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New Visa Application Process

The Naval Families Federation (NFF) is pleased to report that on 19 March 2018, a new on-line service for Foreign and Commonwealth Armed Forces personnel and their family members seeking entry to the UK was launched by Visa4UK.  This followed extensive tri-Service Family Federation, Ministry of Defence, and Service charity consultation with the Home Office.  The NFF provided evidence as part of this consultation, as a result of feedback we received from families.

As a result of this change, applicants will not longer have to pay the health surcharge and then submit a request for reimbursement. 

This has replaced the previous application process and paper form. All new applicants should now submit their applications via Visa4UK, using the following drop down menu:

Reason for visit: Settlement

Visa type: HM Forces

Visa sub type: (choose the correct category)

The new process applies to those applying for entry to the UK under the following routes, set out in Appendix Armed Forces of the Immigration Rules:

  • A former member of HM Forces on discharge;
  • A fiancé or proposed civil partner of a member of HM Forces;
  • The partner or child of a member of HM Forces applying under Appendix Armed Forces;
  • The partner or child of a foreign or Commonwealth member of HM Forces who is applying under Part 7 transitional arrangements;
  • The partner or child of a British citizen member of HM Forces who is applying under Part 8 transitional arrangements;
  • The bereaved partner or child of a member of HM forces applying under Appendix Armed Forces;
  • A former Gurkha soldier who was discharged before 1997;
  • The widow of a former Gurkha soldier who was discharged before 1997;
  • The partner or child of a former Gurkha soldier discharged before 1997

Appendix Armed Forces can be found here.

Guidance on all the above immigration routes can be found here.