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Biometric Residence Card 3 questions
British citizenship 2 questions
Indefinite leave to remain 1 question
  • What happens if my visa expires after I submit my application?

    As long as you apply for your visa before your current visa expires then you can continue to use the current visa and the entitlements it gives i.e. a student visa may permit working 20 hours per week which the student can continue to do. The submission date is the post date on the application stamped by the post office.

Northern Ireland 1 question
Parent dependent visa 1 question
Premium Service Centre - Same Day Visa 3 questions
Spouse visa questions 2 questions
Tier 2 General 1 question
Visa Application Questions 3 questions
  • My visa was rejected, can I apply through premium service now?

    If your visa has expired you can’t use the premium service. If applying our of time i.e. when your visa has expired you need a valid reason for applying late. These applications can only be mailed.

  • I’m in the UK as a visitor, Can I extend my stay or switch to another visa?

    Switching is not permitted in the UK if you are here with a visitor/tourist visa. An application to extend or switch is likely to result in a deportation notice. Only under rare exceptional circumstances is this permitted i.e. your visitor visa was about to expire but your partner has been in a traffic accident and is in the hospital or other such extreme cases. You can’t apply through premium service either if you are here as a visitor. You must return home and apply for any visas you require for the UK.

  • How long does a visa take to process?

    For overseas applications you can see processing times here https://www.gov.uk/visa-processing-times

    For applications made in the UK, it can be 1 day if using the premium same day service or up to 3 months on average for a mail application. Complex applications can take longer.

visitor visa 2 questions
  • I’m in the UK as a visitor, Can I extend my stay or switch to another visa?

    Switching is not permitted in the UK if you are here with a visitor/tourist visa. An application to extend or switch is likely to result in a deportation notice. Only under rare exceptional circumstances is this permitted i.e. your visitor visa was about to expire but your partner has been in a traffic accident and is in the hospital or other such extreme cases. You can’t apply through premium service either if you are here as a visitor. You must return home and apply for any visas you require for the UK.

  • I am an Irish born citizen and married to an Indian citizen, we want to travel to the north for a weekend, does he need a visa? He holds an Indian passport.

    Many non-eea nationals require a visa to visit the UK. As Northern Ireland is part of the UK then if a national was normally required to apply for a visit visa for the UK then they would also need to apply for a visit visa to Northern Ireland. Note there is no immigration checkpoint or place to present the visa if entering Northern Ireland from the Republic of Ireland, but if someone was stopped they may be asked to produce this visitor visa or face deportation and exclusion from the UK for 10 years.

     

    You can also use this link to check if a visa is required. https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa

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