UK Tier 1 visa extension deadline looming

If you’re in the UK on a Tier 1 (General) visa, you’ll need to apply for an extension as soon as possible. 

UK Tier 1 visa extension deadline looming

The 5 April 2015 deadline might seem like a lifetime away, but with 200-days to go, time is swift running out. photo credit: flod via photopin cc

The deadline for extending your Tier 1 (General) visa is 5 April 2015. This may sound like a long time in the future, but in reality it’s only around 270 days away, and you probably don’t need any reminding of how quickly time can come and go.

On a Tier 1 (General) visa, you can extend for three years, provided you applied for your visa any time after 6 April 2010.

If you applied before 6 April 2010, you can extend it for two years. If you applied as a writer, composer or artist, or a self-employed lawyer, you can also extend it for two years.

Indefinite leave to remain (ILR) deadline

Those wanting to apply for ILR must submit an application on or before April 2018, after which such applications will no longer be accepted in the Tier 1 (General) category.

In the event that you don’t qualify for indefinite leave to remain, you may have the option of switching to a Tier 2 sponsorship visa if you’ve been offered a skilled job or can fill a “shortage occupation” position in the UK.

Visit 1st Contact Visas to find out everything you need to know about the UK Tier 1 visa extension, as well as expert visa and immigration services. 

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  • Lisa

    I have a Leave to Remain Visa that ‘runs out’ mid June. Problem is, as an American, I’m going to return to the U.S. IN 4 months time with my British husband,permanently
    What should I do?

    • 1st Contact

      Hi Lisa,

      One is required to leave the UK at the time of their visa expiring. Unfortunately there is no bridging visa either. The option to leave the UK, and try gaining entry as a visitor will be at the discretion of the Immigration officer.