Syrian nationals with temporary permission to stay in the UK now have more ways to extend their stay in the country.
If you are a Syrian national and your permission to stay in the UK (leave to remain) is about to expire, or has expired in the last 28 days, and you wish to stay in the UK there are now some new options available to you. This concession applies only until 15th March 2013.
Extending your visa
If you are in the UK on a visa for a limited period you can ask for this to be extended for the same length of time as you were originally granted. For example, if you have a six month visit visa you may be given permission to stay for a further six months.
Switching to a different visa category in the UK
Normally you would be required to leave the UK to switch to another visa category. Under this concession you may apply to switch categories from inside the UK.
There are restrictions on which categories you can apply to switch into, and you cannot switch into any settlement routes.
You must apply whilst your current visa is valid or within 28 days of it expiring and pay the correct fee applicable for that route. You must meet the requirements of the category which you are applying under.
If there are any documents which you would normally be expected to provide, but you cannot because of the conflict in Syria, then you should explain why in your application.
Syrian nationals are also advised to continue to monitor the travel advice to Syria, and make arrangements to return only when it is safe to do so.