What happens if I withdraw my visa application?

01 Nov 2023, 02 mins ago

If your circumstances have changed, and you would like to withdraw your immigration or nationality application, you can do so at any stage before a decision has been made.


The method of withdrawal will depend on the type of application that you have made and the country of submission. In certain cases, you will be able to withdraw your application by logging into your online form or UKVI account. If this is not an available option, you should write to the Home Office (by email or post) or contact an immigration adviser for further guidance.

Alternatively, the Home Office can treat an application for permission to stay or Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK as automatically withdrawn, where an applicant has departed from the UK whilst the application is still pending.

Permission to stay

If you are awaiting a decision on an application for permission to stay in the UK, and your current visa has already expired, you should proceed very cautiously!  

Withdrawing an application for permission to stay in such circumstances, where you also do not depart from the UK, could leave you being present in the UK without lawful status. This is something that could have serious repercussions on your future immigration and/or nationality applications.


If you withdraw your application before it has been decided, under current policies, you will receive a refund of the immigration health surcharge.

The refund policy for the application and priority service fees is less certain and will depend on the stage that your application has reached before it was withdrawn. Generally, if you have already completed the biometrics process, you will not be refunded these fees.   

If you are eligible for any refunds and funds have not been returned to your bank account within 28 days after the withdrawal, you should contact the Home Office directly for an update.

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