Conditions of leave
Produced in partnership with Catherine Maclay
Conditions of leave

The following Immigration guidance note Produced in partnership with Catherine Maclay provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Conditions of leave
  • What are conditions of leave?
  • Conditions of leave and the requirements for leave under the Immigration Rules
  • Breach of conditions
  • The scope of conditions of leave
  • Leave without conditions
  • When can conditions of leave be imposed?

People granted leave to enter or remain in the UK for a limited period frequently have conditions attached to their leave. For information on who requires leave to enter and remain, see the 'Who requires permission to travel to the UK?' topic in Lexis®PSL Immigration.

This Practice Note explains what the conditions of leave are and when and how they can be attached to a person’s leave.

What are conditions of leave?

A condition of leave can restrict or prohibit certain activities or access to certain services in the UK. It can also make a specified action mandatory. The Immigration Act 1971 (IA 1971) provides that any, or all, of the following conditions may be attached to a person’s grant of limited leave to enter or remain in the UK:

  1. a restriction on work or occupation in the UK

  2. a requirement to maintain and accommodate themselves and any dependants without recourse to public funds

  3. a requirement to register with the police

  4. a requirement to report to an immigration officer (IO) or the Secretary of State

  5. a condition about residence, and

  6. a restriction on study in the UK

The limited leave to which conditions may be attached includes deemed leave.

Conditions of leave and the requirements for leave under the Immigration Rules

The conditions listed in IA 1971, s 3(1)(c) are

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