Student Visa Dependent Applications

Under the existing rules, one of the benefits of the student visa is that it allows you to be accompanied to the UK by certain family members. However, in May 2023, the UK Government announced it will be restricting access to the student dependent visa to only post-graduate research routes. This change is expected to take […]

Hong Kong BNO Visa (Application Guidance)

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The UK’s Hong Kong BNO visa allows British National (Overseas) (BN(O)) individuals from Hong Kong, and their immediate family members, to live, work and study in the UK. The BNO visa is a route to indefinite leave to remain and British citizenship.   What is the Hong Kong BN(O) visa? The Hong Kong BN(O) visa […]

Visitor Visa for Medical Treatment in the UK

If you are looking to come to the UK to receive private medical treatment or to donate an organ, unless you are a non-visa national, you’ll need to apply for a visa before you can travel to Britain. In this guide, we explain the UK immigration rules for overseas nationals looking to come to the UK […]

Ancestry Visa Guidance for Applicants

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The UK Ancestry Visa allows Commonwealth citizens who meet certain eligibility criteria to come to the UK for up to 5 years to work and study, and to be accompanied by family members. In this Ancestry Visa guidance, we look at what the UK Ancestry visa is, who could be eligible and the process to follow […]

Form AN British Naturalisation Form

British Citizenship is not an entitlement. You can apply to naturalise after 12 months of either Indefinite Leave to Remain, EU Settled Status or permanent residence by completing Form AN. Form AN applies to most non-UK nationals applying to naturalise in the UK. Children should use form MN1. In this user guide, we will explain […]

Schengen Visa: Travel to EU from UK

In this guide, we look at the Schengen visa rules, providing practical guidance for those travelling from the UK to EU Schengen member states, including what activities this type of visa will allow and what countries are included, to how to submit a Schengen visa application.   What is a Schengen visa? If you are […]

UK Visa Guide 2023

There are various different types of UK visa, depending on the purpose of your stay, from visiting the UK for a holiday to undertaking a course of study or starting a new job, or even starting a whole new life with loved ones.   UK visitor visas If you are a citizen of a country […]

Settled Status vs Permanent Residence: What Is the Difference?

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Is settled status the same as permanent residence? EU settled status and UK permanent residence are not the same. Under the UK’s Brexit withdrawal arrangements, EU nationals residing in the UK by 31 December 2o20 – both with or without a permanent residence card – had until 30 June 2021 to secure their lawful status […]

UK ETA Permit for Visitors

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The UK’s Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) scheme is opening in 2023, as part of the government’s new universal “permission to travel” requirement. Under the new scheme, certain travellers, including non-visa nationals and Creative Worker visa holders, travelling to the UK will have to secure authorisation in advance of travel by completing an online form and paying […]

Indefinite Leave to Remain Expiry Rules

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If you are an indefinite leave to remain (ILR) holder, or are applying for ILR, it is important to be aware of the indefinite leave to remain expiry rules and how ILR status can be lost or revoked. With indefinite leave to remain (ILR), you are permitted to stay in the UK without restrictions on […]