Can you extend your stay as a child visitor?
This page explains whether and how you can extend your stay in the UK as a child visitor.
If you come to the UK as a child visitor, you are allowed to remain here for a maximum of 6 months (or 12 months if you are accompanying an academic visitor). When you enter the UK, we will stamp the duration of your permission to stay in your passport.
If we give you permission to enter for less than 6 months, and you later want to extend your stay to the maximum of 6 (or 12) months in total, you must apply for an extension - see below.
If we give you permission to enter the UK for less than 6 months as a child visitor, and your 18th birthday is during this period, you can apply to extend your stay in the relevant visitor category - you can find a list of visitor categories on the Visiting the UK page. The maximum total time that you can stay in the UK will be 6 months (or 12 months if you are accompanying an academic visitor).
If we allow you to extend your stay, you must continue to meet the requirements for child visitors.
When your permission to stay, we expect you to return home. You cannot 'switch' into a different immigration category, except as described above.
You must apply using application form FLR(O). You can complete and submit this application form online, or you can print out the form, complete it by hand and submit it by post, by courier or in person.
You should read the FLR(O) guidance notes before you complete the application form. You will need to pay a fee when you apply, and we will not refund your fee if we refuse your application or if you withdraw it.
Follow the link on the right side of this page to make your application online, and to download the application form (if you are not applying online) and the guidance notes.
The application form gives details of the documents you must send with the form. You should send the original documents, not copies. In exceptional circumstances, we may accept a photocopy that is certified as an accurate copy by the body or authority that issued the original, or by a notary. You must include a letter explaining why you are providing a certified copy rather than the original document.
You must be in the UK to apply, and you must apply at least 4 weeks before your permission to stay in the UK ends.
If you apply by post, you must send your application to the address given on the form. If your application is straightforward, you can apply in person using our same-day service at one of our public enquiry offices for a premium fee. For more information, see the Applying in person section.
Application fees for extending your stay using form FLR(O)
Fee if you are applying by post Fee if you are applying in person Main applicant £578 £953 Partner or child aged under 18 (if they are applying at the same time as the main applicant in a category that allows dependants to be included) £433 for each family member included on the main applicant's application form £808 for each family member included on the main applicant's application form Partner or child aged under 18 (if they apply later) in a category that allows dependants to be included) £578 £953
Application for an extension of stay in the UK (other categories)
- Appendix 1 FLR(O) PDF 206KB opens in a new window
- Form FLR(O) PDF 425KB opens in a new window
- Guide FLR(O) PDF 204KB opens in a new window
- Photo guidance (new)PDF 325KB opens in a new window
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