You may be able to extend your visitor visa from inside the UK if you are already in the UK as a visitor. It is not possible to switch to become a visitor while in the UK where a person is in the UK in breach of immigration laws or has entry clearance or leave to enter or remain for another purpose. For how long you are granted extension of your visitor visa, is dependent on the type of visitor visa you have and how long you have spent in the UK under the visitor visa UK already.

Specialist Visitor Visa Solicitors

Our expert team of visitor visa solicitors in LondonManchester and Birmingham specialise in applications for extension of visitor visa. Our specialist visitor visa solicitors have successfully helped hundreds of clients with their applications for extension of visitor visa. Our best team of visitor visa solicitors can provide fast, friendly, reliable and fixed fee immigration services concerning your application for extension of visitor visa. Ask a question to our expert visitor visa solicitors for free immigration advice or submit an online request to book an appointment for detailed legal advice for your application for extension of visitor visa.

Requirements For Visitor Visa Extension

For a visitor visa renewal/extension application to succeed, there are following main requirements:

  • The applicant must be in the UK as a visitor. Visitors for permitted paid engagements and transit visitors may not apply for an extension of stay as a visitor.
  • An application for an extension of stay as a visitor must satisfy the decision maker that they continue to meet all the suitability and eligibility requirements for a visit visa.
  • The applicant must not be in the UK in breach of immigration laws, except that where paragraph 39E of these Rules applies, any current period of overstaying will be disregarded.
  • If the applicant is applying for an extension of stay as a visitor for the purpose of receiving private medical treatment they must also satisfy the decision maker they:
    • have met the costs of any medical treatment received so far; and
    • provide a letter from a registered medical practitioner, at a private practice or NHS hospital, who holds an NHS consultant post or who appears in the Specialist Register of the General Medical Council, detailing the medical condition requiring further treatment.

How Long Can A Visitor Extend Their Stay In The UK?

  • A visitor (standard) and a visitor for marriage or civil partnership, who was granted a visit visa or leave to enter for less than 6 months may be granted an extension of stay as a visitor so that the total period they can remain in the UK (including both the original grant and the extension of stay) does not exceed 6 months.
  • A visitor (standard) who is in the UK for private medical treatment may be granted an extension of stay as a visitor for a further 6 months, provided this is for private medical treatment.
  • A visitor (standard) who is an academic on sabbatical leave and is in the UK undertaking their own research, or the spouse, partner or child accompanying such an academic, can be granted an extension of stay as a visitor so that the total period they can remain in the UK (including both the original grant and the extension of stay) does not exceed 12 months.
  • A visitor (standard) may be granted an extension of stay as a visitor for up to 6 months in order to resit the Professional and Linguistic Assessment Board (PLAB) Test, provided they meet the requirements at Appendix 3, paragraph 22(b)(i).
  • A visitor (standard) who is successful in the Professional and Linguistic Assessment Board Test may be granted an extension of stay as a visitor to undertake an unpaid clinical attachment, provided they meet the requirements of Appendix 3, paragraph 22(a) so that the total period they can remain in the UK (including both the original grant and the extension of stay) does not exceed 18 months.

How Can We Help With Your Visitor Visa Extension?

Our expert team of visitor visa solicitors specialise in visitor visa extension applications. If instructed to represent you regarding your application for extension of visitor visa, we will carry out all the work on your visitor visa extension application until a decision is made by the Home Office UKVI on your visitor visa extension application. The immigration casework to be carried out by our expert team of visitor visa solicitors will include the following:

  • Assessing your eligibility for extension of visitor visa by considering all your personal circumstances;
  • Advising you on the weaknesses and strengths of your application for visitor visa extension;
  • Advising you on the relevant documents to be submitted in support of your visitor visa extension application;
  • Assessing your documents to ensure that the documentary evidence is as per requirements of the Home Office UKVI immigration Rules;
  • Completing and submitting the online application form to apply for extension of visitor visa by gathering all the relevant information from you and your sponsor;
  • Helping you with paying the visitor visa application fee and booking your appointment with the application centre for verification of documents and enrolment of biometrics;
  • Where necessary, preparing detailed witness statement of the applicant and/or the sponsor explaining their personal circumstances and other relevant factors pertaining to the visitor visa extension application;
  • Preparing a detailed cover letter to introduce and support your visitor visa extension application;
  • Uploading online all the relevant supporting documents before you attend your appointment for enrolment of your biometrics;
  • Liaising with the Home Office UKVI for a timely decision on your visitor visa extension application.

Our Fixed Fee For Visitor Visa Extension Application

Unless your case is extremely complicated, our fixed fees for visitor visa extension are as given in the fee table below:

Our Service Our Fee
Full service for renewal/extension of visitor visa to cover all the work until decision by the Home Office UKVI From £800 + VAT To £1,500 + VAT

The agreed fixed fee will depend on the complexity and the volume of casework involved in the visitor visa extension application. In addition to our fixed fee for visitor visa renewal, the applicant also have to pay the Home office UKVI fees for the visitor visa extension application.

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