Transitional Arrangements


If you are currently here in a category that has closed and you want to extend your stay, you may be able to apply under the appropriate transitional arrangements.  The categories listed below have now all closed.

Work Permit Holders (except Bulgarian & Romanian nationals)

Work permits are no longer issued to migrants other than Bulgarian and Romanian nationals. The system of work permits was replaced by the points-based system for immigration in November 2008. You or or the University cannot apply to extend your work permit.

How can I apply to extend my stay if I am a work permit holder?

As the University holds a licence as a Tier 2 sponsor, we can sponsor you to stay in the UK and work in the Tier 2 (General) category of the points-based system. You can then apply to switch into Tier 2 (General) under transitional arrangement A for work permit holders.

If you have been in the UK for five years as a work permit holder and/or in another relevant category, you can apply to settle permanently in the UK. You should apply for settlement using application form SET(O). The Settling in the UK section contains more information.

Tier 1 (General)

This category is now closed to all applicants who are outside the UK, and to migrants who are already here in most other immigration categories.

How can I apply to extend my stay as a Tier 1 (General) migrant?

You can apply to extend your stay in the UK under Tier 1 (General) if you are already in the UK with permission to stay (known as 'leave to remain') in one of the following immigration categories:

  • highly skilled migrant
  • Tier 1 (General)
  • Highly Skilled Migrant Programme (HSMP), if you are eligible to switch into Tier 1 (General).

Highly Skilled Migrant Programme

This scheme closed 29 June 2008.

How can I extend my stay as a highly skilled migrant?

If you are in the United Kingdom under the HSMP you should switch to highly skilled worker (Tier 1 General) under the points-based system before your current period of leave (permission to stay) expires.

Last edited Jan 07, 2015

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