Immigration Health Surcharge – How does it Work?

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You may need to pay a healthcare surcharge, called the ‘immigration health surcharge’ (IHS), as part of your UK immigration application. You will then be able to use the National Health Service (NHS). You will however still need to pay for certain types of services, such as prescriptions, dental treatment and eye tests. If you have […]

Entry Clearance (UK Guide)

If you are a non-EEA national looking to come to the UK, the following guide will help you to understand the rules and requirements relating to entry clearance, from what this actually means to the rules on transiting though the UK.   What is entry clearance? Under UK Immigration Rules, if you are a non-EEA national coming […]

IELTS For UKVI (Test Guide)

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If you are looking to apply for a UK visa, you may be required by the Home Office to prove your knowledge of the English language by way of a government-approved test, known as the IELTS for UKVI. The following guide looks at the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) in the context of UK […]

UK Visa Requirements (Applicant Guidance)

13 minute read Last updated: 30th November 2019   In this article, we look at what travellers need to know about meeting the UK visa requirements and making a successful application to the Home Office. If you are a national of a non EEA (European Economic Area) country or Switzerland and you wish to enter […]

Spouse Visa After Divorce (How to Stay in the UK)

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8 minute read Last updated: 31st October 2019   If you are living in the UK under a spouse visa, it will be important to understand how your immigration status will be affected in the event you divorce or separate from your British citizen spouse or civil partner.   This article covers: Immigration status: impact […]

UK Visa Processing Times

When you apply for a UK visa, the length of time it takes for your application to be processed can be an important factor in deciding when to apply and when to make your travel arrangements. But UK visa processing times can vary considerably, depending on factors such as the type of visa being applied […]

Disclosing Spent Convictions

A private members bill has been put to Parliament in July 2019 which would reform the law on disclosing spent convictions and rehabilitation periods under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. If the proposals go ahead, fewer convictions will have to be revealed to employers, educational institutions, insurers and housing providers and in theory there will […]

Appendix FM & UK Family Visa Applications

Appendix FM is an extensive document setting out the rules and requirements for individuals to be able to come to the UK by reason of their family life. Who does Appendix FM apply to? Appendix FM of the UK Immigration Rules applies to nationals from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland applying to […]

Which Home Office Visa?

Should you wish to visit the UK, you may need to make an application for a Home Office visa to permit you to travel to the UK and undertake your planned activity. Do you need a visa? Currently, (September 2019) nationals of EU countries, European Economic Area (EEA) countries and Switzerland do not need a […]

How to Get a UK Work Permit

The old UK Work Permit system has been replaced by the Tier 2 visa system. This type of work permit is for employees who are coming to the UK to fill a vacant position that cannot be filled by a British citizen and who have confirmed sponsorship from a licensed UK employer. How to get […]