HIVE would like to hear the views of the Service community about the information service we provide. Please take our short survey here


HIVE SURVEY

**********************************************************

If you are a subscriber to HIVE blogs, we want to let you know that UK data protection law changes on 25 May 2018 when the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect. This new legislation gives you more control over how your data is used.

We are taking this opportunity to update our subscription sign up options to make sure we provide our HIVE blog readers with the information they want, when they want to receive it. This means that if you are already a subscriber, emails you currently receive will stop and all readers will have the opportunity to sign up for new email updates as soon as the new subscription option is in place.

You can withdraw your permission to receive our emails at any time by using the unsubscribe link found at the bottom of every email you receive from us.

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Important changes to F&C Application for Entry to the UK

Notice from SO1 Engagement Armed Forces Covenant Team:
I am delighted to notify you that on 19 Mar 2018, following extensive MOD, Service Family Federation and Service charity consultation with the Home Office, a new on-line service for Foreign & Commonwealth Armed Forces personnel and their family members seeking entry to the UK was launched by Visa4UK, replacing the previous application process and paper form. As a result of this change, applicants will no 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 
www.visa4uk.fco.gov.uk/Account/login using the following options on the 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 on Gov.UK atwww.gov.uk/guidance/immigration-rules/immigration-rules-appendix-armed-forces

Guidance on all the above immigration routes can be found on Gov.UK atwww.gov.uk/government/collections/armed-forces-modernised-guidance