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Advice for non-UK based applicants

List A documents

Examples of List A documents include: 

  • A passport showing that the holder, or a person named in the passport as the child of the holder, is a British citizen or a citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies having the right of abode in the United Kingdom. 
    • A passport stating the holder is a citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies can only be accepted if it includes the words “holder has the right of abode in the United Kingdom”.
    • Certain Commonwealth citizens and citizens with dual nationality have the right to abode in the United Kingdom and do not have any immigration restrictions placed on the work they can do here.
  • A passport or national identity card showing that the holder, or a person named in the passport as the child of the holder, is a national of the European Economic Area or Switzerland.
  • A residence permit, registration certificate or document certifying or indicating permanent residence issued by the Home Office to a national of a European Economic Area country or Switzerland.
  • A permanent residence card or document issued by the Home Office to the family member of a national of a European Economic Area or Switzerland.
  • A Biometric Residence Permit issued by the Home Office to the holder which indicates that the person named in it is allowed to stay indefinitely in the United Kingdom, or has no time limit on their stay in the United Kingdom.
  • A passport or other travel document endorsed to show that the holder is exempt from immigration control, is allowed to stay indefinitely in the United Kingdom, has the right of abode in the United Kingdom, or has no time limit on their stay in the United Kingdom.
  • An Immigration Status Document issued by the Home Office to the holder with an endorsement indicating that the person named in it is allowed to stay indefinitely in the United Kingdom or has no time limit on their stay in the United Kingdom, when produced in combination with an official document giving the persons National Insurance Number and their name issued by a Government agency or a previous employer*.
  • An original full birth certificate or full adoption certificate issued in the United Kingdom which includes the name(s) of at least one of the holder’s parents, when produced in combination with an official document giving the person’s National Insurance Number and their name issued by a Government agency or a previous employer*. Short birth certificates which do not have details of either of the holder’s parents are not acceptable.
  • A birth certificate or adoption certificate issued in the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man or Ireland, when produced in combination with an official document giving the person’s National Insurance Number and their name issued by a Government agency or a previous employer*.
  • A certificate of registration or naturalisation as a British citizen, when produced in combination with an official document giving the person’s National Insurance Number and their name issued by a Government agency or a previous employer*. The A4 certificate must describe the holder as a British Citizen.
  • A letter issued by the Home Office to the holder which indicates that the person named in it is allowed to stay indefinitely in the United Kingdom when produced in combination with an official document giving the person’s National Insurance Number and their name issued by a Government agency or a previous employer*. The letter must clearly state that the holder is able to take up employment.