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UK Immigration Rules and Visa Laws

A guide with the most current information on visa and immigration laws in the United Kingdom. Find out who has the legal right to visit or stay in the United Kingdom. The topics in this section also provide legal guidance for anyone arriving at the borders of the United Kingdom.

Immigration Laws UK 2022: The UKVI is part of the Home Office. It stands for United Kingdom Visas and Immigration.

The organisation has a huge responsibility to the country. It must ensure a culture of customer satisfaction for people who make a legal entry in to Great Britain.

The UK Visas and Immigration department is essential to the country. It operates with a strong emphasis on national security and public safety.

UKVI rule on millions of visa applications and settlement visas every year. This guide helps to explain how they determine those rulings and why.

There is further advice for those seeking asylum in the United Kingdom. The UK asylum process has strict rules to follow if you are claiming asylum as a refugee.

Find important information about sponsorship terms to visit and stay in Great Britain. Get the latest information on what happens at border control.



Immigration Rules in the United Kingdom

Arrivals to the United Kingdom

What happens when you are arriving in the United Kingdom at airports and at ferry ports? You must have valid credentials and you may need to get an entry visa.

Asylum Law in United Kingdom

The complex asylum rules and regulations can be difficult to follow. This basic asylum law guide will help displaced persons understand the support process.

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Biometric Residence Permit Rules

Check to see if the new biometric residence permits apply to your situation. The guide explains how a BRP stores your personal data and how to report a problem.

Family Visas

A guide for those who are visiting the UK for 6 months or more. It includes visas for spousal partners and family members.

Immigrants and Detainees

Immigration Bail

Some immigrants may be able to apply for immigration detention bail while waiting for an appeal, review, or for removal from the United Kingdom.

Passport Application Rules

A passport is an official document used most for international travel purposes. The section explains how passport rules and regulations function in the United Kingdom.

Reporting an Immigration Crime

You can report an immigration crime if you believe someone is living or working ‘illegally’ in the United Kingdom. The same anonymous process applies to report anyone employing an illegal worker.

Settled Status UK EU Citizens

A new scheme will grant settled status for EU citizens and their families to remain in the UK (after Brexit). The guide explains who is eligible and how to apply for settled status once the UK leaves the EU.

Note: Another section explains the new rules for permanent residence documents for EU, EEA, or Swiss citizens when they are no longer valid.

Skilled Worker Visa

The new points-based immigration system takes full effect beginning 1st of January 2021 – ending free movement into the United Kingdom.

UK Visas and Immigration

You can contact UK visas and immigration from inside and outside the United Kingdom. But, the staff at the UKVI centre are unable to give advice about any personal circumstances.

Travel Advice when Overseas

A section covering the latest travel advice abroad with tips for travelling overseas. Further information and guidance comes from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office travel advisory service.

Visa Rules in United Kingdom

A list of categories for visa rules and regulations in the United Kingdom. It includes information on getting a settlement Visa in Britain. Extra details cover sponsorship terms to visit and stay in Great Britain.

There is more information on the UK border control. It explains how they conduct passport checks when you go through customs. Find out what happens if you are transiting through the country or you need to perform a layover.

Voluntary Returns Service

Returning Home Voluntarily

UKVI use the voluntary returns service to send people home if they do not have the legal right to stay in the UK. Check how you may get help when returning to your own country.

Reporting Centres

Some people arrive in the United Kingdom without any permission to stay in the country. You can use the immigration reporting centre contact list to check where to attend an appointment.

UK Immigration Rules and Visa Laws: List of Categories and Overview