Updated section from our "Immigration Rules" page https://uklgig.org.uk/?page_id=516#appl ... hin-the-uk
Applying from within the UK
The Further Leave to Remain application must be filed before the existing Leave to Remain or “proposed civil partner /fiancé/fiancee” visa expires to ensure an applicant remains lawfully in the UK.
- An application may possibly still be successful if made while an overstayer in very limited circumstances under paragraph 39E of the Immigration Rules or, under Section EX of Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules, where the applicant can show that there are ‘insurmountable obstacles to family life with [the British based partner] continuing outside the UK”. The applicability of these exceptions can be very hard to prove. Applicants should not, therefore, rely on them.
Note: An application is considered as ‘made’ as soon as you submit it online and pay the relevant fees (or as soon as the form is received by the Home Office if you have opted to print the online form and send it by post).
It is now only possible to complete further leave to remain (FLR) and indefinite leave to remain (SET) application forms online. The paper application forms have been withdrawn.
Application fees are payable at the end of the initial online ‘application form’ stage. On top of the standard application fee, there is a biometric enrolment fee and if you wish to take advantage of the Super Priority 24 hour service there will be an extra £610 to pay. For further leave as opposed to indefinite leave applications, you will also need to pay an Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS).
As at March 1st, 2019, once you have paid your fees you will still be given the option of choosing the ‘old system’ or the ‘new system’ for the next steps.
- If you opt for the old system, you will then have to print out the application form and post it to the Home Office address shown on the form, together with a complete set of the documents required to be submitted with the application (this list will be automatically generated after you have completed the application form). You will also be asked to print out a letter telling you about attending a post office to give your biometric data.
- If you have opted for the ‘new system’, after payment of the fees you will be directed to the Sopra Steria – UKVCAS website to book an appointment to enrol your biometrics and have your documents processed at a UKVCAS centre, at a basic cost of £60. You can then choose whether to purchase added-value services (such as same day, next day or out of hours appointments) which start at £100.
The UKVCAS centres have now opened across the UK, with all locations scheduled to be opened in early 2019. The new service is described by the Home Office as being intuitive, offering a ‘streamlined digital’ process which will ensure ‘peace of mind’ for applicants who are able to retain their original documents and in most cases their passports while applying.
- Of the 57 UKVCAS centres, 6 will be core service centres which will offer free appointments up to 4 weeks in advance. The 6 core centres will be in Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow, Cardiff, Belfast and Croydon.
- 50 enhanced service points will be accessible in several cities across the UK and will charge for appointments, up to 2 weeks in advance. Services available will also include same day, next day or out of hours appointments, documentation checking and an on-demand VIP service.