The length of time an ECS card is valid for depends on the card type. Typically, an ECS card will be valid for three years, however, some ECS cards have a shorter expiry date. For instance, ECS Trainee cards are valid for 24 months, Experienced Worker and Provisional graded cards valid for 18 months and Work Experience cards are valid for 12 months.
You can renew your card when it has less than 3 months before its expiry date.
Trainee cards cannot be renewed. Their training programme requirements must be met at each stage before the trainee can progress to the next stage. Please see the adult training scheme in the JIB handbook for more information.
Experienced Worker, Provisional grade and Work Experience cards have specific requirements and cannot be renewed. Please see the grading definitions in the JIB handbook for more information.