A list of UK visa premium service immigration centres

A list of UK visa premium service immigration centres

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

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Adult student visas: how much money do you need?

Adult student visas: how much money do you need?

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

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Adult 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

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

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

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

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

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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. Disclaimer: If you cannot find what you are looking for on Findlaw.co.uk please let us…

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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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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 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 representative of an overseas business visa

Applying for a representative of an overseas business visa

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

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

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

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

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Applying for a 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 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 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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Appropriate salary and allowances for Tier 2 (General)

Appropriate salary and allowances for Tier 2 (General)

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

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Appropriate salary and allowances for Tier 2 ICT

Appropriate salary and allowances for Tier 2 ICT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Au pairs

Au pairs

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

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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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Biometric enrolment for domestic workers in private households

Biometric enrolment for domestic workers in private households

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

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Biometric information enrolment – Tier 2 (Minister of religion)

Biometric information enrolment – Tier 2 (Minister of religion)

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

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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 UK Visas and Immigration. 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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Bringing your family

Bringing your family

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

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British citizenship FAQs

British citizenship FAQs

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

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Bulgarian and Romanian nationals

Bulgarian and Romanian nationals

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

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Business 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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Can a partner and/or children of migrant workers and students apply to live in the UK?

Can a partner and/or children of migrant workers and students apply to live in 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 points-based system dependants, which you can download here. Family members of migrant workers in other immigration categories If you…

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Can family members of a points-based system migrant emigate to the UK?

Can family members of a points-based system migrant emigate to the UK?

Partners of relevant points-based system migrants 319AA. In paragraphs 319A to 319K and Appendix E, ‘Relevant Points Based System Migrant’ means a migrant granted to leave as a Tier 1 Migrant, a Tier 2 Migrant, a Tier 4 (General) Student or a Tier 5 (Temporary Worker) Migrant. 319A. Purpose This route is for the spouse, civil partner, unmarried or same-sex partner of a Relevant Points Based System Migrant (Partner of a Relevant Points Based System…

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Can Gurkhas settle in the UK?

Can Gurkhas settle in the UK?

How to apply This page explains the current requirements that former Gurkhas must meet if they want to settle permanently in the UK. Any Gurkha who has served in the British Army for at least four years can apply for permission to settle here (known as ‘ indefinite leave to remain ‘). If the Gurkha has a partner (spouse, civil partner or unmarried/same-sex partner) and/or dependent children under the age of 18, they can 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 a UK visa as the partner of a British citizen?

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

Application for visas can be difficult and expensive; however, for many they are an essential part of living and working abroad. For citizens of the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland, entitlement to live and work in the UK is conferred by membership of the EU or by individual agreements with other countries. However, for citizens from outside the EEA and Switzerland, the UK Government operates a visa application system conferring entitlement to live, work…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Can I be a citizen of two countries?

Can I be a citizen of two countries?

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

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Can I be naturalised as a British citizen?

Can I be naturalised as a British citizen?

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

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

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

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

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Can I become a resident of the UK twice?

Can I become a resident of the UK twice?

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

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

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

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

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Can I come to the UK to take part in a sports activity?

Can I come to the UK to take part in a sports activity?

This section describes the immigration category of general visitor, and explains who can come to the UK as a sports visitor. The information here is based on paragraphs 46M-46R of the Immigration Rules. If you are based abroad but you want to visit the UK for short periods to undertake sports-related activities, you may be able to come here as a sports visitor. Can you come to the UK as a sports visitor? Find out…

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Can I drive in the UK if I have a foreign driving licence?

Can I drive in the UK if I have a foreign driving licence?

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 be breaking the law. The minimum requirement is third party insurance, which pays for damage you cause to other cars or injuries to their occupants. Comprehensive insurance…

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Can I extend my stay in the UK as a retired person of independent means?

Can I extend my stay in the UK as a retired person of independent means?

Extend your stay How to apply This page explains whether you can apply to extend your stay in the UK if you are already here as a retired person of independent means. On 27 November 2008, the ‘retired persons of independent means’ immigration category was closed to new entrants. You cannot now apply to enter the UK in this category. However, if you are already have permission to stay in the UK as a retired…

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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 an unsuccessful visa application?

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

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

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Can I 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 get points for having personal savings when applying for a Tier 1 visa?

Can I get points for having personal savings when applying for a Tier 1 visa?

When you apply for a visa under the Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) category of the points-based system, you have to prove you have a certain amount of funds – maintenance – to be successful. The amount of funds you have translates into points. This page explains the points system for maintenance. If you have enough money to cover your living expenses in the UK, you will score 10 points. You must be able to support yourself…

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Can I get visa points for being engaged in a business activity?

Can I get visa points for being engaged in a business activity?

This page explains how you can score points for being engaged in business activity if you are applying to extend your permission to stay in the UK under Tier 1 (Entrepreneur). You will score 15 points if you are engaged in business activity at the time of your extension application, and you can prove that on a date no more than 3 months earlier you were: registered with HM Revenue & Customs as self-employed; or…

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Can I get visa points for being registered as a company director or as self-employed?

Can I get visa points for being registered as a company director or as self-employed?

This page explains how you can score points for being registered as a company director or as self-employed, if you are applying to extend your permission to stay in the UK under Tier 1 (Entrepreneur). You will score 20 points if you have: registered with HM Customs & Revenue as self-employed; or registered a new business in which you are a director; or registered as a director of an existing business. If you are currently…

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Can I get visa points for investing in UK businesses?

Can I get visa points for investing in UK businesses?

This page explains how you can score points for investment in business if you are applying to extend your permission to stay in the UK under Tier 1 (Entrepreneur). You will score 20 points if: you have invested, or had invested on your behalf, not less than 200,000 in cash directly into one or more businesses in the UK; or you were awarded points in your initial application because you had funds of 50,000 from…

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Can I get visa points for speaking English under Tier 1 (Entrepreneur)?

Can I get visa points for speaking English under Tier 1 (Entrepreneur)?

This page explains how you can score points for the English language requirement under the Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) category of the points-based system. You will score 10 points if you can prove that you speak English to the required standard. You can score these points if you: are a national of a majority English-speaking country; or pass an English language test approved by the UK Border Agency; or hold a degree that was taught in…

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Can I get visa points if I have access to investment funds?

Can I get visa points if I have access to investment funds?

This page explains how you can score 75 points for having access to investment funds, if you are making an initial application under Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) of the points-based system. You will score 75 points if you have access to at least 200,000. Alternatively, you will score 75 points if you have access to at least 50,000 from: 1 or more venture capital firms regulated by the Financial Services Authority; UK entrepreneurial seed funding competitions…

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Can I get visa points points for creating new jobs as an entrepreneur?

Can I get visa points points for creating new jobs as an entrepreneur?

This page explains how you can score points for having created new jobs, if you are applying to extend your permission to stay in the UK under Tier 1 (Entrepreneur). You will score 20 points if you have: established a new business or businesses that has/have created the equivalent of at least 2 new full-time jobs for people settled in the UK; or taken over or joined an existing business(es), and your services or investment…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Can I transit through the UK without needing a visa?

Can I transit through the UK without needing a visa?

This section explains how you can transit through the UK when travelling to another country. It also explains the documents that you will need to bring with you. If you pass through the UK without staying here on the way to another country, this is called ‘transiting’. There are two types of transit through the UK: You will transit airside if you arrive on a flight, remain in the arrival lounge of the airport without…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Can I visit the UK for private medical treatment?

Can I visit the UK for private medical treatment?

This section describes the immigration category of visitor for private medical treatment, and explains who can come to the UK for private medical treatment. The information here is based on paragraphs 51-56 of the Immigration Rules. If you want to come to the UK for a short time to receive treatment for a medical condition, you can apply as a visitor for private medical treatment. You will not be able to receive treatment from the…

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Can I visit the UK to attend a paid engagement?

Can I visit the UK to attend a paid engagement?

The information here is based on Part 2, paragraphs 56X-56Z of the Immigration Rules. This section describes the immigration category of visitors undertaking a permitted paid engagement, and explains who can come to the UK as a visitor undertaking a permitted paid engagement. The category of visitors undertaking permitted paid engagements is for a defined list of visitors who are invited to come to the UK because of their particular skills and expertise. They may…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Can Tier 2 (General) dependants apply?

Can Tier 2 (General) dependants apply?

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

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Can you apply for a Sectors Based Scheme work permit?

Can you apply for a Sectors Based Scheme work permit?

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

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

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

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

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Can you apply for a tier-2 visa?

Can you apply for a tier-2 visa?

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

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Can you apply for Tier 4 (General)?

Can you apply for Tier 4 (General)?

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

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Can you apply?

Can you apply?

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

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

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

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

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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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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

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

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Child students >> Applying For A Child Student Visa

Child students >> Applying For A Child Student Visa

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

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Child students: Evidence of your money

Child students: Evidence of your money

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

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Clinical attachments and dental observer posts

Clinical attachments and dental observer posts

This category has now closed. If you want to come to the UK to take a clinical attachment or a dental observer post for up to 6 months, you should apply as a Business visitor. Disclaimer: If you cannot find what you are looking for on Findlaw.co.uk please let us know by contacting us at: findlaw.portalmanager@thomsonreuters.com. Furthermore, please be aware that while we attempt to ensure all our information is as up-to-date and relevant as…

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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 employers of sponsored workers

Codes of practice for employers of sponsored workers

This page explains the codes of practice for sponsors under Tiers 2 and 5 of the points-based system. Before you can sponsor a skilled migrant to do a job, you must check that the job meets the requirements on the skill level of the job and the ‘appropriate rate’ of pay for the job. If the job does not meet those conditions, you cannot issue a certificate of sponsorship. The code of practice tells you…

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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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Company or business accounts

Company or business accounts

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

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Completing application form WRS

Completing application form WRS

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

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Confirmation of acceptance for studies

Confirmation of acceptance for studies

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

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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 Disclaimer: If you cannot find what you are looking for on Findlaw.co.uk please let us know by contacting us at: findlaw.portalmanager@thomsonreuters.com. Furthermore, please be…

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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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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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Dependants maintenance for Tier 1 (Post-work study)

Dependants maintenance for Tier 1 (Post-work study)

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

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Dependants of ministers of religion and working

Dependants of ministers of religion and working

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

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Dependants of Tier 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 (General): Working and conditions

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

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Dependants of Tier 2 (Sportsperson) applicants: Documents required

Dependants of Tier 2 (Sportsperson) applicants: Documents required

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

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Dependants of Turkish ECAA workers and businesspersons

Dependants of Turkish ECAA workers and businesspersons

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

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Dividend vouchers

Dividend vouchers

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

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Do I need a visa to transit airside?

Do I need a visa to transit airside?

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

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Do I need a visa to transit landside?

Do I need a visa to transit landside?

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

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Do I need permission to come to the UK?

Do I need permission to come to the UK?

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

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Do I need to register with the police as a migrant in the UK?

Do I need to register with the police as a migrant in the UK?

This page explains who may be required to register with the police while in the UK, and what you need to do. Who needs to register? You will normally be required to register with the police in the area where you live if: you are a citizen of a country listed in Annex A to Chapter 10, Section 1 of our Immigration Directorate Instructions (IDI), which you can download here; you are aged 16 or…

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

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

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

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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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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 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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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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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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Employment agencies

Employment agencies

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

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English language requirement for representatives of overseas business

English language requirement for representatives of overseas business

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

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English language requirement for tier 2 ICT

English language requirement for tier 2 ICT

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

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English language requirements Tier 2 ICT Long-term staff

English language requirements Tier 2 ICT Long-term staff

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

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Enrolling your biometric information as a Tier 5 charity worker?

Enrolling your biometric information as a Tier 5 charity worker?

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

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Enrolling your biometric information as a Tier 5 temporary worker

Enrolling your biometric information as a Tier 5 temporary worker

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

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Enrolling your biometric information when applying under the International Agreement Category

Enrolling your biometric information when applying under the International Agreement Category

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

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Entrepreneur Visas

Entrepreneur Visas

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

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Establishing yourself in business as a Turkish citizen

Establishing yourself in business as a Turkish citizen

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

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European Economic Area and Swiss nationals

European Economic Area and Swiss nationals

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

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Evidence about your care arrangement

Evidence about your care arrangement

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

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Evidence of 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 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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Extending your stay

Extending your stay

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

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Extending your stay as a migrant with UK ancestry

Extending your stay as a migrant with UK ancestry

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

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Extending your stay as a Turkish ECAA businessperson

Extending your stay as a Turkish ECAA businessperson

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

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Extending your visa

Extending your visa

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

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Fees

Fees

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

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Fees to apply for Tier 1 (Entrepreneur)

Fees to apply for Tier 1 (Entrepreneur)

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

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Film crew on location

Film crew on location

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

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

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

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

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Form for an initial application from inside the United Kingdom

Form for an initial application from inside the United Kingdom

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

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Form for extension application

Form for extension application

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

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Form for extension application under HSMP

Form for extension application under HSMP

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

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Form for initial application for outside the United Kingdom

Form for initial application for outside the United Kingdom

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

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Form for initial application from inside the United Kingdom

Form for initial application from inside the United Kingdom

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

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Form for initial application from outside the United Kingdom

Form for initial application from outside the United Kingdom

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

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

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

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

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Franchises

Franchises

How do I sponsor a migrant? Franchises Type of organisation This page explains how you should apply for a licence to be on the register of sponsors for the points-based system if you are a franchise. If you are an organisation, sole trader or partnership that has a number of franchises under your control, you can apply for a licence as a head office and all United Kingdom branches or have each franchise licensed individually….

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Fresh Talent: Working in Scotland

Fresh Talent: Working in Scotland

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

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Gap year

Gap year

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

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General Agreement on Trade in Services

General Agreement on Trade in Services

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

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Highly Skilled Migrant Programme

Highly Skilled Migrant Programme

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

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Highly Skilled Migrants: How do my dependants apply?

Highly Skilled Migrants: How do my dependants apply?

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

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Highly skilled workers, investors and entrepreneurs

Highly skilled workers, investors and entrepreneurs

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

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How can I integrate into British society after a successful asylum application?

How can I integrate into British society after a successful asylum application?

Successful applications Personal help with integration and finding work This page explains what we will do to help you build a new life in the United Kingdom when we have recognised you as a refugee or given you humanitarian protection (see Human rights applications for an explanation of humanitarian protection). When you are given asylum or humanitarian protection in the United Kingdom, you will have the same rights as permanent residents of the country and…

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