Tier 2 (Intra-company Transfer) visa

5. Extend your visa

You might be able to apply to extend your stay in the UK depending on what type of Tier 2 (Intra-company Transfer) visa you have.

Eligibility

You must have one of the following Tier 2 (Intra-company Transfer) visas:

  • Short-term Staff
  • Long-term Staff
  • Graduate Trainee

You should apply before your current visa expires.

You must also:

  • have the same or a similar job to the one you received your previous visa for
  • still work for the employer who provided your certificate of sponsorship
  • still earn an ‘appropriate salary’ - read the full guidance if you’re not sure
  • already be in the UK

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.

How long you can stay

The amount of time you can extend your stay depends on the type of Tier 2 (Intra-company) visa you have.

Long-term Staff

Your stay can be extended for the shortest of the following:

  • the time given on your certificate of sponsorship plus 14 days
  • the time needed to extend your stay to the maximum time allowed in the category
  • 5 years (9 years if you earn more than £120,000 a year)

Graduate Trainee and Short-term Staff

You can extend your stay if your original visa was for less than 12 months. You can only extend your visa by up to 12 months.

How to extend your visa

Read the Tier 2 guidance notes before you apply.

You’ll also have to pay the healthcare surcharge as part of your application. Check how much you’ll have to pay before you apply.

Apply online as an individual or as a family group, choose the visa you want to apply for:

You can also ask to use the priority service.

You can usually get a same-day decision at a premium service centre by booking a premium service appointment when you complete your online application.

Biometric information

You must also provide your biometric information (fingerprints and a photo).

You can give your biometric information at:

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

How long it takes

Decisions are made:

You’ll be contacted if your circumstances or application are more complicated, for example if:

  • your supporting documents need to be verified
  • you need to attend an interview
  • 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.