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Thursday, 29 March 2018

New on-line service for Foreign & Commonwealth Armed Forces personnel and their family members seeking entry to the UK

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 fiancĂ© 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 

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

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