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Extending or Varying Your Visa

Extending or Varying Your Visa


My visa is expiring and I cannot leave the UK. What can I do?


If you are in the UK and you cannot travel due to the restrictions, recent UK government measures permit you to extend your visa until 31 July 2020. If your leave expires or has expired between 24 January 2020 and 31 July 2020, you can request an extension of stay until 31 July 2020.


You will not be treated as an overstayer and this period will not have an impact on any future UK immigration applications that you make. If this is applicable to you, please note you must request an extension by updating the Coronavirus Immigration Team where you would be issued with an extension.


It may also be possible to switch your current visa into another category whilst you in the UK, including circumstances where you would normally be expected to make your application from your home country.


Can I still extend a visa or make an application in the UK during this crisis?


Whether you are extending your spouse/partner, further leave to remain, Tier 2 or Tier 1 visa, we are advising all of our clients to seek assistance in order to prepare and submit their online visa application as normal. Despite the closure of the UK application centres, your online UK Visas Immigration (UKVI) application should be made before the expiry of your current visa and an appointment can then be booked once the centres reopen.


If you are an over-stayer and looking to make an application based on the length of time you have been here or because of your family life in the UK we would also strongly advise you to seek legal advice from us on your position during this time.


For a free 30 minute telephone consultation with one of our expert UK immigration lawyers during this period please click this link.

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