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 they qualify for entry.

If somebody from overseas wants to come to the UK, an application must be made via their country’s British Embassy or High Commission for “Entry Clearance”. This is a certificate permitting the applicant to present themselves at a UK Immigration port for entry.

However, the Entry Clearance Certificate is not a guarantee that the applicant will be allowed to enter the UK. If the application for Entry Clearance is successful, it means that a Visa will be granted on the individual’s passport. You will not need a visa if you hold a UK passport or a passport issued by another country in the European Union, the European Economic Area, or Switzerland.

A lot of people misunderstand the UK immigration law by assuming that the entry clearance certificate is a guaranteed entry to the UK. This is not the case. Every applicant holding the Entry Clearance Certificate is liable to be subjected to immigration control to ensure if they still meet the criteria of their visa. When you arrive at the UK airport, the passport containing the Visa is presented to the Immigration Officer to proceed with the legal obligations.

The British Consulates and High Commissions abroad have the authority to refuse visa applications, and, in some circumstances, to ban applicants from applying again for a period of time. Unfortunately, under some certain circumstances, some of these decisions cannot be appealed for legal reasons.

It is very important for the applicant to obtain comprehensive advice and professional assistance from expert solicitors who have significant experience in the field. Those who are not properly prepared or supported with proper evidence are at a high risk of being refused entry, and may not have a full right to appeal.

We ensure that our clientele are provided with excellent advice and that their applications meet the requirements of the UK immigration law.

We provide advice regarding any type of Entry Clearance, including:

General Visitors

Business Visitors



Dependent Relatives

Sole Representatives

Points Based System Applicants

Family Permits by family members of European Union citizens

Other categories such as Partners, Fiancés, Marriage Visitors etc.

If you need legal support with your Entry Clearance application or advice about the procedure, our team of specialist immigration lawyers are available to help. Contact us today on 020 7242 1666.

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