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 6C)    
Implementation and transitional provisions 4  
Application 5  
Interpretation 6  
Public funds clarification 6A to 6C  
Part 1: General provisions regarding leave to enter or remain in the United Kingdom (Paragraphs 7 to 39D)    
Leave to enter the United Kingdom 7 to 9  
Exercise of the power to refuse leave to enter the United Kingdom 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  
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 33A  
How to make a valid application for leave to remain in the UK 34 to 34I  
Withdrawn applications or claims for leave to remain in the United Kingdom 34J to 34K  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 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  
Part 2: Persons seeking to enter or remain in the United Kingdom for visits (Paragraphs 1 to 4)    
Transitional provisions Part 2 and Appendix V: Immigration Rules for Visitors 1 to 4  
Part 3: Persons seeking to enter or remain in the United Kingdom for studies (Paragraphs A57A to 81)    
Persons seeking to enter the UK for short-term study A57A to A57H  
Spouses or civil partners of students granted leave under paragraphs 57 to 75 (but not A57A to A57H) 76 to 78  
Children of students granted leave under paragraphs 57 to 75 (but not A57A to A57H) 79 to 81  
Part 4: 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)    
Spouses of persons with limited leave to enter or remain under paragraphs 110 to 121 122 to 124  
Children of persons with limited leave to enter or remain under paragraphs 110 to 121 125 to 127  
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 159H  
Overseas government employees 160 to 169  
Ministers 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 (Exceptional Talent) Migrants 245B to 245BF  
Tier 1 (General) Migrants 245C to 245CD-SD  
Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) Migrants 245D to 245DF  
Tier 1 (Investor) Migrants 245E to 245EF  
Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) Migrants 245F to 245FC  
Tier 2 (Intra Company Transfer) Migrants 245G to 245GF-SD  
Tier 2 (General) Migrants, Tier 2 (Minister of Religion) Migrants and Tier 2 (Sportsperson) Migrants 245H to 245HF-SD  
Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme) Temporary Migrants 245ZI to 245ZL  
Tier 5 (Temporary Worker) Migrants 245ZM to 245ZS  
Tier 4 (General) Student 245ZT to 245ZY  
Tier 4 (Child) Student 245ZZ to 245ZZE  
Part 7: Other Categories (paragraphs A246 to 276BVI)    
Persons exercising rights of access to a child resident in the United Kingdom A246 to 248F  
EEA nationals and their families 255 to 257B  
Retired persons 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  
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 (paragraphs A277 to 319Y) 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 - General grounds for the refusal of entry clearance, leave to enter, leave to remain, variation of leave to enter or remain and curtailment of leave in the United Kingdom (paragraphs A320 to 324)    
Refusal of entry clearance or leave to enter the United Kingdom A320 to 320  
Refusal of leave to enter in relation to a person in possession of an entry clearance 321 to 321A  
Refusal of variation of leave to enter or remain or curtailment of leave 322 to 323C  
Crew members 324  
Part 10: Registration with the police (paragraphs 325 to 326) 325 to 326  
Part 11: Asylum (paragraphs 326A to 352H) 326A to 352H  
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: Condition to hold an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) clearance certificate 417  
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: Disciplines for which an Academic Technology Approval Scheme certificate from the Counter-Proliferation Department of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office is required for the purposes of Tier 4 of the Points Based System    
Appendix 7 - Statement of Written Terms and Conditions of employment required in paragraphs 159A (v), 159D(iv) and 159EA(iii)    
Appendix A: Attributes    
Appendix AR    
Appendix Armed Forces    
Appendix B: English language - English language    
Appendix C: Maintenance (funds)    
Appendix D: Immigration rules for leave to remain as a Highly Skilled Migrant as at 28 February 2008    
Appendix E: Maintenance (funds) for the family of Relevant Points Based Systems Migrants    
Appendix F: Archived Immigration Rules    
Appendix FM: Family members    
Appendix FM-SE: Family members - specified evidence    
Appendix G: Countries and territories participating in the Tier 5 Youth mobility scheme and annual allocations of places for 2014    
Appendix H: Applicants who are subject to different documentary requirements under Tier 4 of the Points Based System    
Appendix I: DELETED    
Appendix J: Codes of practice for Tier 2 sponsors, Tier 5 sponsors and employers of work permit holders    
Appendix K: Shortage occupation list    
Appendix KoLL: Knowledge of language and life    
Appendix L: Designated competent body criteria for Tier 1 (Exceptional talent) applications    
Appendix M: Sports governing bodies for Tier 2 (Sportsperson) and Tier 5 (Temporary worker - creative and sporting) applications    
Appendix N: Approved Tier 5 Government authorised exchange schemes    
Appendix O: List of English Language tests that have been assessed as meeting the UK Border Agency’s requirements    
Appendix P: Lists of financial institutions that do not satisfactorily verify financial statements, or whose financial statements are accepted    
Appendix Q: DELETED    
Appendix R: DELETED    
Appendix S: DELETED    
Appendix SN: Service of notices    
Appendix T: Tuberculosis screening    
Appendix V: Immigration Rules for Visitors