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Country returns guide

Guidance on returning immigration offenders to their country of origin.

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Home Office guidance on the documents required and processes for returning immigration offenders to their country of origin.

Published 27 April 2016

Last updated 2 September 2021
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2 September 2021
Updated with September 2021 country returns data.

23 August 2021
Updated with August 2021 country returns data.

4 August 2021
July 2021 version amended with various updates to country processes.

20 July 2021
Updated with July 2021 country returns data.

10 June 2021
Updated country returns guide data.

2 June 2021
Updated with June 2021 country returns data.

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Updated with May 2021 country returns data.

23 April 2021
Updated with April 2021 country returns data.

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15 January 2021
Updated data to January 2021.

27 November 2020
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12 October 2020
Updated country returns guide.

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10 September 2020
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17 August 2020
Updated country returns guide for August 2020.

16 July 2020
Updated country returns guide with various updates to country processes.

9 July 2020
Updated country returns guide: various updates to country processes.

24 June 2020
Updated country returns guide with June 2020 information.

10 February 2020
Updated country returns guide for February 2020.

23 December 2019
December 2019 version amended with several updates to country processes.

3 December 2019
Updated to add December 2019 information.

3 December 2019
Updated to add October 2019 information.

25 November 2019
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Updated country returns guide to October 2019 version

5 September 2019
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8 August 2019
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18 July 2019
Updated guide Country returns guide for July 2019.

5 June 2019
Updated country returns guide for June 2019.

23 May 2019
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Country returns guide updated for May 2019.

5 March 2019
Country returns guide updated for March 2019.

1 February 2019
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19 December 2018
Country returns guide updated.

3 December 2018
Updated with December 2018 file version

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November version added.

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Updated country returns guide for October 2018

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Updated country returns guide for August 2018.

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Updated country returns guide for July.

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Updated country returns guide for July 2018.

5 June 2018
Updated country returns guide for June 2018.

22 May 2018
Updated country returns guide for May 2018.

10 April 2018
Updated country returns guide – April 2018.

8 March 2018
Updated country returns guide for March.

5 February 2018
Updated country returns guide for February.

11 January 2018
Updated country returns guide.

4 December 2017
Updated country returns guide.

2 October 2017
Updated country returns guide.

12 September 2017
Updated country returns guide.

1 August 2017
Updated guidance.

3 July 2017
Updated guidance.

14 June 2017
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4 April 2017
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7 December 2016
Updated country returns guide for December 2016.

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22 August 2016
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Guidance: Visiting the UK as an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen

Guidance

Visiting the UK as an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen

What you need to know about crossing the UK border and visiting the UK.

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What you need to enter the UK

Business travel to the UK

School travellers entering the UK

What you can bring into the UK

Healthcare in the UK

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What you need to enter the UK

If you’re an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen

Irish citizens can continue to enter and live in the UK.

EU, EEA and Swiss citizens can travel to the UK for holidays or short trips without needing a visa. You can cross the UK border using a valid passport which should be valid for the whole time you are in the UK.

EU, EEA and Swiss citizens can continue to use the automatic ePassport gates to pass through the border on arrival.

You will not be able to use an EU, EEA or Swiss national ID card to enter the UK from 1 October 2021 unless you:

have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme

have applied to the EU Settlement Scheme but not yet received a decision
have an EU Settlement Scheme family permit

have a frontier worker permit

are an S2 Healthcare Visitor

are a Swiss national and have a Service Provider from Switzerland visa

In these cases, you can continue to use your national ID card to enter the UK until at least 31 December 2025.

British citizens can continue to use a Gibraltar identity card to travel to the UK.

Irish citizens can continue to use a passport card to travel to the UK.

You must have the correct documents to show at the UK border if you’re travelling to the UK. You cannot use any documents to enter the UK that are not listed here.

In other cases, find out if you need to apply for a visa to enter the UK.

If you’re a non-EEA family member of an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen

You need a valid national passport, and one of the following:

an EU Settlement Scheme family permit
a UK-issued EEA family permit
a UK-issued biometric residence card

You cannot use an Article 10 or Article 20 residence card issued by an EEA member state.

If you’re from a non-EEA country

Your passport (and visa if you have one) will be checked at border control. You’ll usually be asked why you’re coming to the UK.
You can use the UK/EEA immigration lanes and the automatic ePassport gates if you’re from:

Australia
Canada
Japan
New Zealand
Singapore
South Korea
United States

Travelling from within the Common Travel Area (CTA)

The Common Travel Area (CTA) is made up of the UK, Ireland and the Crown Dependencies (Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man).

There are different document requirements if you are travelling to the UK within the CTA.

Business travel to the UK

If you’re an EU, EEA or Swiss Citizen travelling to the UK for a short business trip, you may not need to apply for a visa.

Under the UK’s new points-based immigration system, you can continue to visit the UK without applying for a visa. In most cases you can stay for up to 6 months. You may participate in a wide range of activities including business-related activities such as meetings, events and conferences. You may enter the UK multiple times during that period but you may not live in the UK by means of frequent or successive visits.

As a business visitor, you cannot:

do paid or unpaid work for a UK company or as a self-employed person
do a work placement or internship
sell directly to the public or provide goods and services

Read more about visiting the UK on a business trip and check whether you need to apply for a visa to carry out your intended activities.

Check the Visitor Rules and see the full list of business and academic activities you can do as a visitor to the UK.

Read more about what you can do when visiting from Ireland or one of the Crown Dependencies and check whether you need to apply for a visa.

Working in the UK or sending employees to work in the UK

If you require EU, EEA or Swiss citizens to work in the UK for longer than 6 months, they need to apply for a visa. Find out more about working in the UK.

If you employ or intend to employ an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen who commutes to the UK, see the guidance for frontier workers.

Trading with the UK

EU business can find out more about trading with the UK.

Commercial goods (merchandise in baggage)

You must tell customs (‘declare’) if you are bringing commercial goods into the UK in your accompanied baggage or small motor vehicle. Commercial goods are things to sell.

You need to make a full customs declaration if you are bringing commercial goods that are any of the following:

above the total value of £1,500 into Great Britain
above the total value of £873 into Northern Ireland

excise, restricted or controlled goods
weigh above 1,000 kilograms

Check the rules on merchandise in baggage.

Professional qualifications

Find out how to get your EU, EEA or Swiss qualification recognised in the UK.

Business exemptions from COVID-19 rules

You may not have to self-isolate or complete the passenger locator form even if you’ve recently travelled through or from a country or territory not on the travel corridors list. Check whether your job qualifies you for this exemption.

COVID-19 Test to Release scheme for international arrivals

If you do not qualify for a business exemption, you can pay for a COVID-19 test. If the test is negative, you can reduce your self-isolation period after international travel.

The scheme is voluntary and applies to England only.

Check which documents you need to enter the UK

In the 48 hours before you arrive in the UK from abroad you must complete a passenger locator form to give us your journey and contact details. This is part of the UK’s COVID-19 response.

Find out more about this and other documents you need to enter the UK.

School travellers entering the UK

Check our guidance for school children entering the UK as part of a school group, which covers school children who are of a non-EU, EEA or Swiss nationality.

This explains the steps leaders of school parties must take before bringing school children to the UK as part of a school group from the EU, EEA or Switzerland, if they would normally need a visa to enter the UK.

You will not be able to use the List of Travellers scheme to visit the UK from 1 October 2021.

What you can bring into the UK

Read the updated guidance on:

how you bring horses to and from the UK
how you bring endangered plants, animals or their products to and from the UK

Bringing your pet to and from the UK

Find out about pet travel to Europe.

Bringing goods into the UK

Some rules have changed when you bring goods for your own use from the EU to the UK. Find out more about bringing goods into the UK.

Controls on cash

Individuals travelling from the EU to the UK with £10,000 or more in cash will need to make a declaration. Find out about taking cash in and out of the UK.

Healthcare in the UK

EEA and Swiss citizens visiting the UK should check the guidance on healthcare for the latest information on access to NHS healthcare.

Driving in the UK

If you have a non-UK licence

Visitors with a non-UK driving licence can drive in the UK. You do not need an international driving permit (IDP).

If your vehicle is not insured in the UK

If you have vehicle insurance issued in the EU, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Serbia or Switzerland, you should carry an insurance green card or other valid proof of insurance.

To be valid, other proof of insurance must be a document issued by the vehicle insurance provider which includes the:

name of the insurance provider
number plate or other identifying particulars of the vehicle
period of insurance cover

Contact your vehicle insurance provider before you travel.

If your vehicle is insured in a country outside the EU, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Serbia or Switzerland, what you’ll need to do will depend on if your country is a member of the green card system.

If your country is a member, you will need to carry a green card.

If your country is not a member, your vehicle will need UK vehicle insurance.

Using your mobile phone in the UK

How much you pay for calls, texts and mobile data in the UK and the EU will depend on your operator. Please check before you travel.

Published 31 December 2020

Last updated 2 September 2021
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2 September 2021
Updated information for Irish citizens travelling to the UK from Ireland or the Crown Dependencies.

25 August 2021
Those with an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen national ID card who have applied to the EU Settlement Scheme will be able to use it to enter the UK whilst they wait for the decision on their application.

24 May 2021
Added information for EU, EEA and Swiss citizens who have applied to the EU Settlement Scheme by 30 June 2021 but not yet received a decision.

Added guidance for Gibraltar identity card holders.

Added guidance for Irish citizens.

31 December 2020
First published.

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Guidance: Travelling between the UK and Ireland, Isle of Man, Guernsey or Jersey

Guidance

Travelling between the UK and Ireland, Isle of Man, Guernsey or Jersey

Information for people travelling to the UK from Ireland, Jersey, Guernsey or the Isle of Man, and information for people passing through the UK on the way to Ireland, Jersey, Guernsey or the Isle of Man.

Contents

The Common Travel Area

British and Irish citizens

People who need permission to enter the UK from anywhere within the CTA

Travelling from Ireland to the UK

Travelling between the Crown Dependencies and the UK

Travelling through the UK on your way to another part of the CTA

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The Common Travel Area

The Common Travel Area (CTA) is made up of the UK, Ireland and the Crown Dependencies (Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man).

For the UK, the CTA arrangements means that you won’t always go through UK immigration control when travelling to the UK from somewhere else in the CTA. This is different to when you come to the UK from outside of the CTA.

You will never go through immigration control at the land border between Ireland and Northern Ireland.

British and Irish citizens

Under the CTA arrangements, Irish citizens in the UK and British citizens in Ireland have the right to live, work, study, and access healthcare, social security and public services in each other’s countries without having to apply for permission.

Read more about what the CTA means for Irish citizens.

You don’t need to show your passport to a Border Force officer when travelling from Ireland to Great Britain. However, you may be asked to show a document that confirms your identity and nationality.

This could include:

a valid passport or passport card (if you’re Irish)
a copy of your passport or passport card with your identity and nationality clearly visible
an expired passport or passport card, which Border Force are satisfied was issued to you originally
evidence of having obtained British or Irish citizenship

This list is not exhaustive and other documents including providing more than one may be accepted. These are considered on a case by case basis by Border Force.

You will not pass through any immigration control when you enter the UK from Ireland across the land border, so you don’t need any documents to enter the UK on that route.

If you’re not a British or Irish citizen

There are different rules if you enter the UK from the CTA than if you enter the UK from a place outside the CTA. Usually, you don’t need to get permission to enter the UK if you are arriving from the CTA for a visit of up to 6 months.

However, there are exceptions to this. Some people need permission to enter the UK for a short visit wherever in the CTA they travel from. Other people only need permission if they’re travelling from Ireland.

If you enter the UK illegally from another part of the CTA, you may be removed from the UK.

People who need permission to enter the UK from anywhere within the CTA

For most people, there are different arrangements in place depending on whether you travel to the UK from Ireland or the Crown Dependencies.

You need to seek permission to enter the UK from anywhere in the CTA if:

you are subject to a deportation order
your exclusion has been deemed conducive to the public good
you have previously been refused permission to enter the UK and haven’t, since the time you were refused permission, been granted permission to enter or remain in the UK or any of the Crown Dependencies

Travelling from Ireland to the UK

If you’re from an EEA country or Switzerland

You will not pass through any immigration control when you enter the UK from Ireland across the land border, so you don’t need any documents to enter the UK on that route.

However, you may be asked to show your passport (which should be valid for the whole of your stay) or identity card to enter Great Britain when travelling from Ireland if you are encountered by Border Force.

From 1 October 2021, you will not be able to use an EEA or Swiss national identity card to enter the UK, and will only be able to use a valid passport, unless you:

have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme
have made a valid application to the EU Settlement Scheme but have not yet received a decision (other than as a joining family member of a relevant sponsor)
have a valid EU Settlement Scheme family permit
have a Frontier Worker permit
are an S2 Healthcare Visitor
are a Swiss Service Provider

Irish citizens will continue to be able to use a passport card.

If you’re not from an EEA country or Switzerland

You will not pass through any immigration control when you enter the UK from Ireland across the land border, so you don’t need any documents to enter the UK on that route.

However, you may be asked by Border Force to show your passport, which should be valid for the whole of your stay, to enter Great Britain.

Permission to enter requirements

If you have permission to enter or remain in the UK (for example if you have a UK visa) you do not need further permission to enter the UK from Ireland.

You only need to get permission to enter the UK when arriving from Ireland if:

you arrived in Ireland from outside of the CTA and did not obtain immigration permission to enter Ireland
you’re a visa national who doesn’t have a valid UK visa, or a visa granted under the British-Irish Visa Scheme (BIVS)
you entered Ireland unlawfully from outside the CTA
you entered the UK or the Crown Dependencies unlawfully and went directly from there to Ireland
your permission to enter or stay expired before you left the UK and since then you haven’t been given permission to enter or stay in the UK or any of the Crown Dependencies
you are the subject of an international travel ban
you were refused admission or subject to a removal decision under specific regulations – unless you were later given permission to enter or stay

In these situations, you must either apply for:

a visa before you travel
permission to enter from a Border Force (immigration) Officer at the UK border

You may not be able to get permission to enter the UK from a Border Force Officer if you enter the UK from the CTA. This is because there are usually no immigration controls on these journeys, and none on the land border between Ireland and Northern Ireland.

For more information on who needs permission to enter the UK from Ireland, see the guidance on arriving in the UK from within the CTA.

Use the check if you need a UK visa tool to find out if you need a visa and what type.

Visas issued by Ireland are not acceptable for travel to the UK except for visas issued under the British Irish Visa Scheme (BIVS).

If you don’t need permission to enter the UK from Ireland

Some people automatically have permission to enter the UK when they arrive from Ireland. This permission is called ‘deemed leave’. You don’t need to apply for it. You won’t get a stamp in your passport showing deemed leave because you won’t necessarily meet a Border Force officer when travelling from Ireland to the UK.

You can enter on the basis of deemed leave when you either:

enter Ireland from a country outside the CTA, and then travel on to the UK
were in the UK with permission to stay for a limited time, went directly to Ireland and while you were in Ireland your permission expired, and you then came directly back to the UK

The length of time you can stay in the UK and the things you can do here on the basis of deemed leave are different depending on why you are entering the UK. If you don’t need to apply to enter the UK from Ireland, you can enter and stay in the UK on Article 4 deemed leave.

You can be in the UK for up to 6 months on your first visit from Ireland. This time starts from the date you entered the UK. You can prove the date you entered the UK by, for example, your ticket or boarding pass.

Your deemed leave ends when you leave the UK.

On following visits to the UK from Ireland, you can be in the UK for up to 2 months on the basis of deemed leave if you haven’t left the CTA since you were last in the UK.

You cannot do any paid or unpaid work if you’re in the UK on Article 4 deemed leave except for activities allowed under Appendix V: Visitor of the Immigration Rules.

If you want to come to the UK to do something that isn’t allowed under Article 4 deemed leave, you must apply for the relevant visa before you travel to the UK.

Use the check if you need a UK visa tool to find out which visa is right for what you want to do.

Other ways for non-visa nationals to enter the UK using deemed leave

You can also use deemed leave if you enter the UK from Ireland either:

as an S2 healthcare visitor

to do a permitted paid engagement

The rules of your deemed leave will be different depending on what you are coming to do.

Travelling to the UK for S2 healthcare treatment

S2 Healthcare Visitor arrangements apply to patients who applied before 11pm on 31 December 2020 to come to the UK for a course of planned healthcare treatment under the ‘S2 healthcare route’.

These arrangements also cover people who come with or join S2 Healthcare patients to support or care for them during their treatment.

See more information on S2 Healthcare Visitors including the documents you need.

If none of the exemptions apply to you and you enter the UK from Ireland with a valid S2 certificate you can enter and stay in the UK under Article 5 deemed leave. This is also true for anybody accompanying or joining you to provide care or support.

Under Article 5 deemed leave, you have permission to enter for 6 months, starting from the date you enter the UK from Ireland. You can prove this date, for example, with your travel ticket or boarding pass. This deemed leave ends when you leave the UK.

You cannot do any paid or unpaid work.

You can apply for permission to stay in the UK for another 6 months if treatment needs to continue. There’s no limit to the number of 6 month extensions you and your accompanying person can apply for, as long as you continue to meet the eligibility requirements.

If you go from the UK to Ireland and then back to the UK without having left the CTA, you’ll automatically be able to stay in the UK for up to 6 months if you still have a valid S2 healthcare certificate. This permission will start from the date you return to the UK.

Irish citizens in the UK automatically have rights to enter and stay in the UK and don’t need deemed leave for healthcare purposes (except in a rare circumstances).

If you’re a visa national you must hold a visa issued under the S2 Healthcare Visitor route in the Immigration Rules before you get to the UK, including from Ireland.

See more information on the S2 Healthcare Visitor route.

Travelling to the UK for permitted paid engagements

If you are coming to the UK for a permitted paid engagement from Ireland, you can stay in the UK on the basis of Article 6 deemed leave for up to one month.

Your deemed leave starts from the date you first enter the UK from Ireland. You can prove this date, for example, with your travel ticket or boarding pass. This deemed leave ends when you leave the UK.

On further visits to the UK you can only stay for up to 7 days on the basis of Article 6 deemed leave on each visit from Ireland, as long as you haven’t left the CTA in between visits to the UK.

If you want to use the longer deemed leave period given by Article 4 then you must first leave the CTA. You cannot switch between Article 4 and Article 6 deemed leave while still in the CTA.

You can do a different permitted paid engagement activity each time you visit the UK.

Your permitted paid engagement must:

have been arranged before you travel to the UK
be evidenced by a formal invitation
relate to your area of expertise and occupation overseas

Travelling to the UK through Ireland with a Temporary Worker – Creative and Sporting visa

If you are travelling to the UK through Ireland on a Temporary Worker – Creative and Sporting visa (T5) you must apply for remote clearance at least 72 hours before you arrive in the UK.

Travelling between the Crown Dependencies and the UK

You don’t need a passport when travelling from the Crown Dependencies to the UK. However, you may need to show a Border Force officer document confirming your identity.

This could include:

a valid passport or passport card (if you’re Irish)
a copy of your passport or passport card with your identity clearly visible
an expired passport or passport card, which Border Force are satisfied was issued to you originally
a driving licence
an armed forces identity card

This list is not exhaustive and other proof may be accepted. This will be considered on a case by case basis by Border Force.

This list is not exhaustive and you may be able to confirm you have permission to enter the UK in another way. Your circumstances will be considered on a case-by-case basis by Border Force.

You may also need to show that you have permission to enter the UK such as:

a biometric residence permit
proof of your digital status (or eVisa)

a vignette in your passport
confirmation of immigration permission from one of the Crown Dependencies

This list is not exhaustive and other documents may be accepted. These are considered on a case by case basis by Border Force.

If you get permission to enter or stay in the UK, that permission and any conditions attached to it also apply in the Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey (the Crown Dependencies). The same is true if the Crown Dependencies give you permission to enter or stay and you then travel to the UK.

You only need one UK visa if you plan to travel directly to the UK or any of the Crown Dependencies, or stop in any one of those places on the way to another.

Submit and pay for visa applications for permission to enter the Crown Dependencies in the same way as for the UK.

Travelling through the UK on your way to another part of the CTA

Even if you only enter the UK as part of your journey to Ireland or the Crown Dependencies you must still follow the UK’s immigration laws while you’re in the UK .

You must follow the immigration laws of whichever part of the CTA that you are in at the time. This includes visa requirements, restrictions on employment and length of stay.

Published 13 August 2021

Last updated 2 September 2021
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2 September 2021
Updated information for Irish citizens travelling to the UK from Ireland or the Crown Dependencies.

13 August 2021
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Guidance: Offender management

Guidance

Offender management

Guidance on immigration offender management for officers dealing with enforcement immigration matters within the UK.

Documents

Adults at risk: detention of potential or confirmed victims of modern slavery

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Identity management: enforcement

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Immigration bail

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Re-entry bans

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Reporting and offender management

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Short-term holding facility rules 2018

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This section contains guidance for immigration Enforcement officers on offender management.

Guidance in this section has been reworked into a new format and plainer language. Not all of the enforcement guidance has been revised yet. If you cannot find the information you need in this section, please look in the ‘chapters’ sections of Enforcement instructions and guidance.

Published 27 April 2016

Last updated 2 September 2021
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2 September 2021
Immigration bail guidance updated, with adjustments to the following sections: Immigration bail conditions: general, Immigration bail conditions: electronic monitoring (EM) duty, Immigration bail conditions: other, Issuing bail paperwork, First tier Tribunal grants immigration bail and Immigration bail notices.

19 July 2021
Added 'Reporting and offender management: telephone reporting pilot'. This interim guidance is for Immigration Enforcement staff and sets out the reporting and offender management (ROM) policy on telephone reporting conditions as part of a pilot to explore the benefits and impacts associated with this new type of bail condition.

9 July 2021
Interim immigration bail guidance updated, with adjustments to provision of accommodation section.

9 July 2021
Immigration bail guidance updated, with adjustments to provision of accommodation section.

9 June 2021
New detention: general instructions guidance which replaces the detention and temporary release guidance.

25 May 2021
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19 May 2021
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29 March 2021
'Re-entry bans' guidance updated to amend contact details.

19 March 2021
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3 March 2021
Added detention and case progression review guidance

25 January 2021
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15 January 2021
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3 December 2020
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16 November 2020
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2 November 2020
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28 February 2020
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26 July 2019
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Adults at risk in immigration detention version 5.0 added.

26 February 2019
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New guidance on short-term holding facility rules 2018 added and updates to adults at risk in immigration detention and detention and temporary release guidance.

9 May 2018
Guidance document 'immigration bail' updated.

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22 January 2018
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18 January 2018
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'Detention and temporary release' updated.

6 November 2017
Updated detention and temporary release guidance.

26 October 2017
Detention and temporary release updated.

19 October 2017
Guidance on 'Bail', 'Detention and temporary release' and 'Detention of pregnant women' added.

12 June 2017
Added 'Sanctions: refer case to Interventions and Sanctions Directorate (ISD)'.

20 April 2017
Added reporting and offender management guidance.

6 April 2017
Updated guidance on 're-entry bans'.

3 March 2017
Guidance added on 'Chapter 22a: contact management'.

15 February 2017
Re-entry bans added.

6 January 2017
'Sanctions: vehicles and licensing' updated.

15 December 2016
Updated guidance on 'Non-compliance and absconder process'.

6 December 2016
Updated adults at risk in immigration detention guidance.

24 November 2016
Updated non-compliance and absconder process guidance.

10 November 2016
Guidance added on 'non-compliance and absconder process'.

12 September 2016
Guidance added on 'Adults at risk in immigration detention'.

21 July 2016
Guidance on 'Identity management: enforcement' added.

27 April 2016
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Published 22 January 2014

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26 July 2021
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24 November 2020
Updated Heathrow Airport Terminal 2 telephone number.

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New version of the requirements published for use on or after 6 April 2014

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Register of licensed sponsors: workers

List of organisations licensed to sponsor workers on the Worker and Temporary Worker immigration routes.

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Published 13 November 2013

Last updated 2 September 2021
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2 September 2021
Updated register.

1 September 2021
Updated register.

31 August 2021
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

27 August 2021
Updated register.

26 August 2021
Updated register published.

25 August 2021
Updated sponsors list.

24 August 2021
Updated register.

23 August 2021
Updated register.

20 August 2021
Updated register.

19 August 2021
Updated register.

18 August 2021
Updated register.

17 August 2021
Updated register published.

16 August 2021
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

13 August 2021
Updated sponsors list.

12 August 2021
Updated sponsors list.

11 August 2021
Updated list published.

10 August 2021
Updated register.

9 August 2021
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

6 August 2021
Updated register.

4 August 2021
Updated register.

3 August 2021
Updated registers list.

2 August 2021
Register updated.

30 July 2021
Updated register.

29 July 2021
Updated register published.

28 July 2021
Updated register.

27 July 2021
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

26 July 2021
Updated register.

23 July 2021
Updated register.

22 July 2021
Updated register.

21 July 2021
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

20 July 2021
Updated sponsors list.

19 July 2021
Updated register.

16 July 2021
Updated sponsors list.

15 July 2021
Updated sponsors list.

14 July 2021
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

13 July 2021
Updated register published.

12 July 2021
Updated register.

8 July 2021
Updated register.

7 July 2021
Updated register.

6 July 2021
Updated list of sponsors.

5 July 2021
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

2 July 2021
Updated register.

1 July 2021
Updated list of sponsors.

30 June 2021
Updated list published.

29 June 2021
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

28 June 2021
Updated register of sponsors.

25 June 2021
Updated register.

24 June 2021
Updated list published.

23 June 2021
Updated sponsors list.

22 June 2021
Updated register published.

21 June 2021
Updated list of sponsors.

18 June 2021
Updated register published.

17 June 2021
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

16 June 2021
Updated sponsors list.

15 June 2021
Updated register published.

14 June 2021
Updated register published.

11 June 2021
Updated register published.

10 June 2021
Added updated register.

9 June 2021
Updated register.

8 June 2021
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

7 June 2021
Updated sponsors list.

4 June 2021
Updated sponsors list.

3 June 2021
Updated register.

2 June 2021
Updated sponsors list.

1 June 2021
Updated list published.

28 May 2021
Updated sponsors list.

27 May 2021
Updated sponsors list.

26 May 2021
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

25 May 2021
Updated register added.

24 May 2021
Updated register.

21 May 2021
Added updated register.

20 May 2021
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

19 May 2021
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

18 May 2021
Updated sponsors list.

17 May 2021
Updated register.

14 May 2021
Updated register.

13 May 2021
Updated register of licensed sponsors.

11 May 2021
Updated sponsors list.

10 May 2021
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

5 May 2021
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

4 May 2021
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

30 April 2021
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

29 April 2021
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

28 April 2021
Updated sponsors list.

27 April 2021
Updated register.

26 April 2021
Updated register.

23 April 2021
Updated register published.

22 April 2021
Updated register.

21 April 2021
Updated register of licensed sponsors.

20 April 2021
Updated sponsors list.

19 April 2021
Updated list of sponsors.

9 April 2021
Updated list of sponsors.

7 April 2021
Updated list of sponsors.

31 March 2021
Updated list published.

30 March 2021
Updated register.

29 March 2021
Updated list of sponsors.

25 March 2021
Updated register.

24 March 2021
Updated the register of licensed sponsors.

23 March 2021
Updated sponsors list.

22 March 2021
List of sponsors updated.

18 March 2021
List of sponsors updated.

17 March 2021
Updated list of sponsors.

16 March 2021
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

15 March 2021
Updated sponsor list.

12 March 2021
Updated sponsor list.

11 March 2021
Updated list of sponsors.

10 March 2021
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

9 March 2021
Daily sponsors list.

5 March 2021
Updated sponsor list.

4 March 2021
Updated sponsors list.

3 March 2021
List of sponsors updated.

2 March 2021
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

1 March 2021
Updated list of sponsors.

26 February 2021
Updated sponsor list.

25 February 2021
Updated list of sponsors.

24 February 2021
Updated sponsors list.

23 February 2021
Updated sponsors list.

22 February 2021
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

19 February 2021
Updated sponsors list.

18 February 2021
List of sponsors updated.

17 February 2021
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

16 February 2021
Updated sponsors list.

15 February 2021
Updated sponsors list.

12 February 2021
Updated sponsors list.

11 February 2021
Updated sponsors list.

10 February 2021
Updated register published.

9 February 2021
Updated register published.

8 February 2021
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

5 February 2021
Updated list of licensed sponsors: workers.

4 February 2021
Updated sponsors list.

3 February 2021
Updated sponsors list.

1 February 2021
Updated sponsors list.

29 January 2021
Updated list published.

28 January 2021
Updated list of registers.

27 January 2021
Updated sponsors list.

26 January 2021
Updated the register of licensed sponsors for workers.

25 January 2021
Updated list of sponsors.

22 January 2021
Updated list of sponsors.

21 January 2021
Updated sponsors list.

20 January 2021
Updated the register of sponsors.

19 January 2021
Updated list published.

18 January 2021
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

15 January 2021
Updated register.

13 January 2021
Updated register.

12 January 2021
Updated sponsors list.

12 January 2021
Updated register list.

8 January 2021
Updated sponsor list published.

7 January 2021
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

6 January 2021
Updated register.

5 January 2021
Updated sponsor list.

4 January 2021
Updated register.

31 December 2020
Updated sponsor list.

30 December 2020
Updated sponsor list.

29 December 2020
List of sponsors updated.

24 December 2020
Updated the register of licensed sponsors for workers.

23 December 2020
Updated the register of licensed sponsors for workers.

22 December 2020
Updated sponsors list.

21 December 2020
Updated list of sponsors.

18 December 2020
Updated sponsors list.

17 December 2020
Updated list published.

16 December 2020
Updated sponsors list.

15 December 2020
Updated sponsors list.

14 December 2020
Updated register.

11 December 2020
Updated list published.

10 December 2020
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

9 December 2020
Updated sponsors list.

8 December 2020
List of sponsors updated.

4 December 2020
List of sponsors updated.

4 December 2020
List of sponsors updated.

3 December 2020
Updated sponsors list.

2 December 2020
Updated the register of organisations licensed to sponsor workers under T2 and T5.

1 December 2020
Updated register.

30 November 2020
Updated register.

27 November 2020
Updated register.

24 November 2020
Updated sponsors list.

23 November 2020
Updated register.

19 November 2020
Updated register.

18 November 2020
List of sponsors updated.

17 November 2020
Updated the register of licensed sponsors for workers.

16 November 2020
Updated register list.

13 November 2020
Updated sponsors list.

12 November 2020
Updated list of sponsors published.

11 November 2020
Updated list of sponsors published.

10 November 2020
Updated list of registers.

9 November 2020
Updated sponsors list.

6 November 2020
Updated sponsors list.

5 November 2020
Updated the list.

4 November 2020
List of sponsors updated.

4 November 2020
Updated list.

2 November 2020
Updated list.

29 October 2020
List of sponsors updated.

28 October 2020
Updated list of sponsors.

26 October 2020
Updated the list.

23 October 2020
Updated the list

22 October 2020
Updated the list.

21 October 2020
Updated the list.

20 October 2020
Updated the list.

19 October 2020
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

16 October 2020
Updated list published.

15 October 2020
Updated list of sponsors.

14 October 2020
Updated the list.

13 October 2020
Updated list of sponsors.

12 October 2020
Updated list of sponsors.

8 October 2020
Updated register of sponsors

5 October 2020
Updated list of sponsors.

2 October 2020
Updated sponsors list.

1 October 2020
Updated sponsors list.

30 September 2020
Updated register published.

29 September 2020
Updated the register.

28 September 2020
Updated register.

25 September 2020
Updated list published.

24 September 2020
Updated register.

23 September 2020
Updated sponsors list.

22 September 2020
Updated register.

21 September 2020
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

18 September 2020
Updated list.

17 September 2020
Updated list published.

16 September 2020
Updated register of licensed sponsors.

15 September 2020
Updated sponsors list.

14 September 2020
Updated register.

11 September 2020
Updated sponsors list.

10 September 2020
Updated list published.

9 September 2020
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

8 September 2020
Updated sponsors list.

7 September 2020
Updated register.

4 September 2020
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

3 September 2020
Updated list published.

2 September 2020
Updated register.

1 September 2020
Updated register.

28 August 2020
Updated register.

26 August 2020
Updated register.

25 August 2020
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

24 August 2020
Updated register.

21 August 2020
Updated register.

20 August 2020
Updated register.

19 August 2020
Updated list published.

18 August 2020
Updated sponsors list.

17 August 2020
Updated register.

14 August 2020
Updated the register.

12 August 2020
Updated register.

11 August 2020
Updated sponsors list.

10 August 2020
Updated list of sponsors.

7 August 2020
Updated register of sponsors.

6 August 2020
Updated register.

5 August 2020
Updates sponsors list.

4 August 2020
Updated sponsors list.

3 August 2020
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

31 July 2020
Updated list published.

30 July 2020
Updated sponsors list.

29 July 2020
Updated register.

28 July 2020
Updated register.

27 July 2020
Updated register.

24 July 2020
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

23 July 2020
Updated register.

22 July 2020
Updated register of sponsors.

21 July 2020
Updated sponsors list.

20 July 2020
Updated register of sponsors.

17 July 2020
Updated list published.

16 July 2020
Updated register of sponsors.

15 July 2020
Updated register of sponsors.

14 July 2020
Updated sponsors list.

13 July 2020
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

10 July 2020
Updated list published.

9 July 2020
Updated sponsors list.

8 July 2020
Updated list of sponsors.

7 July 2020
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

6 July 2020
Updated register.

3 July 2020
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

2 July 2020
Updated list of sponsors published.

1 July 2020
Updated register.

30 June 2020
Updated register of sponsors.

29 June 2020
Updated register of sponsors.

26 June 2020
Updated sponsors list.

25 June 2020
Updated register of sponsors.

24 June 2020
Updated register of sponsors.

23 June 2020
Updated register.

22 June 2020
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

18 June 2020
Updated list published.

17 June 2020
Updated register.

16 June 2020
Updated register of sponsors.

15 June 2020
Updated register of sponsors

12 June 2020
List of sponsors updated.

11 June 2020
Updated register of sponsors.

10 June 2020
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

9 June 2020
Updated registers list.

8 June 2020
Updated register.

5 June 2020
Updated list published.

4 June 2020
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

3 June 2020
Updated register.

2 June 2020
Updated sponsors list.

1 June 2020
Updated register of sponsors.

29 May 2020
Updated register.

28 May 2020
Updated sponsors list.

27 May 2020
Updated register of sponsors.

26 May 2020
Updated register of sponsors.

22 May 2020
Updated sponsor list published.

21 May 2020
Updated sponsors list.

20 May 2020
Updated list published.

19 May 2020
Updated registers of sponsors.

18 May 2020
Updated register.

15 May 2020
Updated register of sponsors.

14 May 2020
Updated the sponsors list.

13 May 2020
Updated register of sponsors.

12 May 2020
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

11 May 2020
Updated register.

7 May 2020
Updated list published.

6 May 2020
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

5 May 2020
Updated the sponsors list.

4 May 2020
Updated register.

1 May 2020
Updated the sponsors list.

30 April 2020
Updated register of sponsors.

29 April 2020
Updated list of registers.

28 April 2020
Updated sponsors list.

27 April 2020
Updated register.

24 April 2020
Updated register of sponsors

23 April 2020
Updated list of registers.

22 April 2020
Updated register of sponsors.

21 April 2020
Updated register.

20 April 2020
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

17 April 2020
Updated register.

16 April 2020
Updated list published.

15 April 2020
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

14 April 2020
Updated the sponsors list.

9 April 2020
Updated register.

8 April 2020
Updated register of sponsors.

7 April 2020
Updated sponsors list.

6 April 2020
Updated register of sponsors.

3 April 2020
Updated register.

2 April 2020
Updated the sponsors list.

2 April 2020
Updated register of sponsors

31 March 2020
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

30 March 2020
Updated register of sponsors

27 March 2020
Updated register.

26 March 2020
Updated sponsors list.

25 March 2020
Updated register of sponsors.

24 March 2020
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

23 March 2020
Updated register of sponsors.

20 March 2020
Updated sponsors list.

19 March 2020
Updated list of sponsors published.

18 March 2020
Updated register of sponsors

17 March 2020
Updated register.

16 March 2020
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

13 March 2020
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

12 March 2020
Updated sponsors list.

12 March 2020
Updated register published.

10 March 2020
Updated list of registers.

9 March 2020
Updated register of sponsors

6 March 2020
Updated register of sponsors.

5 March 2020
Updated list of registers.

4 March 2020
Updated registers list.

3 March 2020
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

2 March 2020
Updated register.

28 February 2020
Updated the sponsors list.

27 February 2020
Updated register.

26 February 2020
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

24 February 2020
Updated list of sponsors.

21 February 2020
Updated register of sponsors.

20 February 2020
Updated list of registers.

19 February 2020
Updated list published.

18 February 2020
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

17 February 2020
Updated register.

14 February 2020
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

13 February 2020
Updated list published.

12 February 2020
Updated registers for Tier 2 and 5.

11 February 2020
Updated the sponsors list.

10 February 2020
Updated register.

7 February 2020
Updated list published.

6 February 2020
Updated register of sponsors

5 February 2020
Updated register.

4 February 2020
Updated sponsors list.

3 February 2020
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

31 January 2020
Updated register.

30 January 2020
Updated list of sponsors.

29 January 2020
Updated list of sponsors published.

28 January 2020
Updated sponsors list.

27 January 2020
Updated list of registered sponsors.

24 January 2020
Updated list published.

21 January 2020
Updated sponsors list.

20 January 2020
Updated register.

17 January 2020
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

16 January 2020
Updated register.

15 January 2020
Updated list of sponsors

14 January 2020
Updated list of sponsors.

13 January 2020
Updated register of sponsors.

10 January 2020
Updated the list of registers.

9 January 2020
Updated list published.

8 January 2020
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

7 January 2020
Updated register of sponsors.

6 January 2020
Updated list of sponsors.

3 January 2020
Updated list of sponsors.

3 January 2020
Updated register.

31 December 2019
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

30 December 2019
Updated register.

27 December 2019
Updated list published.

24 December 2019
Updated list of sponsors

23 December 2019
Updated list of sponsors.

20 December 2019
Updated list of sponsors

19 December 2019
Updated list published.

18 December 2019
Updated list of sponsors.

16 December 2019
Updated register of sponsors.

13 December 2019
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

12 December 2019
Updated register of sponsors.

11 December 2019
Updated register.

10 December 2019
Updated list of sponsors.

9 December 2019
Updated list of sponsors.

6 December 2019
Updated register.

5 December 2019
Updated register of sponsors

4 December 2019
Updated list published.

3 December 2019
Updated list of sponsors.

2 December 2019
Updated register of sponsors.

29 November 2019
Updated list of sponsors.

28 November 2019
Updated list published.

25 November 2019
Updated list of sponsors

22 November 2019
Updated sponsors list.

21 November 2019
Updated register of sponsors.

21 November 2019
Updated list of sponsors

19 November 2019
Updated register.

18 November 2019
Updated list of sponsors.

15 November 2019
Updated to add register for 15 November

15 November 2019
Updated register.

13 November 2019
Updated list published.

12 November 2019
Updated sponsors list.

11 November 2019
Updated list of sponsors.

8 November 2019
Updated list of sponsors.

7 November 2019
Updated registers list.

6 November 2019
Updated list published.

5 November 2019
Updated register.

4 November 2019
Updated register.

1 November 2019
Updated list of sponsors.

31 October 2019
Updated register.

30 October 2019
Updated list published.

29 October 2019
Updated sponsors.

28 October 2019
Updated register.

25 October 2019
Updated list published.

24 October 2019
Updated list of sponsors

23 October 2019
Updated register.

18 October 2019
Updated list published.

17 October 2019
Updated list of sponsors.

16 October 2019
Updated sponsors list.

15 October 2019
Updated sponsors list.

14 October 2019
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Guidance: Register of licensed sponsors: students

Guidance

Register of licensed sponsors: students

List of institutions licensed to sponsor migrant students under the Student and Child Student routes.

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Register of Student sponsors

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Published 13 November 2013

Last updated 2 September 2021
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2 September 2021
Updated register.

1 September 2021
Updated register.

31 August 2021
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

27 August 2021
Updated register.

26 August 2021
Updated register published.

25 August 2021
Updating registers list.

24 August 2021
Updated register.

23 August 2021
Updated register.

20 August 2021
Updated register.

19 August 2021
Updated register.

18 August 2021
Updated register.

17 August 2021
Updated register published.

16 August 2021
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

13 August 2021
Updated sponsors list.

12 August 2021
Updated sponsors list.

11 August 2021
Updated list published.

10 August 2021
Updated register.

9 August 2021
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

6 August 2021
Updated register.

4 August 2021
Updated register.

3 August 2021
Updated registers list.

2 August 2021
Register updated.

30 July 2021
Updated register.

29 July 2021
Updated register published.

28 July 2021
Updated register.

27 July 2021
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

26 July 2021
Updated register.

23 July 2021
Updated register.

22 July 2021
Updated register.

21 July 2021
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

20 July 2021
Updated sponsors list.

19 July 2021
Updated register.

16 July 2021
Updated the sponsors list.

15 July 2021
Updated the sponsors list.

14 July 2021
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

13 July 2021
Updated register published.

12 July 2021
Updated register.

8 July 2021
Updated register.

7 July 2021
Updated register.

6 July 2021
Updated list of sponsors.

5 July 2021
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

2 July 2021
Updated register.

1 July 2021
Updated list of sponsors.

30 June 2021
Updated list published.

29 June 2021
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

28 June 2021
Updated register published.

25 June 2021
Updated register.

24 June 2021
Updated list published.

23 June 2021
Updated sponsors list.

22 June 2021
Updated register published.

21 June 2021
Updated list of sponsors.

18 June 2021
Updated register published.

17 June 2021
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

16 June 2021
Updated sponsors list.

15 June 2021
Updated register published.

14 June 2021
Updated register published.

11 June 2021
Updated register published.

10 June 2021
Added updated register.

9 June 2021
Updated register.

8 June 2021
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

7 June 2021
Updated sponsors list.

4 June 2021
Updated sponsors list.

3 June 2021
Updated register.

2 June 2021
Updated sponsors list.

1 June 2021
Updated list published.

28 May 2021
Updated sponsors list.

27 May 2021
Updated sponsors list.

26 May 2021
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

25 May 2021
Added updated register.

24 May 2021
Updated register.

21 May 2021
Added updated register.

20 May 2021
Updated list of registered sponsors.

19 May 2021
Updated list of registered sponsors.

18 May 2021
Updated sponsors list.

17 May 2021
Updated register.

14 May 2021
Updated register.

13 May 2021
Updated register of licensed sponsors.

11 May 2021
Updated sponsors list.

10 May 2021
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

5 May 2021
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

4 May 2021
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

30 April 2021
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

29 April 2021
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

28 April 2021
Updated the sponsors list.

27 April 2021
Updated register.

26 April 2021
Updated register.

23 April 2021
Updated register published.

22 April 2021
Updated register.

21 April 2021
Updated register of licensed sponsors.

20 April 2021
Updated sponsors list.

19 April 2021
Updated register.

9 April 2021
Updated register.

7 April 2021
Updated register.

1 April 2021
Updated list of sponsors.

31 March 2021
Updated list published.

30 March 2021
Updated register.

29 March 2021
Updated list of sponsors.

25 March 2021
Updated register.

24 March 2021
Updated the register of licensed sponsors.

23 March 2021
Updated sponsors list.

22 March 2021
Sponsor list updated.

18 March 2021
Sponsor list updated.

17 March 2021
Updated list of sponsors.

16 March 2021
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

15 March 2021
Updated list of sponsors.

12 March 2021
Updated list of sponsors.

11 March 2021
Updated list of sponsors.

10 March 2021
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

9 March 2021
Daily sponsors list.

5 March 2021
Updated sponsor list.

4 March 2021
Updated sponsors list.

3 March 2021
List of sponsors updated.

2 March 2021
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

1 March 2021
Updated list of sponsors.

25 February 2021
Updated list of sponsors.

24 February 2021
Updated sponsors list.

23 February 2021
Updated sponsors list.

22 February 2021
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

19 February 2021
Updated sponsors list.

18 February 2021
List of sponsors updated.

17 February 2021
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

16 February 2021
Updated sponsors list.

15 February 2021
Updated sponsors list.

12 February 2021
Updated sponsors list.

11 February 2021
Updated sponsors list.

10 February 2021
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

9 February 2021
Updated register published.

8 February 2021
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

5 February 2021
Updated list of licensed sponsors: students.

4 February 2021
Updated sponsors list.

3 February 2021
Updated sponsors list.

1 February 2021
Updated sponsors list.

29 January 2021
Updated list published.

28 January 2021
Updated list of registers.

27 January 2021
Updated sponsors list.

26 January 2021
Updated the register of student sponsors.

25 January 2021
Updated list of sponsors.

22 January 2021
Updated list of sponsors.

21 January 2021
Updated sponsors list.

20 January 2021
Updated the register of student sponsors.

19 January 2021
Updated sponsor list published.

18 January 2021
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

15 January 2021
Updated register.

13 January 2021
Updated register.

12 January 2021
Updated sponsors list.

12 January 2021
Updated register list.

8 January 2021
Updated sponsor list published.

7 January 2021
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

6 January 2021
Updated register.

5 January 2021
Updated sponsor list.

4 January 2021
Updated register.

31 December 2020
Updated sponsor list.

30 December 2020
Updated sponsor list.

29 December 2020
List of sponsors updated.

24 December 2020
Updated the register of student sponsors.

23 December 2020
Updated the register of student sponsors.

22 December 2020
Updated sponsors list.

21 December 2020
Updated list of sponsors.

18 December 2020
Updated sponsor list.

17 December 2020
Updated list published.

16 December 2020
Updated sponsors list.

15 December 2020
Updated sponsors list.

14 December 2020
Updated register.

11 December 2020
List of sponsors updated.

10 December 2020
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

9 December 2020
Updated sponsors list.

8 December 2020
List of sponsors updated.

4 December 2020
List of sponsors updated.

3 December 2020
Updated sponsors list.

2 December 2020
Updated the register of sponsors.

1 December 2020
Updated register.

30 November 2020
Updated register.

27 November 2020
Updated register.

24 November 2020
Updated sponsors list.

23 November 2020
Updated register.

19 November 2020
Updated register.

18 November 2020
List of sponsors updated.

17 November 2020
Updated the register of licensed student sponsors.

16 November 2020
Updated register list.

13 November 2020
Updated sponsors list.

12 November 2020
List of sponsors updated.

11 November 2020
List of sponsors updated.

10 November 2020
Updated list of registers.

9 November 2020
Updated sponsors list.

6 November 2020
Updated sponsors list.

5 November 2020
Updated the list.

4 November 2020
List of sponsors updated.

4 November 2020
Updated list.

2 November 2020
Updated list.

29 October 2020
List of sponsors updated.

28 October 2020
Updated list of sponsors.

26 October 2020
Updated the list.

23 October 2020
Updated the list.

22 October 2020
Updated the list.

21 October 2020
Updated the list.

20 October 2020
Updated the list

19 October 2020
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

16 October 2020
updated list published.

15 October 2020
Updated list of sponsors.

14 October 2020
Updated the list.

13 October 2020
Updated list of sponsors.

12 October 2020
Updated list of sponsors.

8 October 2020
Updated register of sponsors

5 October 2020
Updated list of sponsors.

2 October 2020
Updated sponsors list.

1 October 2020
Updated sponsors list.

30 September 2020
Updated list published.

29 September 2020
Updated the register.

28 September 2020
Updated register.

25 September 2020
Updated list published.

24 September 2020
Updated register.

23 September 2020
Updated registers list.

22 September 2020
Updated register.

21 September 2020
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

18 September 2020
Updated list.

17 September 2020
Updated register published.

16 September 2020
Updated register of licensed sponsors.

15 September 2020
Updated sponsors list.

14 September 2020
Updated register.

11 September 2020
Updated sponsors list.

10 September 2020
Updated list published.

9 September 2020
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

8 September 2020
Updated sponsors list.

7 September 2020
Updated register.

4 September 2020
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

3 September 2020
Updated list published.

2 September 2020
Updated register.

1 September 2020
Updated register.

28 August 2020
Updated register.

26 August 2020
Updated register.

25 August 2020
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

24 August 2020
Updated register.

21 August 2020
Updated register.

20 August 2020
Updated register.

19 August 2020
Updated list published.

18 August 2020
Updated sponsors list.

17 August 2020
Updated register.

14 August 2020
Updated the register.

12 August 2020
Updated register.

11 August 2020
Updated sponsors list.

10 August 2020
Updated list of sponsors.

7 August 2020
Updated register of sponsors.

6 August 2020
Updated register.

5 August 2020
Updated list of sponsors.

4 August 2020
Updated sponsors list.

3 August 2020
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

31 July 2020
Updated list published.

30 July 2020
Updated sponsors list.

29 July 2020
Updated register.

28 July 2020
Updated register.

27 July 2020
Updated register.

24 July 2020
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

23 July 2020
Updated register.

22 July 2020
Updated register of sponsors.

21 July 2020
Updated sponsors list.

20 July 2020
Updated register of sponsors.

17 July 2020
Updated list published.

16 July 2020
Updated register of sponsors.

15 July 2020
Updated register of sponsors.

14 July 2020
Updated sponsors list.

13 July 2020
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

10 July 2020
Updated list published.

9 July 2020
Updated sponsors list.

8 July 2020
Updated list of sponsors.

7 July 2020
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

6 July 2020
Updated register.

3 July 2020
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

2 July 2020
Updated list published.

1 July 2020
Updated register.

30 June 2020
Updated register of sponsors.

29 June 2020
Updated register of sponsors.

26 June 2020
Updated sponsors list.

25 June 2020
Updated register of sponsors.

24 June 2020
Updated register of sponsors.

23 June 2020
Updated register.

22 June 2020
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

18 June 2020
Updated list published.

17 June 2020
Updated register.

16 June 2020
Updated register of sponsors.

15 June 2020
Updated register of sponsors.

12 June 2020
List of sponsors updated.

11 June 2020
Updated register of sponsors.

10 June 2020
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

9 June 2020
Updated sponsors list.

8 June 2020
Updated register.

5 June 2020
Updated list published.

4 June 2020
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

3 June 2020
Updated register.

2 June 2020
Updated sponsors list.

1 June 2020
Updated register of sponsors.

29 May 2020
Updated register.

28 May 2020
Updated sponsors list.

27 May 2020
Updated register of sponsors.

26 May 2020
Updated register of sponsors.

22 May 2020
Updated sponsor list published.

21 May 2020
Updated sponsors list.

20 May 2020
Updated list published.

19 May 2020
Updated register of sponsors.

18 May 2020
Updated register.

15 May 2020
Updated register of sponsors.

14 May 2020
Updated the sponsors list.

13 May 2020
Updated register of sponsors.

12 May 2020
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

11 May 2020
Updated register.

7 May 2020
Updated list published.

6 May 2020
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

5 May 2020
Updated the sponsors list.

4 May 2020
Updated register.

1 May 2020
Updated the sponsors list.

30 April 2020
Updated register of sponsors.

29 April 2020
Updated list of registers.

28 April 2020
Updated registers list.

27 April 2020
Updated register.

24 April 2020
Updated register of sponsors

23 April 2020
Updated list of registers.

22 April 2020
Updated register of sponsors.

21 April 2020
Updated register.

20 April 2020
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

17 April 2020
Updated register.

16 April 2020
Updated list published.

15 April 2020
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

14 April 2020
Updated the sponsors list.

9 April 2020
Updated register.

8 April 2020
Updated register of sponsors.

7 April 2020
Updated sponsors list.

6 April 2020
Updated register of sponsors

3 April 2020
Updated register.

2 April 2020
Updated the sponsors list.

1 April 2020
Updated register of sponsors

31 March 2020
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

30 March 2020
Updated register of sponsors

27 March 2020
Updated register.

26 March 2020
Updated sponsors list.

25 March 2020
Updated register of sponsors.

24 March 2020
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

23 March 2020
Updated register of sponsors.

20 March 2020
Updated sponsors list.

19 March 2020
Updated list of sponsors published.

18 March 2020
Updated register of sponsors

17 March 2020
Updated register.

16 March 2020
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

13 March 2020
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

12 March 2020
Updated the sponsors list.

12 March 2020
Updated list published.

10 March 2020
Updated list of registers.

9 March 2020
Updated register of sponsors

6 March 2020
Updated register of sponsors.

5 March 2020
Updated list of registers.

4 March 2020
Updated the registers.

3 March 2020
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

2 March 2020
Updated register.

28 February 2020
Updated sponsors list.

27 February 2020
Updated register.

26 February 2020
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

24 February 2020
Updated list of sponsors.

21 February 2020
Updated register of sponsors.

20 February 2020
Updated list of registers.

19 February 2020
Updated list published.

18 February 2020
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

17 February 2020
Updated register.

14 February 2020
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

13 February 2020
Updated list published.

12 February 2020
Updated with Tier 4 register for 12/02/2012.

11 February 2020
Updated the sponsors list.

10 February 2020
Updated register.

7 February 2020
Updated list published.

6 February 2020
Updated register of sponsors

5 February 2020
Updated register.

4 February 2020
Updated the sponsors list.

3 February 2020
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

31 January 2020
Updated register.

30 January 2020
Updated list of sponsors.

29 January 2020
Updated list of sponsors published.

28 January 2020
Updated the sponsors list.

27 January 2020
Updated list of registered sponsors.

24 January 2020
Updated list published.

21 January 2020
Updated the sponsors list.

20 January 2020
Updated register.

17 January 2020
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

16 January 2020
Updated register.

15 January 2020
Updated register of sponsors

14 January 2020
Updated list of sponsors.

13 January 2020
Updated register of sponsors.

10 January 2020
Updated sponsors list.

9 January 2020
Updated list published.

8 January 2020
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

7 January 2020
Updated register of sponsors.

6 January 2020
Updated list of sponsors.

3 January 2020
Updated list of sponsors.

3 January 2020
Updated register.

31 December 2019
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

30 December 2019
Updated register.

27 December 2019
Updated list published.

24 December 2019
Updated list of sponsors

23 December 2019
Updated list of sponsors.

20 December 2019
Updated list of sponsors

19 December 2019
Updated list published.

18 December 2019
Updated list of sponsors

17 December 2019
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

16 December 2019
Updated register of sponsors.

13 December 2019
Updated list of licensed sponsors.

12 December 2019
Updated register of sponsors.

11 December 2019
Updated register.

10 December 2019
Updated list of sponsors.

9 December 2019
Updated list of sponsors.

6 December 2019
Updated register.

5 December 2019
Updated register of sponsors

4 December 2019
Updated list published.

3 December 2019
Updated list of sponsors.

2 December 2019
Updated register of sponsors.

29 November 2019
Updated list of sponsors.

28 November 2019
Updated list published.

25 November 2019
Updated list of sponsors

22 November 2019
Updated the sponsors list.

21 November 2019
Updated register of sponsors.

21 November 2019
Updated list of sponsors

19 November 2019
Updated register.

18 November 2019
Updated list of sponsors.

15 November 2019
Updated to add register for 15 November

15 November 2019
Updated register.

13 November 2019
Updated list published.

12 November 2019
Updated the sponsors list.

11 November 2019
Updated list of sponsors.

8 November 2019
Updated list of sponsors.

7 November 2019
Updated registers list.

6 November 2019
Updated list published.

5 November 2019
Updated register.

4 November 2019
Updated register of sponsors.

1 November 2019
Updated list of sponsors.

31 October 2019
Updated register.

30 October 2019
Updated list published.

29 October 2019
Updated register.

25 October 2019
Updated list published.

24 October 2019
Updated list of sponsors

23 October 2019
Updated sponsors list.

22 October 2019
Updated list of sponsors

21 October 2019
Updated register.

18 October 2019
Updated list published.

17 October 2019
Updated list of sponsors.

16 October 2019
Updated list of sponsors.

15 October 2019
Updated list of sponsors.

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Guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents

Guidance

Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents

This is advice for visa customers and applicants in the UK, visa customers outside of the UK and British nationals overseas who need to apply for a passport affected by travel restrictions associated with coronavirus.

Contents

If you’re in the UK

If you’re working for the NHS

If you’re outside the UK

If you’re applying to enter the UK or remain on the basis of family or private life

If you want to cancel your visa

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If you’re in the UK

You are expected to take all reasonable steps to leave the UK where it is possible to do so or apply to regularise your stay in the UK. You are allowed to access Visa and Immigration services as these are considered an essential public service. You must follow current COVID-19 rules for where you live, in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

If you intend to leave the UK to return to a country or territory currently listed amber or red but have not been able to do so and you have a visa, leave or ‘exceptional assurance’ that expires before 30 September 2021 you may request additional time to stay, known as ‘exceptional assurance’.

There may also be exceptional cases where you may be unable to return to a country or territory listed as green where that nation has closed their borders or where quarantine facilities are temporarily over-subscribed in which cases you may also request ‘exceptional assurance’.

Please submit your request for an ‘exceptional assurance’ by emailing cihassuranceteam@homeoffice.gov.uk with the following details:

full name
date of birth
nationality
Home Office, GWF or any other reference number
type of visa
expiry date of visa
reason for request
evidence of flight or evidence showing reason you can’t leave

The subject header of your email should read “Request for an assurance”.

In your email you should attach evidence to show why you cannot leave the UK. For example, if you can’t leave the UK because you cannot find a flight before your leave/visa expires, you will need to submit a copy of a confirmed flight ticket or evidence of flight unavailability.

During the time in which your request for ‘exceptional assurance’ is pending you will continue on the conditions as per your current or most recently expired visa.

If you are granted ‘exceptional assurance’ it will act as a short-term protection against any adverse action or consequences after your leave has expired. If conditions allowed you to work, study or rent accommodation you may continue to do so during the period of your ‘exceptional assurance’. ‘Exceptional assurance’ does not grant you leave. It is a means to protect those who are unable to leave the UK due to COVID-19 restrictions and not to facilitate travel, other than to return home.

If you’ve already been given assurance but your circumstances have changed or you’re unable to leave the UK by the assurance date previously given, you must reapply using the process above. You will need to clearly state that you’re making a subsequent application. You’ll be asked to provide new supporting evidence.

If you intend to stay in the UK

In order to remain in the UK, you will need to apply for the relevant permission to stay. Where eligible, you’ll be able to submit a permission to stay application form from within the UK.

You can make an application for permission to stay in the UK if you hold permission in a route that would normally allow you to do so.

You’ll need to meet the requirements of the route you’re applying for and pay the UK application fee. You will not be able to apply for a route for which there is no provision in the Immigration Rules for making an in-country application, such as T5 Youth Mobility Scheme, or Adult Dependant Relative.

The terms of your current permission will remain the same until your application is decided. If you are switching into work or study routes you may be able to commence work or study whilst your application is under consideration, depending on the terms of your current permission.

You are also able to apply for permission to stay to remain in the UK if you have been issued with an ‘exceptional assurance’. You must submit your application before the expiry of your ‘exceptional assurance’.

If you are in the UK but your Entry Clearance was not activated due to COVID-19 restrictions

If you entered the United Kingdom outside the 30 and 90 day window allowed by your Entry Clearance vignette due to COVID-19 impacts, and your Entry Clearance was not activated as a result, then you can apply to remain in the United Kingdom without having to return overseas or reapply.

By following the process below, you are able to vary the leave and conditions granted on arrival to match the conditions of your Entry Clearance. This will not require any fee to be paid.

In order to accept this offer please e-mail ECActivation@homeoffice.gov.uk with the following details:

a photo of yourself
a photo of your Entry Clearance vignette and passport biodata page
a photo of the Entry stamp in your passport
details of how your travel was impacted by COVID-19 regulations
residential address where an updated Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) can be returned

An updated BRP will then be sent to you with the correct conditions.

If you have overstayed your leave

If your visa or leave expired between 24 January 2020 and 31 August 2020 there will be no future adverse immigration consequences if you didn’t make an application to regularise your stay during this period. However, if you have not applied to regularise your stay or submitted a request for an exceptional assurance you must make arrangements to leave the UK.

Application and service centres in the UK

As immigration and visa services are an essential service you can still travel to attend your appointment and enrol your biometrics.

Most UK Visa and Citizenship Application Centres (UKVCAS) have reopened for existing customers. You can check which UKVCAS centres are open and book an appointment if you have not already done so.

UKVCAS Service Points are essential services and will remain open throughout the UK so customers can continue to book and attend appointments to progress their visa applications.

Service and Support Centres (SSCs) are essential services and will remain open. SSCs are offering a reduced number of appointments because of coronavirus. As more appointments are made available UKVI will invite you to arrange an appointment by email or post.

If you’re a Student or Child Student applicant in the UK and have given your fingerprints before

If you’re applying in the UK as a Student or Child Student (including Tier 4 student), UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) may be able to reuse your fingerprints.

If UKVI can reuse the fingerprints you’ve already given, you’ll be emailed with instructions on how to send them an image of your face and your supporting documents.

This will mean you do not have to attend a UKVCAS or an SSC service point appointment to provide biometric information.

If you cannot send the information through the instructions given, you’ll be able to book an appointment.

English language testing centres in the UK

You can book a test at most of the approved English Testing Centres in the UK.

For more information on how you can book your English Language Test, contact either:

your test centre
Trinity College London
International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
LanguageCert website
Pearson Test of English

If you have a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa and your business has been disrupted

You no longer need to employ at least 2 people for 12 consecutive months. The 12 month period you’re required to employ someone for can be made up of multiple jobs across different months but this must be equivalent to 2 full time jobs.

Time when your employees were furloughed will count towards the 12 month period if they have been paid at least 80% of their normal salary.

If you’ve not been able to employ staff for 12 months by the time your visa expires, you’ll be allowed to extend your stay for a further 2 years, if you can show:

you‘ve created at least 2 jobs by the date you apply
you’ve been unable to employ staff for 12 months due to coronavirus

If you have a Start-up visa and your business has been disrupted

You can apply for additional leave of 12 months. This will allow your Start-up visa to go beyond the normal maximum 2-year period so you can continue developing your business against your agreed business plan.

You must meet the requirements of the route as normal, including being endorsed by an endorsing body. Your endorsing body must assess your business and be satisfied that reasonable progress has been made, taking into consideration the impact of coronavirus and that the business remains viable.

Your endorsing body must provide you with an endorsement letter. This must state it is an application for a temporary extension by completing the relevant sections and providing the required information, within the endorsement letter.

If you’ve applied for a Student or Child Student visa (including Tier 4 visas) and are waiting for a decision on your application

You can start your course or studies before your visa application has been decided if:

your sponsor is a Student sponsor
you have been given a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS)
you submitted your application before your current visa expired and you show your sponsor evidence of this
the course you start is the same as the one listed on your CAS
you have a valid Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate if required

If your application is eventually rejected as invalid or refused you must stop your course or studies.

If you’ve applied for a Health and Care Worker visa and are waiting for a decision on your application

You can start work before your visa application has been decided if:

you’ve been assigned a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) and you’re applying under the Health and Care visa
you submitted your application before your current visa expired and you show your sponsor evidence of this
the job you start is the same as the one listed on your CoS

If your application is eventually rejected as invalid or refused your sponsor will stop sponsoring you and you must stop working for them. You should either leave the UK or seek to regularise your immigration status if this happens.

If you are not applying under the Health and Care visa, you must wait until your visa application has been granted before starting work, unless your current visa allows you to work in that job.

If you need more information about the measures in place for students and their sponsors

You can read detailed guidance on the temporary measures in place for Student sponsors, their students and short-term students in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

If you’re working for the NHS

If you work in healthcare and your visa expires between 1 April 2021 and 30 September 2021

You may be eligible for a free extension to your visa. If you’re eligible, your dependants (partner and children under the age of 18) could also get their visas extended for a year.

You and your dependants will not have to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge.

If your visa is due to expire after 30 September 2021, or you are changing employer, you cannot extend your visa for free.

Find out more in the visa extensions for health workers during coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance.

If you’ll be working at a different NHS site than your usual place of work because of coronavirus

You can work at any NHS hospital during the coronavirus outbreak if your sponsor can maintain their sponsorship duties.

Sponsors will not need to notify UKVI of the change in your place of work.

If you do any different or extra work due to coronavirus

You can carry out supplementary work in any role at any skill level during the coronavirus outbreak. There is no restriction on the number of hours you can work.

Changes to the current restrictions on the number of hours you can work or volunteer

There is no longer a limit on the number of hours you can work or volunteer each week if you’re a:

Student (including Tier 4 student) working for the NHS in a list profession
worker with a Skilled Work, Health and Care Work, Intra-company Transfer or T2 Worker visa and your NHS job is a second job
visiting academic researcher
holder of a short-term visa and are permitted to volunteer

If you’re a pre-registration nurse or midwife on the Temporary Register in the UK

The deadline for you to sit the Occupational Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) has been extended to 30 September 2021. If you do not pass on the first attempt, you’ll have until 31 December 2021 to pass the exam.

If you’re working on coronavirus research

If you’re a scientist researching coronavirus (COVID-19), you may be able to apply for a Global Talent visa using the UKRI endorsed funder option. Find out about the requirements for coronavirus researchers.

If you’re outside the UK

If you’re planning to travel to the UK, you’ll need to make sure you comply with all travel restrictions including pre-departure testing. Please check the travel advice issued by your carrier and check what you need to do before entering the UK.

A traffic light system is in place. All countries will be rated as red, amber or green for coronavirus. You’ll need to follow the red, amber and green list rules for entering England.

Separate guidance is available if you’re entering Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland

What you need to do depends on where you have been in the 10 days before you arrive.

Find out what list the country you’ve been in is on and what you need to do.

Applying for a UK visa

There are changes at the UK border because of coronavirus (COVID-19).

You should consider guidance on entering the UK and the red, amber and green list rules for entering England before you apply for a visa. You should also check the travel advice issued by your carrier and check what you need to do before you leave for the UK.

Applications for transit visas and visas for work, study or residence in the UK continue to be processed from all red, amber and green list locations.

If you’re applying for a visitor visa

UKVI will continue to accept applications for visit visas from red, amber and green countries. Issuing applications from red list countries will be paused until travel restrictions are lifted.

If you need to travel urgently to the UK for compassionate reasons, you’ll still need to apply for a visa in the usual way, including submitting biometrics at your chosen Visa Application Centre (VAC). You should clearly explain the compelling or compassionate reasons for your visit in your application form and alert the VAC staff during biometric submission. You’ll be contacted by UKVI once your application has been received.

If you do not hear from UKVI or your request is exceptionally urgent, you can also contact UK Visas and Immigration for help. Please note that this is a chargeable service for overseas customers.

If you’re a child coming to school in the UK

Under the quarantine arrangements for boarding school students from red list countries, if you are a child under 18 coming to study at a UK boarding school you may isolate at accommodation provided or arranged by your boarding school instead of going into managed quarantine.

If you are a child under 18 travelling from a red list country to study at a UK boarding school and:

you are not able to isolate at accommodation provided or arranged by your school; or
you will be studying at a day school and staying with family or in a foster arrangement

we may consider issuing a visitor visa exceptionally to one of your parents / guardians so that they can accompany you to the UK and undergo managed quarantine together with you.

We will not normally issue a visitor visa to your parent / guardian if your school can offer accommodation for you to complete your isolation.

We will only consider issuing visit visas to both your parents / guardians if there are compelling or compassionate circumstances.

If you are a parent / guardian of a child under 18 travelling from a red list country to study at a UK boarding school you’ll need to apply for a visa in the usual way, including submitting biometrics at your chosen Visa Application Centre (VAC).

You should provide evidence to show why your child cannot isolate at school accommodation and alert the VAC staff of your reason for travel during biometric submission. You’ll be contacted by UKVI once your application has been received.

Exemptions to managed quarantine requirements

The Department of Health and Social Care has laid out a limited number of scenarios where an individual may apply for an exemption from the requirement to enter managed quarantine on arrival in the UK on medical and compassionate grounds.

Visa Application Centres (VACs)

Most UK Visa Application Centres (VACs) have resumed services where local restrictions allow.

Priority and Super Priority services are only available in some locations. If available, you’ll be able to purchase these services when booking your appointment.

For more information, and for updates to the status of VACs, including opening times in your country, check with:

TLS contact if you’re in Europe, Africa and parts of the Middle East

VFS global for all other countries

Ongoing global restrictions mean some UKVI services will remain closed. Where services are resuming, existing customers will be contacted.

English language tests are available in most countries but may be temporarily suspended in some countries due to coronavirus restrictions. You can find a list of all approved test centres outside the UK. Check the SELT provider’s website to find out when tests are available and to make sure the test centre is open. Do not contact the test centre directly.

For more information on how you can book your English Language Test, contact either:

your test centre
International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
LanguageCert
Pearson Test of English
PSI (Services) UK Ltd

Applying for a visa if your visa application centre (VAC) is closed

You can apply for a visit visa from any UK VAC. You should apply for all other UK visas from the country you’re living in.

If your VAC is closed due to coronavirus restrictions, you can apply online and select a VAC in another country worldwide to submit your application and biometrics. You’ll need to make sure you’re permitted to travel to that country beforehand.

You’ll be able to make any type of UK visa application. You must select the country where you would like to submit your biometrics at the start of your application.

This concession has been extended to 31 December 2021.

If you’ve already submitted your application through Access UK and now intend to submit your new application at a different VAC from the one selected in that application, you’ll need to make a new application and select the VAC where you’ll submit your application.

You’ll need to pay the fee associated with your new application and request a refund for your earlier application.

Getting your documents when a VAC is closed due to COVID-19 restrictions

As VACs reopen their services, we will prioritise returning customer passports.

If the VAC where you applied is still closed we will not be able to return your passport.

If your passport is in a VAC, and a decision on your application has been made, the VAC will contact you to arrange collection.

If your application has not been decided, we will not contact you to return your passport until it has. If you would like your passport returned, even if your application has not been decided, please contact the VAC to arrange collection.

To see if the VAC is open for passport return in your country, check with:..

Guidance: Nigeria: country policy and information notes

Guidance

Nigeria: country policy and information notes

Guidance used by UK Visas and Immigration to make decisions in asylum and human rights applications.

Documents

Country policy and information note: Islamist extremist groups in North East Nigeria, July 2021

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Country policy and information note: medical and healthcare issues, Nigeria, January 2020

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Country policy and information note: female genital mutilation (FGM), Nigeria, August 2019

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Country policy and information note: trafficking of women, Nigeria, July 2019

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Country policy and information note: sexual orientation and gender identity or expression, Nigeria, April 2019

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Country policy and information note: actors of protection, March 2019

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Country policy and information note: internal relocation, March 2019

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Country policy and information notes (previously known as country information and guidance reports) are used by UK Visas and Immigration officials to make decisions in asylum and human rights applications.

The notes also give information on asylum seekers’ countries of origin.

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Published 9 December 2016

Last updated 1 September 2021
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1 September 2021
Removal of country background note: Nigeria, January 2020.

19 July 2021
Replaced 'Boko Haram, Nigeria, January 2019' with 'Islamist extremist groups in North East Nigeria, July 2021'

21 April 2021
Removed 'Biafran separatists' country policy and information note to review and update the country information content.

31 March 2021
Replaced 'Biafran separatists' country policy and information note with 'Biafran secessionist groups'.

9 April 2020
Added Country policy and information note Nigeria: Biafran separatists document.

13 January 2020
Added Country policy and information note: medical and healthcare issues, Nigeria, January 2020.

8 January 2020
Replaced Country background note: May 2019 with Country background note: January 2020.

9 September 2019
Removed country information and guidance on women fearing gender-based harm or violence.

5 September 2019
Information on prison conditions removed as it is now out of date.

14 August 2019
Updated country policy and information note on female genital mutilation (FGM).

29 July 2019
Updated country policy and information note on trafficking of women.

5 July 2019
Replaced the country policy and information note: trafficking of women, Nigeria, July 2019.

25 June 2019
Updated CPIN on trafficking of women.

16 May 2019
Country background note published.

12 April 2019
Updated information on sexuality and gender identity published.

10 April 2019
Updated background note and added internal relocation note

14 February 2019
New document added on Boko Haram.

29 August 2018
New country policy and information note: medical and healthcare issues, Nigeria, August 2018.

28 February 2017
New country policy information notes on female genital mutilation (FGM).

9 December 2016
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Guidance: Support for British and non-British nationals in Afghanistan

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Support for British and non-British nationals in Afghanistan

We continue to work at pace to assist people facing serious risk in Afghanistan.

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The UK evacuation operation has ended. View updates on foreign travel advice.

British nationals

If you are a British national, or family member of a British national in Afghanistan, call +44 1908 516 666 (or 01908 516 666 in the UK) and select the option ‘Consular services for British nationals’.

Non-British nationals

ARAP

The Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (ARAP) is for Afghans who have supported British efforts in Afghanistan, for example interpreters and other personnel. View further details on ARAP.

Helpline

If you are a non-British national in Afghanistan, or are the family member of a non-British national in Afghanistan, and in need of assistance, call +44 2475 389 980 (or 02475 389 980 in the UK).

This helpline is not providing advice on eligibility for the full Afghan citizens’ resettlement scheme and it is not for registering interest for the scheme. Please continue checking back on the Afghan citizens’ resettlement scheme page for updated details of the scheme.

Published 22 August 2021

Last updated 31 August 2021
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31 August 2021
The Afghan helpline is not providing advice on eligibility for the full resettlement scheme and it is not for registering interest for the scheme now that the evacuation process has been completed. Please continue checking back on the Afghan citizens’ resettlement scheme page for updated details of the scheme.

26 August 2021
Added advice on travel to Kabul Hamid Karzai International Airport.

24 August 2021
Updated opening hours for non-British nationals helpline.

22 August 2021
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