Standard Visitor visa

Extend your visa

You may be able to extend your visa as long as the total time you spend in the UK is less than 6 months. For example if you apply for a 3 month visa, you can apply to extend it for 3 more months.

Read the guidance to find out if you can extend your visa.

You should apply before your current visa expires.

If you’re receiving private medical treatment in the UK

You can apply to extend your visa for a further 6 months if you:

  • have paid for any treatment you’ve already had in the UK
  • can and will pay the further costs of your treatment
  • continue to meet the eligibility requirements

You must also get a medical practitioner or NHS consultant who’s registered in the UK to provide:

  • proof of arrangements for your private medical consultation or treatment
  • a letter saying how long your treatment is likely to take
  • details of the progress of your treatment, if it’s already started

Eligibility

You must apply while you’re still in the UK.

How to extend your visa

You can:

Fees

You must pay:

  • £993 if you apply to extend your visa by post
  • £1,603 if you apply in person

How long it takes

A decision will be made:

  • within 8 weeks for postal applications
  • usually on the same day if you use the premium service

You’ll be contacted if your application is complex and will take longer, eg:

  • 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.

  1. Step 1 Check if you need a visa

    You might be eligible for different visas depending on why you're visiting the UK and how long for.

    1. Check if you need a visa
    2. Compare the different types of short stay visa
  2. Step 2 Prepare the evidence you need

  3. Step 3 Apply

    The cost of your visa depends on how long you're staying in the UK.

    1. Apply for a visa and book an appointment £93 to £798
    2. Check where your visa appointment will be

    You should get a decision within 3 weeks of your appointment.

    You can pay an extra £212 for a decision within 5 working days or £956 for a decision within 24 working hours.

  4. Step 4 Attend an appointment

    1. What you need to show at your appointment

    You'll be told when a decision has been made about your visa.

  5. Step 5 Travel to the UK

    1. Check what you need to show at the border
    2. Check what you can bring with you

    Check your visa to find out when you must leave the UK. If you break the conditions of your visa you may not be able to return to the UK again.