There are a large number of people who overstay their visas in the UK. This is quite surprising in the light of the fact that there are many other viable routes or options available to stay lawfully in the UK. The implications of overstaying one’s UK Visa can have far-reaching implications that will be discussed below. Save yourself the emotional stress of getting caught, not to mention the high risk of overstaying on your UK Visa. Contact BIC today to extend your visa in time, or to discuss other viable routes to extend your stay in the UK.
Extension of your UK Visa
Clients need to keep in mind that they have to apply for an extension of their UK Visa, or Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) before the expiry of their current UK Visa.
If a person overstays on their current UK Visa, for more than 28 days, they would need to leave the UK and make a new application from their home country.
The implication of this would be that a person would also lose the qualifying period spent on the UK Visa that would have counted towards, for example, Indefinite Leave to Remain. BIC has had unfortunate cases where persons contacted us, after overstaying on their Ancestral Visa. Where they should have been able to apply for indefinite leave to remain, they had to re-apply for the Ancestral visa and re-start the qualifying period towards indefinite leave to remain.
Fortunately, if the person can proof that there were exceptional circumstances that prevented them from applying within the 28 days it will be taken into consideration.
Exceptional circumstances among other things include
Administrative Removal, Deportation and Automatic Bans
Should the UK Home Office become aware of the fact that you have overstayed on your UK visa, they will send you a written notice of Administrative removal. This will require you to leave the UK without any further delay. In cases where you refuse to leave the UK voluntarily, you may be removed via deportation. There are different bans for the different types of removals and length of overstaying your visa.
The basic rules regarding overstaying, among other things, include;
Please note that there are always exceptions to the rules, and you will be well advised to seek advice in your unique circumstances. If you are overstaying on your UK visa, don’t delay, contact BIC without further delay.
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