Immigration Rules

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 provisions regarding entry clearance, leave to enter or remain in the United Kingdom (paragraphs 7 to 39E).
  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 Persons seeking to enter or remain in the United Kingdom in an "au pair" placement, as a working holidaymaker or for training or work experience (paragraphs 122 to 127).
  7. Immigration Rules part 5: working in the UK Persons seeking to enter or remain in the United Kingdom for employment (paragraphs 128A to 199B).
  8. Immigration Rules part 6: self-employment and business people Persons seeking to enter or remain in the United Kingdom as a businessman, self-employed person, investor, writer or composer or artist (paragraphs 200A to 237).
  9. Immigration Rules part 6A: the points-based system Points-based system (paragraphs 245AAA to 245ZZE).
  10. Immigration Rules part 7: other categories Other Categories (paragraphs A246 to 276BVI).
  11. Immigration Rules part 8: family members Family members (paragraphs A277 to 319Y).
  12. Immigration Rules part 9: grounds for refusal General grounds for the refusal of entry clearance, leave to enter or variation of leave to enter or remain in the United Kingdom (paragraphs A320 to 324).
  13. Immigration Rules part 10: registering with the police Registration with the police (paragraphs 325 to 326).
  14. Immigration Rules part 11: asylum Asylum (paragraphs 326A to 352H).
  15. Immigration Rules part 11A: temporary protection Temporary protection
  16. Immigration Rules part 11B Asylum
  17. Immigration Rules part 12: Procedure and rights of appeal Procedure and rights of appeal
  18. Immigration Rules part 13: deportation Deportation (paragraphs A362 to 400).
  19. Immigration Rules part 14: stateless persons Stateless persons
  20. Immigration Rules Appendix English Language This Appendix sets out how the English language requirement is met. It applies only to applications under Appendix ST: Student.
  21. Immigration Rules Appendix Finance This Appendix sets out how the financial requirement must be met.
  22. Immigration Rules Appendix 2: police registration Countries or territories whose nationals or citizens are relevant foreign nationals for the purposes of Part 10 of these Rules
  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, and 5 of the points-based system.
  25. Immigration Rules Appendix AR: administrative review Administrative Review
  26. Immigration Rules Appendix AR (EU) Administrative Review for the EU Settlement Scheme
  27. Immigration Rules Appendix Armed Forces Rules for members of the armed forces, civilian employees and their families.
  28. Immigration Rules Appendix ATAS: Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)
  29. Immigration Rules Appendix B: English language English Language
  30. Immigration Rules Appendix C: maintenance (funds) Maintenance (funds)
  31. Immigration Rules Appendix D: highly skilled migrants Immigration Rules for leave to enter as a Highly Skilled Migrant as at 31 March 2008, and Immigration Rules for leave to remain as a Highly Skilled Migrant as at 28 February
  32. Immigration Rules Appendix E: maintenance (funds) for the family of Relevant Points Based System Migrants Maintenance (funds) for the family of Relevant Points Based Systems Migrants and Appendix W Workers
  33. Immigration Rules Appendix ECAA ECAA nationals and settlement
  34. Immigration Rules Appendix EU EU, other EEA and Swiss citizens and family members
  35. Immigration Rules Appendix EU (Family Permit) Appendix EU (Family Permit)
  36. Immigration Rules Appendix F: archived Immigration Rules Archived Immigration Rules
  37. Immigration Rules Appendix FM: family members Family members
  38. Immigration Rules Appendix FM-SE: family members specified evidence Family members - specified evidence
  39. Immigration Rules Appendix G: Youth Mobility Scheme Countries and territories taking part in the Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme and annual allocation of places for 2020.
  40. Immigration Rules Appendix J: codes of practice for skilled work Codes of practice for Tier 2 Sponsors, Tier 5 Sponsors, employers of work permit holders and Tier 1 migrants (where appropriate)
  41. Immigration Rules Appendix K: shortage occupation list Shortage Occupation List.
  42. Immigration Rules Appendix KoLL Knowledge of language and life.
  43. Immigration Rules Appendix M: sports governing bodies Sports governing bodies for Tier 2 (Sportsperson) and Tier 5 (Temporary Worker - Creative and Sporting) applications.
  44. Immigration Rules Appendix N: authorised exchange schemes Approved Tier 5 government authorised exchange schemes.
  45. Immigration rules Appendix O: approved English language tests List of English language tests that have been approved by the Home Office for English language requirements for limited leave to enter or remain under the Immigration Rules.
  46. Immigration Rules Appendix P: lists of financial institutions Lists of financial institutions that do not satisfactorily verify financial statements, or whose financial statements are accepted.
  47. Immigration Rules Appendix SN: Service of notices Service of notices
  48. Immigration Rules Appendix ST: Student Student route.
  49. Immigration Rules Appendix CS: Child Student The Child Student route is for a person aged between 4 and 17 who wants to study at an independent school in the UK, which is a student sponsor.
  50. Immigration Rules Appendix T: tuberculosis screening Tuberculosis screening.
  51. Immigration Rules Appendix U: Seasonal Worker Scheme Seasonal Worker Scheme
  52. Immigration Rules Appendix V: visitor rules Immigration Rules for visitors.
  53. Immigration Rules Appendix W: Immigration Rules for Workers Immigration Rules for Workers