5. Extend your visa

You may be able to apply to extend your stay in the UK under a Tier 4 (Child) visa.

You must:

  • meet the eligibility requirements of this visa
  • already be in the UK
  • be sponsored by an independent school

When to apply

You must apply:

You can stay in the UK until you get your decision.

Ways to apply

If you want to get a decision more quickly than the standard 8 weeks, you can apply:

  • for priority service - there’s a limited number of places each day
  • to use a premium service centre - you’ll need to go in person
Application type Time for a decision Cost per person
Standard 8 weeks £448
Priority 10 days £823
Premium Same day £948

You’ll also need to provide biometric information and pay the healthcare surcharge.

Apply for the standard or premium service

You can apply online:

  • for the standard service
  • to book an appointment at a premium service centre

Pay the appropriate fee at the same time.

Apply for the priority service

You must fill in a request form before you can use the priority service. Send it to the email address on the form.

Only the first 60 requests received each day after 8:30am (Monday to Friday) are accepted - you’ll get an email saying if you’ve been successful.

Once you’ve been accepted for the priority service you should apply online within 24 hours. Pay the fee at the same time.

Send your supporting documents by registered post or courier to the address given in the priority service acceptance email.

Make sure your documents get there within 2 days of when you apply.

Provide your biometric information

You must also provide your biometric information (fingerprints and a photo). You can do this at:

  • some Post Office branches (this costs £19.20)
  • a premium service centre if you’ve paid to use one

You’ll be told when you need to provide your biometric information for the standard or priority service. You’ll have to do it within 2 working days if you’re using the priority service.

You’ll get a biometric residence permit if your application to extend your visa is successful.

Pay the healthcare surcharge

You must also pay the healthcare surcharge.

Check how much you’ll have to pay before you apply for your extension.

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 (eg if you have a criminal conviction)