one-to-one appointment to see an immigration adviser at least 2 weeks before your visa is due to expire, then we may not be able to assist you with your application and you will have to send your documents off yourself.

You must attend a group session before you can book a one-to-one appointment.

It is important that you attend a group session at least 2 months before your visa is due to expire. You will be unable to get a CAS application form if you have not attended a group session.

The next group sessions will be taking place as follows:

  • Thursday 4 September at 2.00pm – 3.30pm
  • Tuesday 16 September at 10.00am – 11.30am

To book, please visit Student Services Reception – Level 5 Owen Building, City Campus (telephone 0114 225 3813) or Collegiate Learning Centre, Collegiate Campus (telephone 0114 225 2491).

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Doctorate Extension Scheme

Are you currently studying for a PhD or Professional Doctorate at SHU on a Tier 4 visa?

If yes read on…

The following information is for the attention of Doctoral students currently studying for a PhD or Professional Doctorate at SHU on a Tier 4 visa

Sheffield Hallam University now offers sponsorship under the Tier 4 Doctorate Extension Scheme (DES), a Home Office scheme which grants an additional 12 months of leave in the UK to Tier 4 Doctoral students who successfully complete their doctorates at Sheffield Hallam.

Successful applicants can use the additional 12 months to gain further experience in their chosen field, seek skilled work, or develop plans to set up as an entrepreneur.

Who can apply for the Doctorate Extension Scheme?

Doctoral students attending SHU on a Tier 4 visa, who are nearing the end of their studies and are about to submit their thesis for assessment. It is important to note that applications must be made BEFORE the completion of their award, so students interested in the scheme should start to think about their application before they submit their thesis (see below for details).

However, applicants must gain a straight pass or pass with minor amendments in order to be eligible to apply for the new DES visa.
Please note that students who are required to make major corrections to their thesis, following their viva, may need to extend their current Tier 4 visa and cannot apply for a DES visa at this stage. These students will be eligible to apply for a DES visa closer to their final submission date.

How to apply:

Step 1: As soon as possible after submitting your thesis for assessment and prior to your oral examination (the viva), please make an appointment to attend a visa group workshop with the Sheffield Hallam International Student Support Team (ISST). Here you will receive guidance on the application process and will be issued with a SHU DES Application Form.

Step 2: Complete Part 1 of the SHU DES Application Form.

Step 3: After you have completed your oral examination, you should arrange to meet with your Research Supervisor as soon as possible. You and your Supervisor must complete Part 2 of the form, confirming your final thesis submission date to the examiner(s) when any amendments have been undertaken and your ‘Completion Date’ (see application form for details).

Step 4: Complete Part 3 of the SHU DES Application Form and submit it as a hard-copy via post to the SSR Research Team. If there are any issues with your form – for example if any part is incomplete – you will be notified and asked to resubmit your Application Form.

Step 5: If your form is approved, SHU will issue you with a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) statement and DES CAS number by email. As soon as you receive your CAS statement and number, you must make a further appointment with SHU ISST to complete and submit your Tier 4 DES Visa application to the Home Office. You will need your DES CAS number to do this. Note: applicants must meet the requirements of the visa application, including providing the visa application fee and demonstrating sufficient funds. Please contact ISST for further details.

If you have any queries about the Doctorate Extension Scheme application process, please contact International Student Support Team via email at

For further details about the Doctorate Extension Scheme please see:

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Working in the UK after studies

Would you like some visa advice?

If yes, then book a place on our Working in the UK after studies workshop.

We will look at all the possible visa routes for international graduates into full time work workingafterstudiesincluding:

• Tier 2 Scheme
• Tier 1 graduate entrepreneur
• Tier 5

The workshop will also focus on how to improve your employability and how you can make the most out of your time at Sheffield Hallam University. We will explain the visa rules and how to maximise your chances of success.

The next workshops will take place at 2.00pm – 3.30pm in the Careers and Employability Centre:

• Wednesday 24 September
• Wednesday 29 October
• Wednesday 26 November
• Wednesday 17 December

To attend, you must book your place in advance by following one of the links above.

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Fraudulent email with the subject line “Account update required”


A number of staff and students have received an email during the bank holiday weekend with a subject ‘Account update required’ and a ShuSpace logo. Following the link it contains takes you to a fake SHU logon page. This email is a forgery aimed at collecting usernames and passwords from those who fill in the form.

If you have received it please do not fill in your username and password in the logon form. However, if you have already entered these details please change your password as soon as possible as your account is at risk of misuse.

You can change your password by following the ‘Forgotten your Password?’ link from the University logon page reached via ShuSpace.

Please remember you should not follow links in any email unless you are absolutely certain they are genuine. If you have any questions or concerns about this or other suspicious emails please contact IT Help on 0114 225 3333 or

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Welcome to International Students’ News

Monday 18 August 2014  

In this week’s edition…

Employability – If you are interested in working full-time in the UK after you graduate, then‘Working in the UK after studies’ sessionsprovide information about Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 5 visa routes.

Social activities – Enjoy a leisurely walk around Graves Park and Bishops House or experience some historical entertainment at Sheffield Fayre.

Would you like to meet new people and experience other cultures? Join SHU Go Global Facebook page to keep in touch with Sheffield Hallam students.

Immigration– Are you currently studying for a PhD or Professional Doctorate at SHU on a Tier 4 visa? You may be able to apply for the Doctorate Extension Scheme which provides you with an additional 12 months in the UK to gain further experience in your chosen field.

Is your visa due to expire soon?We remind you about the importance of attending a group session with an international student adviser.

Best wishes,

International Student Support Team

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SHU GoGlobal

1620970_10151711292297609_1237288364_nSHU GoGlobal is a Facebook group for all Sheffield Hallam students who want to meet new people and experience other cultures.

You’ll expand your horizons, make new friends, and potentially gain some life-changing experiences. It’s all about bringing people together.

1. Increase your social network

One of the most unique things about studying at university is meeting people from all around the world. We have students from 120 countries, living, working and playing together. We’ll help you make friendships that will enrich your life – while you’re here, and in the future.

2. Boost your employability

The more people you know from other countries, the better your career chances can be when you graduate. In today’s globalised world, employers look for people who can demonstrate cultural awareness.

3. Spend time abroad

Want to study, work or volunteer abroad during your time here? We can help you make connections. You get to travel, experience another culture and improve your communication skills. Whether you’re from the UK or an international student, ask us about the opportunities available to you.

Join SHU GoGlobal – It’s completely free and it couldn’t be easier… Just sign up to our Facebook group!

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