Our UK visa experts can advise, assist and represent you in all immigration, nationality and asylum matters.

Whether you are applying from outside of the country, or you are already here looking to switch or renew your visa, our lawyers are available.

The Immigration Advice Service can help with applications for all UK visas. We can assist with visas for your partner and family, Visitor Visas, Worker Visas or Student Visas. This includes all applications under the Five Tier Points-Based System (Tier 1 Visas to Tier 5).

Our lawyers provide comprehensive advice and application support. We will guide you through every step of the process, putting you in the best place possible to get a good result.

See our FAQs below for more information on the different types of visa UK.


Which UK visa do I need?

The type of visa you need will depend on a number of factors, including your country of origin, your reason for coming to the UK, and your current circumstances. If you are unsure about the type of visa you will need, you can use our interactive Visa Wizard to find out by answering a few short questions.

Each visa has different requirements which depend on the reason you are coming to the UK, how long you will be staying for and if you have a UK sponsor. With all UK visas you will need proof you can support yourself unless you are being supported by another (e.g. parent or partner). Once you know the visa that suits your circumstances, you will be able to check that you meet more specific requirements.

I am in a relationship with someone who lives in the UK, can I apply to join them there?

Your eligibility to join your partner in the UK will depend on a number of factors including your relationship status (married, civil partners, unmarried, children etc), as well as their current status within the UK (are they a UK EEA national or in the UK on a visa?). As there are so many possible situations in this circumstance, we would advise you to seek assistance from an immigration lawyer on your individual situation. He or she will be able to provide you with the answers you need as well as your potential options and next steps.

Can I apply to come to the UK to work on a Tier 2 Visa?

As a general rule, you can apply to come to the UK with a work visa or permit whether you are an EEA national or from outside the EEA, although your individual circumstances will determine whether you need a visa and, if so, which visa category you will need to apply under.

Specific work visas include: Tier 1 Visa, Tier 2 Visa or Tier 5 Visa.

These visas are also subdivided into groups including religious workers and sportspeople.

To discuss your individual circumstances and decide which visa category best suits your situation, contact one of our immigration experts for no-obligation advice.

I have previously overstayed, will this affect my application?

Yes, previous periods of overstaying in the UK will affect your visa application. How much your application will be affected will depend on a number of factors about the overstayed period. It is also becoming increasingly easier for authorities to determine whether applicants are telling the truth about whether they have ever overstayed in the UK, for example, by using passport information scanned on entry.

As a result, putting false information on your application is not recommended. If you have previously overstayed in the UK and you are worried about it affecting your visa application then it is best to seek help from an experienced immigration professional.

What is my status whilst my visa UK application is being processed by the Home Office?

Your status during the processing of your visa application depends upon your status prior to application.

If you are already in the UK and you have applied for an extension or to switch to a different visa category then your status will depend upon whether your previous visa was still valid at the time of application.

If your previous visa was still valid at the time of the new application then it will auto-extend until your application has been processed. If, however, your visa has already expired at the time of application then your status in the UK is illegal and you should seek assistance from an immigration lawyer right away. If you are unsure of your status in the UK then contact one of our immigration lawyers to talk through your situation.

Can I switch from one PBS (Points Based System) category to stay as the dependent of my spouse who is in another PBS category?

Due to changes made in 2013, there are now more restrictions in terms of switching PBS categories for your UK visa than there were previously. Generally, you will be able to switch from one PBS category to another, although this may not be able to be carried out while you are in the UK.

The possibility of switching PBS categories depends upon your current visa category as simply switching is not an option with some visas. As there are a few options in this particular area of UK immigration law, we recommend that you speak to one of our expert immigration lawyers to talk through your situation and assess your options on a personalised basis. Our experts will also be able to advise you on other options where switching PBS category is not the best solution, or assist with the application to switch categories where it is the best course of action.

How can IAS help?

For private clients, our immigration lawyers are experienced in applications to extend a stay in the UK. This includes:

For the corporate client, we offer an extensive range of services for entrepreneurs, investors, employers and education providers. We work with a number of high profile UK-based businesses as a trusted partner for successfully securing their necessary visas.

Our highly qualified immigration solicitors have extensive knowledge of all key immigration, nationality and asylum legislation together with up-to-date rules, regulations and Home Office procedures. With decades of legal experience, our nationwide team boasts a consistent track record of successfully assisting clients, from individuals and their families to UK businesses and their employees.

Applications to the Home Office can be complex and obtaining the assistance of an immigration expert is highly recommended. Here at the Immigration Advice Service, we can offer:

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