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Doctorate Extension Scheme (DES)

The Doctorate Extension Scheme (DES) provides an opportunity for students who have almost finished their PhD or other doctorate qualification to apply for an additional 12 months in which to look for and start work in the UK.  You can only apply in the UK, and you must have current Tier 4 or Student immigration permission.

The DES is a category of Student immigration permission, so you are still sponsored by Queen Mary University of London under this scheme. You must meet the Student requirements in place at the time that you make your application. 

Your immigration permission would be issued for an additional 12 months from the expected end date on your new CAS. 

Your eligible family members can come to the UK or stay in the UK as your dependants

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