Extend your visa
You may be able to apply to extend your stay in the UK under a Tier 4 (Child) visa.
- meet the eligibility requirements of this visa
- already be in the UK
- be sponsored by an independent school
When to apply
You must apply:
- within 6 months of getting a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS)
- before your current visa expires - but no more than 3 months before the course start date on your CAS
You can stay in the UK until you get your decision.
For each person, you’ll need to pay:
- £475 to extend this visa
- the healthcare surcharge - check how much you’ll have to pay
- £19.20 to have your biometric information (fingerprints and a photo) taken
A decision will usually be made within 8 weeks if you use the standard service.
Get a faster decision on your application
If you want to get a decision more quickly, you can pay an extra £500 for the priority service to get a decision within 5 working days.
You can pay an extra £800 for the super priority service to get a decision:
- by the end of the next working day after providing your biometric information if your appointment is on a weekday
- 2 working days after providing your biometric information if your appointment is at the weekend
Working days are Monday to Friday, not including bank holidays.
Once you’ve got your decision letter, your biometric residence permit will take up to 10 working days to arrive.
You must apply online.
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 Your application will be withdrawn if you do.
What happens next
You’ll be contacted if your application is complex and will take longer, for example because:
- your supporting documents need to be verified
- you need to attend an interview
- of your personal circumstances (for example if you have a criminal conviction)