Visas and entry clearance

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. Apply to extend stay in the UK as a partner or dependent child: form FLR(M)

    Form to extend stay in the UK as the partner or dependent child of someone who is settled here or who is a refugee or under humanitarian protection.

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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.

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  2. Tier 4 (General) student visa

    Apply for a Tier 4 (General) student visa 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

    • Guide
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News and communications

  1. New start-up visa route announced by the Home Secretary

    • Home Office and UK Visas and Immigration
    • Press release
  2. Restrictions on Croatian workers to expire in June

    • Home Office and UK Visas and Immigration
    • News story
  3. The Chief Inspector's report on the Home Office's approach to learning from immigration litigation has been published

    • Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration
    • News story
  4. The Chief Inspector's report on the review and removal of immigration, refugee and citizenship "status" has been published

    • Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration
    • News story
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Policy and engagement

  1. International students: economic and social impacts
  1. UK visa fees

    • UK Visas and Immigration
    • Policy paper
  2. Response to an inspection report on the Home Office’s production and use of country of origin information

    • UK Visas and Immigration
    • Policy paper
  3. Response to an inspection report on how the Home Office learns from immigration litigation

    • UK Visas and Immigration
    • Policy paper
  4. An inspection on learning from immigration litigation

    • Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration
    • Independent report
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Transparency

  1. Statistics on changes in migrants’ visa and leave status: 2016

    • Home Office
    • Official statistics
  2. Visa fees transparency data

    • UK Visas and Immigration
    • Transparency
  3. Sponsorship transparency data: February 2018

    • Border Force, UK Visas and Immigration, and Immigration Enforcement
    • Transparency
  4. HM Passport Office: November 2017

    • Border Force, UK Visas and Immigration, and Immigration Enforcement
    • Transparency
  5. Sponsorship transparency data: November 2017

    • Border Force, UK Visas and Immigration, and Immigration Enforcement
    • Transparency
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