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Updated: Service now available in Luton.
Use this guide to find the details of local authorities in England that offer a document return service for UK nationality applications.
See Nationality document return service: Greater London for details of nationality document return services in London.
Updated: Updated paper application form and included a link to the online application form for applicants applying outside the UK.
If you are applying from outside the UK you must use the online application form.
You must use the paper form above ‘Windrush Scheme application (UK)’ if you are applying inside the UK.
Introduction for Windrush applicants
This information is for Commonwealth citizens and their children (the ‘Windrush generation’), and some other long term residents of the UK who do not have documents to demonstrate their status. The Windrush scheme explains the groups who are eligible and the documents they may receive.
The Windrush scheme started on 30 May 2018.
Applicants applying in the UK must apply using the paper application form (see above).
Applicants applying from overseas must apply using the online application form.
The Windrush taskforce will contact postal and online applicants by phone or email if they need further information to decide their applicati..
The new route, announced during London Tech Week, will widen the applicant pool of talented entrepreneurs and make the visa process faster and smoother for entrepreneurs coming to the UK. It will replace a visa route which was exclusively for graduates, opening it up to a wider pool of talented business founders.
It will require applicants to have acquired an endorsement from a university or approved business sponsor, including accelerators.
Entrepreneurs play a key role in creating jobs and driving economic growth in the UK and the changes announced today will ensure the UK remains a world-leading destination for the best global talent.
The visa route has been designed following advice from the Migration Advisory Committee and feedback from the tech sector and other stakeholders.
The Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, said:
The UK can be proud that we are a leading nation when it comes to tech and innovation, but we want to do more to attract businesses to the UK and our migration sys..
Updated: Updated guidance.
UK Visas and Immigration guidance for how it considers applications from an extended family member of an EEA or Swiss national for a document to confirm a right of residence under the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2006.
Updated: Updated appointment details for Auckland.
Read this document if you’re in New Zealand and you need to find out how to apply for a UK visa. It includes information about:
visa application centres
biometric residence permits
the priority visa service
Updated: Updated NRM forms.
Three new measures to improve the way in which victims of modern slavery are identified and supported have been announced, following a meeting of the Prime Minister’s Modern Slavery Taskforce.
The National Referral Mechanism (NRM) – the system by which victims of modern slavery are identified and provided with support – will be reformed to improve both the decision-making process and support offered. The first measures to be announced, as part of a broader package of reforms which will be announced in due course, include:
a single, expert unit will be created in the Home Office to handle all cases referred from front line staff and to make decisions about whether somebody is a victim of modern slavery. This will replace the current case management units in the National Crime Agency and UK Visas and Immigration and will be completely separate from the immigration system
an independent panel of experts will be introduced to review all negat..
Updated: Updated application form.
You can now apply online.
If you are eligible you can apply for British citizenship by naturalisation.
You should read:
guide AN which helps you fill in the form
booklet AN which summarises the legal requirements for applying
You can also read informtion on fees for citizenship applications.
Updated: Added CPIN for Iran, June 2018
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.
The legislation will enable the government to begin processing citizenship applications for the Windrush generation – Commonwealth nationals who settled in the UK before 1973 – free of charge. Free citizenship applications for children of the Windrush generation who joined their parents before they turned 18 and free confirmation of the existing British citizenship for children born to the Windrush generation in the UK where needed – will also be able to commence.
People applying for citizenship under the scheme will need to meet the good character requirements in place for all citizenship applications but will not need to take the knowledge of language and life in the UK test or attend a citizenship ceremony.
The scheme also covers the government’s commitment to help members of the Windrush generation who are looking to return to the UK having spent recent years back in their home countries. These people will also be able to apply for the relevant documentation free of charge. In ad..
Sopra Steria has been awarded the contract to deliver a new service for people applying for a work or study visa, settlement or citizenship from within the UK, the Immigration Minister announced today (Thursday 17 May).
The new service will deliver a more streamlined application process from over 60 locations across the UK, including 56 local libraries.
Under the new arrangements people using the service will be able to submit biometric information including photos, fingerprints, and signatures and their supporting evidence at a single appointment. The evidence will then be copied and sent to UKVI, meaning that people won’t have to hand over important documents, such as passports, whilst the applications are processed.
In addition, the new process will mean that individuals can choose to upload digital files in advance of their appointment, saving even more time.
The Immigration Minister, Caroline Nokes said:
The new streamlined service will make the visa application process quic..