Libyans in the UK

The UKBA published guidance for Libyans who wish to extend their leave outside of the normal Immigration Rules. They say that:

‘Where an individual is unable to meet some requirements of the Rules or provide some of the required evidence they should state why this is not possible, explaining any exceptional circumstances. We will consider applications on a case-by-case basis and we may use our discretion when reviewing cases.

Any Libyan national, with continuing lawful leave or previous lawful leave that has expired since 22 February 2011, who does not meet the requirements of the Immigration Rules but are unable to return to Libya may now be allowed to temporarily extend their stay in the UK.’


Applications can be made on the FLR(O) form. Where you cannot meet the fee you will need to complete an additional questionnaire which can be found here. Discretion may be applied in exceptional circumstances to grant a further period of leave for up to 6 months outside the Rules.

It is currently unclear how these applications will be considered given recent events in Libya, however, until this guidance is revised it may still be worth making the applications.

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