Visiting Visa Extension Requirements from Inside the UK 2021

In the light of the Immigration Rules, this explains the UK visit visa extension or renewal requirements 2021 for all types of visitors such as Medical, Family, Marriage, PLAB Test, Visiting Academics, Clinical Attachment.

1. Overview 2. Reasons 3. Statistics 4. Guidance Notes

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1. Overview

UK Visitor Visa Extension Requirements

According to the Immigration Rules, 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. The only exception is overstaying for up to 14 days as per paragraph 39E 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
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    2. Reasons

    UK Visitor Visa Extension Requirements

    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. In fact, an extension or renewal of a visitor visa UK depends on the type of visit visa and the purpose of the extension. Although, 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. Moreover, switching from and to visitor visa is not possible in the UK.

    Common Reasons for Extending Stay in the UK

    In fact, some of the common reasons for extending the duration of stay in the UK may relate to:

    1. Private Medical Treatment
    2. Marriage
    3. Academic Visits
    4. PLAB Test
    5. Clinical Attachment

    1. Private Medical Treatment

    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.

    2. Marriage

    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.

    3. Academic Visits

    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.

    4. 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.

    5. 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.

    3. Success Rate

    UK Visitor Visa Extension Requirements

    More than seven hundred 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.

    UK Visitor Visa Extension Success Rate

    TypeDecisionsSuccess Rate
    Main Applicants 201688485.86%
    Dependants 2016616.67%
    Total 201689085.39%
    Main Applicants 201772990.67%
    Dependants 2017650.00%
    Total 201773590.34%
    Main Applicants 201871191.70%
    Dependants 20181060.00%
    Total 201872191.26%

    4. Guidance Notes

    UK Visitor Visa Extension Requirements


    The Home Office Fees for UK visit visa extension (leave to remain) application is £993/-.

    Processing Time

    The UK visit visa extension processing time is usually within 8 weeks. However, an applicant can use the 5-day priority and 24-hours (next working day) Super Priority (aka Premium) Service. The additional charges for Priority and Super-Priority Service for visitor visa extension from inside the UK are £500 and £800, respectively.

    Is extending visitor visa beyond 6 months possible?

    Only in exceptional circumstances, a person visiting the UK might contemplate furnishing an application outside the Immigration Rules so as to extend their 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.

    Exceptional Assurance

    A person on a visitor visa need take all reasonable steps to leave the UK where it is possible to do so or apply for extension to regularise stay in the UK. Accordingly, a visitor is allowed to access UK Visa and Immigration services as these are essential public service and will continue to operate safely under local and national Covid-19 restrictions.

    If a visitor intends to leave the UK but have not been able to do so due to coronavirus pandemic and the visa expires between 1 December 2020 and 31 January 2021 then may request for additional time to stay i.e. exceptional assurance. A visitor can submit request for an exceptional assurance by emailing [email protected] with the following details:

    1. full name
    2. date of birth
    3. nationality
    4. Home Office, GWF or any other reference number
    5. type of visa
    6. expiry date of visa
    7. reason for request
    8. evidence of flight or evidence showing reason the visitor cannot leave the UK
    9. the subject header of the email should read “Request for an assurance”