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Biometric Residence Card 4 questions
British citizenship 2 questions
Indefinite leave to remain 2 questions
  • Time required for ILR and switching from Tier 2 to PBS dependent visa.

    I was on Tier 2 general visa for 1.5 years and then changed the visa to Tier 2 dependant. My query is – whether 1.5 years (as a Main candidate) would be counted for ILR or should i complete 5 years as dependant to apply ILR?

    If you switch to a dependent visa in the UK your ILR clock will reset and you will have to complete 5 years as a dependent to be eligible for the 5 year route for ILR.

  • 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 4 questions
  • Travelling after premium appointment

    I have booked an appointment for visa extension on the 2nd of June and it is for the one day service. I am traveling to Canada on the 10th of June and would need my BRP and passport by then.
    Would I be able to receive them by then? Is there a way to receive them quicker?

    Answer: There is no way to speed up how fast you get the visa (BRP card). The visa is processed by the DVLA (the organisation that issue driver licences) and it will depend on how busy they are. The Home Office has no influence over this. If you return to the UK with your approval letter and your passport then this should be enough to satisfy the border staff, though they may check your status on return but shouldn’t delay you by much.

  • I need to apply through premium service (same day) next week or very soon. Can you help me?

    All immigration advisers have access to the same booking system as the public. If you have been unable to find an appointment at short notice we will not be able to either. The key is to plan early if intending to use the premium service to ensure you allow enough time to book an appointment in advance.

  • 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.

  • Can I book a premium service appointment if a passport is retained by the home office?

    If you have already submitted your visa application you can’t attend a premium same day visa appointment unless you request the return of your documents. This will withdraw your current application. You need to be careful not to withdraw if your visa has expired as you can’t attend a Home Office premium appointment if your visa has expired. You also require your passport to apply through the premium service too.

Spouse visa questions 2 questions
Tier 2 General 2 questions
Visa Application Questions 4 questions
  • Travelling after premium appointment

    I have booked an appointment for visa extension on the 2nd of June and it is for the one day service. I am traveling to Canada on the 10th of June and would need my BRP and passport by then.
    Would I be able to receive them by then? Is there a way to receive them quicker?

    Answer: There is no way to speed up how fast you get the visa (BRP card). The visa is processed by the DVLA (the organisation that issue driver licences) and it will depend on how busy they are. The Home Office has no influence over this. If you return to the UK with your approval letter and your passport then this should be enough to satisfy the border staff, though they may check your status on return but shouldn’t delay you by much.

  • 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.

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