UK Visa Extension

If you’re already living in the UK but want to remain in the UK for a longer period of time you can apply for a UK Visa Extension.

If you’re looking for guidance on extending your UK stay, you can get help from our professional solicitors. We’re always ready to help you. Contact us at 0203 384 4389.

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Extensions to Existing Visas to stay in the UK?

Each visa has its own eligibility criteria and validity period. In order to avoid breaching immigration rules and ultimately risk exposure to removal from the UK, those subject to immigration control should always ensure that they have made adequate arrangements to leave the UK before their visa expires.

In some cases, you may find it necessary to seek an extension of your existing visa/leave to ensure that you remain legal and compliant with the terms of your visa.

A valid visa is considered to be a valid period of leave. If you wish to extend your existing valid visa, you will require a further leave to remain.

This is a particularly complex area of law as the application process varies depending on your circumstances and the reason why you are requesting an extension.

Extension applications attract sizeable Home Office application processing fees and extensions over 6 months in duration are also subject to an Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) fee.

Home Office application fees are non refundable so it is important that the applications are done correctly first time around to avoid costly mistakes.

Common Scenarios

Below are different sets of client circumstances that we regularly deal with when receiving further leave / extension of visa enquiries.

If any of the scenario’s apply to you, speak to a member of our specialist team now to establish whether you are able to make an extension application and determine the best route forward.

Requirements of Good Character

In order to become a citizen of the United Kingdom, one must prove their “good character.” This implies that you can’t have a severe or recent history of criminal activity. In addition, the Home Office will investigate immigration-related issues and any criminal activity committed overseas. However, the UKVI will take into account any community contributions you’ve made.

How may I become a British citizen through Naturalization?

Even if you were not born in the United Kingdom, you can still apply for a British citizenship via the process of naturalisation. You must meet certain conditions and be at least 18 years old in order to be eligible. Moreover, you did not commit any serious crime or break any British nationality laws while residing in the UK. Above all, you have to be a settled person who has spent at least a year in the UK (while in possession of ILR).

British nationals who are married and have lived in the country continuously for three years are entitled to apply for naturalization.

Before sending your application to become a British citizen through naturalization, make sure you meet any additional requirements. You are not allowed to leave the UK for longer than ninety days in the final year of your qualifying period, nor can the overall amount of absences from the UK beyond a specific period. Unless you are exempt, you also need to be proficient in English.

You are eligible to qualify for British citizenship by filling out the appropriate naturalisation form from the Home Office. The application procedure normally takes a period of 3 to 6 months. If your request receives approval, you will also get an invitation to a citizenship ceremony where you can pick up your Certificate of Naturalization.

Our experienced UK immigration lawyers can help you through each step of the immigration process. 

Which immigration routes are available for registering for British citizenship?

There are multiple paths to becoming a citizen of the United Kingdom, depending on your situation.

If you need assistance, the British Citizenship Service is here to help you figure out what documents and details you need to include in your showcase of proof. We will help you find, collect, and put together all of your paperwork, making sure that it meets all the necessary legal standards.

Get in touch with us right away at 0203 384 4389 to learn more about how we can assist you.

Which papers do I require to apply for UK Citizenship?

It is crucial to compile a portfolio of documentation proving you have met all the requirements for residency before applying for British citizenship. As a result, the Home Office will investigate your case quickly.

To obtain British citizenship, you need to submit the following documents to the Home Office:

Our experienced UK immigration lawyers can help you through each step of the immigration process. 

How ILR is different from British Citizenship?

Both provide you the freedom to live, work, as well as study in the UK. But there are two unique statuses:

Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR)

After five years of ongoing residency in the UK, you can apply for ILR. Once you obtain this status, you will be legally considered a British settled person. Moreover, you will then be eligible to access public funds, live permanently in the UK, bring your family with you, and enter and exit the nation without applying for a visa.

Prior to becoming a naturalised citizen of the UK, you must hold ILR. However, it is important to note that if you reside outside the UK for more than 2 years, you could lose your ILR status.

British Citizenship

British Citizenship will give you complete rights and responsibilities such as you have the right to cast a vote in parliamentary and local elections and to get a British passport. The most significant benefit is that you won’t have to worry about losing your status when you travel abroad for a longer period.

I was granted ILR. When can I submit an application to become a British citizen?

In general, you can become a British national if you have been in the UK for at least 12 months and have Indefinite Leave to Remain. The same prerequisites apply to citizens of the EU and EEA who have held EU-settled status for a predetermined period of time, as well as those who possess Indefinite Leave to Enter the UK.

In contrast, you can apply for Naturalization as soon as you receive ILR in the UK if you are married to a British citizen.
You cannot stay out of the UK for longer than ninety days in the twelve-month qualifying period. It is possible that you will be asked about any absences you had prior to submitting your request.

If you have ILR and leave the UK for more than two years, you will lose your status and will not be eligible for British nationality until you have spent extra time in the UK.

After more than five years overseas, EU citizens with settled status will no longer be able to settle in the UK. You have to file a new application if you want your status back.

Advice for British Citizenship Application

Applying for UK Citizenship is a tiresome and time-consuming task. At UK Immigration Solicitors. We are dedicated to providing assistance to all our clients. A professional lawyer will handle your case. He will assess your situation and provide guidance on your UK Citizenship application. Hand over your stress to our solicitors. Sit back and relax. We’ll handle the rest.

Find out if you are eligible to become a British national by calling us at 0203 483 4389 or submitting an online enquiry.

Our immigration attorneys at UKIS can support you at every stage of your British nationality case. Your committed lawyer will complete your application form to the highest quality after assessing your eligibility. This involves checking all of your documents to make sure your evidence portfolio is sufficient. To strengthen your case, we can also draft a Letter of Representation.

To start working on your application, give us a call at 0203 483 4389 or schedule an appointment at one of our offices, which are located throughout London, Birmingham, Manchester, and other parts of the UK.

Our experienced UK immigration lawyers can help you through each step of the immigration process. 

I want to become a British citizen. How do I apply?

To apply for British Citizenship, you need to submit the application form given by UKVI. Fill out the form completely and submit it along with the required documents.

You must have your fingerprint and photo taken at the closest UKVCAS centre in order to provide your biometric information.
The Home Office may contact you to see if your information can be provided at a local post office. You are welcome to contact the Home Office directly if you would like to.

You can send in your documents and forms from within the United Kingdom or from outside the UK.

Application Form For British Citizenship

You must fill out Form AN, Application for Naturalization as a British Citizen, and submit it along with your request. In order to prove your eligibility, you must fill out every section of the form with specific details about your situation. This includes your resume, proof of address, job status information, and any dependents applying with you.

You also need to provide proof of your relationship if you are registering as a British national’s spouse.

Remember to include the contact information for your two referees, who will need to sign your form to attest that the data you entered is accurate.

Who can act as a referee for my application for British citizenship?

Your visa application must be attested by two referees of your choice. They will confirm that the information you have provided in the form is correct. Without the signature of referees your application is not valid and it will not be accepted.

The referees for your British citizenship must not be related to you or one another, and they must have known you for a minimum of three years. They must also not have been convicted of a crime within the ten years prior to the submission of your application.

A professional individual, such as a medical professional, a religious minister, or a member of an association for professionals, must be one of your referees. He or she, however, is not permitted to work for the UKVI or act as your attorney or agent in this case. This individual does not have to be a citizen of the United Kingdom. However, the other referee needs to be a British national with a valid passport. This individual needs to be a licensed professional or at least 25 years old.

What is the processing time for a British Citizenship application?

Once you paid the application fees, the Home Office will start processing your case. Applications for British nationality are typically decided by the UKVI in six months.

You may hear back from the Home Office before the set waiting time, even though you cannot use the Premium Same Day Service to expedite these kinds of applications. While complicated cases usually require longer than the standard six months, the Home Office will review your case more quickly if you provide thorough and sufficient documentation about your situation. It is likely that your request will be delayed if you do not provide all the necessary documentation and supporting evidence.

After your application gets approved, you won’t be able to apply for a British passport or obtain your Naturalization certificate until you are called for your Citizenship Ceremony.

Our experienced UK immigration lawyers can help you through each step of the immigration process. 

Overview of Life in the UK Test

This exam, which is also referred to as the British Citizenship Test, consists of 24 questions about British history, customs, and culture that must be known by all British citizens. The Home Office’s Life in the UK Handbook serves as the primary source of information for all of the questions. Those who want to live in the UK must pass this exam, which has a minimum passing score of 75%.

You will be released from the British nationality requirements if you have already resided in the UK and have acquired a pass certificate as part of your eligibility requirements for Indefinite Leave to Remain. The same holds true for people with long-term illnesses or disabilities, as well as those who are between the ages of 18 and 65.

You can schedule your test online. You may only select one of the five centers closest to your home, and you must do this at least three days in advance.

You need to bring any documentation proving your address and the same ID you used to schedule the exam on the day of the exam. You won’t receive a refund and won’t be allowed to take the test if you don’t provide the required documents.

You will receive a notification letter if you pass the exam, which you must submit to the UKVI along with your application for permanent residence. On the other hand, if you don’t pass the test, you can retake it as often as necessary.

Do I have to qualify for an accredited English test?

You have to show your proficiency in English before you can become a citizen of the United Kingdom.

You must have passed an authorized test center’s recognized English proficiency exam with a minimum of a B1 score in order to be eligible. Only certificates certified by ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) are recognized by the UKVI. Put differently, NVQs (National Vocational Qualifications) and GCSEs are ineligible to satisfy this requirement.

It is important to note that some test qualifications are only valid for two years. Only if your certificate was approved for another UK immigration application when you obtained ILR (indefinite leave to remain) EU settled status, or both, will the Home Office accept an expired certificate.

Special Circumstances for English Language Requirements

An English proficiency exam is not required if you:

If you completed your studies abroad, you will need to attest that your degree is equivalent to a UK qualification and that it was taught in English by submitting an Academic Qualification Level Statement (AQUALS).

What is the Ceremony for British Citizenship?

Every applicant over the age of eighteen who is granted naturalisation as a British citizen in the UK must participate in a citizenship ceremony as mandated by the British Nationality Act. The goal is to ensure that every new British citizen is welcomed wholeheartedly into British society.

Ceremonies must be scheduled within three months of receiving an invitation from the Home Office. These are private events attended primarily by your council’s mayor or deputy mayor, though you are welcome to invite one guest to your service.

You need to bring both your written confirmation from the Register Office and your invitation letter from the Home Office when you participate in your ceremony. You will be required to take an Oath of Allegiance and pledge your allegiance to the United Kingdom. After this ceremony, you will get your British nationality certificate along with an information packet describing your new rights and obligations as a citizen of the United Kingdom.

If you don’t live in the UK, you can request that your ceremony be held at the embassy or consulate of your home nation. If not, you may postpone your event if you intend to return to the UK within three months of receiving your invitation.

What is the process to get British citizenship through marriage?

If you are married to a British national, you can apply for naturalization after three years of legal and ongoing residency in the UK as a settled person.

Make sure you fulfil the following conditions before submitting your Form AN, Application for Naturalization as a British Citizen:

Our experienced UK immigration lawyers can help you through each step of the immigration process. 

What are the prerequisites for obtaining British citizenship by birth?

Not all children born in the UK are granted British citizenship at birth. Actually, at least one parent must be a British citizen or have settled status in order to qualify.

Children born in the United Kingdom to non-British nationals will be automatically recognized as dependents, subject to the same visa regulations as their parents. If so, you might be eligible to apply for British citizenship in the future.

What are the requirements for becoming a British citizen by descent?

Those who were not born in the United Kingdom and have at least 1 parent who was or is a British citizen are granted British citizenship by descent. In other words, any kid born abroad does not immediately inherit British nationality.

If any parent of yours was born in a former colony of the United Kingdom or if your grandparent was British and served in the Crown, you might qualify for the nationality of UK by descent. This eligibility applies if you were born after January 1, 1983.

Our experienced UK immigration lawyers can help you through each step of the immigration process. 

Can a refugee apply to become a British citizen?

The 2009 Borders, Citizenship, and Immigration Act states that refugees must pass through three distinct steps in order to get nationality as well as permanent residency in the UK:

How can I track the progress of my British Citizenship application?

Applications for British nationality are typically processed in three to six months. This timeline, however, may vary based on how complicated your case is and how many requests the Home Office has to process.

You can go abroad without restriction while your case is being processed because your original passport is not required to be sent with your Naturalization form.

There is no online way to check the status of your application. However, you can contact the UKVI at any time to find out the progress of your request by calling or sending an email.

Our experienced UK immigration lawyers can help you through each step of the immigration process. 

Are you able to give up your nationality or British citizenship?

You have the option to apply to renounce your British citizenship. For example, you may desire to do this to become a citizen of another country that does not permit dual citizenship. However, it should be mentioned that you are not required to renounce your status in the UK if you want to register as a national of a nation that grants dual citizenship.

You will get a “declaration of renunciation” if your request is granted. You can use this to prove that you are not British anymore. But this is just going affect you. Every other family member will continue to be recognized as a national of the United Kingdom.

You must be at least eighteen years old to renounce your identity as a British national. Furthermore, you must meet the “sound mind” condition, which means that you must be legally regarded as capable of making your own judgments.

Regaining British Nationality

If you gave up your status but then changed your mind, you can ask for a resumption. However, according to the British Nationality Act 1981, this is only permitted if “renunciation was required to enable the applicant to retain or acquire some other nationality.” It is necessary for you to show that you still have reasonable and solid connections to the UK when you apply to restore your status. Although you may have previously been a British national, the Home Office will need to evaluate your good character before reclaiming your status.

Is it legal to hold two citizenships in the UK?

Dual citizenship is always permitted in the United Kingdom because there is no need to renounce former nationalities. If you possess dual nationality, you have the ability to be a citizen of both your chosen country and the United Kingdom. Additionally, holding multiple citizenships is allowed per UK law. As a result, even if you currently possess several nationalities, you are still eligible to apply for UK Naturalisation.

For dual citizenship, you do not need to register. If you already have British citizenship, you may apply for foreign citizenship in any country that accepts dual citizenship.

However, every country has its own laws about dual nationality. As a result, it is critical to verify with your country’s consulate or embassy to see if you may keep your status in the UK.

There are a few things you should consider before sending your request. For instance, if you are a dual citizen and are in any other nation where you have another permanent home, you are not eligible to get diplomatic assistance from the British government.

If you are a British citizen and wish to gain citizenship of a country that does not allow dual nationality, you must give up your status. In some cases, becoming a British citizen may result in the loss of any prior nationality. It is wise to confirm whether you must notify your country of origin of your desire to naturalise in the UK before submitting your application.

Our experienced UK immigration lawyers can help you through each step of the immigration process. 

Is it possible to appeal your British citizenship?

Your application for British citizenship may get rejected. You may be able to challenge the decision. You will receive further details regarding your future steps in your letter of refusal. The steps below explain why your citizenship application may be denied:

How to appeal a decision about British citizenship?

It is crucial to understand that you do not always have the option to challenge a citizenship decision. This means that professional legal counsel may be required to advise you on the appropriate course of action depending on your specific circumstances.

If you believe the Home Office made a mistake based on a law, policy, or process, you may be able to ask them to reconsider their decision by submitting a Request for Reconsideration.

The Home Office is more likely to entertain the request in the following scenarios:

Our experienced UK immigration lawyers can help you through each step of the immigration process. 

FAQs

Most of the time, a child needs a visa in order to live in the UK. For instance, if their parent is a foreign national working or studying in the country, the child may need a Child Dependant Visa.

The procedure to become a citizen of another nation is called naturalisation. The process of naturalisation enables foreign nationals to live and work in the UK without being subject to immigration laws. Unless you are of British heritage, you must apply for British Naturalisation to qualify as a British citizen. You have to fulfil a number of requirements before you can submit an application for naturalization. You have to:
  • Possess a minimum age of 18 years old;
  • Be of good character and sound mind;
  • Intend to stay in the United Kingdom;
  • Have a basic understanding of life in the UK;
  • Possess fluency in Scottish Gaelic, Welsh, or English; and
  • Fulfil the five-year required residential requirement (three for British citizens’ spouses or civil partners).
  • You will automatically be granted permanent residence status if you are a citizen of one of the European Economic Area’s (EEA) member states, or if you are someone’s family member who is, and you must continuously exercise your right to free movement within the EEA within the United Kingdom for a period of five years. But before you can apply for naturalization, you have to maintain this status for a full year.
    To make your application valid, you have to pay the full fee. If your request is denied, you will not get a refund. But if you don’t submit your biometric information, your application form will be returned as inapplicable, and your money will be returned less than a £25 processing fee. The following are the new application fees for British Citizenship:
  • The cost of registering as an adult British citizen is £1,126.
  • The cost of registering a child as a British citizen is £1,012.
  • The old naturalization charge was £1,250.
  • The £80 fee for your citizenship ceremony is not included in these prices. If your application for naturalization is denied or withdrawn, you will receive your money back.
  • When submitting your application online, you will be instructed to use a debit or credit card to make the payment. On the other hand, if you use the paper way, you have to pay with a cheque or a credit card using the payment slip.

    When naturalizing as a citizen of Britain, you must also pay to participate in your British Citizenship ceremony. Along with many other new citizens, you will promise to uphold the freedoms, rights, and laws of the United Kingdom. To be known as a British national, you have to be there at this event.

    Instead, you might be able to apply as a British citizen, although there are a number of complex categories here, such as if you are a kid under 18 or a British overseas or overseas territory citizen who has already renounced their citizenship. This covers children born in the UK to non-British parents or children in the country who are under a dependent child visa.

    You can also be eligible to apply for UK citizenship if your grandparents are citizens of the UK. These kinds of cases are complex and decided on an individual basis.

    You can register your children for UK citizenship even though British Naturalisation is only available to applicants who are at least 18 years old. In fact, if your family members now possess Indefinite Leave to Remain, they may be listed on your application.

    Your children, who must be 13 years of age or older, can only apply for Naturalization if they had resided in the UK for a minimum of 2 years prior to submitting the application.

    As soon as you receive your status of settlement, kids who were born in the UK before you obtained ILR or EU Settled Status may be eligible to register for British citizenship. On the other hand, children born in the UK to non-British parents who are already residents of the nation are granted citizenship at the time of birth.

    After getting British citizenship, you would be eligible to request a British passport and will no longer be bound by UK immigration controls.

    The most credible evidence of British citizenship is this; if you don’t have the required documents to apply for a passport, you might be eligible to request for a Nationality Status Document instead.

    British citizenship application and British Nationality law can be very complicated, so it is strongly advised that you seek the assistance of an immigration professional.

    Generally, you can apply to become a British citizen if you’re a citizen of the EEA and you have resided in the UK for five years or longer after your application was submitted.

    After five years of ongoing residency in the UK, you are eligible for established status or permanent residence (PR) without leaving for more than 90 days in any 12-month time. If you satisfy the required requirements—that contain the requirement of English language and not having gone abroad for more than 450 days in your five years there—After 12 months of permanent residency, you will be qualified to submit a request for British citizenship.

    With Brexit approaching the government of the UK intends to alter the criteria for European citizens to register in the country. Citizens must register with the Settlement Scheme to secure their status when the UK quits the EU.

    Your eligibility for citizenship may be affected by past offences and convictions, though this will depend on the specific offence and conviction.

    Speak with an experienced immigration specialist for additional information. Our legal teams can guide when a conviction will run its course and when a person may apply to become a citizen. We can also provide you with advice regarding the impact of your conviction on your application for British nationality, settled status, and permanent residence.

    As per the British Nationality Act, your period of absence from the United Kingdom during the twelve months before the submission of your application for naturalization must not exceed ninety days. It is the basic residency criteria for obtaining British citizenship.

    UKIS counsels and helps many people with their applications for British citizenship. You need either EU Settled Status, ILR, or permanent residence to become a naturalized citizen of the UK. We at UKIS can assist you with your case. One of our experienced solicitors will help you by:
  • Confirming that you have enough supporting documentation to back up your argument by reviewing them;
  • Determining your eligibility for settled status, permanent residency, and British citizenship;
  • Contacting Home Office to get an update on your naturalization or permanent residency status;
  • Drafting a representation letter to go with your documents;
  • Ensuring that you pass your English language test, 
  • Making sure you’re ready to qualify for the “Life in the UK” exam 
  • Make sure to complete every section of the citizenship request form to the best of your ability.
  • Make an enquiry or give us a call at 0203 384 4389 to speak with our expert.
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