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UK immigration: best sources of free online advice

If you have a question about UK immigration, visas, or your application, you may wish to see if you can find a free answer online before directly approaching an immigration professional. Listed below are some of the most useful and up to date sources of free UK immigration advice.

Visr.co.uk - a free forum discussing all aspects of UK immigration, with OISC registered consultants posting regularly

UK Visas and Immigration advice - the official UK Government site, completely reorganised and rewritten in 2014

The latest Home Office fees for immigration applications can be found on the UKVI page

Exclusive to White Rose Visas: check your permitted absences for Settlement (ILR) and Citizenship applications with our custom calculators, in Microsoft Excel format. Download and use for free:

  • For applications made on the basis of 5 years' residence, use our Absence Calculator. Permitted UK absences are restricted to 180 days in any 12 month period.
  • For applications made on the basis of 10 years' residence, use our 10 year Absence Calculator. Permitted UK absences are restricted to 180 days for any single absence, and no more than 540 in total.
  • For Citizenship applications, use our AN Absence Calculator. Permitted UK absences are restricted to 450 days in total over the last 5 years, in addition to no more than 90 days in the last 12 months.

We also offer a custom calculator to check your required level of savings for spousal applications.

You can find a searchable archive of all Freedom of Information requests submitted to the UKBA (the precursor to today's UKVI): eye opening and invaluable

UKCISA.org.uk - for comprehensive advice on all issues relating to Tier 4 student visas

Oanda.com - exchange site used by UKVI for all currency calculations

Do also make sure that you've looked through White Rose Visas' guide to the different UK immigration routes, and the options available to you when submitting an application. The links can be found in the blue menu, to the left.

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