Immigration Advice Service

If you're an RCN member and you are already in the UK, you can get free, confidential support and assistance on immigration issues

Changes to the Immigration Health Surcharge

The Government recently announced that the Immigration Health Surcharge will increase from its present rate of £400 per year to £624 per year, but not on the 1st October 2020 as originally planned. Instead, the increase will take place on 27th October. For more information see our FAQ page.

COVID-19 update

The Government announced measures that will assist some medical staff currently residing in the UK under Tier 2 visas. The announcements covers the following:

  1. Tier 2 residents and additional hours in a second Job (if the second job is with the NHS)
  2. Booking appointments at the UK Visas and Citizenship Application Services (UKVCAS)
  3. Visa extensions. Visas that expire between 1st October 2020 and 31st March 2021 can now be extended for one year free of charge

For more information, please read the full government announcement: Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents.

If you're still concerned about your status in the UK, please contact the Immigration Advice Service.

What we can advise you on:

  • Points based system tiers 1, 2, 4 and 5
  • Points based system dependants
  • Changing or extending your current visa
  • Applications based on marriage/civil partnership
  • European Economic Area national queries
  • Indefinite leave to remain
  • British citizenship
  • Home office refusal on an application to remain in the UK

EEA national members and non-EEA national members can access our service.

How to book an appointment

If you're an RCN member needing advice on immigration matters, contact the RCN on 0345 772 6100 and press option 2. (Lines are open 9am - 5pm on weekdays, and 9am - 4pm on weekends.)

We're also available via live chat or email.

Appeals and visa applications

Our solicitors will be able to assist with preparing and representation on immigration appeals.


Confidentiality is central to the service we offer. Any information concerning clients of the service, including whether or not they have contacted the service, will remain confidential to the service. 

No information will be passed to any outside organisation or individual, or to other staff or members of the RCN, without the client's specific request or explicit permission to do so. For more information about our obligations under the Data Protection Act 1998, please refer to the RCN’s Data Protection Officer at RCN HQ.

Our solicitors are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. 

Further information

You can also get help on a range of workplace issues.

General immigration advice

Bank accounts, driving licences, right to work, health charges, removals from the UK, appeal rights & administrative review

Health and Care Visas and the Immigration Health Surcharge FAQ

FAQs on the Health and Care Visa and the Immigration Health Surcharge

Biometric Residence Permit cards (BRP)

BRP cards, applications, how to transfer indefinite leave, costs and biometric enrolment

Status of EU nationals

Advice for EU or EEA nationals on current rights and applying for residency


UK Visa and Citizenship Application Service

The Windrush Scheme

Advice on the Windrush Scheme, how it works, and how to apply

Tier 2 applications

Advice on the supporting documentation requirements for Tier 2 visa applications

ILR applications

This page is being updated. Please check back again soon.

Language requirements

English language requirements for Indefinite Leave to Remain and British citizenship

Landlord Immigration status checks

The Immigration Act 2014 requires landlords to check a person's immigration status

NMC requirements for Overseas Nurses

Advice on NMC requirements for overseas nurses wanting to join the register

Preparing for IELTS, OET and OSCE exams

Resources and useful links to help you prepare for your exams 

We're here for you

If you're an RCN member needing advice on immigration matters, contact the RCN on 0345 772 6100 (open 9-5pm on weekdays, 9-4pm on weekends). We're also available via live chat or email.

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