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Immigration Rules

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A collection of the current Immigration Rules.

The Immigration Rules are some of the most important pieces of legislation that make up the UK’s immigration law. They are updated on a regular basis and all changes can be found in the Immigration Rules: statement of changes.

The rules are divided into different documents. The index page will help you find the part you need.

You can view the archived copies of the consolidated Immigration Rules as they were on the date before each statement of changes came into effect.

  1. Immigration Rules: Index The rules are divided into different documents. The index page will help you find the part you need.
  2. Immigration Rules: introduction This contains an explanation of who’s covered by the Immigration Rules, dates of effect and definitions/interpretations of the terms used.
  3. Immigration Rules part 1: leave to enter or stay in the UK General rules about coming to or staying in the UK (paragraphs 7 to 39c).
  4. Immigration Rules part 2: transitional provisions Transitional provisions Part 2 and Appendix V: Immigration Rules for Visitors.
  5. Immigration Rules part 3: students Persons seeking to enter or remain in the United Kingdom for studies.
  6. Immigration Rules part 4: work experience Rules for family members of people who came to the UK for training or work experience before 2008 (paragraphs 122 to 127).
  7. Immigration Rules part 5: working in the UK Rules for people who came to work in the UK before 2008, and current work routes outside the points-based system (paragraphs 128A to 199B).
  8. Immigration Rules part 6: self-employment and business people Rules for self-employment and business people who came to work in the UK before 2008 (paragraphs 200A to 245).
  9. Immigration Rules part 6A: the points-based system Tiers 1, 2, 4 and 5 of the points-based system (paragraphs 245AAA to 245ZZE).
  10. Immigration Rules part 7: other categories Rules relating to other categories including private life (paragraphs A246 to 276BS1).
  11. Immigration Rules part 8: family members Rules for family members including spouses, partners and children (paragraphs A277 to 319Y).
  12. Immigration Rules part 9: grounds for refusal General reasons why entry clearance, leave to enter or leave to remain in the UK can be refused or curtailed (paragraphs A320 to 324).
  13. Immigration Rules part 10: registering with the police Situations where foreign nationals are required to register with the police (paragraphs 325 to 326).
  14. Immigration Rules part 11: asylum Rules for people applying for asylum in the UK (paragraphs 326A to 352G).
  15. Immigration Rules part 11A: temporary protection Temporary protection
  16. Immigration Rules part 11B Non-EU asylum applicants
  17. Immigration Rules part 12: Procedure and rights of appeal Procedure and rights of appeal
  18. Immigration Rules part 13: deportation Deportation orders, procedure and Article 8 of the Human Rights Convention (paragraphs A362 to 400).
  19. Immigration Rules part 14: stateless persons Stateless persons
  20. Immigration Rules part 15: condition to hold an ATAS clearance certificate Condition to hold an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) clearance certificate.
  21. Immigration Rules Appendix 2: police registration Countries whose citizens are required to register with the police.
  22. Immigration Rules Appendix 6: academic subjects that need a certificate Academic subjects that need a certificate from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
  23. Immigration Rules Appendix 7: overseas workers in private households Statement of the terms and conditions of employment required for overseas domestic workers in private households in the UK.
  24. Immigration Rules Appendix A: attributes Points needed for attributes for applicants in Tiers 1, 2, 4 and 5 of the points-based system.
  25. Immigration Rules Appendix AR: administrative review Administrative Review
  26. Immigration Rules Appendix Armed Forces Rules for members of the armed forces, civilian employees and their families.
  27. Immigration Rules Appendix B: English language English language requirements for Tier 1 and 2 applications.
  28. Immigration Rules Appendix C: maintenance (funds) Maintenance funds requirements for Tiers 1, 2, 4 and 5 of the points-based system.
  29. Immigration Rules Appendix D: highly skilled migrants Rules for highly skilled migrants from 31 March 2008.
  30. Immigration Rules Appendix E: maintenance (funds) for the family of Relevant Points Based System Migrants Maintenance funds requirements for family members of points-based system applicants.
  31. Immigration Rules Appendix F: archived Immigration Rules Collection of archived Immigration Rules for categories which have now closed.
  32. Immigration Rules Appendix FM: family members Rules for people who want to come to or stay in the UK based on family life with a British citizen, settled person or refugee.
  33. Immigration Rules Appendix FM-SE: family members specified evidence Specified evidence that applicants under appendix FM, appendix Armed Forces and other relevant rules must provide.
  34. Immigration Rules Appendix G: Youth Mobility Scheme Countries and territories taking part in the Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme and annual allocations of places.
  35. Immigration Rules Appendix H: Tier 4 documentary requirements Applicants who are subject to different documentary requirements under Tier 4 of the points-based system.
  36. Immigration Rules Appendix I: pay rules for Tier 2 settlement Salary requirements for some Tier 2 settlement applicants from 6 April 2016.
  37. Immigration Rules Appendix J: codes of practice for skilled work Codes of practice for Tier 2 and 5 sponsors, and employers of work permit holders.
  38. Immigration Rules Appendix K: shortage occupation list Skilled jobs where there is a recognised shortage of workers that could sensibly be filled by Tier 2 migrants.
  39. Immigration Rules Appendix KoLL Knowledge of the English language and life in the UK.
  40. Immigration Rules Appendix L: Tier 1 competent body criteria Criteria set by organisations which endorse Tier 1 (exceptional talent) applications.
  41. Immigration Rules Appendix M: sports governing bodies Sports governing bodies for Tier 2 (Sportsperson) and Tier 5 (Temporary Worker - Creative and Sporting) applications.
  42. Immigration Rules Appendix N: authorised exchange schemes Approved Tier 5 government authorised exchange schemes.
  43. Immigration rules Appendix O: approved English language tests List of tests approved by the Home Office for English language requirements.
  44. Immigration Rules Appendix P: lists of financial institutions Lists of financial institutions whose financial statements are, or are not, accepted.
  45. Immigration Rules Appendix T: tuberculosis screening List of countries where a TB certificate is needed to come to the UK for more than 6 months.
  46. Immigration Rules Appendix V: visitor rules Rules for people who want to come to visit the UK for a temporary purpose.