Extend your visa
You should include any dependants who are on your current visa on your application to extend - including children who have turned 18 during your stay.
You should apply before your current visa expires.
You can also apply to settle in the UK permanently if you’ve lived in the UK for 5 years on this visa.
How long you can stay
You can extend your visa for a further 5 years.
For each person applying you’ll need to pay:
- the £1,033 application fee
- the healthcare surcharge - check how much you’ll have to pay
- £19.20 to have your biometric information (fingerprints and a photo) taken
If you want to get a decision more quickly than the standard 8 weeks, you can pay an extra £800 for the super priority service.
How to extend your visa
You must apply online to extend your visa.
Providing biometric information and supporting documents
When you apply, you’ll be asked to make an appointment at a UK Visa and Citizenship Application Services (UKVCAS) service point to provide your biometric information (your fingerprints and a photo).
You’ll also need to submit your supporting documents. You can:
- upload them into the online service
- have them scanned at your UKVCAS appointment
You must not travel outside of the UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man until you get a decision. Your application will be withdrawn if you do.
Get help using a computer to apply online
You can get help with:
- accessing a computer or the internet
- finding the right information on GOV.UK
You cannot get advice on:
- whether you’re eligible to apply
- what information to put in your application
- an application you’ve already made
How long it takes
A decision will be made within 8 weeks of your application date if you use the standard service.
If you use the super priority service a decision will be made:
- by the end of the next working day after your UKVCAS appointment if your appointment is on a weekday
- 2 working days after your UKVCAS appointment if your appointment is at the weekend
Once you’ve got your decision letter, your biometric residence permit will take up to 10 working days to arrive.
Working days are Monday to Friday, not including bank holidays.
You’ll be contacted if your application is complex and will take longer, for example:
- if your supporting documents need to be verified
- if you need to attend an interview
- because of your personal circumstances (for example if you have a criminal conviction)
Once you’ve applied you can stay in the UK until you’ve been given a decision, as long as you applied before your last visa expired.