5. Extend your visa

You can apply to extend your Tier 5 (Temporary worker - Charity Worker) 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.

Eligibility

You must continue to meet the eligibility rules.

You must be in the UK to extend your visa.

How long you can stay

You can apply to take your stay in the UK up to a maximum of 12 months, or the time on your certificate of sponsorship plus 14 days, whichever is shorter.

Fees

The extension costs:

  • £208 to apply by post
  • £608 to apply in person

How to extend your visa

This service will be unavailable from 9pm on Friday 27 February to 12:05am on Sunday 1 March.

You should read the full Tier 5 guidance before you apply.

You can either:

How long it takes

A decision will be made:

  • within 8 weeks for postal and online 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, 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)

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.