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The UK Border Agency has updated and revamped its website with an improved homepage and structure, it has been announced.

The new look website brings together all of the agency’s online content for the first time and will now provide a better service to applicants and partners in the UK and overseas.

This UK Border Agency website has now been integrated with the Visa Services website and most of the 200 country websites which have been hosted by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office. The remaining country websites are due to be brought into this website by the end of September.

The new Visas and immigration section contains detailed information about all of the UK’s immigration categories for non-European nationals. For each category, you can find:

  • the eligibility requirements
  • a guide to the supporting documents that you should provide with your application
  • application forms for use inside and outside the UK
  • application fees inside and outside the UK
  • links to information about the application process in your country

Commonly used web pages on the old Visa Services website have now been moved to the following pages:

The website continues to provide guidance for UK employers, UK Universities and education providers and the transport industry, and information for the public about UK immigration policy and the agency’s work. Source: UK Border Agency.

The newly revised UK Border Agency website has a better look and feel and navigation seems faster, but previously published links to specific pages of the site may no longer exist.

For instance, the link for European Workers is now:


The link for ‘Bulgarian and Romanian nationals‘ is:


The UK Border Agency and Home Office website contains a vast amount of information which can be difficult to wade your way through the guidance and Immigration Rules.

The navigation section for European workers from Bulgaria and Romania also appears to have been simplified although finding specific information is still a challenge.

Confusion remains over the need for Bulgarians and Romanians applying for BR1 Yellow Cards as students to take out Comprehensive Sickness Insurance cover. 

The BR1 Form in Section 9 states:

‘If sections 4 (Students) and 5 (Self-sufficient) have been completed: evidence of ‘Comprehensive Sickness Insurance’ cover in the UK and funds to show you are economically self-sufficient, e.g. a bank statement.’

In other words, the paragraph means you need comprehensive sickness insurance only if you are applying under both ‘student’ and ‘self sufficient’ sections.

Nevertheless, student applicants are being asked to take out private medical insurance policies and are being refused if they fail to supply the correct cover.

What is the correct insurance cover?

One insurance company manager told Immigration Matters that he has been trying to get clarification on the exact requirements from the UK Border Agency for several weeks.

Active Quote offers an easy to use online quotation and application system, but also has telephone support from advisers who are on hand to answer questions.

To obtain a quotation for Comprehensive Sickness Insurance visit the Active Quote website

See also:

Comprehensive Sickness Insurance now required for Bulgarian and Romanian study work yellow cards

Bulgarian and Romanian applicants for study work yellow cards now need Comprehensive Sickness Insurance 

Health care workers needed in UK now

Immigration Rules for Bulgarian and Romanian nationals

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If you need any immigration advice or help with Sponsorship or Work Permits, Visa, ILR/Settlement, Citizenship, dependant visa or an appeal against a refusal please email: 

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