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Immigration Service for British Citizens and Foreign People on Arrival in UK

The immigration service in UK is very strict but follows a simple process to make sure that the people visiting UK whether British Citizen or foreigners can enjoy their stay without any hassle. For anyone entering UK whether to visit the country or traveling through UK must have a valid Passport as well as Visa based on the country of their origin or nationality unless you’ are a citizen of an EEA country or Switzerland.

For a citizen of an EEA country or Switzerland, you require a valid passport or an identity card issued by an EEA country until it’s valid for the whole of your stay. For rest of the countries, Immigration rules change for arrival in UK as per the nationality of the visitor as well as the objective of the visit.

Types of Visas Available for Foreign Nationals Arriving in UK

  • Student Visa
  • Work Visa
  • Transit Visa
  • Tourist or Short Stay Visa
  • Family Visas

How to apply Online for a Visa for Visiting UK? 

You need a Visa to enter UK if you are a citizen of an EEA or Switzerland or live in the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man. For the rest of the countries, you can apply for an online UK visa to visit, work, and study or join a family member or partner (spouse) already in the UK.

You can also use the online Visa service at www.gov.uk/apply-uk-visa to apply for a certificate of entitlement to right of abode in the UK. All British citizens and some Commonwealth citizens are entitled to the right of abode in the UK and hence, they don’t require any visa to visit UK as well as there’s no limit on the length of their stay in the country. If you’re not a British citizen, you can apply for a ‘Certificate of entitlement’.

A citizen from North Korea must apply in person whereas everybody else can apply for a UK visa online. Some visitors may also require to get a TB test depending on the country they’re applying.

Guillem Baches is Blogger, International Chess Master and well known expert at Social Media, Internet, Jobs and Citizen Services.

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