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

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 [email protected].