'Switching’ is where an applicant with one type of leave to remain or immigration status in the UK applies for leave to remain from inside the UK to seek stay under some other visa category. If you are not allowed by the Immigration Rules to switch your visa status from one visa category to the other, the application you make for variation of leave to remain may not succeed. It is therefore important to understand the switching rules to switch from one visa category to the other from inside the UK. Where switching from inside the UK is not possible, the applicant has to leave the UK and submit an application for entry clearance from his country of nationality.

Followings are the various applications which can be made to the Home Office, UK Visas & Immigration for switching from one visa category to the other:

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