UK Student Visa Extension
If you hold a UK student visa or a Tier 4 (General) student visa, you may want to extend this so that you can stay longer to complete your studies or start a new course.
If you are applying for a UK student visa extension, it is important to make sure that your application is right the first time. If there is an error in your application or you do not send the right documents in support, you are likely to be refused an extension. You will then need to try and re-apply or you may even have to appeal the decision.
At Halliday Reeves, we are immigration specialists. We routinely deal with student visa extensions and we can make sure that your application is as strong as possible.
It is usually necessary to include a substantial amount of paperwork with your application by way of evidence that you are eligible and meet all of the criteria. We can work with you to establish exactly what needs to be sent to give you the best chance of success.
We have a proven track record of securing extensions to UK student visas for our clients and we always work to send applications promptly so that you will receive the permission you need
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Student Visa Extension UK – Requirements And Eligibility
To be eligible for a UK student visa extension, you must:
- Hold a valid UK student visa or Tier 4 (General) student visa
- Have a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies document issued by a licensed student sponsor giving you an unconditional offer of a place on a course
- Be taking up studies at a higher academic level than your previous course, or if it is at the same level, be related to your previous course or your career aspirations and be at degree level
There are some exceptions to the requirement to study at a higher level, including where you are resitting exams, completing a doctorate or the extension is needed because of a work placement or a period of overseas study.
Apply For A UK Student Visa Extension
The application for a UK student visa extension is made online. The earliest you can apply is three months before your course starts. Your application needs to be made within six months of the date on your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies.
You also need to make sure that you apply before your existing visa expires. Your new course must start within 28 days of your current visa expiring.
Fee For A Student Visa Extension
The fee for a student visa extension is £490. You will also need to pay the healthcare surcharge of £470 for each year that you will be in the UK.
If you have had a UK visa for 12 months prior to the date of your student visa application, you do not need to prove the financial requirement.
Contact Our Immigration Lawyers
At Halliday Reeves, our immigration solicitors offer a full range of personal immigration services and business immigration services, including help with applications for student visa extensions. We can go through your application with you and ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria and confirm that extending your existing student visa is the best UK immigration route for you.
We have offices in Gateshead, Middlesbrough, Wakefield and Nottingham. To speak to one of our expert UK citizenship lawyers, ring us on 0330 133 7777, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill in our Contact Form.
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