What we do

UK Visas and Immigration is responsible for making millions of decisions every year about who has the right to visit or stay in the country, with a firm emphasis on national security and a culture of customer satisfaction for people who come here legally.

Who we are

We have a workforce of 7,500 people based in locations around the UK and overseas. Our staff work on high volume services and more specialist casework. We are led by Sarah Rapson.

Our responsibilities

  • to run the UK’s visa service, managing around 3 million applications a year from overseas nationals who wish to come to the UK to visit, study or work

  • to consider applications for British citizenship from overseas nationals who wish to settle here permanently
  • to run the UK’s asylum service offering protection to those eligible under the 1951 Geneva Convention

  • to decide applications from employers and educational establishments who want to join the register of sponsors or gain highly trusted sponsor status

  • to manage appeals from unsuccessful applicants

Our priorities

We contribute to achieving the Home Office’s priorities of securing our borders and reducing immigration, cutting crime and protecting our citizens from terrorism.

We work on these topics

  1. Borders and immigration

    The government is responsible for securing the UK's borders. We will deliver an improved migration system that commands public confidence and serves our economic interests. We believe that improving migration processes to reduce abuse and limiting non-EU economic migrancy will better serve Britain's interests and deliver a fair system. Read more

Our policies

  1. Securing borders and reducing immigration

    Immigration enriches our culture and strengthens our economy and we want to attract people to study, work and invest in the UK.

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