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					                               UK IMMIGRATION
                  CHANGES TO ENTRY CLEARANCE REQUIREMENTS
UK Immigration Rules are continually being revised. The British Government set out its five-year strategy
for asylum and immigration in February 2005. Changes have also been made to entry clearance
requirements. The British Government is obliged under EU law to introduce the requirement for entry
clearance (permission to enter the UK) for all non-visa nationals (those who did not previously require a
visa) seeking entry to the UK for more than 6 months.

PHASE 1 NATIONALS
This change has been phased in gradually. In November 2003 this requirement was introduced for nationals
from the ten countries listed below (‘Phase 1’ nationals).
 Australia                                                 New Zealand
 Canada                                                    Singapore
 Hong Kong (non-BNOs)                                      South Africa
 Japan                                                     South Korea
 Malaysia                                                  USA

FROM 13 NOVEMBER 2005 ALL NATIONALS FROM NON EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AREA
MEMBER STATES WHO WISH TO COME TO THE UK FOR MORE THAN SIX MONTHS
WILL BE REQUIRED TO OBTAIN ENTRY CLEARANCE (PERMISSION TO ENTER THE UK)
FROM THEIR NEAREST BRITISH MISSION BEFORE TRAVELLING.

Between 13 November 2005 and 13 January 2006 there will be arrangements to allow those who have not
applied for entry clearance as a student to be granted permission to enter on their arrival in the UK.
However, we would advise students to apply for entry clearance in order to try and obtain permission to stay
until the end of their studies. Those who do not have entry clearance will only be granted a short stay on
entry (maximum 6 months) and will then have to apply for an extension in the UK (£250 by post or £500 in
person). AFTER 13 JANUARY 2006, THOSE WITHOUT THE NECESSARY ENTRY
CLEARANCE WILL BE REFUSED ENTRY TO THE UK.

PLEASE CHECK THE FOLLOWING WEBSITE FOR FURTHER DETAILS: www.ukvisas.gov.uk

VISA NATIONALS
‘Visa Nationals’ will still be required to obtain visas prior to travelling for any period of stay in the UK.

ALL STUDENT APPLICANTS
You will need to complete a VAF1 (non-settlement) form. These forms can be downloaded from the
UKvisas website (www.ukvisas.gov.uk). You must apply at your nearest British mission
(Embassy/Consulate/High Commission) in your country of residence (see UK Embassies Overseas at:
www.fco.gov.uk or www.ukvisas.gov.uk).

STUDENT VISA/ENTRY CLEARANCE FEES WERE INCREASED ON 1 JULY 2005 FROM £36
TO £85. For further details and for fees in local currency contact your nearest British mission.

THOSE WITHOUT THE CORRECT ENTRY CLEARANCE WILL BE REFUSED ENTRY TO
THE UK.

PLEASE CHECK IMMIGRATION REQUIREMENTS BEFORE TRAVELLING TO THE UK.

Michele Maltas
International Student Adviser                                                                July 2005

				
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