INF 3 GV 33 GUIDANCE LEAFLET BRITISH IMMIGRATION AND VISA REQUIREMENTS INFORMATION FOR RETURNING Foreign & RESIDENTS AND FOR COMMONWEALTH Commonwealth CITIZENS WITH A GRANDPARENT Office BORN IN THE UNITED KINGDOM This leaflet explains: When you arrive in the United Kingdom, you may be questioned by an Immigration Officer so take all relevant o the immigration rules for returning residents documentation in your hand luggage. o the immigration rules for Commonwealth citizens with a grandparent born in the UK (UK Ancestry) o what is an entry clearance RETURNING RESIDENTS o how to apply for an entry clearance in these categories o THE RULES If you were settled in the UK when you last left and you have THIS LEAFLET EXPLAINS IN WHAT CIRCUMSTANCES not been away for more than 2 years* and you intend to seek YOU MUST HAVE AN ENTRY CLEARANCE. IF YOU admission for the purpose of settlement you may return there NEED AN ENTRY CLEARANCE AND YOU TRAVEL TO as a resident (unless you received public funds to meet the cost THE UNITED KINGDOM WITHOUT ONE YOU WILL BE of leaving the UK). Settled means living in the UK lawfully REFUSED ENTRY. with no time limit on your stay. If you have been away longer than 2 years you may still qualify to return to the UK as a resident if for example, you have strong This leaflet is only a brief guide. It does not cover all the rules family ties there or have lived there most of your life. for entry. The law is mostly in the Immigration Act 1971 and the Statements of Changes in the UK Immigration Rules. The If you have been away for more than 2 years you are advised rules for going to the UK are different if you are a national of to apply for entry clearance at the nearest British Mission. another member state of the European Economic Area (the member states of the European Community and Austria, Finland, If admitted to the UK as a returning resident, you will be Iceland, Norway and Sweden), or if you have relatives settled granted entry for an indefinite period and you will be allowed in the UK or if you can claim British Citizenship. to work. If you have not been away for more than 2 years you are not required to have an entry clearance, though in cases of doubt you are advised to apply to the nearest British Mission. o WHAT IS AN ENTRY CLEARANCE If you are travelling on a new passport which contains neither A United Kingdom entry clearance is a visa or an entry an indefinite leave stamp nor a stamp obtained in the UK before certificate which you apply for before you travel to the United your departure stating that there is no time limit on your stay in Kingdom. Even when you hold an entry clearance you will still the UK, you are advised to take your old passport with you or need to pass through immigration control at the United Kingdom other evidence that you were previously resident in the UK, for port of entry, eg Heathrow or Gatwick. But if you are holding example bank or building society statements, National Insurance an entry clearance you will not be refused permission to enter or Income Tax records, letters from employers, pay slips or the United Kingdom unless there has been some change in your school records. circumstances or you gave false information or did not disclose important facts when you obtained the entry clearance. Holders * The 2 year rule does not apply to certain British of entry clearances may also be refused entry on medical Overseas Citizens, British Dependent Territories grounds, if they have a criminal record, if they are subject to a citizens, British National (Overseas), British Protected deportation order or if there are other exceptional reasons why Persons and British subjects who have previously they should not be admitted. been accepted for settlement in the UK. The nearest British Mission will be able to give more advice on this. Stock N˚ CPS 055 COMMONWEALTH CITIZENS WITH A Mission offering an entry clearance service will GRANDPARENT BORN IN THE UK advise you about this. (UK ANCESTRY) YOU MUST HAVE AN ENTRY CLEARANCE BEFORE Because of the risk of loss, however, original documents YOU TRAVEL should not be sent by post. Attested copies (certified as true copies by a notary public or solicitor) may be sent instead, or you can produce the originals when you are interviewed. In no o THE RULES circumstances should you submit documents which you know to be false as this may result in the refusal of your application. You must be at least 17 years old and You are a Commonwealth citizen and If one of your parents was born in the UK you may be a British One of your grandparents was born in the UK* and citizen or have the right of abode in the UK. This means that you personally have a job offer, or genuinely intend to you would be free from UK immigration control. You should seek employment in the UK of a permanent or semi- read leaflet INF 5 for more details. permanent nature, and are capable of working you may be admitted to the UK to work or look for work there. You will be granted entry for a period of four years on arrival in the UK and you will not need a work permit. DRUGS WARNING The UK has severe penalties against drug smuggling. * or Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, and for persons Drug traffickers may try to bribe travellers. If you are born before 31 March 1922 only, the Republic of travelling to the UK avoid any involvement with drugs. Ireland. IMMIGRATION ADVISORY SERVICE (IAS) The IAS is an independent charity which gives free o HOW TO APPLY FOR AN ENTRY and confidential advice, assistance and representation CLEARANCE (UK ANCESTRY) to persons who are applying for an entry clearance for the UK. Their address is: You must fill in application forms IM2A and IM2D which you can get free of charge from the nearest British Mission offering County House an entry clearance service and post or hand these in with: 190 Great Dover Street LONDON SE1 4YB # your passport* Telephone: 44 171 357 6917 # 2 recent passport-sized photographs Duty Office 24 hrs: 44 181 814 1559 # the entry clearance fee which is non-refundable Fax: 44 171 378 0665 to the British Mission nearest to where you live. You should check with the Mission whether or not they are able to process your application. Fees must be paid in local currency: you should not send cash through the post, but bank drafts, postal CUSTOMS & EXCISE or money orders payable to the Mission may be enclosed. Advice on importing personal effects and goods into the UK may be obtained from: You will also need:- HM Customs and Excise # Your birth certificate (and, if you are a married Dorset House woman, your marriage certificate) and Stamford Street # The birth certificates of the parent and grandparent LONDON SE1 9PY through whose ancestry you are making your application # You may also need the marriage certificate(s) of your Printed by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (SSD) parents and/or grandparents. The nearest British 10/94. WHILE EVERY CARE HAS BEEN TAKEN IN PREPARING THESE LEAFLETS THEY ARE INTENDED ONLY FOR GENERAL GUIDANCE, AND MAY, IN CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES, HAVE BEEN OVERTAKEN BY EVENTS. HER MAJESTY'S GOVERNMENT CANNOT ACCEPT ANY LIABILITY FOR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGE ARISING IN RESPECT OF ANY STATEMENT CONTAINED IN THIS LEAFLET. APPLICANTS SHOULD ALWAYS CLARIFY THEIR POSITION WITH THE BRITISH MISSION BEFORE TRAVELLING.
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