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UK visa extensions

Extending your UK visa can be a tricky exercise, particularly if you have dependant children on your visa. Even straightforward extensions for common visas can go wrong because of incorrect documentation. We're here to help. Our UK visa specialists will take the stress and hassle out of your visa extension application.

We can assist with the following visa extensions:

Ancestry visa extension

You are able to extend your Ancestry visa by five years and must do so from within the UK. Any children under 18 who are dependant on your visa must apply at the same time as you.

Decisions typically take about eight weeks for postal applications, and only 24-hours if you use the premium service. To avoid encountering any delays, ensure all your documents are in the correct order. The Home Office requires applicants to provide supporting evidence regardless of how simple, or complex, your case is. In extreme cases you may have to attend an interview to assess your eligibility for an extension.

As part of your Ancestry visa extension application, you will need to pay the immigration health surcharge as well as get a biometric residence permit.

Extend your spouse visa, partner visa or fiancé visa

For the extension of your UK spouse visa, partner visa or fiancé’s visa, you can only apply for a 28 days before it expires.

Applying for a visa extension can be a complicated process, especially when children are involved. It’s useful to get a professional to look at your circumstances. This ensures you don’t make a costly, and disastrous, error on your UK visa extension application.

You can expect a decision on your visa extension application to arrive in roughly 12 weeks if you applied using the standard application. There is also a fast-track visa service that will give you a decision on your partner’s visa extension within 24 hours.

Tier 2 visa extension

The type of Tier 2 visa you hold will determine how you must apply to extend your stay in the UK. All Tier 2 extension applications are judged in a multifaceted way. Your employment situation, your salary and your continued sponsorship by your current employer are all relevant factors. You must also be present in the UK to apply for the visa extension.

The Home Office needs solid evidence of the above as well as your biometric information. If everything is in order, you can extend your Tier 2 (General) visa to complete the five years required for indefinite leave to remain. Applications are generally answered within eight weeks for the standard service or within 10 days if you are eligible for the Tier 2 priority application service.

As with other visas, if the Home Office determines that your UK visa extension application is more complex, they will contact you for more information. In these situations, it pays to be prepared so that you can answer their questions correctly and quickly.

If you are changing your job you will need to do so very carefully. Making the wrong application can get you sent back to your home country. Make sure to chat to a professional before you find yourself in a sticky situation.

Student visa extension

To extend your Tier 4 (General) student visa, you must be in the UK and have a sponsor. As when you applied for your initial student visa, you can only be sponsored by a UK, or overseas, higher education institute, certain colleges or an independent school.

You must apply for your visa extension within six months of receiving your confirmation of acceptance for studies and before your current visa expires. Do note: You cannot apply for your UK visa extension more than three months before your next course’s start date.

When extending your visa, you will need to pay the immigration health surcharge, provide detailed documentation to prove you are going to continue to be a student in the UK, and provide all your biometric data so you can get your biometric residence permit.

Your application will take up to eight weeks, but you can use a priority service that will get you a result in 10 days. You also can use a fast-track visa service that will get you an answer on the same day. To use the premium service, you’ll need to go to one of the premium service centres in person.

If you have any children under 18 living in the UK on your Tier 4 student visa, then you must apply for their visa extensions at the same time.

The process is much the same for those who are in the UK on a Tier 4 (Child) student visa. If you have any questions about renewing a child’s student visa, do not hesitate to contact our UK visa experts.

Do you need to apply for a family member?

We can help you with your family members’ applications. We can handle your visa extension applications at the same time and ensure that they are processed together where possible to save you unnecessary stress.

Has your visa expired?

If your visa has already expired, we may be able to help. This is a last resort and you should always ensure your visa is renewed within good time.

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