Entry Clearance

Entry Clearance is the process of requesting and receiving a Visa allowing you to enter the United Kingdom, and applies only to people who are not nationals of the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland.

The full definition used by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) states that 'Entry clearance is the procedure used by Entry Clearance Officers (ECOs) at British missions overseas to check, before a person arrives in the UK, if that person qualifies under the Immigration Rules for entry to the UK.'

Depending on your circumstances, Entry Clearance may either be optional or mandatory. If you are required to apply for Entry Clearance, then you will need meet certain requirements, and you will have to submit biometric information with your application, and pay a visa processing fee.

Five Star International is a family-run firm of specialist immigration solicitors based in the West End of Glasgow, and we exclusively work on immigration cases - often relating to Entry Clearance issues. We provide a full range of immigration services throughout Scotland, including Glasgow, Aberdeen and Edinburgh, and we aim to provide a higher level of service often at lower cost than other immigration firms.

If you would like to discuss your situation with one of our legal experts, then please call us today on +44 (0) 141 339 7373 or get in touch through email at enquiries@fivestarinternational.co.uk

Entry Clearance Regulations

Several groups of people are able to enter the UK without specifically having to apply for Entry Clearance - these groups include British Citizens (including British Overseas Territories etc), Commonwealth Citizens with the right of abode, and people who gain entry via the 2005 EEA Regulations (including EU Citizens as well as non-EU members of the EEA like Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein, as well as Switzerland). There are a few other exceptions, including representatives of foreign governments and crew from planes or ships. But everyone else usually requires Entry Clearance in order to obtain 'leave to enter' the UK.

In general, the majority of visitors to the UK who travel on passports issued by Western countries do not need to obtain a visa before arriving at the UK - since the relevant visa will normally be issued automatically by an immigration officer on arrival. But nationals of many other countries will need to apply to a UK Embassy overseas before travelling in order to secure the appropriate Entry Clearance. If you are uncertain whether you need to apply for leave to enter the UK, please get in touch by phone or email, and one of our immigration advisers will be happy to help.

In granting leave to enter the UK for a limited time, UK immigration authorities may impose restrictions - such as restrictions on employment or education, access to public funds, as well as a number of other rules and requirements. Your Entry Clearance will usually last for a certain period of time, but it is possible for your leave to enter to be cancelled at a later stage if you break these rules.

Expert Legal Advice on Applying for Entry Clearance

At Five Star International your visa application will be prepared by our specialist team of immigration lawyers, with many years of experience preparing all types of Entry Clearance Visa Applications. This is something that sets us apart from many other immigration firms, since we can advise you on the practical as well as legal aspects of your visa application, giving you the greatest possible chance of success.

We will handle every aspect of your application, from initial legal advice, providing you with a list of the documents and evidence needed, preparation of statements/affidavits if required, attestation of Passports etc, completion and submission of the online application, scheduling of the Visa appointment and the provision of a completed application pack for you to forward to the Country of submission.

With Five Star International you can have confidence that your application has been prepared using all the knowledge gained during over 11 years of experience in every aspect of this process to maximise the chances of your success.

Contact us today for a consultation with one of our in-house immigration lawyers on +44 (0) 141 339 7373 or by email at enquiries@fivestarinternational.co.uk