I like the UK, how can I stay here longer?

I often get asked this question by non-EU clients who have come to the UK on a temporary basis, who like the way of life in the UK and want to remain here longer.

To answer this question, I thought that it would be helpful to list some of the main immigration categories under which someone can remain in the UK and the basic requirements for each category.


  • An unconditional offer of a place on a course with a licenced Tier 4 Sponsor (list of the licenced sponsors is available from the Home Office website).
  • Enough money to pay for the course and support yourself (the amount will vary depending on your circumstances).
  • Knowledge of the English language to the required standard (there are different ways in which this can be proven and certain applicants are exempted from this requirement).


  • An offer of a skilled job from a licensed sponsor.
  • A valid certificate of sponsorship reference number which will be issued by your employer.
  • Knowledge of the English language to the required standard.
  • Enough money to support yourself when you arrive in the UK.

Set-up or run a business in the UK

  • If applying under the Start-Up category, which replaces the graduate entrepreneur category, you will need an endorsement from an endorsing body.
  • You will need a genuine and original business plan, which meets a new or existing market need.
  • Knowledge of the English language to the required standard.
  • Enough money to support yourself during your stay.

Family in the UK

The type of an application that you can make will depend on the family you have in the UK. You may find it helpful to consider our guides on various family type applications that can be made which can be accessed through the following link. https://otb.legal/our-services/

Fear of persecution in home country

You can claim asylum in the UK if you fear persecution in your home country. This should be done as soon as possible as any delay in claiming asylum may negatively impact on your claim.

At OTB Legal we offer a free initial telephone consultation.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require advice on making an
application under any of the above immigration categories. If your reasons for
wishing to remain do not fall within the main immigration categories, you can
discuss your personal reasons for wishing to remain with us and we will advise
whether you have grounds to make an application under a different category. https://otb.legal/schedule-your-appointment/