For reasons related to an individual’s character, conduct or associations, immigration officials and the Home Secretary reserve the right to refuse permission for foreign migrants to enter the UK, or revoke permission for migrants who have already been granted a UK visa. Alongside this, the Home Secretary has the power to refuse entry to a foreign migrant even if there’s been no indication that they intend to visit the UK.
The UK is known for promoting and attracting great talent. This will continue to be the case, with the launch of new open-entry visas for overseas scientists and researchers to encourage the growth of the country’s research sector.
You can become British citizen in different ways. The most common way to become a British citizen is known as “naturalisation”.
The decision as to whether someone should be given naturalisation is made at the discretion of the Home Secretary. If the Home Secretary finds the applicant fit for purpose, they may then grant British citizenship to that person.
There are official requirements set down by the Home Office for naturalisation but they may waive these or may refuse citizenship to a person despite them meeting all of the necessary requirement. However, generally applications for naturalisation are granted if the requirements are met.
In this guide, we outline the rules and regulations around UK registration certifications – documentation that confirms your residence status in the UK – including how to apply and how to include extended family members as part of your application.
In 2017, the Supreme Court decided the case of MM and others case didn’t preclude the requirement to meet a basic income requirement and it stays the same at £18,600 to sponsor the partner, £22,400 to sponsor a partner and child. Learn more about third-party financial support in FM cases.
A Commonwealth citizen is a person residing in a member state of the Commonwealth of Nations. In British nationality law, a Commonwealth citizen is a person who is:
- A British citizen,
- British Overseas Territories citizen,
- British Overseas citizen,
- British subject,
- British National (Overseas), or
- A national of a country listed in Schedule 3 of the British Nationality Act 1981.
Commonwealth citizens can enjoy certain privileges in the UK and other member states. These special rights (if any) are determined by each individual Commonwealth country. This status is more prominent in British law; it has little effect in other Commonwealth countries, such as Australia. British protected persons are not Commonwealth citizens, under the law.
Those looking to set up a new business or take over the running of a business in the UK can apply for a UK Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa. As with any other visa category, you must meet some conditions to be eligible to apply for a UK Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa.
If you are settled in the UK and you adopted a child overseas, then you can bring your adopted child to the UK. In order to do so, you need to follow UK visa and immigration rules for adopted children.
Driving in a different country can be extremely stressful – especially when the driving laws differ to the ones you’re used to in your home country. Whether you’re visiting another country, you’ve just got a fiance visa or you’ve just received a settlement visa, you’ll find there are many different (and bizarre) driving laws you will need to adhere to.
A person, who has cohabited for 2 years or more but is not married nor is in a civil partnership with a partner who is settled in the UK, can apply to join his or her partner in the UK. If you are looking to apply for either an unmarried partner or same sex partner visa then you can do so provided certain conditions are met.
In July 2012, new immigration rules for unmarried and same-sex partners wishing to settle permanently in the UK came into effect. If you’re applying for a UK unmarried partner visa, you need to know these rules in order to ensure that you meet all the relevant criteria. However, those who already got leave to enter or remain in the UK under the old rules will continue to be treated under the old rules; the new ew rules will not apply to them.