Inviting your friends and family to graduation
My friends and family are EU nationals, do they need to apply for a visa to enter the UK?
EU nationals are considered as non-visa nationals which means they can enter the UK without applying for a visa and be granted entry as a visitor at the border. You can check the government website to see if you need a UK visa .
Can my friends/ family apply for a standard visitor visa if they are travelling from a red list country?
No, unfortunately travel to the UK from a red list country is currently banned unless you have a British passport or 'residency rights'. If you are currently on a student/ Tier 4 visa, you have residency rights. However, applications for standard visitor visas will be put on hold until those without residency rights are permitted to travel to the UK. Please see the government webpage for the latest advice.
How long does a standard visitor visa take to process?
Do I need to quarantine and take a COVID-19 test before travelling to the England?
What you need to do depends on where you have been in the last 10 days before you arrive. Countries are rated as red, amber and green for COVID-19 and the rules you must follow to enter England:
- green list - you must take a coronavirus (COVID-19) test on or before day two
- amber list - you must quarantine in the place you're staying and take two COVID-19 tests
- red list - you must quarantine in a hotel and take two COVID-19 tests
You cannot currently enter the UK if you've been in or through a country on the red list unless you're British, Irish or you have the right to live in the UK.
Please follow the government advice for the latest travel advice.
What documents do my friends/ family or myself need to apply for a Standard visitor visa?
They should prepare the following documents:
- Current passport
- Financial documents
- For example, six months' worth of bank statements showing a consistent amount of funds. UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) do not stipulate the amount of money you need to show as it depends on the length of your trip, living arrangements and purpose of the trip. As a guide you can use the student visa requirement which would be £1,334 per month per person of the trip.
- If the funds are not in the main applicant's name, the main applicant will need written consent and evidence of the relationship of the sponsor such as birth certificate.
- UKVI can question financial statements which show large deposits of money being transferred. Please ensure your family members and friends provide evidence of the source of funds such as payslips.
- A graduation invitation letter
- A letter of invitation written by you inviting your friend(s) or family member(s) to the UK
- Evidence of the relationship of your family members. Examples can include the following:
Your birth certificate if your parent(s) are visiting you.
Marriage certificate if your spouse is visiting you.
- Evidence of accommodation. Examples can include the following:
Tenancy agreement/ permission from landlord if your friends or family members are staying with you. You can mention this in your letter of invitation.
- Evidence of ties to home country. Examples can include the following:
A student status letter / holiday letter confirming your visitor is on university/ school vacation period.
Property or other assets to show economic ties.
Family members in their home county to show social ties.
Letter from employer granting annual leave/ vacation period or evidence of business(s) if your visitor(s) are self-employed.
A copy of the information page of your passport and BTP card
Please note: all documents need to be in English and if not accompanied by a certified translation meeting UK visas and Immigration (UKVI) requirements
More information can be found on the following webpages:
- Standard Visitor Visa (You will need to be logged in to your UEL account to view this page)
- Student visa: Your partner and children - GOV.UK website
- Immigration Rules Appendix V: Visitor - Immigration Rules - Guidance - GOV.UK website
- UKVI regulations change constantly please check Student visa : Your partner and children - GOV.UK for the latest rules before applying