A cyclist crossing the lake over the James-Wentworth bridge.

There are a number of different types of visitor visa. Full details of all short stay visa options are on the website. 

Graduation ceremony

If you would like to invite guests to your graduation ceremony, they should apply for a Standard Visitor visa.

To assist them with their application you are advised to provide them with an original copy of your 'Confirmation of Study Letter' (or invitation to graduate if it is available) as supporting evidence.

Copies of your confirmation of study letter can be requested online via your e:Vision account.  You are also advised to write a covering letter explaining that you would like your guests to attend your graduation ceremony.

  • Please note, the University is unable to issue letters of invitation specifically for guests to attend a graduation ceremony.

Other visits

If you have family or friends who want to visit you in the UK during your studies, you should write them a letter of invitation.

Your letter should outline any activities you may have planned during their visit and an indication of the dates when the visit will take place. They should then use this letter as supporting information in their application for a Standard Visitor visa to visit the UK. The University is not able to provide you with such a letter.

Additionally, you should include with your letter a 'Confirmation of Study' letter, as it will confirm that you are enroled on a full-time course at York. This letter can be requested online via your e:Vision account.

Apply for a Standard Visitor visa