UK Border Agency | Your education provider >> Eligibility For An Adult Student Visa

UK Border Agency | Your education provider >> Eligibility For An Adult Student Visa

This page explains the types of course that you can study as an adult student under Tier 4 (General). You must study a course at an acceptable level, and there are additional requirements for certain types of course. You may be able to do a work placement as part of your course, and a short preparatory course (known as a ‘pre-sessional course’) – if you need one – before you begin your main course. As…

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UK Border Agency | Your course of study >> Eligibility For An Child Student Visa

UK Border Agency | Your course of study >> Eligibility For An Child Student Visa

This page explains the types of course that you can study as a child student under Tier 4 of our points-based system. You must study a course at an acceptable level, and you should check to see what the requirements are for each type of course are. You can do a short preparatory course if you need one before starting your main course of study. If you are 16 or 17, you can do a…

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UK Border Agency | Documents required >> Turkish Workers

UK Border Agency | Documents required >> Turkish Workers

This page describes the documents that you must send us to support your application as a dependant of a Turkish ECAA businessperson or employed person. When you have gathered your documents, the Applyingpage explain how to make an application if you are using application form ECAA 3. You should provide evidence that: you are the husband, wife, civil partner, unmarried partner, same-sex partner or child of a person with valid permission to stay under the…

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UK Border Agency | English language >> Tier 2 Sports People

UK Border Agency | English language >> Tier 2 Sports People

This page explains how you can score points for your English language ability when you apply under Tier 2 (Sportsperson) of the points-based system. You must read the Tier 2 policy guidance before you apply. You can download the guidance from theright side of this page. The guidance is based on Part 6A of the Immigration Rules. You must score 10 pointsfor English language. You can score points if you: are a national of a…

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UK Border Agency | Maintenance (funds) >> Creative And Sporting Workers

UK Border Agency | Maintenance (funds) >> Creative And Sporting Workers

This page explains what proof of maintenance (funds) you must send to support your application to the creative and sporting category of tier 5 of the points-based system to work in the UK. Increased funds required for Tier 5 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 (6 April 2012 for the Youth…

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UK Border Agency | Certificate of sponsorship >> Creative And Sporting Workers

UK Border Agency | Certificate of sponsorship >> Creative And Sporting Workers

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 UK. On this page The points awarded for sponsorship Sportspeople certificates of sponsorship Creative workers certificates of sponsorship If you have multiple engagements or performances Group certificates of sponsorship Full details of all requirements are in the immigration rules at paragraphs 245ZM- 245ZR of part 6 which…

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UK Border Agency | Maintenance (funds) >> International Agreement Category

UK Border Agency | Maintenance (funds) >> International Agreement Category

This page explains the points we award under the international agreement category of tier 5 of the points-based system for the maintenance (funds) you have available when you apply. On this page What is maintenance (funds)? The points awarded for maintenance (funds) How we assess maintenance (funds) Full details of these requirements are in paragraphs 8 and 9 of Appendix C in the immigration rules, which you can find on the right side of this…

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UK Border Agency | Documents required >> International Agreement Category

UK Border Agency | Documents required >> International Agreement Category

This section explains the documents you should send with your application under the international agreement category (Tier 5 Temporary Worker) under the points-based system to work in the UK. In this section: What documents you must send Photographs and passports Maintenance (funds) You do not need to send any evidence of sponsorship as your sponsorship is confirmed in your certificate of sponsorship, and you must give your reference number when you apply. This content is…

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UK Border Agency | Working and conditions >> Charity Workers

UK Border Agency | Working and conditions >> Charity Workers

This page explains what additional work you can do under tier 5 of the points-based system in the UK, and how you change or finish your job. When you can come You can enter the UK up to 14 days before you start your job. The start date of your job is the one given by your sponsor in your certificate of sponsorship. Conditions of your stay Permission to stay in the UK is given…

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UK Border Agency | Maintenance (funds) >> Charity Workers

UK Border Agency | Maintenance (funds) >> Charity Workers

This page explains the points we award under the charity worker category of tier 5 of the points-based system for the maintenance (funds) you have available when you apply. On this page What is maintenance (funds)? The points awarded for maintenance (funds) How we assess maintenance (funds) Full details of these requirements are in paragraphs 8 and 9 of Appendix C in the immigration rules, which you can find on the right side of this…

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UK Border Agency | Certificate of sponsorship >> Charity Workers

UK Border Agency | Certificate of sponsorship >> Charity Workers

This page explains the points we award for sponsorship under the charity worker category (Tier 5 Temporary Worker) of the points-based system to work in the UK. On this page The points awarded for sponsorship Charity worker certificates of sponsorship Full details of all requirements are in the immigration rules at paragraphs 245ZMto 245ZR of part 6 which you can find on the right of this page. You must read the policy guidance before you…

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Where can I get help with my immigration application?

Where can I get help with my immigration application?

If you are making an application or appeal, and you do not have enough money to pay for a lawyer, you should be able to get specialist help or advice free through the Community Legal Service.  You can contact Community Legal Advice on their online secure messaging service or by telephone: 0845 345 4 345 or minicom: 0845 609 6677, Monday to Friday 9am to 8pm and Saturday 9am to 12:30pm. It is against the…

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If your husband, wife, civil partner or other partner has died

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 of a person present and settled here who has died; or you currently…

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General visa information

General visa information

This page describes the different types of ‘entry clearance’, including visas, and explains who needs to apply for entry clearance before travelling to the UK. There are 4 types of entry clearance that can give someone permission to travel to or enter the UK: A visa is for nationals of the countries or territories listed in Appendix 1 of the Immigration Rules (known as ‘visa nationals‘) – see ‘More information’ below. An entry certificate is…

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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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Terms used in immigration and nationality matters

Terms used in immigration and nationality matters

These words are commonly used in matters concerning immigration and nationality.   Au pair A young person who is a citizen of a European country and who can come to the UK to live with an English-speaking family for up to two years.  Common travel area The UK with the Isle of Man, the Channel Islands and the Republic of Ireland. Each of these has its own immigration controls, but you can travel between them…

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UK Border Agency | Fiance(e) or proposed civil partner of a British citizen or settled person

UK Border Agency | Fiance(e) or proposed civil partner of a British citizen or settled person

This section explains whether and how you can come to the UK if you are the fiance(e) or proposed civil partner of a British citizen or a person settled here. The information in this section is based on Part 8 of the Immigration Rules. This immigration category allows you to enter the UK if you are subject to immigration control and you are the fiance(e) or proposed civil partner of a British citizen or a…

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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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UK Border Agency | Demonstrating your knowledge of language and life in the UK

UK Border Agency | 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 as the husband, wife or civil partner of a British citizen or someone present and settled here. There are 2 ways to demonstrate your knowledge of language and life (KOL) in the UK: If you are an English speaker (see below), you must pass the ‘Life in the UK…

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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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Immigration and Nationality: Further help

Immigration and Nationality: Further help

The Immigration Law Practitioners Association (ILPA) phone:020 7251 8383 The Home Office For more information about immigration rules: phone:0870 606 7766 For information about the test for British citizenship Immigration Advisory Service (IAS) The Immigration Advisory Service has offices throughout the UK, which are listed on its website. phone: (head office) 020 7967 1200 The UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group The Law Society Represents solicitors in the UK and has an accreditation scheme for…

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UK Border Agency | Unmarried or same-sex partner of a British citizen or settled person >> Marriage Visas

UK Border Agency | Unmarried or same-sex partner of a British citizen or settled person >> Marriage Visas

This section explains whether and how you can come to or remain in the UK if you are the unmarried or same-sex partner of a British citizen or a person who is settled here. The information in this section is based on Part 8 of the Immigration Rules. If you are subject to immigration control and you are the unmarried or same-sex partner of a British citizen or person who is settled here, this category…

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How is entry to the UK controlled?

How is entry to the UK controlled?

There are four situations in which you may need to show that you are allowedto come to or stay in the UK. They are: at a British embassy or other consular post overseas, when you apply for a visa (or other kind of entry clearance); at a British airport or seaport when you arrive in the UK, or when you are getting on a Channel Tunnel train; at the Home Office after you have arrived…

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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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Family of British citizens and settled persons

Family of British citizens and settled persons

These pages explain how you can apply to enter or remain in the UK if you are the partner, dependent child or adult dependent relative of a British citizen, a person who is settled, has refugee leave or humanitarian protection here. Partners Find out how to apply for a visa or permission to remain in the UK with your partner. A partner includes husband, wife, civil partner, unmarried or same-sex partner. Fiance(e)s and proposed civil…

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UK Border Agency | Husband, wife or civil partner of a British citizen or settled person

UK Border Agency | Husband, wife or civil partner of a British citizen or settled person

This section explains whether and how you can come to or remain in the UK if you are the husband, wife or civil partner of a British citizen or a person who is settled here. The information in this section is based on Part 8 of the Immigration Rules. To find out whether you can make an initial application as a husband, wife or civil partner, read the Can you apply?pages. If you meet these…

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What sort of permission do I need to come to the UK?

What sort of permission do I need to come to the UK?

The type of permission (‘entry clearance’ or ‘visa’) that you need to come to the UK depends on: your nationality; why you are coming to the UK; and whether you are visiting or want to settle here. If you already have permission to stay for a limited time, you have a right to travel from and to the UK as long as you go back to your home country or apply to the Home Office…

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Fiance(e)s and proposed civil partners

Fiance(e)s and proposed civil partners

This section explains whether and how you can come to the UK if you are the fianc (e) or proposed civil partner of a British citizen or a person settled here. If you made an application to enter the UK on or before 8 July 2012 please see the Fianc (e) or proposed civil partner who applied on or before 8 July 2012 pages. The information in this section is based on Appendix FM of…

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How to apply for an EEA family permit

How to apply for an EEA family permit

This page explains how a national of a country outside the European Economic Area (EEA) can apply for an EEA family permit to come to the UK. For more information about EEA family permits and who should apply for them, see the EEA family permits page. There is no application fee for an EEA family permit. When you apply, you must provide documents to prove your relationship to an EEA national who is coming to…

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UK Border Agency | Family of British citizens and settled persons

UK Border Agency | Family of British citizens and settled persons

These pages explain how you can apply to enter or remain in the UK if you are the partner, dependent child or elderly dependent relative of a British citizen or a person who is settled here. Husbands, wives and civil partners Find out how to apply for a visa or permission to remain in the UK if you are already married to or in a civil partnership with your partner. After 2 years, you can…

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What if I want to work in the UK?

What if I want to work in the UK?

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

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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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Partners and families

Partners and families

This section explains how non-European nationals can come to or remain in the UK as the partners, children and elderly dependent relatives of people who are already in the UK or are coming here in a different category. It also explains: how you can get married or register a civil partnership in the UK; the help and advice you can get if you think you are at risk of forced marriage; what you can do…

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What restrictions are there after Ive arrived in the UK?

What restrictions are there after Ive arrived in the UK?

When you are given permission to enter the UK, you will be told the conditions of your stay. These conditions will be given to you in writing. If you arrive with a tour group, the notice may be given to the group leader. In other cases, the conditions will be written in your passport. If you don’t have a passport, they will be in a letter from the immigration authorities. Unless you are allowed to…

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Forced marriage

Forced marriage

This section explains what forced marriage is, and describes the help that is available to people who are or may become victims of forced marriage. What is a forced marriage? A forced marriage is a marriage that takes place without the full and free consent of both parties. In a forced marriage, you are coerced into marrying someone against your will. You may be physically threatened or emotionally blackmailed to do so, or you may…

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Settlement checking service

Settlement checking service

This page explains what the settlement checking service is and gives details of the local authorities currently offering a checking service for settlement applications. The settlement checking service is a partnership between the UK Border Agency and local authorities. The settlement checking service is an optional service which is available for a fee to applicants using the SET (M) application form only, at a local authority register office. You can make applications for settlement at…

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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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What if I want to settle in the UK?

What if I want to settle in the UK?

Settling in the UK has become an increasingly common phenomenon in recent decades, with figures suggesting that in the past ten years the number of foreign-born residents in England and Wales has increased by 66%. In fact there are now over three million foreign-born residents, which is a higher percentage of the total population than is seen in France and Germany, and matches the percentage of foreign-born residents of the United States. A foreign-born national…

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Partners

Partners

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

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Supporting documents for an EEA family permit

Supporting documents for an EEA family permit

This page lists the documents that are needed to apply for an EEA family permit. An European Economic Area (EEA) family permit allows non-EU nationals with a close family member to enter the UK. For further information about EEA family permits and who should apply for them, see the EEA family permits page. Documents needed When you apply, you should include all the documents that you can to show that you are a family member…

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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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What if I stay longer than I am allowed to?

What if I stay longer than I am allowed to?

It is against the law to stay in the UK beyond your time limit, unless: you have applied to the Home Office for permission to stay longer or to settle and you are waiting for a decision; or you are appealing against a refusal. Otherwise you become an ‘overstayer’ and you may be prosecuted and sent home (‘removed’). The immigration authorities may also deport or remove you for other reasons. They can do this after…

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Husbands, wives and civil partners

Husbands, wives and civil partners

Partners Eligibility Husbands, wives and civil partners This page explains how you can apply for permission to enter or remain in the UK as the husband, wife or civil partner of a person who is settled here or applying to settle here. If you are currently outside the UK If you are already in the UK If you are currently outside the UK If you are subject to immigration control and you are married to…

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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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Applying for a visa using Visa4UK

Applying for a visa using Visa4UK

This page contains information about completing and submitting your online application form in the Visa4UK visa application system. Completing the application form You must complete the online form in English. Visa4UK does not currently support applications made in other languages. The UK Border Agency has added ‘More Info‘ icons to some questions that may be difficult to understand. If you select ‘More Info’, you will see extra guidance for that question on the left side…

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Who has a right to British nationality?

Who has a right to British nationality?

Several types of people have British nationality. All of them can have a British passport. The largest group is British citizens, who have the ‘right of abode’. Until the law was changed at the start of 1983, everyone born here became a citizen unless their parents were here as foreign diplomats when they were born. However, since 1983, children only become citizens if the parents are settled in the UK when the child is born….

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Applying as a husband, wife or civil partner from outside the UK

Applying as a husband, wife or civil partner from outside the UK

Husbands, wives and civil partners This page explains how you can apply to come to the UK as the husband, wife or civil partner 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…

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Partners and children of migrant workers and students

Partners and children of migrant workers and students

This page explains how the family members of migrant workers and students can apply to come to the UK. Family members of migrants under the points-based system If you are the partner or dependent child under 18 of a migrant who is in or coming to the UK under most categories of the points-based system, you can apply for a visa to join them here. Before you apply, you must read the policy guidance for…

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Certificate of travel

Certificate of travel

This page explains what a certificate of travel is and who may apply for one. For information about other types of Home Office travel document, see Travel documents. If you have not been given refugee status in the UK and have not been recognised as a stateless person, you may be able to apply for a certificate of travel, which will give you permission to travel abroad and return here. You must first prove that…

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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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