Visas and entry clearance


  1. Family visas: apply, extend or switch

    Get a family visa for the UK, live with your spouse or relative - eligibility, proof, renewing, financial and English language requirements.

  2. Check if you need a UK visa

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

  3. 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.

  4. General student visa (Tier 4)

    Apply for a General student visa (Tier 4) to study in the UK if you're 16 or over - eligibility, extend or switch your visa, how much it costs and how long it takes

  5. General work visa (Tier 2)

    Apply for a General work visa (Tier 2) if you’ve been offered a skilled job in the UK - eligibility, fees, documents, extend or switch, bring your family, taking a second job

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Guidance and regulation

  1. Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents
  2. Applying for a UK visa: approved English language tests
  3. Visa decision waiting times: applications outside the UK
  4. Guidance on applications for UK Tier 4 student visas
  5. Register of licensed sponsors: workers
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News and communications

Research and statistics

  1. Statistics relating to Covid-19 and the immigration system, May 2020
  2. Migrant journey: 2019 report
  3. Immigration statistics data tables, year ending March 2020
  4. Managed migration datasets
  5. Immigration statistics, year ending March 2020
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Policy papers and consultations

  1. International students: economic and social impacts
  2. UK visa fees
  3. Chapter 8, section 2: civil partners
  4. Response to an inspection report on the Home Office’s production and use of country of origin information
  5. Response to an inspection report on how the Home Office learns from immigration litigation
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Transparency and freedom of information releases

  1. Full review of the shortage occupation list, May 2019
  2. Review into the requirement for DNA evidence to be provided in immigration cases
  3. Sponsorship transparency data: February 2018
  4. HM Passport Office: November 2017
  5. Sponsorship transparency data: November 2017
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