UK Visit Visa Extension Applications and Refusal Rate 2015-17

In the light of the Immigration Rules, this relates to the UK visit visa extension or renewal from inside the UK. Accordingly, the post covers the following topics:

  • Can I extend or renew my visa from inside the UK?
    • Requirements for visitor visa extension in the UK
    • Is switching possible?
    • Is extending visitor visa beyond 6 months possible?
  • UK visit visa extension applications and refusal rate 2016-18

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UK visitor visa extension requirements 2020: FAQS

Can a visitor extend or renew a visit visa from inside the UK?

Perhaps, an extension or renewal of a visitor visa depends on the type of visit visa. And also the purpose of the extension. Certainly, a person on a standard or marriage visit visa can apply for an extension in the UK. However, a visitor on a Permitted Paid Engagement (PPE) or a transit visa cannot apply for an extension.

When a visitor can apply for UK visit visa extension?

Perhaps applying for a UK visit visa extension is not a norm but an exception. Therefore, a person may only apply for an extension of stay as a visitor if there are some pressing reason and real need of doing so.

What are the UK visitor visa extension requirements 2020?

Quite clearly, the UK visitor visa extension application requirements are:
1. In terms of Paragraph V 8.2 of Appendix V for visitors, an applicant needs to make a valid application for a UK visitor visa extension or renewal by comply with the requirements in paragraphs 34 – 34C of Part 1 of Immigration Rules
2. In terms of paragraph V 8.5 of Appendix V, the visitor should not be in breach of the immigration rules. Perhaps, the only exception is overstaying for up to 14 days as per paragraph 39E of of the Immigration Rules relating to Exceptions for Overstayers.
3. After getting an extension, a visitor needs to continue to meet the suitability and eligibility requirements as per paragraph V 8.4 of Appendix V

Is switching possible?

No, switching from and to visitor visa is not possible in the UK.

What is the UK visit visa extension fees and processing time?

The UK visit visa extension fee for the main applicant and dependants is £993/- per applicant. Moreover, UKVI’s service standard is to process a UK visit visa extension application within 8 weeks.

Is extending visitor visa beyond 6 months possible?

Perhaps, only in exceptional circumstances, a person visiting the UK might contemplate furnishing an application outside the Immigration Rules so as to extend his/her stay beyond six 6 months. However, in a limited number of circumstances, it is possible to submit a request for an extension of a visitor visa under the rules for extending visitor visa beyond 6 months.

Medical visa extension

In terms of paragraph V 8.8 of Appendix V, a visitor can get an extension for Private Medical Treatment. However, such an extension is only granted for the purpose of continuing medical treatment inside the UK. Accordingly, for the extension of medical visitor visa UK, an applicant needs to meet the additional requirements for an extension of stay in the UK. And in terms of paragraph V 8.6, an applicant needs to provide evidence of payment for medical treatment in the UK and medical certificate from a registered medical practitioner.

Marriage visitor visa extension

As per paragraph V 8.7 of Appendix V for visitors, if the initial duration granted is for less than six (6) months to a standard or marriage or civil partnership visitors, then an extension of such a visa might be allowed. However, a person on a marriage visitor visa cannot remain in the UK for more than 6 months. Certainly, the 6 months period means original grant plus the extension.

UK academic visitor visa extension

As per paragraph V 8.9 of Appendix A, an academic visitor on sabbatical leave for research in the UK is allowed under the Rules to apply for an extension of stay. Moreover, the dependant spouse, partner or child accompanying an academic visitor can also extend their leave in the UK. However, the cumulative period of such a stay inside the UK should not exceed more than twelve (12) months. Certainly, the cumulative period means original grant plus the extension of stay.

Extension for PLAB Test

Furthermore, in terms of paragraph V 8.10 of Appendix A, a visitor undertaking a Professional & Linguistic Assessment Board (PLAB) Test can get an extension up to six (6) months to re-sit in the PLAB Test. However, the applicant needs to meet the stipulations of Paragraph 22(b)(i) of Appendix 3 of the Immigration Rules. Accordingly, the applicant needs to provide written confirmation to re-sit in the PLAB Test from the General Medical Council.

UK visa extension for clinical attachment

As per paragraph V 8.11 of Appendix A, a visitor passing the PLAB Test successfully can get an extension of stay for undertaking an unpaid clinical attachment {as per paragraph 22(a) of Appendix 3 of Appendix V for Visitors}. However, the total period the applicant can remain in the UK should not exceed more than 18 months. Certainly, the total period means the original grant plus the extension of stay.

Please note: in the Immigration Rules there is no provision for extensions of stay beyond these limits.

What is the UK visit visa extension success rate?

Perhaps, approximately more than 700 applicants every year apply for a UK visit visa extension every year. However, during 2016-18 the number of decisions relating to UK visit visa extensions is showing a gradual downward trend. Accordingly, in 2018 the number of UK visit visa extension decisions have decreased to 721 from 890 in 2016. And the number of UK visit visa extension grants in 2018 have decreased to 658 from 760 in 2016. However, the UK visit visa extension success rate during 2016-18 have increased from 85.63% (2016) to 91.26% in 2018.

Type of ApplicantDecisionsGrantsSuccess rate
Main Applicants 201688475985.86%
Dependants 20166116.67%
Total UK Visit Visa
Extension Applications 2016
89076085.39%
Main Applicants 201772966190.67%
Dependants 20176350.00%
Total UK Visit Visa
Extension Applications 2017
73566490.34%
Main Applicants 201871165291.70%
Dependants 201810660.00%
Total UK Visit Visa
Extension Applications 2018
72165891.26%

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Country-specific details:

Moreover, to know the country-specific details of UK visa applications and priority service please refer to Egypt, Ghana, India, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, UAE and the USA.