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Overstayer Solicitors London


If you have overstayed your UK Visa, applying for a new visa is important. If you’re worried about what to do next, our immigration lawyers can help.

  • We’ll speak to you about your case with full confidentiality and no cost for the first conversation.
  • We’ll tell you if we think we can assist you further and help you to extend your visa.
  • We understand that every case is different and will do all we can to assist you and accommodate for your unique circumstances.

Our Immigration lawyers are experienced in helping overstayers regularise their status from illegal immigrants to lawful in the United Kingdom. Call our team on 0207 118 4546 to find out how we can help.

In recent years, a number of new higher court decisions have been issued which provide great opportunity for those who had previously overstayed to become lawful in the United Kingdom. Becoming a lawful citizen in the UK provides a number of benefits:

  • Access to UK healthcare.
  • Freedom to live, work and study in the UK.
  • The ability to bring your family members to the UK to live with you.
  • Freedom to own property in the UK.
  • The option to start up your own business in the UK.

Get in touch today to find out your options and start your UK Visa application. Call our team on 0207 118 4546.

If your UK visa is close to expiring, it’s important that you extend it or apply for a new visa to avoid overstaying in the UK. Whichever visa you’re currently on, there are multiple routes which can be taken to extend your stay in the UK. Our team can assist with extending or switching your UK visa. Please get in touch on 0207 118 4546 for more information.


Our promises when reviewing your case

1. Individual Merits

We believe every case is different, and everyone has a different reason for overstaying. We look at many factors when assessing and winning cases. We ensure that all family, private life, and other compassionate factors are looked at, so the UKBA treats our clients as individuals. Our team has assisted many people with overstayer cases and we understand the complexities which may have caused your situation. You are not alone and we are here to assist you every step of the way.

2. Never Giving Up

We strongly believe that the only way of winning these cases is to work very hard and fight every step of the way. If genuine effort is put into a case, nothing is truly hopeless.


3. Transparency

Once we have assessed your case, we will be open with you about your chances of success. Once you have heard what we think, you can decide if you want to go ahead or not. We offer a free consultation with no obligations to begin with, and if you are happy to continue, we will work with you to gather the necessary documentation and information for your visa. Our overstayer solicitors will guide you every step of the way and aim to make the process as straightforward as possible for you. You can be assured that we won’t overcomplicate things, and you’ll always be in the know.

If you have overstayed your UK visa, or your visa is close to expiring, it is recommended that you contact a lawyer as soon as possible. An application can often be made by your lawyer to regularise your status. Once successful, applicants can truly enjoy the freedoms that the UK has to offer.


Further leave to remain if you have a child in the UK

If you have overstayed your visa and you have a child in the UK, you may make an application for further leave to remain based on factors outside the immigration rules. An integral part of the application is that;

– your child must be under the age of 18,
– your child is living in the UK and;
– your child is EITHER a British citizen or has lived in the UK for a continuous period of 7 years.

It is important to understand that there is no exhaustive list when making an application for further leave to remain once you have overstayed your visa, however, the above criteria shall ensure a relatively strong application being submitted. (Alternatively an application may also be made if you attain a severe medical which you are being treated for in the UK.)

Please contact our team on 0207 118 4546 for more information.


Overstayer refusals and appeals

Applying for a new visa if you’re an overstayer in the UK can often be a difficult process, especially if you’re submitting the application without legal assistance, or using an inexperienced law firm. The application process requires much research and the necessary documentation needs to be collated to support your application. At Westkin, we have handled a number of cases for people who have overstayed their UK visa, and we know how to meet the necessary requirements for getting your new visa granted. Our team is experienced in handling appeals for individuals who have received a visa refusal. 

If your visa has been refused and you’re worried about overstaying in the UK, please get in touch with our team on 0207 118 4546.


Overstaying your Visa FAQ


What does overstaying your visa mean?

If you’ve stayed in the UK for longer than you’re allowed to under the terms of your visa, this is called overstaying. You’ll have 30 days to leave the country from the date that your visa expired. Individuals who want to remain in the UK should seek legal assistance.

What happens if you overstay your visa?

It is considered a criminal offence if you overstay your visa without a valid reason. Overstayers can face legal consequences, and exclusion from re-entering the UK if they overstay. It is recommended that you consult legal assistance as soon as possible to avoid this.

I’ve overstayed my visa and I’m getting married in the UK

Individuals who want to get married in the UK will need to give notice of marriage. This makes it difficult for overstayers to get married in the UK, as they need to provide a valid immigration status as part of this process. Regularising your immigration status with the help of a solicitor is recommended before getting married in the UK.

What do I do if I’ve overstayed my UK visit visa?

A UK tourist visa allows you to stay in the UK for up to 30 days. Individuals must leave the UK within this period, otherwise may face being banned from re-entering the UK for 1-10 years.

Can overstayers apply for a work permit?

Overstayers do not have the right to work in the UK and you are unable to apply for a work permit. If you want the freedom to live and work in the UK, it is recommended that you seek legal assistance.

How do immigration know if you’ve overstayed your visa?

 The Home Office will not notify you when you’ve overstayed your visa, however remaining in the UK once your visa has expired will limit you greatly as you will be unable to work, access healthcare or use your records in any applications. You may also be flagged as an overstayer if you attempt to leave the country.

Our team at Westkin are ready to assist overstayers with making their status in the UK legal. We have experience successfully getting visas granted for overstayers. If you need our assistance or would like us to clarify any of the information on this page, please do get in touch for a confidential conversation.


Westkin Associates


5th Floor, Maddox House
1 Maddox Street
United Kingdom



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