Can you extend your stay as a prospective entrepreneur?
This page explains whether and how you can extend your stay in the UK as a prospective entrepreneur.
When you come to the UK as a prospective entrepreneur, we will give you permission to remain here for a maximum of 6 months. When you enter the UK, we will stamp the duration of your permission to stay in your passport.
When your permission to remain expires, you must leave the UK or 'switch' into Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) of the points-based system. You can find out how to switch in the Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) section.
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 left 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 for an extension of stay in the UK (other categories)
- Appendix 1 FLR(FP) / FLR(O) PDF 211KB opens in a new window
- Form FLR(O) PDF 418KB opens in a new window
- Guide FLR(O) PDF 198KB opens in a new window
- Photo guidance (new)PDF 374KB opens in a new window
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