UK - Mandatory entry clearance required

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17 January 2004

As we have reported earlier (see newsletter Volume 2, Number 1 from November 2003), from 13 November 2003 all work permit holders and other individuals who wish to remain in the UK for more than six months must obtain entry clearance before travelling. A grace period of two months had been allowed so that employers could inform their work permit holders of this new regulation.

Entry clearance has also now become mandatory for nationals of the following countries who intend to stay in the UK for longer than six months: Australia, Canada, Hong Kong SAR, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea and the USA. The two month grace period when those affected are allowed to enter without entry clearance ended on 13 January 2004.

If you are not a UK national and you intend to remain in the UK for more than six months, you must arrive at a UK port of entry with entry clearance or you will likely be refused entry.

However, this requirement does not apply to nationals of EU accession countries who will be joining the EU on 1 May 2004, as follows: Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovenia, Slovakia

Please contact us on 020 7842 0800 if you would like details of our work permit and visa services.