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Guidance: Assessing credibility and refugee status: instruction

Updated: Updated guidance for use on or after 6 January 2015.

UK Visas and Immigration asylum process guidance about how we make decisions.

Employers: Extended educational oversight arrangements for Tier 4 privately-funded sponsors

23 July 2012

In July 2011 the Home Office confirmed details of new arrangements for the 'educational oversight' of private colleges which sponsor international students. These arrangements are a key part of the drive to improve standards of educational quality and immigration compliance which lies at the heart of the reforms to Tier 4 of the points based system.

This page explains the arrangements which will be in place after 2012 for those private education providers who are subject to the educational oversight regime introduced in 2011. In summa...

Applicants: 'Apply online' service in the UK will be unavailable on 13 July 2012

12 July 2012

Our 'Apply online' service for applicants in the UK will be unavailable between 18:00 Friday 13 July 2012 and 06:00 Saturday 14 July 2012 while we carry out essential maintenance. We expect that this service will resume at 06:00 on 14 July but we may need to carry out fuurther maintenance after these hours.

During this time, applicants in the UK will not be able to submit applications, book appointments or pay for their applications online, or use our 'application form finder' tool.

'Apply online' in the UK is the only service tha...

Guidance: Caring for and managing transsexual detainees

Updated: Updated guidance

UK Visas and Immigration detention service order about how it makes decisions on caring and managing transsexual detainees.

Applicants: Applying for settlement from inside the UK
Applicants: Changes to the family migration Immigration Rules come into effect on 9 July 2012

09 July 2012

A number of changes to the Immigration Rules come into effect on 9 July 2012. These changes will affect non-European Economic Area (non-EEA) nationals applying to enter or remain in the UK under the family migration route.

These changes will define the basis on which a person can enter or remain in the UK on the basis of their family or private life, unifying consideration under the rules and Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

If you already have leave to enter or remain in the UK, on the basis of being the spou...

Applicants: Common travel area - Review of new arrangment at Northern Ireland sea ports

09 July 2012

A report of the new arrangment at Northern Ireland sea ports has been published today.

The number of immigration offenders intercepted by our officers at Northern Irish sea ports has risen by 145 per cent according to the report into new arrangements on the Scottish ferry route.

We have changed working arrangements to improve detection of immigration offenders attempting to use the Belfast to Stranraer ferry. The new arrangement has led to a team being based in Northern Ireland. As part of the new working practice it was agreed to...

Applicants: New interviews for students

09 July 2012

Following a successful pilot, Immigration Minister Damian Green has announced that a targeted interview system for students will be introduced this summer and will concentrate on high-risk applicants.

If you are a student, you may be interviewed and asked a number of questions about your immigration and education history, study and post-study plans, and financial circumstances. We expect to interview up to 14,000 students in the next 12 months. We will refuse visas if we are not satisfied that you are a genuine student.


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