A single body or a number of branches

A single body or a number of branches

How do I sponsor a migrant? A single body or a number ofbranches Type of organisation This page explains the ways that you can apply for a sponsor licence under the points-based system if your organisation is made up of a number of branches. On this page Single licence covering your head office and any or all branches Licence covering a group of branches Separate licence for each branch If your organisation has a number…

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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 student visas: Your money

Adult student visas: Your money

This section explains how to show that you can 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. 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 under Tier 4 (General). You will not have access to most state…

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Adult students

Adult students (Tier 4 General): Evidence of your money

Adult students (Tier 4 General): 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 an adult student under Tier 4 (General) 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…

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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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Appeals >> Student Visitors

Appeals >> Student Visitors

Student visitors Appeals This page explains whether you can appeal if you are refused permission to enter the United Kingdom as a student visitor. If we refuse your application, the entry clearance officer or the immigration officer will tell you and you will be given a detailed written refusal notice. This will tell you if and how you can appeal.

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Appeals for extension, switching and settlement applications

Appeals for 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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Appendix 1 – Visa requirements for the United Kingdom

Appendix 1 – Visa requirements for the United Kingdom

1. Subject to paragraph 2 below, the following persons need a visa for the United Kingdom: (a) Nationals or citizens of the following countries or territorial entities: AfghanistanAlbaniaAlgeriaAngolaArmeniaAzerbaijanBahrainBangladeshBelarusBeninBhutanBoliviaBosnia HerzegovinaBurkina FasoBurmaBurundiCambodiaCameroonCape VerdeCentral African RepublicChadPeople’s Republic of China (except those referred to in sub-paragraphs 2(d) and (e) of this Appendix)ColombiaComorosCongoCubaDemocratic Republic of the CongoDjiboutiDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEquatorial GuineaEritreaEthiopiaFijiGabonGambiaGeorgiaGhanaGuineaGuinea BissauGuyanaHaitiIndiaIndonesiaIranIraqIvory CoastJamaicaJordanKazakhstanKenyaKorea (North)KuwaitKyrgyzstanLaosLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyaMacedoniaMadagascarMalawiMaliMauritaniaMoldovaMongoliaMoroccoMozambiqueNepalNigerNigeriaOman (except those referred to in sub-paragraph 2(j) of this Appendix)PakistanPeruPhilippinesQatar (except those referred to in sub-paragraph 2(k) of…

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Application fee for a sponsor licence

Application fee for a sponsor licence

This page explains the application fee that you must pay if you want to apply for a sponsor licence under the points-based system, or if you want to extend your licence across more tiers. If you pay the incorrect fee, we will reject your application and you will need to make a new application; this will involve completing another online application form. If we have any doubts about whether your organisation meets the criteria for…

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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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Apply for a licence online

Apply for a licence online

This page explains what information you need for all the questions in the sponsor application online to get a licence to sponsor migrants under the points-based system. What else you must do when applying Before you fill in the sponsor application online you must read the Eligibility section,which tells you who can apply. You can only apply for a licence online. You will need to pay the appropriate application fee when you apply. If your…

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Applying

Applying

Child students Applying This section explains how you should apply for or extend a student visa, how to fill in the application form and what you must provide with it, and when and where to apply. You can apply for a student visa from inside the United Kingdom if you are currently here as a prospective student or as a student under the immigration rules that were in place before 31 March 2009. If you…

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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 as a husband, wife or civil partner from inside the UK

Applying 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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Applying as an unmarried/same-sex partner from inside the UK

Applying 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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Applying as an unmarried/same-sex partner from outside the UK

Applying as an unmarried/same-sex partner from outside the UK

Unmarried/same-sex partners This page explains how you can apply to come to the UK as the unmarried/same-sex of someone who is permanent resident in this country. Before you travel here, you must obtain permission to enter the UK (known as ‘entry clearance’). This permission will take the form of a visa or an entry clearance certificate. To obtain this permission, you should apply to the British diplomatic post in the country where you live. For…

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Applying for a licence

Applying for a licence

How do I sponsor a migrant? Applying for a licence The application process The type of organisation you are registering as What roles you need to allocate Your staff’s convictions and penalties How to apply for a licence online How to withdraw your application How to reapply after we have refused your application This section explains how your organisation should for apply for a licence to be on the register of sponsors for the points-based…

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Applying for a Replacement BRP visa

Applying for a Replacement BRP visa

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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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 visa

Applying for a visa

This page explains how you can apply for a visa to come to the UK. First, you should read the web pages for your chosen immigration category, in the Visas and immigration section. These pages explain the requirements for the category, and the documents you should provide with your application. They also contain the application form that you should use. If you do not know which immigration category is suitable for you, use the Do…

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Applying for a visa as a domestic worker

Applying for a 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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Applying for a visa as the child of a British citizen or settled person

Applying for a visa as the child of a British citizen or settled person

This page explains how you can apply for a visa to come and settle in the UK if you are the child of a British citizen or someone who is settled here. The Children of British citizens and settled people page describes the requirements that you must meet when you apply. Depending on the country where you live, you may need to make your application online or using application form VAF4A. To find out which…

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Applying for a visa as the unmarriedfrom outside the UK

Applying for a visa as the unmarriedfrom outside the UK

This page explains how you can apply for a visa as the unmarried or same-sex 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 mustobtain a visa before you travel here in this category. Depending on the country where you live, you may need to make your application onlineor using application form VAF4A. To find out…

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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 (Intra company transfer)

Applying for settlement under Tier 2 (Intra company transfer)

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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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 extend your stay >> Extending Your Stay

Applying to extend your stay >> Extending Your Stay

Retired people This page explains how you can apply to extend your stay in the UK if you are already here as a retired person of independent means. You should apply using application form FLR(BUS), You can download application form FLR(BUS) 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 fee when you make your…

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Applying to Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) from inside the UK

Applying to Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) 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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Applying to Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) from outside the UK

Applying to Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) 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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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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Applying under European law

Applying under European law

This section explains how you and your family members can apply for a registration certificate, a residence card, a family member residence stamp or confirmation of permanent residence in the UK if you are a national of a country in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland. The Making your application page contains more information about the application process. It also explains how you can ask us to return your passport if you need it…

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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 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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Arriving at the UK border

Arriving at the UK border

This page explains what you can expect when you arrive at the UK border. UK Border Agency officers scan passports and cross-check passenger details to make sure only those people who have the right to enter the UK are allowed to do so. They will refuse entry to those who don’t. The officer will need to check your passport or other travel document even if you hold a UK passport or one issued by another…

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Arriving at the UK border >> Travelling To The Uk

Arriving at the UK border >> Travelling To The Uk

This page explains what you can expect when you arrive at the UK border. UK Border Agency officers scan passports and cross-check passenger details to make sure only those people who have the right to enter the UK are allowed to do so. They will refuse entry to those who don’t. The officer will need to check your passport or other travel document even if you hold a UK passport or one issued by another…

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Assessing migrants points

Assessing migrants points

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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At Customs if you are not a citizen of the EU, EEA or Switzerland

At Customs if you are not a citizen of the EU, EEA or Switzerland

This page explains the extra requirements that you must meet when you arrive at the UK border if you do not hold a passport issued by the UK, another country in the European Union(EU) or European Economic Area(EEA), or Switzerland. See Arriving at the UK border for information about what all passengers must do. A Border officer will scan your passport and check your landing card (see below) and details to make sure you have…

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Au pairs

Authorising officer

Authorising officer

How do I sponsor a migrant? Authorising officer Roles to allocate This page explains the role of the authorising officer of a licensed sponsor under the point-based system. On this page Who the authorising officer should be Who cannot be an authorising officer The role of the authorising officer Who the authorising officer should be All sponsors applying for a licence must appoint an authorising officer. You can only have one authorising officer.You are held…

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B-rated sponsors with sponsorship action plans

B-rated sponsors with sponsorship action plans

How do I sponsor a migrant? B-rated sponsors with sponsorship action plans This page explains how we deal with B-rated sponsors under the points based system. It also explains the sponsorship action plans that we draw up to help you comply with your sponsorship duties and obtain an A-rating under the points-based system. On this page Sponsorship action plans How the sponsorship action plan is created How long the sponsorship action plan lasts The maximum…

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Banned and restricted goods

Banned and restricted goods

This section explains which goods are restricted or banned completely from entering the UK. Certain goods are prohibited or restricted in the UK to protect citizens safety, health and the environment. These rules apply to all travellers, whether you are travelling from within or outside the European Union. Prohibited goods are banned completely in the UK. Restricted goods cannot be imported into the UK without appropriate legal documents, such as a licence. You can find…

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Before you arrive

Before you arrive

This page explains what you need to do before you visit a public enquiry office in the UK to use the UK Border Agency’s premium service. They might not consider your application if you do not follow the guidance on this page. Before you book an appointment, you should ensure that your application can be considered at a public enquiry office. See the Types of application page. The process at the public enquiry office normally…

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Before you travel

Before you travel

This section explains: whether you need entry clearance (a visa) before you travel to the UK and how to apply for one; and why the UK Border Agency collects information on passengers before they travel to or from the UK. Entry clearance to the United Kingdom This page explains the different types of entry clearance (visa), whether you need one, and how to apply for one. Advance information on passengers This page explains why UKBA…

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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 us….

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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 us. Your biometric residence permit will be evidence of your permission to stay in the UK, and will show any…

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Biometric information requirement Tier 4 (Child)

Biometric information requirement Tier 4 (Child)

As part of your application to the Tier 4 (Child) student visa, you must obtain a biometric residence permit from the UK Border Agency. Your fingerprints and facial image (known as ‘biometric information’) will be stored on the permit, so you must enrol this information with us. Your biometric residence permit will be evidence of your permission to stay in the UK, and will show any conditions of your stay. You will be able to…

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Biometric residence permit holders responsibilities

Biometric residence permit holders responsibilities

This page explains your responsibilities as the holder of a biometric residence permit (formerly known as an identity card for foreign nationals). More information What must you do when you receive your biometric residence permit? When you receive your permit, you are advised to make a photocopy of the front and back of it, in case it is lost or stolen. If you want to make another application in the future, you will need to…

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Booking an appointment for UKBAs premium service

Booking an appointment for UKBAs 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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Booking an appointment using Visa4UK

Booking 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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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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British citizenship: Cost of applying

British citizenship: Cost of applying

This page provides details of the application fee that you must pay when applying for British citizenship or right of abode. You must pay the full fee when you make your application. The fee will depend on the type of application that you are making. Our fees leaflet lists our fees for citizenship and right-of-abode applications, and a payment slip which you should send with your application form and fee. You can find the fees…

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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 and Commercial work permit arrangements

Business and Commercial work permit arrangements

This page explains what a Business and Commercial work permit is, and how you can apply for one in order to employ a Bulgarian or Romanian worker. This category was closed on 27 November 2008 for workers from outside the European Economic Area. The Business and Commercial arrangements allow UK employers to employ people from Bulgaria and Romania to fill a vacancy that might otherwise be filled by a resident worker. A Business and Commercial…

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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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Business visitors immigration category

Business visitors immigration category

This section describes the immigration category of general visitor, and explains who can come to the UK as a general visitor. The information here is based on paragraphs 46G-46L of the Immigration Rules. The business visitor category is for people who want to come and do business in the UK for a short time. This includes academic visitors, visiting professors, overseas news media representatives and film crews on location. However, you may need to apply…

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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 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 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 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 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 accommodation if I apply for asylum in the UK?

Can I get accommodation if I apply for asylum in the UK?

If you are homeless or without money to buy food (known as ‘destitute’) you may qualify for housing provided by UKBA. If you do, they will give you somewhere to live in a place where suitable housing is available. You will not be able to choose where this is. They will provide transport to take you there. UKBA provide housing in the following regions of the United Kingdom: north west; midlands; north east; Wales; and…

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Can I get an administrative review for unsuccessful visa application?

Can I get an administrative review for 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 get legal advice when applying for asylum?

Can I get legal advice when applying for asylum?

A legal representative is someone who can advise you on the laws that apply to your application for asylum, and help you to deal with the UK Border Agency. If you want to employ a legal representative, you should make sure you use either a solicitor (a qualified lawyer who is a member of the Law Society) or an adviser who is officially regulated by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC). This will…

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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 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 receive healthcare support when claiming asylum?

Can I receive healthcare support when claiming asylum?

This page explains the free healthcare that is available to you while UK Border Agency is considering your application for asylum. While you are waiting for your asylum decision, you and your dependants can receive healthcare from the National Health Service (often known as the NHS). This includes seeing a doctor or having hospital care free of charge. You can register with a doctor who practises in your area (known as a GP, or general…

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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 a person under 18 as a British citizen or for another form of nationality? >> Eligibility

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 the UK Border Agency 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…

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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 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 work while I claim asylum?

Can I work while I claim asylum?

You will not normally be allowed to work while UK Border Agency considers your asylum application, except in very limited circumstances. This page explains what those circumstances are. The majority of asylum applicants are not permitted to work while UKBA considers their application. This is because entering the country for economic reasons is not the same as seeking asylum, and it is important to maintain a distinction between the two. However, if you have waited…

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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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Can you live and work in the UK?

Can you live and work in the UK?

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 you stay if your husband, wife, civil partner or other partner has died?

Can you stay if your 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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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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Checking identity cards for foreign nationals

Checking identity cards for foreign nationals

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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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 >> 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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Child visitors immigration category

Child visitors immigration category

This section describes the immigration category of child visitor. The information here is based on paragraphs 46A-46F of the Immigration Rules. The child visitor category is for children aged under 18 years old who want to come to the UK for up to 6 months (or up to 12 months if they are accompanying an academic visitor). This includes children who want to study in the UK for up to 6 months. If a child…

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Children of British citizens and settled people

Children of British citizens and settled people

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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Citizenship ceremonies

Citizenship ceremonies

This page provides details of the citizenship ceremony that all adults wishing to become British citizens in the United Kingdom are required to attend. Ceremonies in the United Kingdom are conducted on the UK Border Agency’s behalf by registrars in local areas. If you are abroad, the ceremony will be conducted by the diplomatic post in the country where you live. If you are registering to become a British overseas territories citizen, a British Overseas…

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Clinical attachments and dental observer posts

Co-operating with us

Co-operating with us

How do I sponsor a migrant? Co-operating with us This page explains the rules you must follow to co-operate with us as a sponsor under the points-based system. You must co-operate with us as follows: allow our staff access to any of your premises on demand. Visits may be either prearranged or unannounced; stick to any sponsorship action plan set by us; look to minimise the risk of immigration abuse by complying with any good…

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Codes of practice for sponsored skilled workers

Codes of practice for sponsored skilled workers

How do I sponsor a migrant? Codes of practice for sponsored skilled workers This page explains the codes of practice that you must use under tiers 2 and 5 of the points-based system. If you want to employ a migrant to do a job, you must use these codes to check the skill level and appropriate rate for that job, and to find out where you should advertise the job. On this page Sponsoring skilled…

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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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Commonwealth citizens with the right of abode

Commonwealth citizens with the right of abode

This page explains which Commonwealth citizens have the right of abode in the UK. For an explanation of right of abode, see the Right of abode page. If you are not a British citizen, you may still have the right of abode if, on 31 December 1982, you were: a Commonwealth citizen with a parent who, at the time of your birth or legal adoption, was a citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies because…

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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 ECAA 4

Completing application form ECAA 4

How to apply This page explains how you should complete application form ECAA 4 to apply for permission to settle in the UK (known as ‘indefinite leave to remain‘). You can download the form from the right side of this page. Can I apply using this form? You should use form ECAA 4 if you want to settle here as a Bulgarian or Romanian citizen who came here to establish yourself in business under the…

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Completing application form ELR

Completing application form ELR

How to apply This page contains general guidance on using application form ELR to apply for permission to settle in the UK (also known as ‘indefinite leave to remain‘). You should also read the detailed Guide ELR before completing the form. You can download the form and the guide from the right side of this page. Can I apply using this form? You should use form ELR to apply for settlement if: you were refused…

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Completing application form HPDL

Completing application form HPDL

The DL form is an official application form issued by the UK Visas and Immigration agency. It is an application form used by individuals from outside the European Union who wish to apply for Discretionary Leave to Remain in the UK. Discretionary leave to remain is a form of immigration status that is afforded to someone who has previously applied for asylum in the UK. Discretionary leave is an alternative to other immigration statuses such…

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Completing application form SET(BUS)

Completing application form SET(BUS)

This page contains general guidance on using application form SET(BUS) to apply for permission to settle in the UK (also known as ‘indefinite leave to remain’). You should also read the detailed Guide SET(BUS) 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. You can download the form and guide…

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Completing application form SET(DV)

Completing 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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Completing application form SET(F)

Completing 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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Completing application form SET(M)

Completing 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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Completing application form SET(O)

Completing application form SET(O)

How to apply This page contains general guidance on using application form SET(O) to apply for permission to settle in the UK (also known as ‘indefinite leave to remain‘). You should also read the detailed Guide SET(O) 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. You can download the…

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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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Contract seaman employed on a fishing vessel operating in UK territorial waters

Contract seaman employed on a fishing vessel operating in UK territorial waters

Other categories Eligibility How to apply This page explains how contract seamen employed on fishing vessels operating in UK territorial waters are affected by UK immigration law, and describes how they can apply to us for permission to enter or stay and work here. Employment within UK territorial waters (within the 12-mile limit) is subject to immigration control. If you are a national of a country outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland, and…

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Cost

Cost

Highly skilled workers Cost This section explains what fee you must pay to apply under the highly skilled worker category (Tier 1 General) of the points-based system to work in the United Kingdom. If you are applying from inside the United Kingdom If you are applying from outside the United Kingdom

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Cost of a certificate of sponsorship

Cost of a certificate of sponsorship

How do I sponsor a migrant? Cost of a certificate of sponsorship This page explains the fee you must pay when you assign a certificate of sponsorship under tier 2 or 5 of the points-based system. You must pay for a certificate of sponsorship even if the migrant does not use it. This is because you must issue a certificate to the migrant before they can apply to enter or remain in the United Kingdom….

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Cost of a confirmation of acceptance for studies

Cost of a confirmation of acceptance for studies

How do I sponsor a migrant? Cost of a confirmation of acceptance for studies This page sets out the fee you must pay when you issue a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) under Tier 4 of the points-based system. You must pay us a fee of 10 for each CAS that you issue. You will pay this fee even if the migrant does not use the CAS to apply to us for permission to…

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Cost of a licence

Cost of a licence

How do I sponsor a migrant? Cost of a licence This page explains the fees you must pay in order to join the register of sponsors. The fee you must pay will depend on whether this is your first application or if you are applying to add more tiers. On this page If you are registering for the first time If you are already registered or have an application pending and are applying to add…

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Cost of applying for Home Office travel document

Cost of applying for Home Office travel document

This page explains the cost of applying for a Home Office travel document and how you can pay it. You must send us the fee when you make your application. We will not refund your fee if we refuse your application or you withdraw it, so you should ensure you qualify for the travel document you are applying for and have enclosed all the evidence we require. Convention travel document Adult: £77.50Child: £49 Stateless persons’…

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Customs

Customs

This section explains the restrictions on what you can bring into the UK, and how to go through customs controls. If you are planning to travel into or out of the UK, there are rules about what goods you can bring with you without paying duty or value added tax (VAT) here. Some items are also banned or restricted by law. These restrictions apply even if you are a UK citizen who is returning from…

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Customs and travel information

Customs and travel information

This section tells you what you can expect when you travel across the UK border, and what you must do if you want to travel to, from or through the UK. The information here is for all travellers, including UK passport holders, residents and short-term visitors and tells you what you can expect when you travel across the UK border, and what you must do if you want to travel to, from or through the…

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Customs and travel information >> Application Process

Customs and travel information >> Application Process

This section tells you what you can expect when you travel across the UK border, and what you must do if you want to travel to, from or through the UK. The information here is for all travellers, including UK passport holders, residents and short-term visitors. We are responsible for protecting the UK border so that authorised travellers and legitimate goods can pass freely. We do this through the work of our visa staff overseas,…

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Date of award of qualification

Date of award of qualification

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 245V…

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Demonstrating your knowledge of language and life in the UK

Demonstrating your knowledge of language and life in the UK

This page explains how you can demonstrate that you have a good knowledge of language and life in the UK, in order to apply for settlement (also known as ‘indefinite leave to remain’) here. 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…

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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 Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) application form

Dependants of Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) application form

If you want to apply as a dependant of a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa holder, you’ll have to fill in the relevant application form. This page explains how to fill in that form. The information below tells you which sections are relevant and gives a brief guide to the information required in the entrepreneur category dependant application form. Section A – payment details Page 1 of the application form contains the payment details. Section B…

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Dependants of Tier 2 (General): Working and conditions

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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Discretion on absences from the UK during the residential qualifying period

Discretion on absences from the UK during the residential qualifying period

This page explains how the UK Border Agency can use their discretion when considering applications for naturalisation from applicants who have been absent from the UK during their residential qualifying period. UKBA normally disregards absences of up to 300 days. If you have been absent for between 301 and 540 days, UKBA will disregard this if you meet all the other requirements and have established your home, family and a large part of your estate…

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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 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 mothers and children receive extra support when claiming asylum?

Do mothers and children receive extra support when claiming asylum?

This page explains how much extra money is available to asylum applicants who qualify for help with living costs and who are pregnant or have children under the age of three. For information on who can receive help with living costs and how it is paid, see Cash support. If you are a woman who is pregnant or with children under three, you can receive extra money to help you buy healthy food. A baby…

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Do you need a visa to transit airside?

Do you 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 you need a visa to transit landside?

Do you 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 you need a visa?

Do you need a visa?

This questionnaire will help you to decide whether you need to obtain a visa before you travel to the UK. It also contains guidance on the type of visa that you might need. The questionnaire is for all foreign nationals who want to come to or transit the UK. (‘Transit’ means to pass through the UK on your way to another country without staying here.) If you want to travel to some Commonwealth countries and…

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Documents required by dependants of Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa holders

Documents required by dependants of Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa holders

This page explains what documentary proof dependants (spouses or civil partners, migrant’s unmarried or same sex partner or migrant’s child) must provide of their available maintenance (funds) to support an application for leave to remain as the dependant of someone who is here under the entrepreneur category (Tier 1 Entrepreneur) of the points-based system to work in business in the United Kingdom. Full details of these requirements are in the immigration rules at paragraph 319…

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Documents required for naturalisation applications

Documents required for naturalisation applications

Naturalisation is the process of gaining citizenship and a passport for an adopted country different to the one where you were born or where you current have citizen status. British citizenship is one of around six different types of British nationality statuses available. Examples of these include: British citizenship British overseas citizenship British overseas territories citizenship British national (overseas) British protected person British subject British overseas citizenship This is available to anyone who was a…

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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 accompany Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) applications

Documents to accompany Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) applications

This section describes the documents that you must send us as evidence when you apply to enter or remain in the UK under Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) of the points-based system. When you make your application, you must provide all the necessary documents with your application form. The UK Border Agency will only contact you to ask you missing documents if you have submitted: a sequence of documents, and some of the documents in the sequence…

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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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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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Domestic workers: Can you apply?

Domestic workers: Can you apply?

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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Downgrading sponsors from an A to a B rating

Downgrading sponsors from an A to a B rating

How do I sponsor a migrant? Downgrading sponsors from an A to a B rating This page explains how we can downgrade you to a B-rated sponsor on the register of sponsors under the points-based system. On this page Tackling non-compliance Reasons for downgrading a sponsor Tackling non-compliance We know that most sponsors who employ or teach migrant workers or students are honest and will comply with their duties. However, we have a duty to…

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Driving in the UK for migrants

Driving in the UK for migrants

This page explains some laws that apply to driving a vehicle in the UK. For more detailed information, see the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) website. If you have a foreign driving licence, you must ask the police or the DVLA whether it is valid in the UK. You must have a valid licence which covers you for the type of vehicle you want to drive. You must have car insurance, or you will…

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Education available to migrants

Education available to migrants

This page explains what education is available to you and your children while you are living in the UK, and your responsibility to ensure that your children receive full-time education while they are of compulsory education age. It is compulsory for children to have full-time education between the ages of 5 and 16. This is usually at school. A child must start education in the term after their 5th birthday, and must continue it until…

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Education providers – enrolling foreign students

Education providers – enrolling foreign students

This section explains how education providers in the UK can enrol foreign students on courses of study. There are new arrangements for Tier 4 sponsors who were granted their sponsor licence between 16 December 2010 and 28 February 2011, and were allocated zero confirmations of acceptance for studies (CAS) under the Tier 4 interim limit. Nationals of countries in the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland can study in the UK without any restrictions. Nationals…

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EEA family permits

EEA family permits

Below you will find information on EEA family permits, including: what an EEA family permit is, whether you need an EEA family permit and how to apply for an EEA family permit if one is needed.  What is an EEA family permit?  An EEA family permit is a document is for nationals that live outside the European Economic Area (EEA) but have a family member living inside the EEA who is not UK citizen. The…

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Elderly and other dependent relatives

Elderly and other dependent relatives

This page explains how you can come to live permanently in the UK as an adult dependent relative of someone who is already a permanent resident here. You can apply for permission to settle permanently here (known as ‘indefinite leave to enter or remain’) if you are: aged 18 or over; and a parent, grandparent, brother, sister, son or daughter of a British citizen or person settled in the UK. Can you apply? You can…

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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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Employers and education providers

Employers and education providers

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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Employing migrants under Tier 2 (General)

Employing migrants under Tier 2 (General)

This page explains what your sponsor must do before it can employ you to work in the UK under Tier 2 (General) of the points-based system. A sponsor can employ a migrant to do a job on the shortage occupation list, or to do any other job for which it has complied with the resident labour market test. Jobs on the shortage occupation list You can find the shortage occupation list here. The list has…

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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

English language

Tier 2 (General) English language Points assessment This page explains the points we award for English language skills under the skilled worker category (Tier 2 General) of the points-based system to work in the United Kingdom. You must have a minimum level of English language and score 10 points in this section, or your application will be refused. Full details of these requirements are in the immigration rules at paragraph 245ZB – 245ZH of part…

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English language requirement for fianc (e)s and proposed partners

English language requirement for fianc (e)s and proposed partners

This page describes the English language requirement for non-European migrants who are applying to enter or remain in the UK as the fianc (e)s or proposed civil partners of British citizens and people settled here. All applicants must meet this requirement, unless they are exempt (see below). The requirement was introduced on 29 November 2010. You will meet the requirement if you can show that you: are a national of a majority English-speaking country; or…

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English language requirement for partners of British citizens

English language requirement for partners of British citizens

If you are a non-European national and you plan to live in the UK as the husband, wife or civil partner of a British citizen, or other person settled in the UK, you’ll need to prove you have a certain level of English language ability. This page describes the requirements. Applicants for visas and permission to remain in the UK (known as ‘leave to remain’) must meet this requirement, unless they are exempt (see below)….

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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 – partners of British citizens

Enrolling your biometric information – partners of British citizens

When applying for permission to remain in the UK as the husband, wife or civil partner of a British citizen or a person present and settled here, you must enrol your biometric information. This page explains what biometric information is, and how you can enrol your biometric information when you apply from inside the UK. As part of your application, you must obtain a biometric residence permit. This will be evidence of your permission to…

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Entering the UK

Entering the UK

This section explains: what happens when you arrive at our border; how to use IRIS to enter the UK quickly; and what happens if you are refused permission to enter and whether you can appeal. Arriving at the UK border This page explains what to expect when you arrive at our border. Using the e-passport gates This page explains how passengers can use the e-passport gates to enter the UK quickly through automated barriers at…

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Entertainer visitors immigration category

Entertainer visitors immigration category

This section describes the immigration category of entertainer visitor, and explains who can come to the UK as a entertainer visitor. The information here is based on paragraphs 46S-46X of the Immigration Rules. If you want to visit the UK for a short time to take part in some major arts festivals, music competitions and charity events, you may be able to come here as an entertainer visitor. Can you come to the UK as…

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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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ESOL course in English with citizenship

ESOL course in English with citizenship

This page explains how you can take and pass an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) course in English with citizenship to demonstrate your knowledge of language and life in the UK, before you apply for naturalisation as a British citizen. If your English skills are below ESOL Entry 3 level (or Intermediate 1 level in Scotland), you must take this course and obtain a relevant qualification before you apply. (If your English skills…

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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 access to investment funds

Evidence of access to investment funds

This page describes the documents that you must provide as evidence that you have enough funds available for your initial application under Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) of the points-based system. For more information about this requirement, see the Scoring points for access to investment funds page. Letter from each financial institution You must provide a letter from each financial institution holding your funds, to confirm the amount of money available to you (or to you and…

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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 being registered as a director or as self-employed

Evidence of being registered as a director or as self-employed

This page describes the documents that you must provide as evidence that you are registered as a director or as self-employed, if you are applying to extend your permission to stay in the UK under Tier 1 (Entrepreneur). Changes to Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) extensions from Business Persons and Innovators From 6 April 2012 we will no longer keep applications open from Business Persons or Innovators making extension applications to the Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) route while…

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Evidence of investment in UK business

Evidence of investment in UK business

This page describes the documents that you must provide as evidence that you have invested in UK business, if you are applying to extend your permission to stay in the UK under Tier 1 (Entrepreneur). For more information about this requirement, see the Scoring points for investment in UK business page. You must send as many of the specified documents below as necessary. If you are claiming points on the basis that you have invested…

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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 of Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) applicants maintenance

Evidence of Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) applicants maintenance

This page describes the documents that you must provide to meet the maintenance requirement if you are applying under Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) of the points-based system. Increased funds required for Tier 1 applications from 14 June 2012 On 15 March 2012, a written ministerial statement was laid in Parliament outlining a number of changes to the Immigration Rules. From 14 June 2012, the personal savings you must have to support your application will increase. If…

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Evidence of your English language ability – fianc (e)s and proposed partners

Evidence of your English language ability – fianc (e)s and proposed partners

If you are applying as the fianc (e) or prospective civil partner of a British citizen or someone who is settled here you must provide evidence of your English language ability. This page outlines the documents you must provide to do so. This information is based on Part 8 of the Immigration Rules. For details of the English language requirement, see the English language requirement page. National of a majority English-speaking country All applicants must…

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Evidence that you are engaged in business activity

Evidence that you are engaged in business activity

This page describes the documents that you must provide as evidence that you are engaged in business activity in the UK, if you want to extend your permission to stay in the UK under Tier 1 (Entrepreneur). For more information about this requirement, see the Scoring points for being engaged in business activity page. You must provide 1 or more pieces of evidence listed below, depending on your circumstances. If you are self-employed If you…

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Evidence that you have created new employment

Evidence that you have created new employment

This page describes the documents that you must provide as evidence that you have created new jobs, if you want to extend your permission to stay in the UK under Tier 1 (Entrepreneur). For more information about this requirement, see the Scoring points for creating new jobs page. You may use evidence from your activities as a self-employed entrepreneur, or as a director, or from both roles. You must prove that you have created 2…

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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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