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UK Immigration Services

UK Immigration offers a number of visa options, and knowing which visa to apply for should be the first step taken when making plans to travel to UK.

If you already have a job offer from a company in the UK you may be able to apply for a UK Work Permit.

If you already live in the UK, you may be able to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain. After a few years, you may even be able to apply for Naturalisation. You will have to pass the Life in the UK Test to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain or UK Citizenship. For more information, view our Life in the UK Test Preparation page.

UK Immigration Visas

Employer Sponsorship Licence

All UK employers wishing to hire an employee from outside of the European Union must have an Employer Sponsorship Licence under the new points-based system for UK Immigration.

Read more about the Employer Sponsorship LicenceApply online for an Employer Sponsorship Licence

Tier 1 Skilled Visa

The Tier 1 (General) Scheme remains open only to visa extensions and applicants with exceptional talent. As a result, most applicants must now go through Tier 2 (Work Permits).

Read more about the Tier 1 Skilled VisaApply online for a Tier 1 Skilled Visa

Tier 2 Work Permit

Tier 2 work permits are applied for by employers who need to fill a vacant position with a specific person.

Read more about Tier 2 Work PermitsApply online for a Tier 2 Work Permit

Tier 3 Temporary Work Visa

The Tier 3 work permit category is for lower-skilled temporary workers to come to the UK to fill a specific job shortage.

Read more about Tier 3 Temporary Work VisasApply online for a Tier 3 Temporary Work Visa

Tier 4 Student Visa

The UK government offers Student Visas to welcome foreign students who want to study in the UK. No international student is allowed to remain in the UK longer than five years.

Read more about Tier 4 Student VisasApply online for a Tier 4 Student Visa

Tier 5 Temporary Worker Visa

The Tier 5 Work Visa category is for temporary workers in the UK including the new Youth Mobility Scheme, which replaces the UK Working Holiday Visa.

Read more about Tier 5 Temporary Worker VisasApply online for a Tier 5 Temporary Worker Visa

UK Family Visas

UK Fiance Visa

People who are planning to marry a British citizen or permanent resident in the UK may apply for a fiance / fiancee visa in order to do this. Unlike most other visas of its kind, there is no requirement that the applicant and the sponsor have lived together before applying.

Read more about UK Fiance VisasApply online for a UK Fiance Visa

UK Marriage Visa

TThe Marriage Visa is for people who are married to or in a civil partnership with a UK citizen or permanent resident. UK citizens and permanent residents are able to apply sponsor their spouses or partners for a marriage visa.

Read more about UK Marriage VisasApply online for a UK Marriage Visa

Other UK Immigration Pathways

Indefinite Leave to Remain

Permanent Residence in the UK is called Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR). Indefinite Leave to Remain is granted to people who have already shown a commitment to the UK on a temporary visa.

Read more about UK ResidencyApply online for Indefinite Leave to Remain

UK Entry Clearance

All visa nationals need entry clearance to enter the UK, even as tourists. Commonwealth and non-visa nationals are given up to 6 months of entry clearance to come to the UK for tourism on arrival at a UK port of entry.

Read more about UK Entry ClearanceApply online for UK Entry Clearance

UK Citizenship and Naturalisation

UK residents are eligible to apply for British citizenship following a period of Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK. Unless they are already British citizens by descent, all adults must register or naturalise in order to earn British citizenship.

Read more about UK CitizenshipApply online for UK Citizenship

UK Business Visas

The UK encourages anyone who can contribute to the British economy, and core to this ideology are business people, ranging from investors, to entrepreneurs and even new workers from the expanding EU market.

Read more about UK Business VisasApply online for a UK Business Visa