Apply for a Visa or Immigration

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) is responsible for administrating all Visas and Immigration to the UK in association with the Home Office. They are also responsible for processing applications for British Citizenship.

British Citizenship

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) deal with all applications relating to British Citizenship.

To find out whether you are eligible to apply for UK Citizenship or if you have, or are currently experiencing a delay or complications in your application you should write to the UKBA at the following address and telephone number:
ukbanationalityenquiries@ukba.gsi.gov.uk  or call 0845 010 5200

To register and apply for British citizenship online click here: 

Here you will be taken through a step by step guide to applying for a visa, settlement and citizenship.

Visas and Immigration

There are many different ways you can visit the UK and depending on the visit will result in a specific visa in which you will need to apply for.

For information on how to apply for the appropriate visa for: https://www.gov.uk/apply-uk-visa 

  • General Visits
  • Visiting Family
  • Visiting to do Business
  • Visiting to study
  • Visiting as a Sports Person
  • Visiting as an entertainer OR
  • Visiting for other reasons – Such as Marriage or Civil Partnership

Follow the link below to the UK Border Agency website to find out the different types of visa applications you are looking to apply for.

Once you have all the information you need, you can apply on line by clicking the link below:
http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/visas-immigration/visiting/

If you are applying for a Student Visa

The UK has a world class Educational Institution and therefore many EU and No- EU Nationals are attracted to the UK.

There are different types of student Visas reflecting the ages of applicants and the length and type of course.

Category

Who Can Apply

Tier 4 (Child)

You can apply as a child student under Tier 4 of our points-based system if you are between 4 and 17 years old. If you are between 4 and 15 years old, you must be coming to the UK to be educated at an independent fee-paying school.

Child visitor

You can apply as a child visitor if you are under 18 years old and you want to come and study in the UK for up to 6 months.

While you are in the UK as a child visitor, you cannot 'switch' and apply to extend your stay as a Tier 4 (Child) student. If you want to study under Tier 4 (Child), you will need to leave the UK and apply from the country where you live.

Tier 4 (General)

You can apply as an adult student under Tier 4 (General) of our points-based system if you are coming to the UK for your post-16 education.

Student visitor

You can apply as a student visitor if you are at least 18 years old, you want to come and study in the UK for up to 6 months (or up to 11 months to take an English Language course), and you do not want to work while you are here.

While you are in the UK as a student visitor, you cannot 'switch' and apply to extend your stay as a Tier 4 (General) student. If you want to study here under Tier 4 (General) , you will need to leave the UK and apply from the country where you live.

Prospective student

You can apply as a prospective student if you want to come to the UK to help you finalise the arrangements for your Tier 4 course of study (for example, by attending an interview at a university which has made you a conditional offer).

You will be able to switch into the Tier 4 (General) or Tier 4 (Child) category while you are in the UK.

For a full list of types of Student visas and further information on how to apply click here. http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/visas-immigration/studying/

* This help guide is by no means definitive, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice *