SWITCHING VISA INSIDE THE UK

We have come across to lots of queries where applicant wish to switch the visa category therefore it is important to know whether

one is eligible to visa category from inside the UK.

Switching means where an applicant with one visa type of leave to remain or immigration status in the UK applies for leave to remain in other category

inside the UK to seek stay.

You must understand the switching rules to switch from one visa category to the other from inside the UK, if you are not eligible then you have to leave the UK

and submit an application for entry clearance from his country of nationality.  

Here are various applications which can be made to the Home Office, UK Visas and Immigration for switching from one visa category to another:

  1. a) Switching into Family visas:

     1) Switching into spouse visa (5 year route)

     2)  Switching into spouse visa (10 year route)

     3)  Switching into civil partner visa (5 year route)

     4)  Switching into civil partner visa (10 year route)

     5)  Switching into parent visa (5 year route)

     6)  Switching into parent visa (10 year route)

     7)  Switching into unmarried partner visa (5 year route)

     8)  Switching into unmarried partner visa (10 year route)

     9)  Switching into same sex partner visa (5 year route)

    10)  Switching into same sex partner visa (10 year route)

    11)  Switching into leave to remain as a child under the age of 18

    12)  Switching into leave to remain as an adopted child

    13)  Switching into residence card as a family member of an EEA national

  1. b) Switching into dependent visa:

    1)  Switching into leave to remain as Dependent partner or Dependent child

  1. c) Switching into UK work visas:

    1)  Switching into Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur visa

    2)  Switching into Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa

    3)  Switching into Tier 1 Investor visa

    4)  Switching into Tier 1 Exceptional talent visa

    5)  Switching into Tier 2 General Migrant visa

    6)  Switching into Tier 2 Minister of Religion visa

    7)  Switching into Tier 2 Intra company (ICT) visa

    8)  Switching into Tier 2 Sportsperson visa

    9)  Switching into Tier 5 international agreement visa

   10)  Switching into Tier 5 creative and sporting worker visa

   11)  Switching into Tier 5 government authorized exchange visa

   12)  Switching into Turkish ECAA worker and business person visa

  1. d) Switching into Private life and Discretionary leave to Remain:

    1)  Switching into 20 years long residency visa

    2)  Switching into 7 years child residency category

    3)  Switching into discretionary leave (10 year route)

    4) Initial application if you have lived half of your life in the UK

    5) Initial application if you have very significant obstacle to reintegrate in your country of Origin

  1. e) Asylum and Humanitarian Protection:

   1)  Switching into refugee status in the UK

   2)  Switching into Humanitarian Protection Leave (HP leave)

  1. f) Switching into student visas:

   1)  Switching into Tier 4 general student visa

   2)  Switching into Tier 4 child student visa

If you intend to switch over in any of the above categories then contact our specialist Immigration Solicitors.

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