Entering and staying in the UK


  1. Check if you need a UK visa

    You may need a visa to come to the UK to visit, study or work.

  2. Standard Visitor visa

    Apply for a Standard Visitor visa if you want to visit the UK for business, leisure, to get private medical treatment or donate an organ

  3. Apply for a UK visa

    Apply online for a UK visa to visit, work, study or join a family member or partner already in the UK

  4. Choose a UK visit or short stay visa

    Apply for a visa if you want to visit the UK: find out how long you can stay for, what you can do while you're in the UK and how much each visa costs.

  5. Check if you can become a British citizen

    There are different ways to apply for British citizenship, including ‘naturalisation’. Check your eligibility to apply.

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Guidance and regulation

  1. Visit visa: guide to supporting documents
  2. UKVI’s new front end services: what you need to know
  3. Immigration Rules
  4. Register of licensed sponsors: workers
  5. Fees for citizenship applications
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News and communications

  1. Campsfield House immigration removal centre to close
  2. New UK Visa and Citizenship Application Services centres open
  3. Foreign Secretary meets leader of the Syrian White Helmets
  4. ePassport gates to ease travel for passengers from more countries
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Research and statistics

  1. Immigration statistics, year ending June 2018: data tables
  2. Third report on statistics being collected under the exit checks programme
  3. Immigration statistics, year ending June 2018
  4. Welfare in detention of vulnerable persons review: progress report
  5. Statistics on changes in migrants’ visa and leave status: 2016
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Policy papers and consultations

  1. Shortage occupation list 2018: call for evidence
  2. Response to the report on an inspection of Border Force operations at south coast seaports
  3. Immigration Rules archive: 28 August 2018 to 31 October 2018
  4. Statement of changes to the Immigration Rules: HC 1534, 11 October 2018
  5. Chapter 8, section 9: unmarried and same sex relationships
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Transparency and freedom of information releases

  1. Country returns guide
  2. EU Settlement Scheme private beta 1
  3. Review into the requirement for DNA evidence to be provided in immigration cases
  4. Home Office and Migration Advisory Committee: framework document, October 2018
  5. Visa fees transparency data
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