After being granted a UK visa which allows you to enter and stay in the UK for a specific time period, a visa extension will need to be applied for to extend your stay in the UK prior to your current visa expiring. This is typically known as ‘Leave to Remain.’
The extension is usually applied for in the same reason that was used to enter the UK in the first place. There are some exceptions to this rule which allow for switching to other types of visas as personal circumstances do change, but this will obviously require additional requirements and procedures to be followed and met.
Under limited leave to remain you will need to depart the UK when your visa expires, as it is only a temporary visa, or make further applications to the Home Office in order to remain in the UK.
Also such a visa expects you to financially maintain and accommodate yourself without any recourse to public funds in the UK, accordingly you are unlikely to receive welfare benefits or housing and homelessness assistance. The Home Office expects you to prove to them that you have sufficient funds to support yourself for the duration of your stay in the UK, or your sponsor has sufficient financial income to maintain and accommodate you.
A requirement of being able to speak and read English is required in most case, allowing you to be able to integrate within the community in the UK. The relevant approved English test would need to be passed.
There are many requirements to be considered when applying for a visa extension, please call one of our immigration solicitors for assistance with your case.
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