Application Processing Time

Response to this request is long overdue. By law, under all circumstances, UK Border Agency should have responded by now (details). You can complain by requesting an internal review.

Dear Sir or Madam,

I had applied for Post study work last year in October. I was issued Ref # [personal information removed]in connection to my application by UK Border Agency on 15 October 2007. I am writing to enquire about the status of my application according to the your statement on website (Anyone wishing to enquire about an individual case that has been outstanding for more than 14 weeks) as it is more than 17 weeks now. Can anybody please kindly respond my email and update me about the progress / status of my application with subject reference number as i am unable to plan or travel. I will be thankful.

Kind Regards

Yours faithfully,

Muhammad Ajmal

IND Public Enquiries,

Dear Mr Ajmal,

Thank you for your enquiry.

We are unable to respond to enquiries about outstanding applications by
e-mail.

UK Border Agency will contact you if further information is required to
complete your application. Processing times for applications are shown
on the UK Border Agency website. If you sent your application by
Recorded or Special Delivery, its receipt can be confirmed on the Royal
Mail website at: http://www.royalmail.com/portal/rm

Yours sincerely,

Rez Jason

Immigration Group

UK Border Agency

If you intend to reply to this e-mail please ensure that you re-send all
the information from your original enquiry.

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Dear IND Public Enquiries,

Thank you for your email. But to be honest this is not the answer what i asked for. I am just enquiring that why you are taking so long to decide the PSW. It is like huge uncertainity for the applicants. There are many applicants like me who can not plan anything further while their applications are under process for so long. Please just give us a clue about the time frame as it is more the 22 weeks now.

Yours sincerely,

Muhammad Ajmal

UK Border Agency

Thank you for contacting the UK Border Agency.

We regret that, due to unusually high demand for this service during recent weeks, we are currently unable to provide individual, personalised responses to new enquiries.

To try to be as helpful as we can during this very busy period, we are providing the information below, which answers the most frequently asked questions. We have included links to the relevant parts of our website, where more detailed information can be found. If we have not included information or a link to the website for the subject you are enquiring about, please enter key words into the "search" facility on the website.

If you have sent us information about an immigration offence, or a complaint, please be assured that it will be forwarded to the appropriate team. You do not need to send the information again.

If your enquiry is about one of the following, please re-send it to the address shown:

Nationality / Right of Abode: [email address] <BLOCKED::mailto:[email address]>

European Nationals / Family Members: [email address] <BLOCKED::mailto:[email address]>

Points Based System Sponsorship: [email address] <BLOCKED::mailto:[email address]>

Work Permits / Worker Registration Scheme : [email address] <BLOCKED::mailto:[email address]>

Applications made outside the UK: [email address] <BLOCKED::mailto:[email address]>

Information about the following subjects is provided below:

1. Outstanding Applications / Return of Documents / Change of Address

2. Public Enquiry Office Appointments

3. Biometric Identity Cards

4. Points Based System - Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 4, Sponsorship

5. Students - Extension, Work, Changing university or course, Course fees

6. Marriage to a British or Settled Person - Fianc�(e), COA, FLR(M), SET(M)

7. UK Ancestry

8. Working Holidaymakers - Employment, No switching to PBS Categories

9. Child born in the UK

10. Settlement - Knowledge of Language & Life in the UK

11 . Indefinite Leave to Enter

12. New Passport - Transfer of Conditions or No Time Limit

13. Report an immigration offence

1. Outstanding Applications

We are unable to respond to enquiries about outstanding applications by e-mail. UK Border Agency will contact you if further information is required to complete your application. Processing times for applications are shown on the UK Border Agency website. If you sent your application by Recorded or Special Delivery, its receipt can be confirmed on the Royal Mail website at: http://www.royalmail.com/portal/rm <BLOCKED::BLOCKED::http://www.royalmail.com/portal/rm>

If you make an application before your authorised stay ends, your existing immigration status will continue until your application is decided, even if the decision is not made until after the end of your permitted stay. If your existing visa or other permission to stay here allows you to work, you can continue to do so until your case is decided.

Return of Documents

If you require the urgent return of your documents, please contact the Immigration Enquiry Bureau on 0870 606 7766. However please note that return of the applicant's passport submitted in support of a non-EEA application, for travel outside the United Kingdom, will lead to the application being withdrawn. We aim to return requested documents within 10 working days.

Change of Address

I regret that we are unable to deal with change of address notifications by e-mail.

You are only required to inform the UK Border Agency of a change of address if you have an outstanding application. If you have made a Points Based System application, details of how to inform us about your change of address can be found on the UK Border Agency website under "Change of Circumstances Form". For other applications, they can be found in the Guidance Notes for the application form you have submitted, under "Contacting us after you have applied". These Guidance Notes are also available on our website.

2. Public Enquiry Office Appointments

Please telephone the Immigration Enquiry Bureau on 0870 606 7766 to make an appointment at one of the following Public Enquiry Offices:

Croydon Public Enquiry Office, Lunar House, 40 Wellesley Road, Croydon CR9 2BY

Birmingham Public Enquiry Office, Dominion Court, 41 Station Road, Solihull, Birmingham B91 3RT

Liverpool Public Enquiry Office, Reliance House, 20 Water Street, Liverpool L2 8XU

Glasgow Public Enquiry Office, Festival Court 1, 200 Brand Street, Govan, Glasgow G51 1DH

Sheffield Public Enquiry Office, Vulcan House, Orchard entrance, 6 Millsands, Sheffield S3 8NU

The opening times for the Public Enquiry Offices are:

Croydon : 8am - 4pm (Monday to Friday)

Birmingham, Liverpool, Glasgow, Sheffield : 9am - 4pm (Monday to Friday)

Please note, appointments can only be booked by telephone on the above number. If you are unable to secure an appointment, you should send your application by post to the address on the form before your current leave to remain expires. Application forms can be downloaded from the UK Border Agency website at: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk <http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/>

Full details of the service provided in the Public Enquiry Offices can be found on the UK Border Agency website at:

http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/contac...

3. Biometric Identity Cards

From 25th November 2008, UK Border Agency is issuing identity cards to foreign nationals from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland who are given permission to extend their stay in the United Kingdom as students and their dependants, on application form FLR(S), or on the basis of marriage or partnership with a British or settled person and their dependants, on application form FLR(M).

Foreign national identity cards for all those from outside the EEA and Switzerland who are coming to the UK for more than six months, or extending their stay in the UK in other categories, will be phased in over the next three years.

Detailed information about the identity cards can be found on the UK Border Agency website at:

http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/managi...

4. Points Based System

Tier 1 (Post Study Work) - General Information

The International Graduates Scheme and Fresh Talent: Working in Scotland Scheme were replaced by Points Based System Tier 1 (Post Study Work), with effect from 30th June 2008.

You will need to complete a self-assessment before you complete the application form, in order to calculate the points you can claim for Attributes, English Language and Maintenance requirements. Full details of the requirements and the Points Based Calculator tool for self-assessment are available on the UK Border Agency website at: http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/workin...

You can check on the Points Based Calculator tool whether the course you are studying will earn sufficient points to qualify for leave to remain in the UK under Tier 1 (Post Study Work).

If you score sufficient points to make an application, you will be able to complete and submit application form Tier 1 (Post Study Work), which is available on the UK Border Agency website.

One of the required documents is your original certificate of award. However, if you are unable to provide it because it has not yet been issued, you may submit your application without it. However, the letter from your academic institution must include additional information explaining your individual circumstances.

If your application is successful, you will be granted two years leave to remain in the UK during which time you will be free to seek employment without having a sponsor.

If you are outside the UK and you wish to make an application for Entry Clearance, please contact the British Diplomatic Post (the High Commission, Embassy or Consulate) where you will be submitting your application for information.

Contact details for British Diplomatic Posts can be found on the Foreign & Commonwealth Office website at:

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Alternatively, you can visit the comprehensive website of the UK Border Agency International Group at www.ukvisas.gov.uk <BLOCKED::BLOCKED::outbind://16/www.ukvisas.gov.uk>

You will be able to apply to switch from Tier 1 (Post Study Work) to Work Permit (Tier 2 when implemented), or Tier 1 (including General, Investor, Entrepreneur), or Student (Tier 4 when implemented). However please note, time spent in the UK in the Tier 1 (Post Study Work) category does not count towards the qualifying period for Indefinite Leave to Remain.

Tier 1 (Post Study Work) - IGS - Transitional Arrangement

If your leave to remain on the basis of IGS or SEGS expired before 30th June 2008, you will not be eligible to apply for an extension under Points Based System Tier 1 (Post Study Work).

If you have valid leave to remain under IGS or SEGS on or after 30th June 2008, you will be able to apply to extend your permission to stay in your existing category. You will not be required to meet the points requirement if you are applying under this transitional arrangement. You can apply under these transitional arrangements at any time from 30th June 2008. If your application is successful you will receive an extra year from the date your visa is due to expire. You will need to use application form Tier 1 (Post Study Work), which is available on the UK Border Agency website at:

http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/workin...

If your application is successful you will be granted further leave to remain, up to a combined total of two years in your existing category and the Post Study Work category, during which time you will be free to seek employment without having a sponsor.

Please note, you cannot make an application under these transitional arrangements if you are not in the UK.

You will be able to apply to switch in the UK from Tier 1 (Post Study Work) to Tier 1 (General, Investor or Entrepreneur), or Work Permit employment (Tier 2 when implemented), or Student (Tier 4 when implemented). However please note, time spent in the UK in the Tier 1 (Post Study Work) category does not count towards the qualifying period for Indefinite Leave to Remain.

Tier 1 (General)

The Highly Skilled Migrant Programme has been replaced by Points Based System Tier 1 (General) - Highly Skilled Workers. You will be able to apply to switch to Tier 1 (General) in the UK if you currently have leave to enter or remain in one of the following categories: Highly Skilled Migrant Programme, Fresh Talent: Working in Scotland Scheme, International Graduates Scheme (IGS), Innovator, Post Graduate Doctor or Dentist, Student, Student Nurse, Student re-sitting an exam, student writing up a thesis, work permit holder, business Person, Self-employed Lawyer, Writer, Composer or Artist, Tier 1 (Entrepreneur), Tier 1 (Investor), Tier 1 (Post Study Work). If you are currently in the UK in any other category, you will need to leave the UK and apply for Entry Clearance in this category.

You will need to complete a self-assessment before you complete the Tier 1 (General) application form, in order to calculate the points you can claim for Attributes, English Language and Maintenance requirements. Full details of the requirements and the Points Based Calculator tool for self-assessment are available on the UK Border Agency website at: http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/workin...

If you score sufficient points to make an application, you will be able to complete and submit application form Tier 1 (General), which is available on the UK Border Agency website. These applications must be submitted by post only, and cannot be processed in the Public Enquiry Offices. Details of the fee payable for this application and required documents are included in the application form and guidance notes.

If your application is successful, you will be granted a maximum of three years leave to remain in the UK. During this time, you can seek employment without a sponsor or set up a business in the UK. You will not be able to take employment as a doctor in training, unless you previously held leave to enter or remain in the UK as a Highly Skilled Migrant, Postgraduate Doctor/Dentist, Innovator or Tier 1 (General) Migrant and you were not subject to a condition prohibiting employment as a doctor in training.

If you are outside the UK and you wish to make an application for Entry Clearance, please contact the British Diplomatic Post (the High Commission, Embassy or Consulate) where you will be submitting your application for information.

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Tier 1 (General / Post Study Work / Entrepreneur) - Maintenance

When applying for Tier 1 (General, Post Study Work or Entrepreneur) from within the United Kingdom, applicants are required to submit documents showing they have had savings of at least �800 for at least three months before applying.

If they are including dependants in their application, or applying separately for dependants, they will need to show additional savings of �533 for each dependant. If the main applicant is outside the UK, or has been present in the UK for less than 12 months, each dependant must show that the main applicant or they themselves have at least �1,600 to support themselves.

The balance must be maintained at or above the required amount throughout the whole of the three month period. If it has dipped below the required balance at any time during the three month period, the maintenance requirement will not be met and you are not eligible to make an application.

The types of documents you need to send to support your application are described in detail in the relevant section of the UK Border Agency website.

Tier 2

Points Based System Tier 2 (Skilled Workers) is for migrants with a job offer from a licensed sponsor and a Certificate of Sponsorship. It includes the following four sub-categories:

General - For migrants with a job offer that cannot be filled by the residence workforce, or to fill shortage occupations.

Intra Company Transfer - For a migrant transferring within a multinational company to a skilled post in a UK based branch of the company.

Sportspeople - For a migrant coming to fill a vacancy as an elite sportsperson or coach whose employment will make a significant contribution to the development of their sport at the highest level.

Ministers of Religion - For a migrant coming to fill a vacancy as either a Minister of Religion, Missionary or a Member of a Religious Order.

You will be able to apply to switch into Tier 2 (General / Sportspeople / Ministers of Religion) in the UK if you currently have leave to enter or remain in one of the following categories: PBS Tier 1 or Tier 2, Highly Skilled Migrant Programme, Innovator, Jewish Agency Employee, Member of the Operational Ground Staff of an Overseas Owned Airline, Minister of Religion, Missionary or Member of Religious Order, Overseas qualified nurse or midwife, Fresh Talent: Working in Scotland Scheme, International Graduates Scheme (IGS) / SEGS, Post Graduate Doctor or Dentist, Work Permit Holder, Representative of an Overseas Newspaper, News Agency or Broadcasting Organisation, Student, Student Nurse, Student re-sitting an exam, student writing up a thesis, Student Union Sabattical Officer.

You will be able to apply to switch into Tier 2 (Intra Company Transfer) if you currently have leave to enter or remain as a Work Permit holder, where that leave was last granted as an Intra Company Transferee and you are still working for the same employer as you were at the time of the earlier grant of leave.

If you are currently in the UK in any other category, you will need to leave the UK and apply for Entry Clearance in these categories.

You will need to complete a self-assessment before you complete the Tier 2 application form, in order to calculate the points you can claim for Attributes, English Language and Maintenance requirements. Full details of the requirements and the Points Based Calculator tool for self-assessment are available on the UK Border Agency website at: http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/workin...

If you score sufficient points to make an application, you will be able to complete and submit application form Tier 2 , which is available on the UK Border Agency website. These applications must be submitted by post only, and cannot be processed in the Public Enquiry Offices. Details of the fee payable for this application and required documents are included in the application form and guidance notes.

If your application is successful, you will be granted a maximum of three years and one month leave to remain in the UK, or in line with the Certificate of Sponsorship plus one month, if it has been issued for less than three years.

When applying under Tier 2 from within the United Kingdom, applicants are required to submit documents showing they have had savings of at least �800 for at least three months before applying. If the balance has dipped below �800 during the three month period, the maintenance requirement will not be met.

If dependants are applying at the same time or separately, they will need to show additional savings of �533 for each dependant. If the main applicant is outside the UK, or has been present in the UK for less than 12 months, each dependant must show that the main applicant or they themselves have at least �1,600 to support themselves.

The maintenance requirement can also be met by the A-rated Sponsor providing a written undertaking that, should it become necessary, they will maintain and accommodate the applicant and their dependants during their first month in the UK. The letter from the Sponsor should be submitted with the application form.

For details of applicants who are exempt from the maintenance requirement under transitional arrangements, please see the UK Border Agency website at:

http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/workin...

The types of documents you need to send to support your application are described on the UK Border Agency website at:

http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/workin...

If you are outside the UK and you wish to make an application for Entry Clearance, please contact the British Diplomatic Post (the High Commission, Embassy or Consulate) where you will be submitting your application for information.

Contact details for British Diplomatic Posts can be found on the Foreign & Commonwealth Office website at:

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Alternatively, you can visit the comprehensive website of the UK Border Agency International Group at www.ukvisas.gov.uk

Tier 4

Points Based System Tier 4 (Students) will open on 31st March 2009.

The information currently available and draft policy guidance for students applying from 31st March 2009 can be found at:

http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/studyi...

Sponsorship

Under the Points Based System (PBS), every migrant from outside the UK (except Tier 1 highly skilled workers) will need a Certificate of Sponsorship from a sponsor (Employer or Educational Establishment) on the UK Border Agency's Sponsors Register in order to obtain a visa.

For further information regarding the Points Based System and Sponsorship, please visit the UK Border Agency website at:

http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/managi...

5. Students

(For Student applications which will be submitted on or after 31/03/09, see note and links above on Points Based System Tier 4.)

Extension of stay - FLR(S) applications submitted before 31/03/09

Persons who are seeking an extension of stay as a student will be required to show that:

� they were last admitted to the UK with a valid student or prospective student entry clearance

� they were last granted leave to re-sit an examination

� they have valid leave as a student

� they have been accepted on a course of study at degree level or above and were last granted leave as a students union sabbatical officer, work permit holder, under the Science and Engineering Graduates Scheme (or its successor the International Graduates Scheme) or the Fresh Talent: Working in Scotland Scheme

Further information and the FLR(S) application form are available on the UK Border Agency website at:

http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/studyi...

If you are currently in the UK in any other category not listed above, you are not permitted to switch into the Student category. You will need to return home and obtain Entry Clearance in this category.

Students - Work

Unless their visa states otherwise, a person who holds a valid student visa for 6 months or more may undertake employment for:

� 20 hours per week during term time

� Full time during vacation periods

A student must not engage in business, self-employment or the provision of services as a professional sports person or entertainer. A student is not permitted to pursue a career by filling a permanent full-time vacancy.

You can continue working full time when your studies are completed for a period of four months or until your visa expires, whichever is sooner, whilst waiting for your examination results, prior to attending your graduation ceremony or before commencement of your new course.

If you are encountering difficulty, the UK Border Agency runs a dedicated helpline for potential employers designed to give advice regarding immigration and employment. Please pass this information to your potential employer and ask them to call: 0845 010 6677.

Students - Changing university or course

If you already hold a student visa you can change your course or university as long as the new course still meets the following immigration requirements:

Full time course, 15 hours per week daytime study, Studying towards a recognised qualification, Studying at a recognised institution.

You will need to advise the UK Border Agency of this change in writing to:

Notifications Team, Compliance Team South, 8th Floor, Lunar House, 40 Wellesley Road, Croydon CR9 2BY.

Students - Course Fees

Please contact your Educational Establishment or Local Education Authority for information about whether you are considered an overseas or home student.

6. Marriage to a British or Settled Person

The fianc�(e) visa is issued for a 6 month period, during which time you would be expected to finalise your wedding plans and marry. Employment is prohibited under this visa. Once the marriage has taken place, you will need to apply for further leave to remain as a spouse on application form FLR(M).

The spouse visa is for a probationary period of 2 years, during which time you will be able to work without restriction. You will be able to apply for indefinite leave to remain in the United Kingdom no more than 28 days before this visa expires, on application form SET(M).

If the spouse visa was obtained overseas, you can submit an application for indefinite leave to remain 23 months after entering the UK. However, if your entry was delayed by up to 3 months after the issue of your visa, and your visa expires before you have completed 23 months from the date of entry into the UK, you should submit a SET(M) application by post before your visa expires. The application will be placed on hold until the qualifying period has been completed. Alternatively, you can submit an FLR(M) application and, if you meet the requirements for this application, you will be granted a further period of leave to enable you to complete the probationary period.

If you delayed your travel by more than 3 months, you will need to submit an FLR(M) application. If you meet the requirements for this application, you will be granted a further period of leave to enable you to complete the probationary period.

If you did not enter the UK with Entry Clearance as a Fianc�(e) or Marriage Visitor, you may need to obtain a Certificate of Approval in order to marry. Information about the Certificate of Approval can be found on the UK Border Agency website at:

http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/visiti...

7. UK Ancestry

A person needs to complete 5 years under the UK Ancestry visa prior to applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain. An application will normally be successful if it can be satisfactorily demonstrated that the applicant meets the requirements of the rules and has spent a continuous period of 5 years in the United Kingdom in this capacity. For this, the application form SET(O) is required.

The earliest you may submit an application for Indefinite Leave to Remain is up to 28 days before the completion of your 5th year.

In order to apply for an extension on your UK Ancestry visa to allow you to complete 5 years in this capacity, the application form FLR(O) is required. With this application you will be required to provide your full birth certificate, full birth certificates for your parent and British born grandparent and, where necessary to establish the relationship, marriage certificates and/or adoption papers. Further information and the application form are available on the UK Border Agency website at:

http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/ukresi...

The Immigration Rules do not allow a person to switch in the UK from another category into UK Ancestry or dependant of a person holding UK Ancestry. In both cases, Entry Clearance must be obtained.

8. Working Holidaymakers - Employment

Working Holidaymakers must not intend to spend more than 12 months of their stay in employment, and must intend to spend the rest of their stay holidaying. You may not engage in business or provide services as a professional sports person and you may only engage in work for a maximum period of 12 months in total throughout your stay. You may choose when to work and when to take your holiday breaks as you wish, but those who exceed the maximum 12 month period of work permitted will be in breach of their conditions. The following guidance should be used in order to calculate the total period to be spent in permitted work

As an employee:

The maximum 12 months period of permitted work is calculated on the basis of the total period spent in employment (including weekends and any leave of absence, e.g. sick leave, annual leave and public holidays that occur during a period of employment), not on the basis of the actual number of days worked. This guidance applies whether the employment concerned is full-time or part-time, and whether the Working Holidaymaker is employed by an agency or any other employer.

Self-employed:

If a Working Holidaymaker engages solely in self employment during his stay in the category, and so is paid by the persons or companies (whether located in the United Kingdom or overseas) for whom he provides services only for the actual work he performs, and has not at any stage during his stay been an employee employed for any periods of time by an employer, he may spend up to a maximum of 365 days working during his stay as a Working Holidaymaker.

Employee and self-employed:

If you have spent some time as an employee and some time self-employed, the total period spent as an employee (see above) should be subtracted from the 12 month period in which work is permitted, when calculating in days the period that remains available to be spent in self-employment.

If you are employed on one job and self-employed on another at the same time, the period spent in work should be calculated on the basis of the period spent in employment as an employee, not in self-employment.

Signed with an employment agency:

If you sign up with an agency you are declaring that you are 'available' to take up work. It is not until you actually 'engage' in work that it can be counted as actual employment. Only periods of actual employment count towards the maximum permitted 12 months work.

Working Holidaymakers - no switching to Points Based System categories

Working Holidaymakers are not permitted to switch in the UK to any Points Based System categories (e.g. Tier 1 (General), Tier 2 (Highly Skilled) or Tier 5 (Temporary Worker). If they meet the requirements for a Points Based System category, they are required to return to their home country and obtain the appropriate Entry Clearance.

9. Child born in the UK

If your child was born in the UK and you currently have limited leave to remain, you will need to obtain and complete application form FLR(O), or Tier 1 (Dependants) if you were granted leave to remain under Points Based System Tier 1, in order for them to be granted leave to remain as your dependant.

When filling in the form, the baby's details should be entered as the main applicant. You should enclose your own passport with the application.

If you will be leaving the UK and do not intend to return under the conditions of your current leave to remain, you are not required to make an application to the UK Border Agency for your baby. They are deemed to have leave to remain in the UK until you leave.

If you will be making an application for further leave to remain or indefinite leave to remain and do not intend to travel before you do so, you can include the baby as your dependant at that time. However please note, if you travel outside the UK before your baby obtains leave to remain, you will need to obtain Entry Clearance for the baby before you return to the UK.

10. Settlement - Knowledge of Language and Life in the UK

If you are applying for settlement in the United Kingdom you may be required to demonstrate Knowledge of Language and Life in the United Kingdom, in addition to meeting the usual requirements for settlement. For further information, please visit the UK Border Agency website at:

http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/ukresi...

11. Indefinite Leave to Enter

In terms of your status in the UK, Indefinite Leave to Enter and Indefinite Leave to Remain are exactly the same. The Indefinite Leave to Enter Entry Clearance means, in terms of your current immigration status in the UK, that there is no time limit on your stay in the UK.

The dates shown on an Indefinite Leave to Enter Entry Clearance (EC) vignette are a guide to the holder for travel purposes only or relate to the validity dates of the passport/travel document in which the vignette is endorsed.

The validity and activation of the Entry Clearance is determined by the dates noted on the Entry Clearance vignette not by any ink stamp endorsed in the passport or travel document by a UK Immigration Officer at the port of entry.

The Immigration Officer's stamp merely indicates when the Entry Clearance was used to enter the UK but the Entry Clearance is still valid without an on-entry stamp.

The Entry Clearance should be used to enter the UK within three months of issue but can be used after this date at the discretion of the Immigration Officer.

Once the expiry date noted on your EC is passed it is not necessary for the holder of Indefinite Leave to Enter status to apply within the UK for Indefinite Leave to remain status as they are effectively the same thing and the your, "No time limit "status remains extant.

12. New Passport - Transfer of Conditions or No Time Limit

If you have a new passport and you wish to have your Limited or Indefinite Leave to Enter or Remain status transferred to it, you will need to submit an NTLTOC (No Time Limit or Transfer of Conditions) application form.

Alternatively, if you have Limited Leave to Remain and you have retained your old passport, you may travel with both the old and the new passports.

If you have Indefinite Leave to Remain, you should only do so if you need to travel as a matter of urgency. You are advised to submit an NTLTOC application on your return to the UK.

If your passport has been lost or stolen, you should include a Police Crime Report and/or Crime Reference Number with your application.

13. Report an immigration offence

If you know someone is breaking immigration laws, for example by being in the United Kingdom illegally or by employing an illegal immigrant, please write to us at the following address:

UK Border Agency, Evidence & Enquiry, Lunar House, 40 Wellesley Road, Croydon CR9 2BY.

Alternatively you can send the details by e-mail to this address. (You do not need to re-send the information if you have already done so.)

We may not be able to acknowledge your letter or e-mail but we will pass it on to the relevant local immigration team. Where appropriate, they will investigate and take action.

To enable us to send your information quickly to the local immigration team closest to the offence you are reporting, please help us by putting the name of the town or the postcode in the subject line (title) of your e-mail. Please give us as much information as possible about the immigration offence, including names, home and work addresses, to help our investigation.

We treat all personal information as confidential. This means we will not tell the person involved that you contacted us. It also means we will not be able to tell you what was done as a result of your information.

If you have read this message and looked on the UK Border Agency website, but you have not found the information you require, please re-send your enquiry with FAQ in the subject/title line, to:

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