It is very important for South Africans in the UK to keep in mind that they need to apply for an extension of their visa, or indefinite leave to remain before the expiry of their current visa.
If a person overstay on their current 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 visa that would have counted towards example indefinite leave to remain. BIC has had unfortunate cases where persons contacted us, after overstaying on their Ancestral Visa, and where they should have been able to apply for indefinite leave to remain, they now have to re-apply for the Ancestral visa and re-start the qualifying period towards indefinite leave to remain.
The implications of overstaying are thus far-reaching.
It is also important to remember that if you leave the UK more than 90 days after your visa expired, you will face an ‘automatic ban’ under the UK immigration rules. The implication of this is that any subsequent application for a visa will automatically be refused for a set period, depending on the length of overstaying.
It is therefore imperative to make sure that you do not overstay on your current visa.
BIC specialise in entry clearance applications as well as applications submitted in the UK, so please contact us without further delay at email@example.com or visit our website for the contact details of our offices.
Director of BIC, Breytenbachs Immigration Consultants Limited.