Procedure for applying online in the UK
Procedure for applying online in the UK

The following Immigration guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Procedure for applying online in the UK
  • Key considerations
  • Key steps in the application process
  • Advisers assisting clients with their applications
  • When should the application be made?
  • The date an application is treated as being made
  • Validity
  • Travel while the application is pending
  • Applications for leave to remain: what supporting documents are required?
  • Proof of identity
  • more

This Practice Note sets out the procedure for making an in-country online application to the Home Office. After a gradual roll-out of online procedures across various immigration categories, since November 2018, the vast majority of applications are now made online. Such applications will generally be for:

  1. limited or indefinite leave to remain in the UK. For information on the different types of leave application, see: Applying in the UK—overview

  2. registration or naturalisation as a British citizen

  3. registration certificates, residence cards, documents certifying permanent residence and permanent residence cards under the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2016 (EEA Regs 2016), SI 2016/1052

  4. non-European Economic Area (EEA) family members applying under the EU Settlement Scheme (also known as the EUSS) found in the Immigration Rules, Appendix EU, or

  5. a new or replacement Biometric Residence Permit (or Biometric Residence Card issued under the EU Settlement Scheme)

This Practice Note should be read with Practice Notes on eligibility under the substantive immigration category/free movement rights/nationality provisions under which the application is to be made. It is important that the relevant substantive and procedural requirements of the application being submitted are consulted before any application is made.

Key considerations

Before making an application, the following should be considered:

  1. the date any current leave expires

  2. how long the Home Office will take to process the application—some applications