Entering and staying in the UK

Services

  1. Check if you need a UK visa

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

  2. Visa processing times

    Check how long you'll have to wait for a decision on your visa application if you applied for your visa from outside the UK

  3. Apply for a Standard Visitor visa: step by step

    Standard Visitor visa - prepare supporting documents, apply, book and attend an appointment, what happens at the UK border

  1. Visa fees

    Check how much your visa application costs in the country you’re in

  2. Find out if you can apply to settle in the UK

    Check if you qualify to settle in the UK based on your current visa or relationship to people in the UK - settlement is also called 'indefinite leave to remain'

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Guidance and regulation

  1. 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

  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. Find a visa application centre

    Find the address, contact details and opening times of the UK visa application centre for your country

  1. 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.

    • Answer
  2. Get a passport for your child

    Get a passport for your child or baby - renewals and first child passports, application form, supporting paperwork, eligibility, costs

    • Guide
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News and communications

  1. New scheme for overseas researchers to come to the UK

    • UK Visas and Immigration
    • News story
  2. Windrush lessons learned review

    • Home Office
    • News story
  3. Home Office publishes details of settlement scheme for EU citizens

    • Home Office and UK Visas and Immigration
    • News story
  4. Border Force seizes banned ivory in anti-wildlife crime operation

    • Border Force
    • Press release
See all news and communications

Policy and engagement

  1. Statement of changes to the Immigration Rules: CM 9675, 20 July 2018

    • UK Visas and Immigration
    • Policy paper
  2. Immigration Rules archive: 11 January 2018 to 14 January 2018

    • UK Visas and Immigration
    • Policy paper
  3. Immigration Rules archive: 6 April 2018 to 5 July 2018

    • UK Visas and Immigration
    • Policy paper
  4. Home Office biometrics (HOB) programme privacy impact assessments

    • Home Office and UK Visas and Immigration
    • Impact assessment
  5. EU Settlement Scheme statement of intent

    • Home Office and UK Visas and Immigration
    • Policy paper
See all policy and engagement

Transparency

  1. Country returns guide

    • Home Office and UK Visas and Immigration
    • Transparency
  2. YT v Secretary of State for the Home Department: AS/18/01/37699

    • HM Courts & Tribunals Service and First-tier Tribunal (Asylum Support)
    • Asylum support decision
  3. YN v Secretary of State for the Home Department: AS/18/04/37964

    • HM Courts & Tribunals Service and First-tier Tribunal (Asylum Support)
    • Asylum support decision
  4. AM v Secretary of State for the Home Department: AS/18/01/37748

    • HM Courts & Tribunals Service and First-tier Tribunal (Asylum Support)
    • Asylum support decision
  5. FE v Secretary of State for the Home Department: AS/18/04/37991

    • HM Courts & Tribunals Service and First-tier Tribunal (Asylum Support)
    • Asylum support decision
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