A list of UK visa premium service immigration centres

A list of UK visa premium service immigration centres

This page contains details of the UK Visa and Immigration’s Premium Service Centres in the UK. The offices offer a ‘premium service’ (same-day service) for non-European nationals who are making straightforward applications to extend their stay or settle here. Some offices cannot process some types of application. For details of your nearest office, see below. For information about the types of application that you can make using the premium service, and how to make an…

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Adult student visas: how much money do you need?

Adult student visas: how much money do you need?

When you apply for an adult student visa under Tier 4 (General) of the points-based system, you will need a certain amount of money to cover your course fees and living costs. This page explains how much money you may need. The money you will need depends on the length of your course and the location where you will study. To score 10 points in our points assessment, you must show that you can pay…

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Adult students: How much money do you need?

Adult students: How much money do you need?

Adult students How much money do you need? Your money This page explains how much money you need in order to cover your course fees and your living costs when you apply for an adult student visa under Tier 4 (General) of our points-based system. The money you will need depends on the length of your course and the location where you will study. To score 10 points in our points assessment, you must show…

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Am I allowed to marry for a visa in the UK?

Am I allowed to marry for a visa in the UK?

Although many countries allow immigrants to obtain citizenship through marriage, it is not actually legal to marry only to obtain citizenship, and such marriages are commonly known as ‘sham marriages’. A sham marriage typically occurs when a non-European national marries someone from the European Economic Area (EEA), including the UK, as a means of circumventing immigration rules and attempting to gain long-term residency and the right to work and claim benefits. If you require legal…

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Am I eligible to apply for a Tier 1 (entrepreneur) visa?

Am I eligible to apply for a Tier 1 (entrepreneur) visa?

This section explains whether you can apply to enter or remain in the UK under Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) of the points-based system. For your application to be successful, you must score a total of 95 points and meet all the other requirements of the Immigration Rules – see ‘More information’ below. If you are already in the UK in a different immigration category, you can find out whether you can ‘switch’ into Tier 1 (Entrepreneur)…

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Am I eligible to apply for a work visa as a representative of an overseas business?

Am I eligible to apply for a work visa as a representative of an overseas business?

This page explains whether you can come to the UK as a representative of an overseas business. If you do not meet the requirements below, you cannot come to the UK in this immigration category. You must have been recruited and employed outside the UK by a company whose headquarters and principal place of business is outside the UK. You must not intend to take employment in the UK except as described on this page….

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Applications by dependants of Tier 1 (Entrepreneur)

Applications by dependants of Tier 1 (Entrepreneur)

How can your family members apply to stay or come to the UK with you if you are applying under the entrepreneur category (Tier 1 Entrepreneur) of the points-based system to work in business in the UK? This article explains: How dependants can come to the UK If your application to the points-based system is successful, you are allowed to bring dependants (children under 18 years of age, or your husband, wife, civil partner, or…

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Applying for Tier 2 and Tier 5 from inside the UK

Applying for Tier 2 and Tier 5 from inside the UK

Clarifications to the online application process for Tier 2 and Tier 5 in the UK If you are making your application online, and you have lived at the same address throughout your stay or you are planning to demonstrate your English language ability using an English language test, please read this information. This section explains how and when you should apply under Tier 5 (Temporary worker – creative and sporting) of the points-based system to…

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Applying as a dependant of a Turkish businessperson from inside the UK

Applying as a dependant of a Turkish businessperson from inside the UK

Biometric residence permits are being introduced for more immigration categories From Wednesday 29 February 2012, all applicants in the UK willneed to obtain a biometric residence permit if they are applying to stay here for more than 6 months. To obtain a permit, they will need to enrol their biometric information (fingerprints and facial image). Please ensure you use the new version of the application form. Read more This page explains how you can apply…

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Applying for a representative of an overseas business visa

Applying for a representative of an overseas business visa

How you can apply from outside the UK for a visa as a representative of overseas business? Read on to find out: Before you apply, you should read the Can you apply? pages to check that you meet the requirements. Depending on the country where you live, you may need to make your application onlineor using application form VAF2. To find out which method you should use, see ‘More information’ below. Your partner and any…

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Applying for a Tier 1 Post-Study visa from inside the UK

Applying for a Tier 1 Post-Study visa from inside the UK

    How to apply You can apply by post, by courier or in person at a public enquiry office. If you are applying by post or courier, you must send your application to the address on the cover of the application form. Your application must arrive during normal business hours (08:30 to 16:30, Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays), or receipt cannot be guaranteed. If you are making any applications for your family members (‘dependants’)…

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Applying for a Youth Mobility Scheme visa

Applying for a Youth Mobility Scheme visa

This page explains how you can apply for a visa under the Tier 5 (Youth mobility scheme) category of the UK’s points-based system. You must be outside the UK when you apply. You cannot apply from inside the UK, even if you are in one of the former youth mobility categories: the Working Holidaymakers Rules the Au Pairs Rules for non-EEA nationals the BUNAC Scheme the Japan Youth Exchange Scheme the Gap Year Entrants Working…

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Applying for permission to stay as a contract seaman on a fishing vessel

Applying for permission to stay as a contract seaman on a fishing vessel

Contract seamen on fishing vessels This page explains how you can apply to us for permission to work on a fishing vessel operating in UK territorial waters, if you are employed as a contract seaman on such a vessel. We are currently operating a temporary concession for contract seamen on fishing vessels. For information about the eligibility requirements under this concession, see the Eligibility page. You cannot apply under the concession if you do not…

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Applying for settlement under Tier 2 (Sportsperson)

Applying for settlement under Tier 2 (Sportsperson)

This page explains whether and how you can apply for permission to settle permanently in the UK (known as 'indefinite leave to remain') if you are here under Tier 2 (Sportsperson) of the points-based system. On this page Current requirements for settlement Requirements from 6 April 2016 Can your dependants apply for settlement? Details of these requirements are set out in Part 6A of the Immigration Rules (paragraph 245HF), which you can find on the…

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Applying for Tier 2 (General) from inside the UK

Applying for Tier 2 (General) from inside the UK

This page explains how you should apply for permission to remain in the UK under Tier 2 (General) of the points-based system, if you are currently: in the UK under Tier 2 (General), and you want to extend your stay in the same category; or in the UK under a different immigration category, and you want to ‘switch’ into Tier 2 (General) – see ‘More information’ below to find out whether you can switch from…

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Applying for Tier 2 (General) visa

Applying for Tier 2 (General) visa

If your dependants are applying from outside the UK If you are currently in the UK but your dependants are living outside the UK they will need to make an application for permission to come to the UK (entry clearance) at their nearest British diplomatic post. Your dependants should see the Applying from outside the UK page, for information about how to make their application and for information about the cost and waiting times for…

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Applying from inside the UK for Tier 2 and Tier 5

Applying from inside the UK for Tier 2 and Tier 5

Clarifications to the online application process for Tier 2 and Tier 5 in the UK If you are making your application online, and you have lived at the same address throughout your stay or you are planning to demonstrate your English language ability using an English language test, please read this information. This page, from the UK Border Agency, explains how you should apply for permission to remain in the UK under Tier 2 (Sportsperson)…

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Applying to extend your stay

Applying to extend your stay

This section from the UK Border Agency explains how and when you should apply under Tier 5 (Temporary worker – international agreement) of their points-based system to work in the UK. Clarifications to the online application process for Tier 2 and Tier 5 in the UK If you are making your application online, and you have lived at the same address throughout your stay or you are planning to demonstrate your English language ability using…

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Applying to work in the UK

Applying to work in the UK

This page explains how you can apply for authorisation to work in the UK if you are a Bulgarian or Romanian national. Accession worker card There are 3 stages to applying for an accession worker card: Your employer must apply for a work permit, unless your job will be in a category that does not need a work permit. The Can I live and work in the UK? page lists these categories. The Work permits…

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Appropriate salary and allowances for Tier 2 (General)

Appropriate salary and allowances for Tier 2 (General)

Tier 2 (General) salary and allowances This page explains how many points you can score for appropriate salary and allowances if you are applying to enter or remain in the UK under Tier 2 (General) of the points-based system. You must read the Tier 2 policy guidance before you apply. You can download the guidance from the right side of this page. The guidance is based on Part 6A of the Immigration Rules. The points…

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Appropriate salary and allowances for Tier 2 ICT

Appropriate salary and allowances for Tier 2 ICT

Tier 2 (Intra company transfer) appropriate salary and allowances This page explains how many points you can score for appropriate salary and allowances if you are applying to enter or remain in the UK under Tier 2 (Intra company transfer) of the points-based system. You must read the Tier 2 policy guidance before you apply. The guidance is based on Part 6A of the Immigration Rules. You can score 20 points for appropriate salary and…

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Are there any exemptions from the knowledge of language and life in the UK requirement?

Are there any exemptions from the knowledge of language and life in the UK requirement?

If you are aged 65 or over, or you have a long-term physical or mental condition that prevents you from learning English or being tested on your knowledge of life in the UK, you may not need to meet either the language requirement or the knowledge of life in the UK requirement. You can apply for exemption by ticking the appropriate box at section 1.20 on the application form. Physical or mental illness will not…

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Are you eligible to apply for Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme)?

Are you eligible to apply for Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme)?

This section explains the requirements that you must meet if you want to come to the UK under Tier 5 (Youth mobility scheme) of the UK’s points-based system. To be able to apply, you must score 50 points and meet all the other requirements of the Immigration Rules. You must be outside the UK when you apply. How to score points You can score points as shown below: Attributes Points available Nationality 30 Age 10…

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Au pairs

Au pairs

This immigration category closed on 26 November 2008. Please refer to the Youth Mobility Scheme under tier 5 of the points-based system. Disclaimer: If you cannot find what you are looking for on Findlaw.co.uk please let us know by contacting us at: findlaw.portalmanager@thomsonreuters.com. Furthermore, please be aware that while we attempt to ensure all our information is as up-to-date and relevant as possible occasionally some our articles may no longer be accurate.

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Biometric enrolment for domestic workers in private households

Biometric enrolment for domestic workers in private households

This page explains what biometric information is, and how you can enrol your biometric information when you apply for an extension of your stay in the UK as a domestic worker in a private household. As part of your application under the domestic worker category, you must obtain a biometric residence permit. Your fingerprints and facial image (known as ‘biometric information’) will be stored on this permit, so you must enrol this information with UK…

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Biometric information enrolment – Tier 2 (Minister of religion)

Biometric information enrolment – Tier 2 (Minister of religion)

As part of your application under Tier 2 (Minister of religion), you must obtain a biometric residence permit. This page explains what biometric information is, and how you can enrol your biometric information. Your fingerprints and facial image (known as ‘biometric information’) will be stored on this permit, so you must enrol this information with UK Visas and Immigration. Your biometric residence permit will be evidence of your permission to stay in the UK, and…

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Bringing your family

Bringing your family

Adult students Bringing your family This page explains whether and how you can bring your family members (also known as 'dependants') to the UK while you are here as an adult student under Tier 4 (General) of the points-based system. You may be able to bring your partner or children to the UK, as long as you or they have enough money to cover their monthly living costs. For more information, see the guidance for…

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British citizenship FAQs

British citizenship FAQs

What are the requirements to apply for naturalisation as the spouse or civil partner of a British citizen? To apply for naturalisation as the spouse or civil partner of a British citizen, you must: be aged 18 or over when you apply; be of ‘sound mind'; show ‘good character'; have lived in the UK for a minimum of three years continuously before you apply; have been physically present in the UK on the date five…

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Bulgarian and Romanian nationals

Bulgarian and Romanian nationals

This section explains Bulgarian and Romanian nationals’ right to live and work in the UK. All EEA and Swiss nationals can enter and live in the UK without needing to apply for permission, if they can support themselves and their families in the UK without becoming an unreasonable burden on public funds. But Bulgarian and Romanian nationals may need to apply for permission before they can work here. If you want to work as an…

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Business persons

Business persons

The business persons category has now closed to new applicants. This includes the concession for self-employed lawyers. If you wish to come to the United Kingdom as a business person, or you are already here and wish to extend your stay as a business person, you now need to apply as an entrepreneur (Tier 1 Entrepreneur) under our points-based system. The information in this section is only relevant to you if you are already in…

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Can I appeal if my asylum application is rejected?

Can I appeal if my asylum application is rejected?

This page explains the role and structure of the Tribunals Service for Immigration and Asylum, and how to contact it. There are two tribunals, a First-tier Tribunal and an Upper Tribunal. There is an Immigration and Asylum Chamber in each. Fees are payable for some appeals in the First-tier Tribunal. Details of these fees and when they need to be paid are included in the guidance accompanying the Notice of Appeal and on the Ministry…

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Can I apply for a UK visa as a civil partner of a British citizen?

Can I apply for a UK visa as a civil partner of a British citizen?

According to the rules and regulations laid down by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI), eligible partners of British citizens or permanent residents can enter and reside with their partners in the UK. Partner visa categories include: Spouse visas (applicable to husbands and wives) Civil partner visas (for same-sex partners) Unmarried partner visas Fiancé visas.   This guide provides information relating to civil partner visas. What is a civil partnership? A civil partnership is a legal…

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Can I apply for a UK visa as an unmarried partner of a British citizen?

Can I apply for a UK visa as an unmarried partner of a British citizen?

According to the rules and regulations laid down by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI), eligible partners of British citizens or permanent residents can enter and reside with their partners in the UK. Partner visa categories include: Spouse visas (applicable to husbands and wives) Civil partner visas (for same-sex partners) Unmarried partner visas Fiancé visas.   This guide provides information relating to unmarried partner visas. What is an unmarried partner visa? An unmarried partner visa permits…

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Can I apply for a UK work visa as an overseas domestic worker?

Can I apply for a UK work visa as an overseas domestic worker?

This page explains the requirements that you must meet to come to the UK as a domestic worker in a private household. You mustobtain a visa before you travel here. When you apply for a visa, you must have been working for at least 1 year immediately before your application: as a domestic worker in the same house as your current employer; or in a household that your current employer uses regularly, and there is…

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Can I apply for a visa as the fiance of a British citizen?

Can I apply for a visa as the fiance of a British citizen?

According to the rules and regulations laid down by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI), eligible partners of British citizens or permanent residents can enter and reside with their partners in the UK. Partner visa categories include: Spouse visas (applicable to husbands and wives) Civil partner visas (for same-sex partners) Unmarried partner visas Fiancé visas.   This guide provides information relating to fiancé visas. What is a fiancé visa? A fiancé visa allows a person with…

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Can I apply for asylum as a dependent of an asylum seeker?

Can I apply for asylum as a dependent of an asylum seeker?

This page explains how you can apply to remain in the UK as a dependent relative of a person who has limited leave to enter or remain as a refugee or person granted humanitarian protection. Biometric residence permits are being introduced for more immigration categories From Wednesday 29 February 2012, all applicants in the UK will need to obtain a biometric residence permit if they are applying to stay here for more than 6 months….

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Can I apply for permission to enter or remain in the UK as a partner of a British Citizen?

Can I apply for permission to enter or remain in the UK as a partner of a British Citizen?

This section explains how you can apply for permission to enter or remain in the UK as the partner of someone who is already here (either permanently or temporarily) or is coming here in a different category. It also explains what you should do if you are settled in the UK and you have ended your relationship with someone who has permission to enter or remain here as your partner. Partners of British citizens and…

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Can I apply for permission to stay as a contract seaman employed on a fishing vessel operating in UK territorial waters?

Can I apply for permission to stay as a contract seaman employed on a fishing vessel operating in UK territorial waters?

Contract seamen on fishing vessels If you are employed as a contract seaman working on a fishing vessel operating in UK territorial waters, this page explains whether you can apply for permission to enter or stay and work here. If you are a national of a country outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland, and you want to work on fishing vessels that operate to any extent within UK territorial waters, you must have…

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Can I apply to become a British citizen if my legal partner resides in the UK?

Can I apply to become a British citizen if my legal partner resides in the UK?

This section is for those who applied for, or are applying for, leave to enter or leave to remain as the fianc (e) or proposed civil partner of a British citizen or a person who is settled here. If you made an application to enter the UK on or before 8 July 2012 please see the Fianc (e)s who applied on or before 8 July 2012 pages. The information on these pages is based on…

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Can I be a citizen of two countries?

Can I be a citizen of two countries?

Becoming a UK citizen There is no requirement to relinquish present citizenship or nationality in order to become a British citizen. Most countries allow individuals to have two nationalities (‘dual nationality’). However, if a person becomes a British citizen and is a national of another country that does not allow dual nationality, that country may treat them as having lost that nationality or refuse to acknowledge their new nationality. Therefore, applicants for British citizenship are…

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Can I be naturalised as a British citizen?

Can I be naturalised as a British citizen?

This section explains some of the requirements you need to meet if you want to be naturalised as a British citizen. The information in this section is an introduction to the requirements. Applications for naturalisation must be made using application form AN, and you must read the accompanying Guide AN before you make your application. Please ensure that you read Guide AN to find out whether you can apply. You will need to pay a…

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Can I be reunited with my family when I apply for asylum?

Can I be reunited with my family when I apply for asylum?

This page explains how asylum seekers can apply to be reunited with the family members they left behind when they fled to the UK. People who flee to the UK to seek asylum can include their dependants in their application for asylum, if those dependants have travelled with them to the UK. However, UK Border Agency recognises that families can become fragmented in cases of asylum, depending on the speed and manner in which the…

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Can I become a resident of the UK twice?

Can I become a resident of the UK twice?

This page explains whether you can return to live in the UK if you were allowed to settle here permanently in the past but decided to leave. A resident is someone who has been given permission to stay in the UK without any time limit. A returning resident is a resident who left the UK and wants to come back to live here again. You may return to the UK as a resident if: you…

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Can I claim asylum under the European Convention on Human rights?

Can I claim asylum under the European Convention on Human rights?

The UK adheres to the European Convention on Human Rights, which prevents UKBA from sending anyone to a country where there is a real risk that they will be exposed to torture, or inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. If you do not qualify for recognition as a refugee but UKBA thinks there are humanitarian reasons why we should let you stay in the UK, they may give you temporary permission to stay here. In…

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Can I get an administrative review for an unsuccessful visa application?

Can I get an administrative review for an unsuccessful visa application?

If you are outside the UK and your application for a visa under the points-based system is refused, you generally do not have a full right of appeal. However, all applicants can apply for an administrative review, which is a mechanism for reviewing refusal decisions. If you require further help on a matter of immigration law you can use our solicitor directory to the right of this article to look for legal advice near you. Can you…

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Can I include my family on my application?

Can I include my family on my application?

This section explains how you can include your family members (known as ‘dependants’) in your application under the Highly Skilled Migrant Programme (HSMP). It explains who you can include as a dependant and how long they will be allowed to stay in the UK. You can include a person in your application as your dependant if they are: your husband, wife or civil partner; or your unmarried or same-sex partner; or your child aged under…

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Can I include my family on my application? >> Media And Entertainment Industry Work Visas

Can I include my family on my application? >> Media And Entertainment Industry Work Visas

Representatives of overseas newspapers, news agencies and broadcasting organisations Can I include my family on my application? This section explains how you can include your dependants (family) in your application as a representative of an overseas newspaper, news agency or broadcasting organisation. It tells you who you can include as a dependant and how long they will be allowed to stay in the United Kingdom. For someone to be eligible to be included in your…

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Can I live and work in the UK as a Bulgarian or Romanian national?

Can I live and work in the UK as a Bulgarian or Romanian national?

This page explains how you can live and work in the UK if you are a Bulgarian or Romanian national. As a national of a country in the European Economic Area (EEA), you do not need permission under the Immigration Rules to enter or remain in the UK. However, if you want to work in the UK, you will need to apply for an accession worker card unless you are exempt (see below). Your employer…

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Can I qualify for a certificate of travel?

Can I qualify for a certificate of travel?

This page explains who may apply for a certificate of travel. For more general information about certificates of travel, see the Certificate of travel page. You may apply for a certificate of travel if you have not been given refugee status in the United Kingdom or recognised as a stateless person. You must have been: given permanent residence of the United Kingdom (known as ‘indefinite leave to remain’); or refused asylum but given exceptional leave…

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Can I register a child aged under 18 as a British citizen?

Can I register a child aged under 18 as a British citizen?

This section provides details of how a person under 18 can register as a British citizen using application form MN1. Within this section, a person under 18 will be referred to as a child. You should read the information in this section before you make an application for registration. You will need to pay a fee when you make your application. If you make an application for registration and it is unsuccessful, the UK Border…

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Can I register a child aged under 18 as a British subject?

Can I register a child aged under 18 as a British subject?

This page provides details of how a person under 18 can register as a British subject using application form MN4. Within this section, a person under 18 will be referred to as a child. You should read the information in this section before you make an application for registration. You will need to pay a fee when you make your application. If you make an application for registration and it is unsuccessful, the UK Border…

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Can I register a person under 18 as a British citizen or for another form of nationality?

Can I register a person under 18 as a British citizen or for another form of nationality?

Eligibility This section explains how a person under 18 can register as a British citizen, British overseas territories citizen, British overseas citizen, or British subject. If you are unsure whether you meet the requirements or which type of application to make you should contact us for advice. In addition to the categories listed below, people under 18 can register as British citizens if they are: a British national, using application form B(OS); or a British…

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Can I register as a British citizen if I have previously given up my citizenship?

Can I register as a British citizen if I have previously given up my citizenship?

This page explains whether you are able to register to resume British citizenship or citizenship of the United Kingdom and Colonies using application form RS1 if you had previously given it up (renounced it). If you meet the requirements for registration you should go to the section on applying. Can I resume my citizenship? You may apply to resume your British citizenship if you are of sound mind and: you made a declaration to give…

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Can I register as a British citizen if I was born before 1983 to a British mother?

Can I register as a British citizen if I was born before 1983 to a British mother?

This page provides details of how a person born before 1983 to a British mother can register as a British citizen, using application form UKM. You should read the information in this section and the Guide UKM document before you apply. You will need to pay a fee when you apply; if your application is unsuccessful because you are not eligible for registration using form UKM, we may not refund your full fee. You can…

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Can I register as a British citizen under the British Nationality (Hong Kong) Act 1997?

Can I register as a British citizen under the British Nationality (Hong Kong) Act 1997?

This page provides details of whether you can register as a British citizen under the British Nationality (Hong Kong) Act 1997 using application form EM. It also provides details of the type of citizenship you will acquire if your application is successful. You should read the information in this section before you make an application for registration. You will need to pay a fee when you make your application. If you make an application for…

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Can I register as a British overseas territories citizen if I have previously given up my citizenship?

Can I register as a British overseas territories citizen if I have previously given up my citizenship?

This page explains whether you are able to register to resume your British overseas territories citizenship using application form RS2 if you had previously given it up (renounced it). If you meet the requirements for registrations you should go to the section on applying. Can I resume my citizenship? You may apply to resume your British overseas territories citizenship if you are of sound mind and: you made a declaration to give up British overseas…

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Can I remain in the UK if my husband, wife, civil partner or other partner has died?

Can I remain in the UK if my husband, wife, civil partner or other partner has died?

This page is for people who have temporary permission to enter or remain in the UK as the partner of a British citizen or a person who is settled here. It explains how you can apply to settle here permanently if your partner dies. You can apply to settle in the UK if: you currently have temporary permission to stay as the husband, wife or civil partnerof a person present and settled here who has…

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Can I request next year’s allocation of certificates of sponsorship?

Can I request next year’s allocation of certificates of sponsorship?

How do I sponsor a migrant? Requesting next year’s allocation of certificates of sponsorship What’s in the sponsorship management system? This page explains how you can request a new allocation of certificates of sponsorship for the coming year. From 5 October 2009, registered sponsors will be able to request their next year’s allocation of certificates of sponsorship using the sponsorship management system (SMS). When you register as a sponsor in a particular tier and category,…

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Can I settle in the UK as a refugee?

Can I settle in the UK as a refugee?

If you want to settle in the UK, you can make an application to settle there – known as ‘indefinite leave to remain’ (ILR) – if you have obtained a residence card as a: Refugee Person with humanitarian protection.   You do not have to pay a fee to apply for either category. Can you include your family members on your settlement application? You may be permitted to include your partner and children on your…

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Can I travel abroad if I am a migrant with residence in the UK?

Can I travel abroad if I am a migrant with residence in the UK?

This section tells you whether you can travel abroad while you have permission to be in the UK. It also explains how you may be able to travel abroad if you cannot use a passport issued by your own country. Do I have the right to travel abroad? Our immigration officers at ports and airports decide whether to allow arrivals at the UK border through immigration control, on a case-by-case basis. If you have temporary…

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Can I use a representative to apply for leave to remain under the sole representative of an overseas firm category?

Can I use a representative to apply for leave to remain under the sole representative of an overseas firm category?

Sole representatives of overseas firms Can I use a representative to apply for leave to remain under the sole representative of an overseas firm category? This page explains whether you can use a representative, such as a solicitor or other agent, when applying for leave to remain as a sole representative of an overseas firm. If you would like to use a representative when applying for leave to remain, you should make sure that they…

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Can I visit the UK to get married or form a civil partnership?

Can I visit the UK to get married or form a civil partnership?

This section describes the immigration category of visitor for marriage or civil partnership. The information here is based on paragraphs 56D-56F of the Immigration Rules. If you want to come to the UK to get married or register a civil partnership, and you and your partner intend to leave the country within 6 months, you can apply for a visa as a visitor for marriage or civil partnership. If you want to live in the…

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Can I work in the UK as an immigrant?

Can I work in the UK as an immigrant?

If you want to stay in the UK to work, you will also usually need a work permit. If a company here wants to employ you, then the company, not you, must apply for the work permit. The Home Office allows people who have certain skills or qualifications to come to the UK without having a job arranged before they come, under the Highly Skilled Migrant Programme (See the Home Office’s Working in the UK…

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Can my child join me in the UK as a British citizen or settled person?

Can my child join me in the UK as a British citizen or settled person?

This page explains how your child or children can join you in the UK if you are a British citizen, or if you have been given permission to settle here permanently (also known as ‘indefinite leave to remain’). By ‘child’ we mean someone who is under 18 years old. Children cannot normally come to settle in the UK unless both parents are settled here or have been given permission to settle here. The only exceptions…

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Can my dependants come to the United Kingdom under the sole representative of an overseas firm category?

Can my dependants come to the United Kingdom under the sole representative of an overseas firm category?

Sole representatives of overseas firms Can my dependants come to the United Kingdom under the sole representative of an overseas firm category? This page explains whether a business person’s dependants are allowed to enter and stay in the United Kingdom under the sole representative of an overseas firm category. Dependants The dependants of a business person may be admitted to the United Kingdom. A dependant is a wife, a husband, a civil partner, a same-sex…

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Can Tier 2 (General) dependants apply?

Can Tier 2 (General) dependants apply?

This page explains who can apply as a dependant of a skilled worker (Tier 2 General) and how they should apply under the points-based system. Who is a dependant? A dependant is: your husband, wife or civil partner; or your unmarried or same-sex partner; or your child aged under 18 years old. Your dependants can be over 18 years old if they are in the UK now as dependants. Can my dependants make their own…

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Can you apply for a Sectors Based Scheme work permit?

Can you apply for a Sectors Based Scheme work permit?

This page explains the requirements you must meet if you want to employ a Bulgarian or Romanian national under the Sectors Based Scheme. The Sectors Based Scheme covers the food manufacturing sector. If a Bulgarian or Romanian worker will not be working in this sector, you must apply for a different type of work permit. A Sectors Based Scheme work permit allows you to employ a specific person in a specific role. If the UK…

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Can you apply for a tier 2 (general) visa?

Can you apply for a tier 2 (general) visa?

This section explains the requirements that you must meet if you want to come to or remain in the UK as a skilled worker under Tier 2 (General) of the points-based system. To be able to apply, you must score a total of 70 points and meet all the other requirements of the Immigration Rules. If you are already in the UK in a different immigration category, you can find out whether you can ‘switch’…

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Can you apply for a tier-2 visa?

Can you apply for a tier-2 visa?

This section explains the requirements that you must meet when you apply to come to or remain in the UK under Tier 2 (Intra company transfer) of the points-based system. To be able to apply, you must score a total of 60 points (or 70 points if you want to extend your stay in the UK to more than 3 years) and meet all the other requirements of the Immigration Rules. If you are already…

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Can you apply for Tier 4 (General)?

Can you apply for Tier 4 (General)?

This section explains whether you can apply to enter or remain in the UK as an adult student under the Tier 4 (General) category of our points-based system. As a Tier 4 (General) student, you must have 40 pointsin our points assessment. You can score: 30 points for having a valid confirmation of acceptance for studies, which you get for studying a course at an acceptable level with an approved education provider (also known as…

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Can you apply?

Can you apply?

Child students Can you apply? This section explains whether you can apply to enter or remain in the UK as a child student under Tier 4 of our points-based system. On this page, you can find out how to score enough points to make your application. For more information about the requirements, see the following pages in this section: Your course of study Your education provider Confirmation of acceptance for studies Your money Additionally, you…

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Can you apply? >> Eligibility For An Adult Student Visa

Can you apply? >> Eligibility For An Adult Student Visa

Adult students Can you apply? This section explains whether you can apply to enter or remain in the UK as an adult student under the Tier 4 (General) category of our points-based system. On this page, you can find out how to score enough points to make your application. For more information about the requirements, see the following pages in this section: Your course of study Your education provider Confirmation of acceptance for studies Your…

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Certificate of sponsorship

Certificate of sponsorship

Temporary workers – creative and sporting Certificate of sponsorship Points assessment This page explains the points we award for sponsorship under the creative and sporting worker category (Tier 5 Temporary Worker) of the points-based system to work in the United Kingdom. On this page The points awarded for sponsorship Sports people certificates of sponsorship Creative workers certificates of sponsorship If you have multiple engagements or performances Group certificates of sponsorship Full details of all requirements…

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Certificate of sponsorship for the youth mobility scheme (Taiwan and South Korea only)

Certificate of sponsorship for the youth mobility scheme (Taiwan and South Korea only)

This page explains how Taiwanese and South Korean young people can obtain a certificate of sponsorship so that they can apply for a visa under Tier 5 (Youth mobility scheme) of the UK’s points-based system for immigration. Citizens of other countries that participate in the youth mobility scheme do not need to obtain a certificate of sponsorship before they can apply under the scheme. You can find more information about the youth mobility scheme, which…

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Certificate of sponsorship for Tier 2 (General)

Certificate of sponsorship for Tier 2 (General)

This page explains how many points you can score for sponsorship if you are applying to enter or remain in the UK as a skilled worker under Tier 2 (General) of the points-based system. You must read the Tier 2 policy guidance before you apply. You can download the guidance here. The guidance is based on Part 6A of the Immigration Rules. You can score 30 points for having a Tier 2 (General) certificate of…

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Certificate of sponsorship for Tier 2 ICT

Certificate of sponsorship for Tier 2 ICT

This page explains how you can score points for having a certificate of sponsorship when you apply to enter or remain in the UK under Tier 2 (Intra company transfer) of the points-based system. You must read the Tier 2 policy guidance before you apply. The guidance is based on Part 6A of the Immigration Rules. Intitial applications If you are applying from outside the UK, or you are ‘switching’ from a different immigration category,…

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Changes to Tier 4 visa requirements 2011

Changes to Tier 4 visa requirements 2011

Tier 4 is part of the UK Border Agency’s points-based system for immigration. The Tier 4 category is for adult students, over the age of 16, who want to study in the UK. Following a review by the Home Office, which revealed abuses of the student visas system, significant changes were made in April 2011. What changes were made to the student visa system? As a result of an overhaul of the Tier 4 category,…

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Chapter 3 – Students

Chapter 3 – Students

Immigration directorate instructions The immigration directorate instructions are internal guidance used by staff when handling applications. Last Updated: 26 June 2009 Index Section 1 Section 1 – Leave to enter for students (49KB opens in a new window) Section 2 Section 2 – Prospective students (67KB opens in a new window) Section 3 Section 3 – Leave to remain for students (323KB opens in a new window) Section 4 Section 4 – Spouses or civil…

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Child student visa: how much money do you need?

Child student visa: how much money do you need?

This page explains how much money you need in order to cover your course fees and your living costs when you apply for a child student visa under Tier 4 of our points-based system. The money you will need depends on the length of your course, the location where you will study, and the arrangements for your care while you are in the UK. To score 10 points in our points assessment, you must show…

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Child Student visas: course fees and living costs

Child Student visas: course fees and living costs

This section explains how to show that you can cover your course fees and living costs when you apply for a child student visa under Tier 4 of our points-based system. If you have enough money available (or already paid to your education provider), you will score 10 points in our points assessment. Unless you score these points, you cannot apply to us under Tier 4 (Child). You will not have access to most state…

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Child students

Child students

Quick guides for students Child students This section contains quick guides for child students applying for a student visa under Tier 4 of our points-based system. In this section: Applying for a child student visa Short course to prepare for study Disclaimer: If you cannot find what you are looking for on Findlaw.co.uk please let us know by contacting us at: findlaw.portalmanager@thomsonreuters.com. Furthermore, please be aware that while we attempt to ensure all our information…

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Child students >> Applying For A Child Student Visa

Child students >> Applying For A Child Student Visa

This section explains how you can apply to come to or remain in the UK as a child student under Tier 4 (Child) of the points-based system. Tier 4 is part of our points-based system for immigration. It is for migrants who want to study in the UK. On this page you can discover what the Tier 4 (Child) category is. Other pages will help you to decide whether you can and should apply in…

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Child students: Evidence of your money

Child students: Evidence of your money

This page explains what documents you can send us as evidence of money to pay your course fees and living costs as a child student under Tier 4 of our points-based system. You will score 10 points if you provide evidence that you have enough money to pay your course fees and living costs. (The Your moneysection explains how much money you need to cover your living costs.) To claim the 10 points, you must…

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Coming to the United Kingdom in the Turkish ECAA business category

Coming to the United Kingdom in the Turkish ECAA business category

Businesspersons This page explains how, if you are a Turkish citizen, you can apply to come to the United Kingdom and establish yourself in business under the European Community Association Agreement (ECAA) with Turkey. New visa route for Turkish businesspersons The UK Border Agency has introduced a visa route for Turkish nationals applying to establish in business under the European Community Association Agreement. Read more To qualify for a visa as a Turkish ECAA businessperson,…

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Company or business accounts

Company or business accounts

Highly skilled workers Company or business accounts Previous earnings This page explains the requirements for company or business accounts that you send to support your application to the highly skilled worker category (Tier 1 General) under the points-based system to work in the United Kingdom. Full details of all requirements are in the immigration rules at paragraphs 245A-F of part 6A, and Appendix A, which you can find on the right of this page. You…

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Completing application form WRS

Completing application form WRS

Worker Registration Scheme Completing application form WRS This page gives general guidance on completing application form WRS for registering under the Worker Registration Scheme, and the documents you need to send us with your form. You can find more detailed guidance at the end of the application form. You must complete the application form fully and print the payment slip off separately. It may delay your application if you do not provide all the required…

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Confirmation of acceptance for studies

Confirmation of acceptance for studies

Adult students Confirmation of acceptance for studies This page explains what a confirmation of acceptance for studies is and why you need to obtain one. Before you can apply for permission to enter or remain in the UK under Tier 4 (General), your education provider must assign a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) to you. This confirms that you have been given an unconditional offer of a place on a course of study with…

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Dependants maintenance for Tier 1 (Post-work study)

Dependants maintenance for Tier 1 (Post-work study)

To stay here as the dependant of the post-study worker category (Tier 1 Post-study work) of the points-based system, if you wish to apply for permission to work in the United Kingdom you must meet the requirements for maintenance (funds) detailed below. What maintenance dependants must have To qualify for leave to remain as a dependant of a post-study worker, your dependant must provide evidence that he/she has enough personal funds to support himself/herself for…

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Dependants of ministers of religion and working

Dependants of ministers of religion and working

This page explains what work dependants of ministers of religion (Tier 2 Ministers of religion) applicants of the points-based system to work in the UK can do. What work your dependants can do Your dependants are allowed to work, though your dependant cannot work as a doctor in training. Disclaimer: If you cannot find what you are looking for on Findlaw.co.uk please let us know by contacting us at: findlaw.portalmanager@thomsonreuters.com. Furthermore, please be aware that…

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Dependants of Tier 2 (General): Working and conditions

Dependants of Tier 2 (General): Working and conditions

This page explains what work dependants of skilled worker (Tier 2 General) applicants of the points-based system to work in the UK can do. What work your dependants can do Your dependants are allowed to work, though your dependant cannot work as a doctor in training. Disclaimer: If you cannot find what you are looking for on Findlaw.co.uk please let us know by contacting us at: findlaw.portalmanager@thomsonreuters.com. Furthermore, please be aware that while we attempt…

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Dependants of Tier 2 (Sportsperson) applicants: Documents required

Dependants of Tier 2 (Sportsperson) applicants: Documents required

This page explains what proof dependants (spouses or civil partners, unmarried or same-sex partner or child) must provide of their available maintenance (funds) to apply to stay with their family member staying in the UK under a Tier 2 (Sportsperson) visa. Full details of these requirements are in the immigration rules at Appendix E, which you can find on the right of this page. You must read the policy guidance before you apply under this…

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Dependants of Turkish ECAA workers and businesspersons

Dependants of Turkish ECAA workers and businesspersons

Turkish citizens How to complete application form ECAA 3 This section explains how you can apply for permission to remain in the United Kingdom if you are a dependant of a Turkish citizen who is established in business or working here under the provisions of the European Community Association Agreement (ECAA) with Turkey. Policy changes for dependants of Turkish citizens The UK Border Agency has changed its policy on the dependants of Turkish citizens who…

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Dividend vouchers

Dividend vouchers

Highly skilled workers Dividend vouchers Previous earnings This page explains the requirements for dividend vouchers that you send to support your application to the highly skilled worker category (Tier 1 General) under the points-based system to work in the United Kingdom. Full details of all requirements are in the immigration rules at paragraphs 245A-F of part 6A, and Appendix A, which you can find on the right of this page. You must read the policy…

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Do I need a visa to transit airside?

Do I need a visa to transit airside?

You transit the UK airside if you arrive here on a flight, remain in the arrival lounge of the airport without passing through UK immigration control, and then depart on another flight from the same airport. The UK government operates a DATV system for some countries. These countries are listed under ‘More information’ below. You can transit the UK airside withouta visa if: you are a national of a country that is not in the…

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Do I need a visa to transit landside?

Do I need a visa to transit landside?

You transit landside if you arrive on a flight, pass through immigration control and then leave the UK within 48 hours (or 24 hours if you are travelling under the ‘travel without visa’ concession – see below). Nationals of some countries are known as ‘visa nationals’, because they will normally require a visa to come to the UK. These countries are listed under ‘More information’ below. You can transit the UK landside without a visa…

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Do I need permission to come to the UK?

Do I need permission to come to the UK?

Right of abode in the UK When a person has permission to live or work in the UK free of immigration controls, they have the ‘right of abode’. They will not need a visa to come to the UK and there will be no limit on how long they can spend there. More detailed rights that attach to the right of abode are: the right to study the right to use the British/EEA immigration channel…

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Do I need to provide my passport or travel documents when applying for a Tier 1 (Post-Study Work) Visa

Do I need to provide my passport or travel documents when applying for a Tier 1 (Post-Study Work) Visa

This page lists the documents you must provide to prove your immigration status in the UK during your studies, if you are applying for permission to enter or remain in the UK under Tier 1 (Post-study work) of the points-based system. Full details of all requirements are in the Immigration Rules at paragraphs 245V to 245ZA of part 6a, which you can find on the right of this page. You must read the policy guidance…

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Do I need to supply a passport and photographic evidence when applying for a visa as the potential partner of a British citizen?

Do I need to supply a passport and photographic evidence when applying for a visa as the potential partner of a British citizen?

This page contains information about providing photographs and your passport to support your application as the fianc (e) or prospective civil partner of a British citizen or a person who is settled in the UK.   Your photographs You must send 2 recent passport photographs of yourself and any dependants who are applying with you. Write the name of the person in each photograph on the back of the photograph. All the photographs should: measure…

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Documents required for Tier 2 (General) application

Documents required for Tier 2 (General) application

This page explains what proof dependants (spouses or civil partners, unmarried or same-sex partner or child) must provide of their available maintenance (funds) to support an application for permission to stay as the dependant of someone who is here under the skilled worker category (Tier 2 General) of the points-based system to work in the UK. Full details of these requirements are in the immigration rules at Appendix E. You must read the policy guidance…

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Documents to prove your English language skills

Documents to prove your English language skills

This page explains what proof of your English language skills you must send to support your application under Tier 2 (General) of the points-based system. Full details of these requirements are in the Immigration Rules at paragraphs 245ZB – 245ZH of Part 6A, which you can find here. You must read the policy guidance before you apply under this category. You can download the guidance and application form from the Applying section. National of a…

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Documents to support your application on the ECAA 1 Turkish Employed application form

Documents to support your application on the ECAA 1 Turkish Employed application form

Completing application form ECAA 1 This page explains what documents you need to send us to support your application to extend your stay in the United Kingdom using the ECAA 1 Turkish Employed application form. You should send the original documents, not copies. In exceptional circumstances, we may accept a photocopy that is certified as an accurate copy by the body or authority that issued the original, or by a notary . You must include…

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Documents to support your application on the ECAA 2 Turkish Businessperson application form

Documents to support your application on the ECAA 2 Turkish Businessperson application form

Completing application form ECAA 2 This page explains what documents you need to send us to support your application to switch, extend your stay or stay permanently in the United Kingdom under the Turkish ECAA business category, using the ECAA 2 Turkish Businessperson application form. You should send the original documents, not copies. In exceptional circumstances, we may accept a photocopy that is certified as an accurate copy by the body or authority that issued…

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Documents to support your application on the ECAA 3 Turkish Dependant application form

Documents to support your application on the ECAA 3 Turkish Dependant application form

How to complete application form ECAA 3 This page explains what documents you should send us to support your application to extend your stay in the United Kingdom using the ECAA 3 Turkish Dependant application form. You should send the original documents, not copies. In exceptional circumstances, we may accept a photocopy that is certified as an accurate copy by the body or authority that issued the original or by a notary . You must…

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Documents you must provide for Tier 1 (Investor) visa

Documents you must provide for Tier 1 (Investor) visa

To come to the UK under the Tier 1 (Investor) visa category, you’ll need to provide certain documents to be considered along with your application. Read on to find out what documents you need. Sending documents You must send the original document, not a copy. We willonly contact you to ask you missing documents if you have submitted: asequence of documents, and some of the documents in the sequence have been omitted (for example, if…

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Does the date I am awarded a qualification affect my Tier 1 (Post-Study Work) visa application?

Does the date I am awarded a qualification affect my Tier 1 (Post-Study Work) visa application?

Post-study workers Date of award of qualification Points assessment This page explains how many points you must score in the points-based assessment to apply under the post-study worker category (Tier 1 Post-study work) of the points-based system to work in the United Kingdom.   On this page Points awarded for the date of award of qualification How we define the date of award Full details of all requirements are in the immigration rules at paragraphs…

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Domestic workers

Domestic workers

This section explains how you can apply to come to or remain in the United Kingdom as a domestic worker in a private household. The domestic worker category allows overseas employers to bring their domestic workers with them when they visit or move to the United Kingdom. To qualify to come here as a domestic worker, you must be an established member of your employer’s staff. You will only be given permission to stay in…

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Eligibility

Eligibility

Student visitors Eligibility This page tells you whether you can come to study in the UK as a student visitor. If you want to come to the UK in order to do a short course of study during your visit, you can apply to do so as a student visitor. The period when you intend to be in the UK must not exceed six months. You must be aged 18 or over, and you must…

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Eligible organisations to sponsor Tier 2 (General) migrants

Eligible organisations to sponsor Tier 2 (General) migrants

This page explains which organisations are eligible to be sponsors under the Tier 2 (General) category of the points-based system. The sponsor is normally the employer and is responsible for paying the migrant. In certain circumstances (for example, in parts of the creative sector), migrants may meet all of the Tier 2 criteria even though there is no direct employer/employee relationship – but there must still be a sponsor who is able and willing to…

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Employers

Employers

Worker Registration Scheme Employers This page explains what responsibilities employers have under the Worker Registration Scheme. The Worker Registration Scheme is designed to be a streamlined registration system that does not impose unnecessary burdens on you as a potential employer of a citizen of one of the eight relevant countries of the European Economic Area. See Who must register? for more information about requirements. Individual workers are responsible for making an application. However, you should…

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Employment agencies

Employment agencies

Worker Registration Scheme Employment agencies This page explains the current circumstances in which employment agencies must register with the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) if they are giving advice to workers about the Worker Registration Scheme. Generally, it is illegal for businesses to give advice on immigration issues unless the person giving the advice is considered to be qualified. Qualified advisers include solicitors and those regulated by the OISC. Immigration issues that you…

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English language requirement for representatives of overseas business

English language requirement for representatives of overseas business

This page explains the English language requirement for representatives of overseas business. You will meet the English language requirement if you: are a national of a majority English-speaking country; or pass an English language test that is on our list of approved English language tests; or hold a degree that was taught in English and is equivalent to a UK bachelor’s degree. More information Are you a national of a majority English speaking country? If…

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English language requirement for tier 2 ICT

English language requirement for tier 2 ICT

This page explains how you can score points for your English language ability when you apply under Tier 2 (Intra company transfer) of the points-based system. Tighter English language test requirement for Tier 1 and 2 applicants in the UK From 6 April 2012 UKBA will be removing the provision for applicants in the UK to apply for permission to stay here (known as leave to remain) before they have taken or received the results…

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English language requirements Tier 2 ICT Long-term staff

English language requirements Tier 2 ICT Long-term staff

This page describes the evidence of your English language ability that you must provide if you are applying to extend your stay under Tier 2 (Intra company transfer – Long-term staff) to more than 3 years. You do not need to score points for your English language ability if you are making any other type of Tier 2 (Intra company transfer) application. Full details of these requirements are in the Immigration Rules at paragraphs 245ZB…

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Enrolling your biometric information as a Tier 5 charity worker?

Enrolling your biometric information as a Tier 5 charity worker?

This page explains what biometric information is, and how you can enrol your biometric information when you apply under Tier 5 (Temporary workers – charity workers) from inside the UK. As part of your application under Tier 5 (Temporary workers – charity workers) you must obtain a biometric residence permit. Your fingerprints and facial image (known as ‘biometric information’) will be stored on this permit, so you must enrol this information with UK Visas and…

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Enrolling your biometric information as a Tier 5 temporary worker

Enrolling your biometric information as a Tier 5 temporary worker

This page explains what biometric information is, and how you can enrol your biometric information when you apply under the government authorised exchange category (Tier 5 Temporary Worker) from inside the UK. As part of your application under the government authorised exchange category (Tier 5 Temporary Worker) you must obtain a biometric residence permit. Your fingerprints and facial image (known as ‘biometric information’) will be stored on this permit, so you must enrol this information…

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Enrolling your biometric information when applying under the International Agreement Category

Enrolling your biometric information when applying under the International Agreement Category

This page explains what biometric information is, and how you can enrol your biometric information when you apply under the international agreement category (Tier 5 Temporary Worker) from inside the UK. As part of your application under the international agreement category (Tier 5 Temporary Worker) you must obtain a biometric residence permit. Your fingerprints and facial image (known as ‘biometric information’) will be stored on this permit, so you must enrol this information with UK…

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Entrepreneur Visas

Entrepreneur Visas

What is the entrepreneur category? Who can apply as an entrepreneur? This section answers these questions and shows you how you can come to the UK or remain here as an entrepreneur (Tier 1 Entrepreneur) under our points-based system. What is the entrepreneur category? The entrepreneur category is for those investing in the United Kingdom by setting up or taking over, and being actively involved in the running of, one or more businesses in the…

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Establishing yourself in business as a Turkish citizen

Establishing yourself in business as a Turkish citizen

Turkish citizens Coming to the United Kingdom in the Turkish ECAA business category Switching into the Turkish ECAA business category Extending your stay as a Turkish ECAA businessperson Settling in the United Kingdom as a Turkish ECAA businessperson Completing application form ECAA 2 This section explains how Turkish citizens may benefit from the European Community Association Agreement (ECAA) with Turkey if they want to establish themselves in business in the United Kingdom. New visa route…

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European Economic Area and Swiss nationals

European Economic Area and Swiss nationals

This section contains information for nationals of countries in the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland who want to work in the UK. All EEA and Swiss nationals can and the UK without needing to apply for our permission. But some EEA nationals do not automaticaly have the right to work here: If you are a national of a country that joined the European Union (EU) in 2004, you may need to register with us…

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Evidence about your care arrangement

Evidence about your care arrangement

Child students Evidence about your care arrangement This page describes the documents that you must provide to show that your proposed care arrangement is acceptable when you apply as a child student under Tier 4 of the points-based system. You will need to send us the written consent of your parent(s) or legal guardian to your care arrangements while you are here, and your travel arrangements if you are applying from overseas. There are additional…

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Evidence of an intra-company transfer – Tier 2

Evidence of an intra-company transfer – Tier 2

This page explains how you must prove that you have been working overseas for your sponsor, to support your application to Tier 2 (Intra company transfer) of the points-based system. We will need to see evidence for a specified period before you apply, depending on your experience level. You do not need to have worked in the same position for the full specified period: Long-term staff = 12 months experience; Short-term staff = 12 months…

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Evidence of Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) applicants English language ability

Evidence of Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) applicants English language ability

This page describes the documents that you must provide to prove your English language ability, if you are applying under Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) of the points-based system. For more information about this requirement, see the Claiming points for English language page. You do not need to provide this evidence if you are currently in the UK in one of the following categories: Tier 1 (General) Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) business person Highly Skilled Migrant Programme, under…

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Evidence used to obtain your confirmation of acceptance for studies

Evidence used to obtain your confirmation of acceptance for studies

This page explains what you need to send us as evidence in order to score 30 points under Tier 4 (Child) of the points-based system. You will score 30 points for having a valid confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS). When you apply, you must: write your CAS reference number on your application form – your Tier 4 sponsor will give you the reference number; and send us the documents you used to obtain the…

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Extending your stay

Extending your stay

Student visitors Extending your stay This page explains if you are able to extend your stay in the United Kingdom as a student visitor. You will not be able to extend your stay in the United Kingdom as a student visitor. There are no provisions in the student visitor rules for extensions to be granted. You can only obtain leave (permission to enter the United Kingdom) as a student visitor by applying for a student…

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Extending your stay as a migrant with UK ancestry

Extending your stay as a migrant with UK ancestry

UK ancestry If you are a Commonwealth citizen who has permission to work here because of your UK ancestry, this page explains how you can apply to extend your stay in the UK. You should apply using application form FLR(BID). You can download application form FLR(BID) and the detailed guidance notes from the right side of this page. You should read the guidance notes before you complete the form. You will need to pay a…

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Extending your stay as a Turkish ECAA businessperson

Extending your stay as a Turkish ECAA businessperson

Businesspersons This page explains how you can apply to extend your stay in the United Kingdom in the Turkish ECAA business category, if you have already been given permission to stay here in this category. If you want to extend your stay as a Turkish ECAA businessperson, you must show that: you are still established in business; you are still able to bear your share of the costs of running the business (its liabilities); and…

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Extending your visa

Extending your visa

Domestic workers Extending your visa This page explains how you can apply to extend your stay as a domestic worker in the UK. Before you read this information, you should make sure you still meet the eligibility requirements for the domestic worker scheme. As a domestic worker, you will initially be given permission to stay in the UK for a maximum of 12 months. Towards the end of this 12-month period, you can apply for…

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Fees

Fees

Adult students Fees This page explains what fee you must pay for your student visa, and the fee you must pay for any partners and children you want to bring with you. Once your application is received, the fee is charged and cannot be refunded. If you are applying from outside the United Kingdom and provide more than one application, you will be charged the same fee for each valid application. More information Student visa…

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Fees to apply for Tier 1 (Entrepreneur)

Fees to apply for Tier 1 (Entrepreneur)

This page sets out the fees for applications under Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) of the points-based system, and explains how to pay your application fee. The application fee that you must pay depends on whether you are applying from inside or outside the UK – and, if you are inside the UK, on whether you are applying by post or in person. If you applying from inside the UK and are sending applications for your family…

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Film crew on location

Film crew on location

This category has now closed. If you want to come to the UK as part of a film crew on a location shoot, you should apply as a business visitor. Disclaimer: If you cannot find what you are looking for on Findlaw.co.uk please let us know by contacting us at: findlaw.portalmanager@thomsonreuters.com. Furthermore, please be aware that while we attempt to ensure all our information is as up-to-date and relevant as possible occasionally some our articles…

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Form for an application under the transitional arrangements for inside the United Kingdom

Form for an application under the transitional arrangements for inside the United Kingdom

Post-study workers Form for an application under the transitional arrangements for inside the United Kingdom Application form This page explains how you should complete the application form for the post-study worker category (Tier 1 Post-study work) under the points-based system if you are making an application under the transitional arrangements in the United Kingdom in this category. You can download the application form from the right of this page. Some sections of the application form…

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Form for an initial application from inside the United Kingdom

Form for an initial application from inside the United Kingdom

Post-study workers Form for an initial application from inside the United Kingdom Application form This page explains how you should complete the application form for the post-study worker category (Tier 1 Post-study work) under the points-based system if you are making your first application in this category. You can download the application form from the right side of this page. Some sections of the application form do not apply to your category. You should only…

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Form for extension application

Form for extension application

Highly skilled workers Form for extension application Application form This page explains how you should complete the application form for the highly skilled worker category (Tier 1 General) under the points-based system if you are making an application to extend your permission to stay in the United Kingdom in this category. You can download the application form from the right of this page. Some sections of the application form do not apply to your category….

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Form for extension application under HSMP

Form for extension application under HSMP

Highly skilled workers Form for extension application under HSMP Application form This page explains how you should complete the application form for the highly skilled worker category (Tier 1 General) under the points-based system if you are making an application to extend your permission to stay in the United Kingdom and you currently have leave to remain (permission to stay) under the Highly Skilled Migrant Programme. You can download the application form from the right…

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Form for initial application for outside the United Kingdom

Form for initial application for outside the United Kingdom

Investors Form for initial application for outside the United Kingdom Application form This page explains how you complete the application form for the investor category (Tier 1 Investor) under the points-based system if you are applying from outside the United Kingdom. Go to our visa services website, which you can find on the right of this page, if you are applying from outside the United Kingdom. There you can find out more about the process…

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Form for initial application from inside the United Kingdom

Form for initial application from inside the United Kingdom

Highly skilled workers Form for initial application from inside the United Kingdom Application form This page explains how you should complete the application form for the highly skilled worker category (Tier 1 General) under the points-based system if you are making your first application in this category. You can download the application form from the right of this page. Some sections of the application form do not apply to your category. You should only complete…

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Form for initial application from outside the United Kingdom

Form for initial application from outside the United Kingdom

Highly skilled workers Form for initial application from outside the United Kingdom Application form This page explains how you complete the application form for the highly skilled worker category (Tier 1 General) under the points-based system if you are applying from outside the United Kingdom. Go to our visa services website, which you can find on the right of this page, if you are applying from outside the United Kingdom. There you can find out…

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Four years continuous residence in the United Kingdom in a qualifying category

Four years continuous residence in the United Kingdom in a qualifying category

This page explains the arrangements we have put in place for migrants who: are covered by the HSMP Forum Ltd judicial review (settlement in the United Kingdom) judgment; have completed at least four years’ continuous residence in the United Kingdom in a qualifying category; and now want to apply to settle in the United Kingdom. You fall into this group if: you were initially granted entry clearance or permission to stay in the United Kingdom…

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Fresh Talent: Working in Scotland

Fresh Talent: Working in Scotland

The Fresh Talent: Working in Scotland Scheme has now closed to new applicants. If you wish to come to the United Kingdom to work, or if you are already here and wish to extend your stay by switching into a working category, you will need to apply under our new points-based system . If you are already in the United Kingdom on the Fresh Talent: Working in Scotland Scheme, you should see Transitional arrangements for…

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Gap year

Gap year

This immigration category closed on 26 November 2008. Please refer to the Youth Mobility Scheme under tier 5 of the points-based system. Disclaimer: If you cannot find what you are looking for on Findlaw.co.uk please let us know by contacting us at: findlaw.portalmanager@thomsonreuters.com. Furthermore, please be aware that while we attempt to ensure all our information is as up-to-date and relevant as possible occasionally some our articles may no longer be accurate.

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General Agreement on Trade in Services

General Agreement on Trade in Services

This page explains how Bulgarian and Romanian nationals can work in the UK under the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) work permit arrangements. The GATS arrangements are for Bulgarians and Romanians whose employer does not have a commercial presence in the European Union. These workers can work in the UK on a service contract awarded to their employer by an organisation based in this country. You can apply for a GATS work permit…

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Highly Skilled Migrant Programme

Highly Skilled Migrant Programme

This section contains information for migrants who are currently in the UK under the Highly Skilled Migrant Programme (HSMP). The HSMP is now closed to new applicants. You should apply under Tier 2 of the points-based system if you are a highly skilled worker who is currently living: abroad; or in the UK in a different immigration category. If you are already in the UK under the HSMP and your permission to stay will soon…

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Highly Skilled Migrants: How do my dependants apply?

Highly Skilled Migrants: How do my dependants apply?

Can your dependants come and stay with you in the UK if you have a visa under the Highly Skilled Migrant Programme (HSMP)? The application process will depend on where your dependants are living at the time of the application. To find out who qualifies as a dependant, see the Can I include my family on my application? page. Dependants outside the UK If you are currently in the UK but your dependants are living…

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Highly skilled workers, investors and entrepreneurs

Highly skilled workers, investors and entrepreneurs

This section describes the routes available to highly skilled workers, investors and entrepreneurs who want to work in the UK. You should read the eligibility requirements for your category in full before making an application. Our service standards set out how quickly we aim to decide applications. For applications made in the UK under an employment route, the standard is that we will decide 75 per cent of applications within four weeks The current immigration…

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How are sponsored migrant visa points assessed?

How are sponsored migrant visa points assessed?

How do I sponsor a migrant? Assessing migrants’ points This section explains how to assess your migrants’ points before issuing a certificate of sponsorship under the points-based system. How points are awarded to tier 2 – skilled workers How points are awarded to tier 2 – intra-company transfers How points are awarded to tier 2 – sports people How points are awarded to tier 2 – ministers of religion How points are awarded to tier…

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How can employers and education providers employ migrants to teach migrant students?

How can employers and education providers employ migrants to teach migrant students?

This section explains how employers and education providers in the United Kingdom can legally employ migrant workers and teach migrant students. Sponsoring migrants Information for employers and education providers who want to sponsor migrant workers and students under the points-based immigration system. Preventing illegal working Employers must take care not to employ migrants who don't have the right to work in the United Kingdom. Find out more here. Engagement with employers and education providers How…

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How can I employ migrants to do jobs on the shortage occupation list?

How can I employ migrants to do jobs on the shortage occupation list?

How do I sponsor a migrant? How to employ migrants to do jobs on the shortage occupation list This page describes the procedure for employing migrants under Tier 2 (General) if they will be doing skilled work that is on the shortage occupation list. If an occupation is on the shortage occupation list, it means there are not enough resident workers to fill the available jobs in that particular occupation. If a migrant comes to…

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How can I extend my stay in the UK as an overseas domestic worker?

How can I extend my stay in the UK as an overseas domestic worker?

This page explains the limited circumstances in which you can apply for a visa to extend your stay in the UK as a domestic worker in a private household. This information is for migrants who are already in the UK as domestic workers. If you are here in a different immigration category, you cannotapply to ‘switch’ into the domestic worker category. You can only extend your stay to bring it up to a maximum total…

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How can I make a request for personal data being held by UK Visas and Immigration?

How can I make a request for personal data being held by UK Visas and Immigration?

This page explains how you can make a request to see the personal information about you that is held by the UK Border Agency. The UKBA values the information that you provide to them, and agrees to look after it in accordance with the UK Border Agency information charter. The processing of personal data (information relating to living individuals) is governed by the Data Protection Act 1998, which makes it possible for you to request…

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How can I permanently settle in the UK after being a victim of domestic violence?

How can I permanently settle in the UK after being a victim of domestic violence?

This page explains how to apply for permission to settle permanently in the UK (known as ‘indefinite leave to remain’) if you are a victim of domestic violence and how to notify the UK Border Agency if you need to access public funds. It also provides contact details for organisations offering support and advice to victims.   Applying for permission to settle here as a victim of domestic violence (Settlement DV) If your relationship with…

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How can I prevent illegal working as an employer of migrants?

How can I prevent illegal working as an employer of migrants?

This section explains why we take action to prevent illegal migrant working in the UK. It describes how employers can ensure that they only employ people who are allowed to work, and explains the penalties employers face for employing migrants illegally. Employing someone who is not allowed to work in the UK is illegal. As an employer, you have a duty to prevent illegal working by checking potential employees’ documents, before employing them, to ensure…

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How can I renew my visa if it has expired or will expire soon?

How can I renew my visa if it has expired or will expire soon?

This section explains how you can apply to extend your temporary permission to stay (also called ‘limited leave to remain’) in the UK. If you currently have temporary permission to stay in the UK, you may be able to extend this permission and stay here longer. If you came here as a , you cannot extend your permission to stay as a visitor beyond six months in most cases – however, in some circumstances you…

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How can I settle in the UK as a highly skilled migrant?

How can I settle in the UK as a highly skilled migrant?

Changes to the ‘knowledge of language and life’ requirement for settlement Skilled and highly skilled migrants must now pass the Life in the UK Test if they want to demonstrate that they have met the knowledge of language and life requirement for settlement in the UK. This section explains how you can apply for permission to settle permanently in the UK under the Highly Skilled Migrant Programme (HSMP). You should read this section if you…

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How can I settle in the United Kingdom as a representative of an overseas newspaper, news agency or broadcasting organisation?

How can I settle in the United Kingdom as a representative of an overseas newspaper, news agency or broadcasting organisation?

Representatives of overseas newspapers, news agencies and broadcasting organisations How can I settle in the United Kingdom as a representative of an overseas newspaper, news agency or broadcasting organisation? This section explains how you can apply to stay in the United Kingdom permanently as a representative of an overseas newspaper, news agency or broadcasting organisation. We call this ‘applying for settlement’ or ‘applying for indefinite leave to remain’. You should read this section if you…

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How do I appeal for an extension, switching and settlement applications?

How do I appeal for an extension, switching and settlement applications?

This page contains information about immigration appeals by migrants who are already in the UK. If the UK Border Agency makes a decision that affects your ability to remain in the UK, you might be able to appeal to the First-tier Tribunal (Asylum and Immigration Chamber) of HM Courts and Tribunals Service. In some cases, you can appeal from inside the UK. In other cases, you will need to leave the UK before you can…

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How do I apply for a British passport?

How do I apply for a British passport?

This page contains information about applying for a British passport if your application for British nationality is successful. British passports are issued by the UK government’s Identity and Passport Service (IPS). All adult customers (aged 16 and over) applying for a passport for the first time must attend an interview with IPS in person to confirm their identity. IPS recommends you allow 6 weeks for your passport application to be processed. You should not make…

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How do I apply for a certificate of entitlement?

How do I apply for a certificate of entitlement?

To prove you have the right of abode in the UK, you must apply for a certificate of entitlement. This document goes inside your passport, so you will need to apply for a new one when your passport expires. You will not be able to obtain a certificate if you already hold a British passport or a valid certificate of entitlement in another foreign passport. The method of application depends on whether you are inside…

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How do I apply for a child student Tier 4 visa?

How do I apply for a child student Tier 4 visa?

This section explains how you can apply to come to or remain in the UK as a child student under Tier 4 (Child) of the points-based system. Tier 4 is part of our points-based system for immigration. It is for migrants who want to study in the UK. On this page you can discover what the Tier 4 (Child) category is. Other pages will help you to decide whether you can and should apply in…

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How do I apply for a child student visa from outside the UK?

How do I apply for a child student visa from outside the UK?

This page explains how you can apply to come to the UK as a student under Tier 4 (Child) of the points-based system. Before you apply, you should read: the Can you apply?pages to find out whether you meet the requirements and will score enough points; and the Documents requiredpages to find out which documents you should provide with your application. Depending on the country where you live, you may need to make your application…

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How do I apply for a GATS work permit?

How do I apply for a GATS work permit?

This page explains how an employer can apply for a work permit for a Bulgarian or Romanian national under the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS). You cannot apply for a work permit to employ a migrant from outside the European Economic Area. You must read the GATS work permit guidance before you apply for a work permit. You can download the guidance below. You should use form GATSA if your organisation has no…

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How do I apply for a Home Office travel document?

How do I apply for a Home Office travel document?

If you are a non-British UK resident who cannot use or obtain a national passport from your home country, you may be able to apply for a Home Office travel document to enable you to pass through international borders. It is typically valid for five years for permanent UK residents. For temporary residents, the travel document will correspond with the length of time they have permission to remain in the UK. Travel documents come in…

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How do I apply for a replacement Biometric Residents Permit?

How do I apply for a replacement Biometric Residents Permit?

This page explains how you should apply for a Replacement BRP visa if you are outside the UK and your UK biometric residence permit has been lost, stolen or damaged because someone has tampered with it. (If you are inside the UK and your UK biometric residence permit has been lost, stolen or damaged because someone has tampered with it, please see the Permit-holders’ responsibilities page.) If you are outside the UK, you must immediately…

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How do I apply for a restricted certificate of sponsorship?

How do I apply for a restricted certificate of sponsorship?

If you intend to employ a foreign worker, you will need a certificate of sponsorship for each one. The certificate is an electronic record rather than a physical document. Each one has its own unique number, which a worker can utilise to make an application for a visa. Certificates must be used within three months of the date they were issued. They come in two forms: unrestricted and restricted.   What are unrestricted certificates? Unrestricted…

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How do I apply for a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa from inside the UK?

How do I apply for a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa from inside the UK?

This page explains how you should apply for permission to remain in the UK under Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) of the points-based system, if you are currently: in the UK under Tier 1 (Entrepreneur), and you want to extend your stay in the same category; or in the UK under a different immigration category, and you want to ‘switch’ into Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) – see ‘More information’ below to find out whether you can switch from…

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How do I apply for a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa from outside the UK?

How do I apply for a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa from outside the UK?

If you are currently outside the UK and you wish to apply for a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa, this page will explain how you can do so. Depending on the country where you live, you may need to make your application online or using application form VAF9. To find out which method you should use, see ‘More information’ below. All applicants must also complete and submit Appendix 3 of the form. There are particular application…

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How do I apply for a UK work visa as a domestic worker?

How do I apply for a UK work visa as a domestic worker?

To come to the UK as a domestic worker in a private household, you’ll need to apply for a visa. This page explains how to do so. Before you apply, you should read: the Can you apply? page to check that you meet the requirements; and the Documents required page to find out which documents to provide with your application. Depending on the country where you live, you may need to make your application online…

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How do I apply for a visa as a husband, wife or civil partner from inside the UK?

How do I apply for a visa as a husband, wife or civil partner from inside the UK?

Husbands, wives and civil partners This page explains how you can apply to stay in the UK as the husband, wife or civil partner of someone who is permanent resident in this country, if you are already here in a different immigration category. You should apply using application form FLR(M). You can download the application form and the detailed guidance notes from the right side of this page. You should read the guidance notes before…

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How do I apply for a visa as a returning resident?

How do I apply for a visa as a returning resident?

This page explains how you should apply for a visa or entry clearance certificate to come to the UK as a returning resident. Before you apply, you should read the Returning residents page to check whether you can and should apply. When you apply, you should provide documents that support the statements made in your application. You can download guidance on these supporting documents here. Depending on the country where you live, you may need…

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How do I apply for a visa as an unmarried/same-sex partner from inside the UK?

How do I apply for a visa as an unmarried/same-sex partner from inside the UK?

Unmarried/same-sex partners This page explains how you can apply to stay in the UK as the unmarried/same-sex partner of someone who is permanent resident in this country, if you are already here in a different immigration category. You should apply using application form FLR(M). You can download the application form and the detailed guidance notes from the right side of this page. You should read the guidance notes before you complete the form. You will…

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How do I apply for a visa as the child of a British citizen or settled person?

How do I apply for a visa as the child of a British citizen or settled person?

As the child of a British citizen or settled person, you can make a visa application to join or stay with your parent in the UK if: You were separated when circumstances forced your parent to leave their country Your parent has been granted asylum or humanitarian protection for five years, but they do not yet hold British citizenship.   You will be ineligible to apply if: Your parent is yet to receive a decision…

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How do I apply for a visa as the partner of a British resident when I am based outside the UK?

How do I apply for a visa as the partner of a British resident when I am based outside the UK?

If your partner is a British resident you can apply for a visa to live in the UK. However, there is a specific process you need to follow in order to apply for such a visa.   Do I need a visa as the partner of a British resident? Before applying for a visa it is recommended you check to see whether you need to do so. You can check whether you need to obtain…

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How do I apply for a visa as the potential legal partner of a British citizen?

How do I apply for a visa as the potential legal partner of a British citizen?

This page explains how you can apply for a visa as the fianc (e) or prospective civil partner of a British citizen or a person settled here. Before you apply, you should read the Can you apply? section to ensure that you meet the requirements. You must obtain a visa before you travel here in this category. Depending on the country where you live, you may need to make your application online or using application…

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How do I apply for a visa using Visa4UK?

How do I apply for a visa using Visa4UK?

Applying for a UK visa from outside the UK If you are not in the UK and want to apply online for a UK visa to visit, work, study or join a family member, spouse or partner already in the UK, you will need to access Visa4UK – the official UK website for online visa applications. To apply for your visa using Visa4UK, you must be outside the UK, Channel Islands and the Isle of…

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How do I apply for a visa?

How do I apply for a visa?

If you want to visit, work, study or join a family member or partner in the UK, you can make an online application for a visa. However, you must be outside the following areas to do so: The UK Channel Islands Isle of Man.   Before making your visa application Before making your application, you should: Access the gov.uk website in order to find out what kind of visa to apply for and the documents…

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How do I apply for an EEA family permit?

How do I apply for an EEA family permit?

A European Economic Area (EEA) family permit is an immigration document that makes it faster and easier for you to enter the UK as a family member of a citizen of an EEA agreement. It is issued by UK immigration under the Immigration (EEA) Regulations 2006. Without an EEA family permit, you may not be given a boarding pass and it is possible that you could experience significant delays. You may even be refused entry…

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How do I apply for asylum?

How do I apply for asylum?

What is claiming asylum? If you want to live in the UK because you fear living in your own country due to persecution then you are looking to claim asylum.  Am I eligible to claim asylum in the UK? In order to be eligible for claiming asylum in the UK you must be regarded by the UK government as a refugee. In order to be considered a refugee you must: be afraid to live in…

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How do I apply for British citizenship or another form of British nationality?

How do I apply for British citizenship or another form of British nationality?

This section provides details of how you can apply for British citizenship, British overseas territories citizenship, British overseas citizenship or British subject status. You should make sure you have read the relevant part of the eligibility section before you make your application. You will need to pay a fee when you make your application. If you make an application for registration and it is unsuccessful because you are not eligible, the UK Border Agency will…

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How do I apply for British citizenship?

How do I apply for British citizenship?

After living in Britain for many years, the next step for some immigrants may be to become a British citizen. This article explains how an immigrant can become a citizen. If you think you need legal advice on applying for British citizenship a local solicitor can be found on our directory here. Can I apply for British citizenship? A person can make an application to become a British citizen – a process called ‘naturalisation’ –…

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How do I apply for naturalisation as a British citizen?

How do I apply for naturalisation as a British citizen?

You can become a British citizen in many different ways. The most popular method is through ‘naturalisation,’ which you can apply for in three ways: Make an individual application Use the Nationality Checking Service (NCS) Use an agent or representative.   Make an individual application To make an individual application, you must complete form AN. The guidance notes and requirements booklet will advise you how to complete the form and which supporting documentation to include….

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How do I apply for permission to remain as the partner of a British citizen from inside the UK?

How do I apply for permission to remain as the partner of a British citizen from inside the UK?

This page explains how to apply for permission to remain in the UK as the partner of a British citizen or a person who is present and settled here, if you are already in the UK in a different immigration category. Before you apply, you should read the Can you apply? section to ensure that you meet the requirements. You cannot apply to extend your leave to remain if you are in the UK: as…

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How do I apply for proof that I have not become a British citizen?

How do I apply for proof that I have not become a British citizen?

This guide provides information on how you can apply for proof that you have not become a British citizen. Who needs proof that they have not become a British citizen? If you are a foreign or Commonwealth resident in the UK and you wish to apply for a passport in another country, you may have to provide evidence to the authorities of your home country that you have not secured British citizenship while you have…

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How do I apply for settlement (indefinite leave to remain) under the sole representative of an overseas firm category?

How do I apply for settlement (indefinite leave to remain) under the sole representative of an overseas firm category?

Sole representatives of overseas firms How do I apply for settlement (indefinite leave to remain) under the sole representative of an overseas firm category? This section explains how you can apply to stay in the United Kingdom permanently (sometimes callled settlement or ‘indefinite leave to remain’) as a sole representative of an overseas firm. You should read this section if you have been in the United Kingdom as a sole representative for at least five…

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How do I apply for settlement if I have a Tier 2 (Intra-company transfer) visa?

How do I apply for settlement if I have a Tier 2 (Intra-company transfer) visa?

This page explains whether and how you can apply for permission to settle permanently in the UK (known as ‘indefinite leave to remain’) if you are here under Tier 2 (Intra company transfer) of the points-based system. Details of these requirements are set out in Part 6A of the Immigration Rules (paragraph 245GF). You must meet all the requirements of the Immigration Rules at the time when you apply for settlement. If you are considering…

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How do I apply for settlement in the UK?

How do I apply for settlement in the UK?

This page tells you which application form you should complete if you want to apply for permission to settle permanently (also known as ‘indefinite leave to remain’) in the UK. Form SET(M) You can use form SET(M) to apply to settle here as the husband, wife, civil partner or unmarried/same-sex partner of a British citizen or someone who is settled here. To find out how to apply, see Completing application form SET(M). Form SET(F) Form…

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How do I apply to come to the United Kingdom as a sole representative of an overseas firm?

How do I apply to come to the United Kingdom as a sole representative of an overseas firm?

Sole representatives of overseas firms How do I apply to come to the United Kingdom as a sole representative of an overseas firm? This page explains how to apply to come to the United Kingdom as a sole representative of an overseas firm. For details of the requirement you must meet under this category, see the Eligibility page. You will need to apply for a visa before you travel to the United Kingdom. Visa applications…

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How do I apply to extend my stay (further leave to remain) under the sole representative of an overseas firm category?

How do I apply to extend my stay (further leave to remain) under the sole representative of an overseas firm category?

Sole representatives of overseas firms How do I apply to extend my stay (further leave to remain) under the sole representative of an overseas firm category? This page explains how you can apply to extend your stay if you are in the United Kingdom as the sole representative of an overseas firm. If we give you permission to come to the United Kingdom in this category, you will have permission to stay for two years….

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How do I apply to live in the UK as a dependent relative of a British citizen?

How do I apply to live in the UK as a dependent relative of a British citizen?

If you are coming to the UK to be cared for as a dependent relative, you must be dependent on one of the following persons who are permanently residing in the UK: Parent Grandchild Brother Sister Son Daughter.   What do you have to prove to apply to live in the UK as a dependent relative of a British citizen? To make an application to live in the UK as a dependent relative of a…

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How do I apply to settle in the UK if I am the legal partner of a British citizen?

How do I apply to settle in the UK if I am the legal partner of a British citizen?

This section explains how you can apply for permission to settle permanently in the UK if you are currently here as the husband, wife or civil partner of a British citizen or a person who is present and settled here. Permission to settle in the UK is also known as ‘indefinite leave to remain’. You must meet all the requirements of the Immigration Rules at the time when you apply for settlement. If you are…

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How do I avoid racial discrimination when sponsoring a migrant?

How do I avoid racial discrimination when sponsoring a migrant?

This page explains how employers should avoid unlawful discrimination in their recruitment and employment practices while seeking to prevent illegal working, by carrying out the appropriate document checks on all of their employees. It is important to remember that the UK population is ethnically diverse. Many people from ethnic minorities in this country are British citizens, and many non-British citizens from black and minority ethnic communities are entitled to work here. Therefore, you must not…

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How do I book an appointment for a Visa premium service?

How do I book an appointment for a Visa premium service?

This page explains how you can book an appointment to use our ‘premium service’ (same-day service) at a public enquiry office in the UK. You can book online, or (in exceptional circumstances) by phone. Before you book, you should: note that you will need to pay a higher application fee for the premium service – see the How much does it cost? page; and read all the information on this website about your type of…

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How do I book an appointment using Visa4UK?

How do I book an appointment using Visa4UK?

This page explains how to use the Visa4UK system to book an appointment at a visa application centre. You must attend a visa application centre as part of your visa application. In many countries, you must book an appointment at the visa application centre. Appointments are usually available up to 12 weeks in advance, on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. The UK Border Agency cannot make special arrangements for groups of travellers to attend…

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How do I cancel a certificate of sponsorship?

How do I cancel a certificate of sponsorship?

This page explains how we or you can cancel a certificate of sponsorship under the points-based system to study or work. On this page How you can change a certificate of sponsorship When we will cancel a certificate of sponsorship How you can cancel a certificate of sponsorship How the migrant can cancel a certificate of sponsorship What happens to the migrant if the certificate of sponsorship is cancelled or withdrawn How you can change…

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How do I check a migrant working for me has right to work in the UK?

How do I check a migrant working for me has right to work in the UK?

This section describes employers’ legal responsibilities to check that their employees and potential employees have the right to work in the UK. To avoid the risk of a fine, an employer must: ask for and take copies of original, acceptable documents showing that the holder is allowed to work, before employing them; be satisfied that the documents presented are genuine and that the person presenting them is both the rightful holder and allowed to do…

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How do I check the identity of foreign nationals as an employer?

How do I check the identity of foreign nationals as an employer?

Preventing illegal working This page describes the identity cards that we have been issuing to some categories of foreign nationals since November 2008, and explains how to check them. For general information on the cards and why we have introduced them, see the Identity cards for foreign nationals pages. These compulsory identity cards are currently being phased in for foreign nationals from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland. Our applicant category table, which…

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How do I come to the United Kingdom as a sole representative of an overseas firm?

How do I come to the United Kingdom as a sole representative of an overseas firm?

Sole representatives of overseas firms How do I come to the United Kingdom as a sole representative of an overseas firm? This page explains how you can come to the United Kingdom as a sole representative of an overseas firm without a work permit. If you are outside the United Kingdom, you will need entry clearance before you can enter the United Kingdom – see the visa services website for more information. Permission to enter…

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How do I complete an NTL or TOC application form to transfer my visa?

How do I complete an NTL or TOC application form to transfer my visa?

When your old passport reaches its expiry date, you may be able to transfer your UK visa to a newly-issued passport for a fee. Alternatively, you can always carry both your old and new passports when travelling into or out of the UK. If you do decide to transfer your visa, whether or not you will be able to do so will depend on whether you are applying in the UK and the type of…

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How do I complete application form SET(DV)?

How do I complete application form SET(DV)?

This page contains general guidance on using application form SET(DV) to apply for permission to settle in the UK (also known as ‘indefinite leave to remain’) as a victim of domestic violence. You should also read the detailed Guide SET(DV) before you complete the form. You will need to pay a fee when you make your application (unless you are exempt from paying the fee because you are destitute), and the UK Border Agency will…

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How do I complete application form SET(F)?

How do I complete application form SET(F)?

This page explains how to use application form SET(F) to apply for permission to settle in the UK (also known as ‘indefinite leave to remain’) as a family member of a permanent resident. You should also read the detailed Guide SET(F) before you complete the form. You will need to pay a fee when you make your application, and we will not refund your fee if we refuse your application or if you withdraw it….

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How do I complete application form SET(M)?

How do I complete application form SET(M)?

This page explains how to use application form SET(M) to apply for permission to settle in the UK (also known as ‘indefinite leave to remain’) as the husband, wife, civil partner, unmarried partner or same-sex partner of a British citizen or a person who is settled here. You should also read the detailed Guide SET(M) before you complete the form. You will need to pay a fee when you apply, and we will not refund…

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How do I complete application form SET(O) if I want a media and entertainment industry work visa?

How do I complete application form SET(O) if I want a media and entertainment industry work visa?

Representatives of overseas newspapers, news agencies and broadcasting organisations How do I complete application form SET(O)? This page explains how you should complete application form SET(O) to settle in the United Kingdom as a representative of an overseas newspaper, news agency or broadcasting organisation. Before you complete the application form, you should read the Eligibility section to make sure you meet the requirements to settle in the United Kingdom as a representative of an overseas…

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