UK visa extension

With most visa categories you are able to extend your visa so you can stay in the UK for longer. This means that you can spend more time with family and friends, work at a job you enjoy or study for an extended amount of time in the UK.
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Experts in UK visa extensions

Our immigration team can help you establish if you are eligible to extend your visa, and can assist you in filling out your application and submitting it to the Home Office.

Visa extension applications can be complicated, which is why we’re here to help you. Let our team take the wheel, and get you where you need to go with the best chance of success.

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Extending your spouse, student, work or visitor visa

Spouse visa extensions

You can apply to extend your spouse visa at any time before your current visa expires. If you are granted an extension, you will be able to stay in the UK for a further 30 months.

This will take you up to the minimum amount of time required to be able to apply for settlement on the basis of your relationship, which is currently 5 years.

You will have to pay the initial application fee again. You will likely also have to pay the immigration surcharge and the charge for biometric information to be submitted again.

If you apply for a spouse visa extension from outside the UK, a decision will usually be made within twelve weeks of you submitting it. If you apply from inside the UK, a decision will usually be made within eight weeks, or one week if you opt to use a priority service.

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Student visa extensions

You may be eligible to apply to continue studying on your course in the UK, or to begin a new one. In order to do this, you must meet all requirements set out by the Home Office, be present in the UK and have a sponsor.

Your sponsor must be:

  • A UK or overseas higher education institution
  • An embedded college which offers pathway courses
  • An independent school

You have to apply for your extension within six months of receiving a confirmation of acceptance for studies and before your current visa expires. You will also have to pay:

  • The £475 extension fee
  • £19.20 to have your biometrics taken
  • An immigration health surcharge, the amount of which depends on your situation

Like with most visa services, it is possible to pay for a priority or super priority service in order to get a decision quicker than the eight week standard time period. If you’d like to find out more, contact our expert immigration solicitors based in Manchester.

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General worker visa extensions

It may be possible for you to extend your stay in the UK if you are currently here under a general worker visa. To do so, you should meet all of the requirements set out by the Home Office for general worker visas. The following must also be true:

  • You have the same job as you did when you were given previous permission to enter or remain in the UK
  • You are still working for the employer responsible for your certificate of sponsorship
  • You are still earning an ‘appropriate salary’ for your job. This is usually around £30,000, however may be lower for workers like school teachers and nurses

We can help you apply to extend your visa for up to an additional five years, however your total stay must not be over six years. The fees you will have to pay to extend your general worker visa will depend on a range of variables, including:

  • What kind of job you have
  • How long your initial visa was granted for
  • Where you are applying from
  • Your nationality

Once you apply, a decision will be made within eight weeks of your application being submitted if you apply using the regular service.

You cannot apply to extend your initial visa if you want to change your job and your new job is with a different employer. You will need to make a new application.

The UK visa renewal process is difficult to understand, which is why we are here to help. Our immigration team can answer any questions you have.

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Visitor visa extensions

It is possible to extend your visitor visa, as long as the total time you spend in the UK stays below six months. You should apply to extend your stay before your first visa expires, or else you risk getting in trouble with the Home Office.

If you are receiving private medical treatment in the UK, you might be able to apply to extend your visitor visa for a further six months.

This will only be the case if you:

  • Have paid for all treatment you have already had in the UK
  • Are able to pay further costs of treatment
  • Still meet the general visit visa eligibility requirements

If you apply to extend your visitor visa on the basis of receiving medical treatment, you will have to get a medical practitioner or registered NHS consultant to provide:

  • A letter which states how long your treatment is likely to go on for
  • Proof of arrangements for medical consultations and/or treatment
  • If your treatment has already begun, then the details of progress

There are fees for every UK visa renewal application, so to extend your visit visa you will be required to pay £993. You will usually get a response within eight weeks of submitting your application. It is also possible to pay for a quicker service to extend your visitor visa, and if this interests you our team can help.

Our immigration team can help you put together your application to extend your visitor, and will be there to answer any questions you may have along the way.

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If your application for an extension was denied

Requesting reconsideration

We understand that if you have applied for an extension of your visa and have been rejected, then you may feel disheartened, especially if you have begun to see the UK as your home. However, all hope is not lost, because in some instances you may be able to submit a reconsideration request.

You can do this if you think the Home Office has not followed UK immigration rules or policies correctly in their process of making a decision on your application.

Our solicitors can help you submit your request as long as you meet all the requirements and there seems to have been a genuine error made by the Home Office. We can draft a letter on your behalf which will outline why we think the decision was wrong and send it to the Home Office. We can only help you do this within 14 days of the date you received your letter of denial.

You should note that you are only eligible to submit one reconsideration request, so it is best to seek advice before doing so. Your visa renewal application may have been rejected because you no longer fit in the visa category, and would be best applying via another route. Our team will be able to establish if this is the case, and can help you submit a new application.

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How we can help

The UK visa renewal process can be complicated and lengthy, but with our immigration solicitors by your side you can rest assured that we will make it as easy as possible for you. We can help you submit an extension application, or help if you have been rejected. We can establish what UK visa category suits you best, and will make sure that you are happy with your application before we send it to the Home Office.

Visa renewal in the UK doesn’t have to make you feel stressed and anxious. Our expert team will make sure that your process is as simple as it can be, getting you the result you need.

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