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In this section, you will find information about:

Registered Traveller Service
Cash Allowed When Travelling to and From the UK
Applicable Taxes When Emigrating to the UK
Tuberculosis (TB) Test for Visa Applicants
UK Visa
Immigration Health Surcharge
UK Entry Clearance

What Do I Need to Enter the UK?

Before you enter the UK - depending on your nationality or type of visit - you may be required to apply for a UK Visa. When you arrive in the UK, your passport will be checked upon entry to ensure you are allowed to come into the country. In some cases, if you are travelling through UK border control but exiting the UK within 48 hours then you will need a ​Transit Visa. Long term transit visas are also available for those who wish to stay longer than 48 hours.

How Long Does a Visa Application Take?

How long a visa takes to process depends on what type of visa you are applying for. You can apply for a student visa, working visa or visa to join family members or partners in the UK. You should always apply for a visa in good time, as UK visas can take up to 12 weeks to process.

How long Does it Take to Get Through the UK Border?

Getting through UK Border Control can take anywhere from 30 minutes to six hours, and if you’ve got a connecting flight to make or somewhere to be, you don’t want to be held back. If you can’t afford to wait that long, then you should apply for the ​Registered Traveller Service so that you can get through the UK Border faster.

What Health Checks Do You Need Before Entering the UK?

If you want to apply for a UK Visa and enter the UK for more than six months, you will need to have a tuberculosis (TB) test if you reside in a certain country. The test will consist of an x-ray, and sometimes you are asked to give a sputum sample. You can find out more about TB tests ​here.

Paying for Healthcare as Part of Your Application

If you are staying in the UK for more than six months, you will be required to pay an immigration health care surcharge. This will then mean that, during the time of your stay in the UK, you will have access to the NHS. If you are staying in the UK for less than six months, you will have access to the NHS but will be required to pay at the end of your stay.

What are the Cash Restrictions When Entering the UK?

When you enter the UK there are certain cash restrictions you must abide by. You must declare sums of up to £10,000 or more before you travel. Alongside this, depending on the type of visa you have entered the UK with, you may need to pay taxes or national insurance.

If you’d like more information regarding an application for a UK Visa, or would like to make an appeal against a UK Visa then do not hesitate to ​get in touch.

We specialise exclusively in UK Immigration and Nationality Law. We are regulated by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner(OISC). We provide immigration services to clients from worldwide. Immigration law is complex and with the rules constantly changing we strongly recommend that you use specialists to support and represent you from the start. Call us now for an honest opinion of your case, possible costs and options.

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