Tier 2 Extension When ILR Has Been Refused
If you have come to the end of your 5 years stay in the UK on a Tier 2 General Visa and are looking to extend your stay in the UK but have been refused Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR), then you may be wondering what your next move should be. In this article, we look at the options for those who have been in the UK for 5 years or a Tier 2 General Visa but have not been able to gain Indefinite Leave to Remain and look at the potential alternatives for those in this difficult situation.
I’ve been turned down for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) on a Tier 2 General Visa what are my next options?
If you’ve been in the UK for 5 years on a Tier 2 General Visa then you are entitled to apply for a further year. The maximum allowed on the Tier 2 General Visa is 6 years and if you are not eligible for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) you may want to use this extra year to give you some time to work on the reasons that you have been turned down or just to extend your stay in the UK for a further year before returning to your country of origin.
Apart from the extra year what are my other options?
This is going to depend largely on the reason you were turned down in the first place – if it is an error that is fixable then clearly you want to fix it and then reapply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) if not, then as specified above you may want to take the extra year to give yourself some options. The principal option will be to switch to another visa route if you’re planning to continue your stay in the UK. One of the family visas such as the Spouse Visa or perhaps you could even switch to one of the Tier 1 routes if you can afford the investment levels that are required.
Can I switch out of the Tier 2 General Visa to an alternative visa?
Yes, depending on your circumstances this may well be a feasible and a preferable option to taking the extra year. If you’re unsure of your eligibility for any of the other UK visa routes then please get in touch and our immigration specialists will look at your case and help to decide what your best options are moving forward.
Where can I go for help?
If you get in touch with our immigration specialists today they can start to look at your case and offer advice and support on your specific situation. It’s common for our specialists to find that you are eligible for more than one visa route and will be able to help you to narrow down which one you should apply for and help you with the process of applying.