Passport validity for UK entry - tier 2 general

Abdel Dorgham made this Freedom of Information request to Home Office

This request has been closed to new correspondence from the public body. Contact us if you think it ought be re-opened.

The request was successful.

Dear Home Office,
I have a question please regarding the validity of my passport when I'm entering the UK with a tier 2 general visa. According to the UKBA: I quote from the UKBA website: "You are not legally required to have 6 months validity on your passport at the time you apply for your visa. But your passport must be valid at the time you apply and at the time you arrive in the UK". As my passport is going to expire within 3 months, would the officers at the airport cause any problem for me when I'm entering the UK (first entry)?

Thank you immensely in advanced and I’m looking forward to hearing from you soon.

Yours faithfully,

FOI Requests, Home Office

Thank you for contacting the Home Office FOI Requests mailbox.

The Freedom of Information (FoI) Act 2000 provides public access to
recorded information held by the department.
If you have submitted a valid FoI request, we will acknowledge your
request within 24 hours, and aim to provide the information requested
within 20 working days as specified under the FoI Act.

Please note we are unable to respond to non-FOI immigration enquiries. If
you have a general immigration enquiry, or require an update on a specific
case, contact information can be found here: and


show quoted sections

Communications via the GSi may be automatically logged, monitored and/or
recorded for legal purposes.

DMC (Croydon), Home Office

Dear Mr Dorgham,

Thank you for your email dated 19^th March 2014.

As you are already aware, your passport must be valid when you apply for
your visa and when you seek entry into the United Kingdom.  However, you
may wish to contact your airliner to see if there is any restrictions on
validity of your passport at the time of travel.

Please be advised that when entering or re-entering the UK, a foreign
national will be required to show a valid visa allowing them entry to the
UK, for those categories where this is required, along with evidence that
they are entering or re-entering for the same purpose.

Note, Border Force staff based at ports of entry, decide whether to grant
entry to a person arriving into the United Kingdom through the immigration
control at the time of arrival, on a case by case basis.  We cannot advise
on a case in advance of that arrival.

Yours sincerely,

Mo Martins

UK Visas & Immigration

show quoted sections