UK Visas: From Short Time Visits to Settlement

UK is a leader of the European Union but is not a signatory to the Schengen Agreement allowing mobility and free travel within member European countries. Here are the transient to settlement options.


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UK Visas: From Short Time Visits to Settlement
Updated December 1, 2015 | United Kingdom

Short Term Visits - Visiting a family member, taking up short courses, occupation or profession-based itinerary. Visa applications in the Philippines are coursed through VFS Global.

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Booking. After determining the type of UK visa you need (Visit, Study, Work or Settlement), you must book and appear for an appointment at the visa application center (Manila or Cebu)  Walk in applicants shall not be entertained. Be sure you have the complete application packet (forms completed, correct fees enclosed before having your biometrics taken. Decision on your visa application will be made based on documents submitted with VFS.  Delivery to an address or Document collection at the Center must be specified.

Studying in the UK  International students may apply under the Tier 4 General Category.  Schools must be listed in UK's Tier 4 Registry of Sponsors.

Work in the UK- Different tiers for specific categories of work visas based on skill, talent, ability. business acumen, investment fund and experience.

Permanent Residency - Indefinitely - How to obtain, maintain or resume settlement rights.

Switching Status

There are instances when a need to change category or switch status becomes necessary. Since normally, having worked in the UK for at least five years under the Tier 2 General allows a foreign national to apply for indefinite leave to remain (settlement), it is important to know that you can switch status to Tier 2 only when you're in the UK in specific Tier 1, 2, 4 and 5 categories.  In addition you can also switch to a Tier 2 (General) visa if you are:

  • a dependent partner of someone with a Tier 4 visa
  • a Jewish agency employee
  • operational ground staff of an overseas-owned airline
  • a minister of religion, missionary or member of a religious order
  • an overseas qualified nurse or midwife
  • writing up a thesis
  • a postgraduate doctor or dentist
  • a representative of an overseas business
  • a representative of an overseas newspaper, news agency or broadcasting organisation
  • a student union sabbatical officer

Visa Decision

Your visa would indicate the terms of your admission into the UK once issued. If your visa application outside the UK is refused, a written notice will inform you if you can file an administrative appeal

Leaving the UK, Voluntary, Assisted or Deported

Persons in the UK who have overstayed or otherwise in the UK unlawfully may contact a voluntary departure team to determine if he or she could leave voluntarily or need to be assisted.

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