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 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 Grounds for the refusal
  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 2: police registration Countries or territories whose nationals or citizens are relevant foreign nationals for the purposes of Part 10 of these Rules
  21. 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.
  22. Immigration Rules Appendix A: attributes Points needed for attributes for applicants in Tiers 1, 2, and 5 of the points-based system.
  23. Immigration Rules Appendix AR: administrative review Administrative Review
  24. Immigration Rules Appendix AR (EU) Administrative Review for the EU Settlement Scheme
  25. Immigration Rules Appendix Armed Forces Rules for members of the armed forces, civilian employees and their families.
  26. Immigration Rules Appendix B: English language English Language
  27. Immigration Rules Appendix C: maintenance (funds) Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) Maintenance (funds)
  28. Immigration Rules Appendix E Appendix E applies only to applications as a dependent partner or dependent child of a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) Migrant
  29. Immigration Rules Appendix ECAA: Extension of Stay Appendix ECAA: Extension of Stay
  30. Immigration Rules Appendix ECAA Settlement ECAA nationals and settlement
  31. Immigration Rules Appendix EU EU, other EEA and Swiss citizens and family members
  32. Immigration Rules Appendix EU (Family Permit) Appendix EU (Family Permit)
  33. Immigration Rules Appendix F: archived Immigration Rules Archived Immigration Rules
  34. Immigration Rules Appendix FM: family members Family members
  35. Immigration Rules Appendix FM-SE: family members specified evidence Family members - specified evidence
  36. Immigration Rules Appendix KoLL Knowledge of language and life.
  37. Immigration Rules Appendix M: sports governing bodies Sports governing bodies for Tier 2 (Sportsperson) and Tier 5 (Temporary Worker - Creative and Sporting) applications.
  38. Immigration Rules Appendix N: authorised exchange schemes Approved Tier 5 government authorised exchange schemes.
  39. 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.
  40. Immigration Rules Appendix SN: Service of notices Service of notices
  41. Immigration Rules Appendix T: tuberculosis screening Tuberculosis screening.
  42. Immigration Rules Appendix V: Visitor Immigration Rules for Visitors
  43. Immigration Rules Appendix Visitor: Permitted Activities Permitted Activities for visitors
  44. Immigration Rules Appendix Visitor: Visa national list List of nationalities requiring entry clearance prior to travel to the UK as a visitor, or for any other purpose for less than six months
  45. Immigration Rules Appendix Visitor: Permit Free Festival List List of Permit Free Festivals
  46. Immigration Rules Appendix Visitor: Transit Without Visa Scheme Immigration rules for Visa Nationals transiting the UK landside without a visa.
  47. Immigration Rules Appendix S2 Healthcare Visitor Immigration Rules for S2 Healthcare Visitors
  48. Immigration Rules: Appendix Student Student route
  49. Immigration Rules Appendix Short-term Student (English language) Immigration Rules for Short-term Students
  50. Immigration Rules Child Student Immigration Rules for Child Students
  51. Immigration Rules Appendix Parent of a Child Student Parent of a Child Student
  52. Immigration Rules Appendix Skilled Worker The Skilled Worker route is for employers to recruit people to work in the UK in a specific job. A Skilled Worker must have a job offer in an eligible skilled occupation from a Home Office-approved sponsor.
  53. Immigration Rules Appendix Intra-Company Routes Intra-Company Routes
  54. Immigration Rules Appendix Skilled Occupations Eligible occupation codes and going rates for Skilled Workers and Intra-Company Transfers
  55. Immigration Rules Appendix Shortage Occupation List Shortage Occupations for the Skilled Worker route
  56. Immigration Rules Appendix T2 Minister of Religion This route is for a person who has a key leading role within their faith-based organisation or a religious order in the UK.
  57. Immigration Rules Appendix T2 Sportsperson Immigration Rules for T2 Sportsperson
  58. Immigration Rules Appendix Representative of an Overseas Business Immigration Rules for Representative of an Overseas Business
  59. Immigration Rules Appendix UK Ancestry Immigration Rules for UK Ancestry
  60. Immigration Rules Appendix Global Talent The Global Talent route is for people aged 18 or over in the field of science, engineering, humanities, medicine, digital technology or arts and culture who can show they have exceptional talent or exceptional promise.
  61. Immigration Rules Appendix Start-up The Start-up route is for a person seeking to establish a business in the UK for the first time.
  62. Immigration Rules Appendix Innovator The Innovator route is for a person seeking to establish a business in the UK based on an innovative, viable and scalable business idea they have generated, or to which they have significantly contributed.
  63. Immigration Rules Appendix T5 (Temporary Worker) Seasonal Worker This route is for workers in edible horticulture doing seasonal work in the UK with a sponsor.
  64. Immigration Rules Appendix T5 (Temporary Worker) Youth Mobility Scheme The Youth Mobility Scheme provides a cultural exchange programme that allows a person aged between 18 and 30, from participating countries and territories, to experience life in the UK for up to 2 years.
  65. Immigration Rules Appendix Youth Mobility Scheme: eligible nationals Countries and territories participating in the Youth Mobility Scheme and annual allocation of places for 2021.
  66. Immigration Rules Appendix T5 (Temporary Worker) Creative or Sporting Worker The Creative or Sporting Worker route is for a person who wants to work within the creative or sporting sector.
  67. Immigration Rules Appendix T5 (Temporary Worker) Religious Worker The Religious Worker route is for a person who wants to support the activities of religious institutions in the UK by conducting religious work such as working in a religious order or undertaking non-pastoral work for a religious organisation.
  68. Immigration Rules Appendix T5 (Temporary Worker) Charity Worker The Charity Worker route is for a person who wants to come to the UK to do voluntary work for no more than 12 months.
  69. Immigration Rules Appendix T5 (Temporary Worker) International Agreement Worker The International Agreement Worker route is for a person who wants to come to the UK to provide a service covered under international law, such as private servants in diplomatic households, employees of overseas governments and international organisations, or under the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) or another agreement under which the UK has commitments.
  70. Immigration Rules Appendix T5 (Temporary Worker) Government Authorised Exchange Worker route The Government Authorised Exchange Worker route is for a person who wants to come to the UK on an approved scheme for a period of no more than 12 or 24-months (depending on the scheme). A dependent partner and dependent children can apply on this route. The Government Authorised Exchange route is not a route to settlement.
  71. Immigration Rules Appendix T5 Creative Workers Codes of Practice Where a person is applying under Appendix T5 (Temporary Worker) Creative or Sporting Worker, as a creative worker or part of and their entourage, operating in dance, theatre, film and television, or as a model in the fashion industry, their sponsor must follow the relevant code of practice specified below and comply with the other requirements.
  72. Immigration Rules Appendix Service Providers from Switzerland The Service Providers from Switzerland route allows eligible employers, companies or self- employed individuals to execute contracts with a party based in the UK for a period not exceeding 90 days per calendar year.
  73. Immigration Rules Appendix Hong Kong British National (Overseas) The Hong Kong British National (Overseas) route has two routes – the BN(O) Status Holder route and the BN(O) Household Member route.
  74. Immigration Rules Appendix ATAS: Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) The ATAS requirement is a requirement to obtain a valid ATAS certificate, issued by the Counter Proliferation and Arms Control Centre, and to provide it with an application to study any of the specified subjects listed in this Appendix.
  75. Immigration Rules Appendix English Language This Appendix sets out how the English language requirement is met.
  76. Immigration Rules Appendix KOL UK This Appendix sets out how the Knowledge of Life in the UK requirement is met by a person applying for settlement.
  77. Immigration Rules Appendix Finance This Appendix sets out how the financial requirement must be met.
  78. Immigration Rules Appendix Continuous Residence This Appendix sets out how the continuous residence requirement is met.