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Monday, 9 April 2018

Foreign & Commonwealth seeking Entry to the UK


Notice from SO1 Engagement Armed Forces Covenant Team:


I am delighted to notify you that on 19 Mar 2018, following extensive MOD, Service Family Federation and Service charity consultation with the Home Office, a new on-line service for Foreign & Commonwealth Armed Forces personnel and their family members seeking entry to the UK was launched by Visa4UK, replacing the previous application process and paper form. As a result of this change, applicants will no longer have to pay the health surcharge and then submit a request for reimbursement.

This has replaced the previous application process and paper form. All new applicants should now submit their applications via Visa4UK https://www.visa4uk.fco.gov.uk/Account/login using the following options on the drop down menu :


Reason for visit: Settlement
Visa type: HM Forces
Visa sub type: (choose the correct category)

The new process applies to those applying for entry to the UK under the following routes, set out in Appendix Armed Forces of the Immigration Rules:

* A former member of HM Forces on discharge;
* A fiancé or proposed civil partner of a member of HM Forces;
* The partner or child of a member of HM Forces applying under Appendix Armed Forces;
* The partner or child of a foreign or Commonwealth member of HM Forces who is applying under Part 7 transitional arrangements;
* The partner or child of a British citizen member of HM Forces who is applying under Part 8 transitional arrangements;
* The bereaved partner or child of a member of HM forces applying under Appendix Armed Forces;
* A former Gurkha soldier who was discharged before 1997;
* The widow of a former Gurkha soldier who was discharged before 1997;
* The partner or child of a former Gurkha soldier discharged before 1997

Appendix Armed Forces can be found on Gov.UK at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/immigration-rules/immigration-rules-appendix-armed-forces

Guidance on all the above immigration routes can be found on Gov.UK at https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/armed-forces-modernised-guidance