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Can applicants have more than one entry clearance/leave to remain at the same time?

20 June 2016

A migrant, who has been granted an entry clearance to the UK, might be able  to extend their leave to remain in the UK subject to meeting the relevant criteria prior to the expiry date of the visa. However, they are not allowed to have more than one form of leave at the same time. This means that a migrant cannot have two concurrent leave or “visas”, for instance, as a Tier 2 General and Tier 1 Entrepreneur or as a visitor and fiancé. 

Further, if a new application were to be refused under the general grounds for refusal, the current visa might also be considered for revocation. Therefore, when making a fresh application, an applicant will need to carefully understand the relevant Immigration Rules and ensure that all the requirements are met. 

If you are currently concerned about making an entry clearance application to the UK and wish to seek legal advice, please email us at info@migraco.com.


Migra & Co is a private immigration company, regulated by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC), reference number F200900038. This website is not a government website and as such, we are not linked or affiliated with the UK Visas and Immigration. We offer expert legal advice and flexible tailored solutions to both private and corporate clients to ensure that their immigration needs are met. If you wish to download or prepare a UK visa application form, you can do so free of charge by visiting the Official UKVI website.