We deal with a lot of visa extensions, the applications are often similar to the original application when you first applied for the Visa. There are several visa types that need extensions, if you are unsure just give us a call.
We will go through everything with you, step by step. We will ensure that you have all the documents and information you need to make a strong application.
Remember, if you have been in the UK for more than 5 years, you could apply for Settlement.
We also deal with the appeals process and can assist and advise you if you want to appeal a decision you received for your application to the Home Office. However, you may not always be able to appeal.
What is a Visa Extension?
Each Visa Type in the UK has a set period for which you can stay in the UK which can be found on your Vignette (sticker in your passport) or Biometric residence Permit (BRP). However, for some Visas and in some circumstances, you could apply for this period to be extended beyond the original visa period. This is knows as a visa extension application. It is important to note that any visa application must be received by the Home Office before your current visa has expired.
How long will the decision take to extend my Visa?
Decisions are made:
within 6 months for postal applications
within 8 weeks for online applications
within 10 days if you’re able to use the priority application service
usually on the same day if you use the premium service
You’ll be contacted if your circumstances or application are more complicated, for example if:
your case involves complex Human Rights arguments
your supporting documents need to be verified
you need to attend an interview
you have a criminal conviction
Spouse Visa Extension
This is one of our most common applications. If you have been granted a spouse visa, you will have been granted permission to stay in the UK with your spouse for 2.5 years. Once this period is over, you will have to apply for an extension of this visa for a further 2.5 years. This would entail a further leave to remain application with fresh documents that support your application. Once you have been in the UK for 5 years continuously*, you can apply for Settlement.
We can help you with this process and complete your application to extend your stay.
*there is a limited number of days that you are allowed outside the UK, to be eligible for Indefinite Leave to Remain (after 5 years) you will have to have spent the majority of your time in the UK.
Tier 4 Student Visa Extension
If you have a Tier 4 General Student Visa, you may be able to stay longer to continue your course or study a new one. To apply you still have to meet all the eligibility requirements as you did with your original application. You will need another Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS).
If you’re continuing your studies
You can get a CAS if you’re:
re-sitting exams or repeating modules
applying for the first time to a new institution to complete a course you started at an institution that lost its Tier 4 sponsorship
applying to extend your stay to complete your studies because you’ve done (or want to do) a work placement or study abroad programme
completing a PhD or other doctorate that you started studying under your last Tier 4 (General) student visa
applying after working as a student union sabbatical officer to complete a qualification you started studying under your last Tier 4 (General) student visa
continuing your medical, dentistry or medical science degree after completing an intercalated course
If you’re starting a new course
You can get a CAS if your course is one of the following:
at a higher academic level than your previous course
at the same level and related to your previous course or career aspirations - it must be degree level or above at a Higher Education Institution (HEI)
intercalated to a medicine, dentistry or medical science course you started studying under a Tier 4 (General) student visa
Who can sponsor you
You can only apply to extend your leave to study if your current sponsor is:
a higher education institute (HEI)
an overseas HEI
an embedded college offering pathway courses
an independent school
You must apply:
within 6 months of getting a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS)
before your current visa expires - but no more than 3 months before the course start date on your CAS
You can stay in the UK until you get your decision.
As always, we can assist you with the entire process.
Tier 2 General Visa Extension
You may be able to apply to extend your stay in the UK under a Tier 2 General visa.
You must have current permission to enter or stay on a Tier 2 General visa.
You must also meet the following conditions:
you have the same job as when you were issued your previous permission to enter or stay in the UK
you’re still working for the employer who assigned your certificate of sponsorship
you’re still earning an ‘appropriate salary’
You must be in the UK to extend your visa.
If you change your job
You may need to make a new Tier 2 (General) visa application if:
you want to change your job and your new job is with a different employer
your job changes to a different standard occupation classification (SOC) code, and you’re not in a graduate training programme
you leave a job that’s on the shortage occupation list for a job that isn’t on the list
You don’t need to apply again if you stay in the same job, but your job is taken off the shortage occupation list
You won’t need to make a new application if you’ll be staying with your current employer but your job will change in other ways, for example you want to change to a job in the same SOC code, or your pay will increase.
If you need to make a new application you must have a new certificate of sponsorship and you must meet all other application conditions, but you won’t need to send evidence in support of your application if you’ve sent it for a previous Tier 2 application.
You can continue working for your previous sponsor until the start date on your new certificate of sponsorship if your current permission to stay is still valid.
We will assist you with this process from start to finish.