We encourage applications to be made at least a month before the applicant's
extant (still existing) leave expires. Applicants should note however that if the application is made significantly earlier than one month before the expiry of their leave, there is a risk of a shortfall in the required period of leave should they subsequently make an application for settlement. This is because any further leave to remain (for example Indefinite Leave to Remain or Settlement) is granted from the date that we make the decision, not the date the applicant's extant leave expires.
There are 2 problems with this..
if you apply within one month of expiry, you wont be sure you will get ur visa stamped in time in order to submit the visa to your employer.. as HO will not process your application untill you have submitted your biometrics..I heard its getting tough to get an appointment for the same..
secondly, if incase due to carelessness by case worker (which is happening a lot these days) if its rejected, then they will directly ask you to come n collect the passport from airport and then all appeal process from india..
its just too risky..
i have thought one option to apply earlier but mentioning a valid reason in the covering letter that is..
if like my case.. tier 1 visa expires in dec 2011, am intending to apply in august mentioning that I have an office trip to europe end of november and i need to apply for schengan visa. Schengan visa rules state that yoy must have a min of 3 months left on your UK visa...
i think it will work but want to know if someone have used this trick before...