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Kiteleys Solicitors is the trading style of Kiteleys Solicitors Limited registered in England and Wales, registered number 03113721. VAT Registration No: 658 8813 79.
This firm is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. A list of directors is available for inspection at our registered office.

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25th July 2017

Overstaying in the UK

Knowingly overstaying your Visa in the UK, is a criminal offence and carries a maximum sentence of a fine or up to 6 months imprisonment.

If you’ve overstayed your visa or leave, you’ll have 90 days to leave the country from the date it expired. You might still be able to apply for a new visa within 14 days of your old one expiring but you’ll need to prove you had a very good reason for not renewing your old visa – so it’s best to renew in time if you still can.

Your possible options if your Visa is expiring:

1. Apply for a new Visa

You have 14 days from the date your visa or leave expires to apply for a new one – you’ll need to have a good reason for not renewing it in time.

2. Leave the UK If you don’t leave voluntarily within 90 days, you could be deported. If you leave voluntarily after 90 days, you could still be banned from re-entering the UK for between 1 and 10 years.

The consequences of overstaying in the UK

· It becomes illegal for you to work or be self-employed in the UK

· Anyone who does employ you will be fined up to £20,000

· You will lose your right to rent accommodation

· You will lose your right to drive in the UK

· You will lose your right to appeal a refused application

· Soon you will lose your right to a UK bank account, new powers are being introduced to close those accounts as soon as you become an overstayer

· After 90 days, you will be legally deported

· You may be barred from re-entering the UK for at least one year – this can be as high at 10 years in some circumstances

You should avoid becoming an overstayer at all costs but if you do find yourself in this position, then seek urgent legal advice and remember the 14 and 90-day time-scales above.

At Kiteleys our immigration team has many years of experience dealing with the Home Office and will do our best to remedy your Visa status where possible. To arrange an initial consultation to discuss your options then please do not hesitate to get in touch on 01202 393506 or by email to gemma.wilson@kiteleys.co.uk

Posted by Mark Kiteley.

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Kiteleys Solicitors is the trading style of Kiteleys Solicitors Limited registered in England and Wales, registered number 03113721. VAT Registration No: 658 8813 79.
This firm is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. A list of directors is available for inspection at our registered office.