Immigration Rules

Immigration Rules: Index

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

Paragraph number
Introduction (Paragraphs 1 to 6.2.(b))    
Implementation and transitional provisions 4  
Provisions for Irish Citizens 5 to 5E  
Interpretation 6 .1 to 6.2.(b)  
Part 1: leave to enter or stay in the United Kingdom (Paragraphs 7 to 39E)    
Leave to enter the United Kingdom 7 to 9  
Exercise of the power to refuse leave to enter the United Kingdom or to cancel leave to enter or remain which is in force 10  
Suspension of leave to enter or remain in the United Kingdom 10A  
Cancellation of leave to enter or remain in the United Kingdom 10B  
Requirement for persons arriving in the United Kingdom or seeking entry through the Channel Tunnel to produce evidence of identity and nationality 11  
Requirement for a person not requiring leave to enter the United Kingdom to prove that he has the right of abode 12 to 14  
Common Travel Area 15  
Admission for certain British passport holders 16 to17  
Persons outside the United Kingdom 17A to 17B  
Returning residents 18 to 20  
Non-lapsing leave 20A-20B  
Holders of restricted travel documents and passports 21-23  
Leave to enter granted on arrival in the United Kingdom 23A to 23B  
Entry clearance 24 to 30C  
Variation of leave to enter or remain in the United Kingdom 31 to A34  
How to make a valid application for leave to remain in the UK 34 to 34G  
Withdrawn applications or claims for leave to remain in the United Kingdom 34J to 34K  
Specified forms and procedures in connection with applications for administrative review 34L to 34X  
Transitional arrangements for specified forms used in postal or courier applications 34Y  
Undertakings 35  
Medical 36 to 39  
Students 39A  
Specified documents 39B  
Indefinite leave to enter or remain 39C  
Power to interview a person with limited leave to enter or remain 39D  
Exceptions for overstayers 39E  
Part 2: DELETED    
Part 3: DELETED    
Part 4: DELETED    
Part 5: Persons seeking to enter or remain in the United Kingdom for employment (Paragraphs 128A to 199B)    
Work permit employment 128A to 135  
Requirements for indefinite leave to remain as a highly skilled migrant 135G to 135HA  
Representatives of overseas newspapers, news agencies and broadcasting organisations 136 to 143  
Representatives of Overseas Business 144 to 151  
Private servants in diplomatic households 152 to 159  
Domestic workers in private households 159A to 159K  
Overseas government employees 160 to 168  
Requirements for leave to enter as a minister of religion, missionaries and members of religious orders 170 to 177  
Airport based operational ground staff of overseas-owned airlines 178 to 185  
Persons with United Kingdom ancestry 186 to 193  
Partners of persons who have or have had leave to enter or remain under paragraphs 128 to 193 (but not paragraphs 135I to 135K) 193A to 196F  
Children of persons with limited leave to enter or remain under paragraphs 128 to 193 (but not paragraphs 135I to 135K) 196G to 199B  
Part 6: Persons seeking to enter or remain in the United Kingdom as a businessman, self-employed person, investor, writer, composer or artist (Paragraphs 200A to 245)    
Part 6A: Points-Based System (paragraphs 245AAA to 245ZZE)    
General requirements for indefinite leave to remain 245AAA  
Documents not submitted with applications 245AA  
Specified documents for students previously sponsored by an overseas government or international scholarship agency 245A  
Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) Migrants 245D to 245DF  
Tier 1 (Investor) Migrants 245E to 245EF  
Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) Migrants 245F  
Part 7: Other Categories (paragraphs A246 to 276BVI)    
Persons exercising rights of access to a child resident in the United Kingdom A246 to 254  
Requirements for an extension of stay as a retired person of independent means 266 to 270  
Partners of persons who have or have had limited leave to enter or remain in the United Kingdom as retired persons of independent means 271 to 273F  
Children of persons with limited leave to enter or remain in the United Kingdom as retired persons of independent means 274 to 276  
Long residence 276A to 276D  
Private life 276ADE to 276DH  
HM Forces 276DI to 276QA  
Spouses, civil partners, unmarried or same-sex partners of persons settled or seeking settlement in the United Kingdom in accordance with paragraphs 276E to 276Q (HM Forces rules) or of members of HM Forces who are exempt from immigration control under section 8(4)(a) of the Immigration Act 1971 and have at least 5 years’ continuous service 276R to 276W  
Children of a parent, parents or a relative settled or seeking settlement in the United Kingdom under paragraphs 276E to 276Q (HM Forces rules) or of members of HM Forces who are exempt from immigration control under section 8(4)(a) of the Immigration Act 1971 and have at least 5 years’ continuous service 276X to 276AC  
Spouses, civil partners, unmarried or same-sex partners of armed forces members who are exempt from immigration control under section 8(4) of the Immigration Act 1971 276AD to 276AF  
Children of armed forces members who are exempt from immigration control under Section 8(4) of the Immigration Act 1971 276AG to 276AI  
Limited leave to enter for relevant Afghan citizens 276BA1 to 276BS1  
Requirements for indefinite leave to remain for persons granted limited leave to enter the United Kingdom in accordance with paragraphs 276BA1 to 276BS1 of the Immigration Rules 276BS2 to 276BS4  
Parent of a Tier 4 (child) student 276BT1 to 276BV1  
Part 8: Family members (paragraphs A277 to 319Y)    
Transitional provisions and interaction between Part 8 and Appendix FM A277 to A281  
Spouses and civil partners 277 to 289  
Victims of domestic violence 289A to 289D  
Fiance(e)s and proposed civil partners 289AA to 295  
Unmarried and same-sex partners 295AA to 295O  
Children 296 to 316F  
Parents, grandparents and other dependent relatives 317 to 319  
Family members of relevant points-based system migrants 319AA to 319J  
Other family members of persons with limited leave to enter or remain in the United Kingdom as a refugee or beneficiary of humanitarian protection 319L to 319U  
Parents, grandparents and other dependent relatives of persons with limited leave to enter or remain in the United Kingdom as a refugee or beneficiary of humanitarian protection 319V to 319Y  
Part 9: Grounds for the refusal (paragraphs 9.1.1. to 9.32.1.)    
Section 1 Application of this part 9.1.1  
Section 2 Grounds for refusal, or cancellation, of entry clearance, permission to enter and permission to stay 9.2.1. to 9.13.1.  
Section 3: Additional grounds for refusal of entry on arrival in the UK 9.14.1. to 9.20.2.  
Section 4: Additional grounds for refusal of permission to stay 9.21.1. to 9.22.1.  
Section 5: Additional grounds for cancellation of entry clearance, permission to enter or permission to stay 9.23.1. to 9.32.1.  
Part 10: Registration with the police (paragraphs 325 to 326) 325 to 326  
Part 11: Asylum (paragraphs 326A to 352X) 326A to 352X  
Part 11A: Temporary Protection (Paragraphs 354 to 356B) 354 to 356B  
Part 11B: Asylum (Paragraphs 357 to 361) 357 to 361  
Part 12: Procedure and Rights of appeal (Paragraphs 353 to 353B) 353 to 353B  
Part 13: Deportation (paragraphs A362 to 400) A362 to 400  
Part 14: Stateless persons (Paragraphs 401 to 416) 401 to 416  
Part 15: DELETED    
Appendix 1: DELETED    
Appendix 2: Countries or territories whose nationals or citizens are relevant foreign nationals for the purposes of Part 10 of these Rules app 2    
Appendix 3: DELETED    
Appendix 4: DELETED    
Appendix 5: DELETED    
Appendix 6: DELETED    
Appendix 7: Overseas workers in private households    
Appendix A: Attributes    
Appendix AR: Administrative review    
Appendix AR (EU)    
Appendix Armed Forces    
Appendix B: English language    
Appendix C: Maintenance (funds) Tier 1 (Entrepreneur)    
Appendix D: DELETED    
Appendix E: Maintenance (funds) for the family of Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) Migrants    
Appendix ECAA: Extension of stay    
Appendix ECAA: ECAA Nationals and settlement    
Appendix EU: EU, other EEA and Swiss citizens and family members    
Appendix EU: EU Family Permit    
Appendix F: Archived Immigration Rules    
Appendix FM: Family members    
Appendix FM-SE: Family members - specified evidence    
Appendix G: Youth Mobility Scheme: DELETED    
Appendix H: DELETED    
Appendix I: DELETED    
Appendix J: DELETED    
Appendix K: DELETED    
Appendix KoLL: Knowledge of language and life    
Appendix M: Sports governing bodies    
Appendix N: Authorised exchange schemes    
Appendix O: Approved English Language tests    
Appendix P: DELETED    
Appendix Q: DELETED    
Appendix R: DELETED    
Appendix S: DELETED    
Appendix SN: Service of notices    
Appendix T: tuberculosis testing    
Appendix V: Visitor    
Appendix Visitor: Permitted activities    
Appendix Visitor: Visa national list    
Appendix Visitor: Permit free festival list    
Appendix Visitor: Transit without visa scheme    
Appendix S2 Healthcare visitor    
Appendix Student    
Appendix Short-term Student (English language)    
Appendix Child Student    
Appendix Parent of a Child Student    
Appendix Skilled Worker    
Appendix Intra company routes    
Appendix Skilled occupations    
Appendix Shortage occupation list    
Appendix T2 Minister of Religion    
Appendix T2 Sportsperson    
Appendix Representative of an overseas business    
Appendix UK Ancestry    
Appendix Global Talent    
Appendix Start-up    
Appendix Innovator    
Appendix T5 (Temporary Worker) Seasonal Worker    
Appendix T5 (Temporary Worker) Youth Mobility Scheme    
Appendix T5 (Temporary Worker) Youth Mobility Scheme: eligible nationals    
Appendix T5 (Temporary Worker) Creative or Sporting Worker    
Appendix T5 (Temporary Worker) Religious Worker    
Appendix T5 (Temporary Worker) Charity Worker    
Appendix T5 (Temporary Worker) International Agreement Worker    
Appendix T5 (Temporary Worker) Government Authorised Exchange Worker route    
Appendix T5 (Temporary Worker) Creative Workers Codes of Practice    
Appendix Service Providers from Switzerland    
Appendix Hong Kong British National (Overseas)    
Appendix ATAS: Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)    
Appendix English Language    
Appendix Kol UK    
Appendix Finance    
Appendix Continuous Residence    
Appendix U: DELETED    
Appendix V: DELETED    
Appendix W: DELETED