Whether you plan to settle in the UK as the spouse of a British citizen or you are moving there as an investor or entrepreneur, you will need to find out how to correctly navigate the maze of UK immigration before you apply for your particular benefit. Where do you even begin?
Visit the UK Border Agency Site
The best place to start is by visiting the UK Border Agency website, where you will find accurate, up to date information on current UK immigration law, forms you will need to submit and supporting documentation that is required for each immigration benefit sought.
Take the time to familiarise yourself with this site and to bookmark it so that you can come back to it and read more on what needs to be done, as it provides a wealth of useful information and links to relevant sites that will help you make sense of UK immigration.
It is important to find out what you need to submit and what does not directly apply to you. For example, if you are a U.S. citizen or from any other majority English-speaking nation, you will be exempt from fulfilling the English language requirement. Finding out about applicable exemptions can help save you time, energy and money, so be sure to find out if you qualify for any application exemptions before you get started.
Find Out Which Benefit You Need to Apply For
It is not always clear which benefit you need to apply for, which is why you should carefully do your research. Start off by visiting the homepage of the UK Border Agency website and then go to “UK visas and renewals” which has some drop-down menu options. Here, you will find out if you even need a visa, depending on your reason for wanting to enter the UK, your nationality and current location. Follow the links until you find out what you need to do next.
UK immigration can be difficult to navigate when you are first starting out and are unsure of what is expected of you, but do not let that intimidate you or hold you back from applying for benefits that you are entitled to. The best place to start is by visiting the UK Border Agency, bookmarking the site and regularly returning to the site to find out more about the immigration benefits that you are applying for. Search through the site to find out what is expected of you if you do indeed require a visa to enter the UK.