Do Green Card holders need a visa for the UK?

13 Nov 2023, 24 mins ago

US citizens do not require permission to travel to the UK for tourism or short business trips. A ‘Green Card’ holder is an individual who has the equivalent of permission to reside permanently in the US, without restriction.

Typically, permanent residence entitles individuals to the same permission as the citizens of the country they have permanent permission to reside in; however, the UK continues to distinguish Green Card holders according to their nationality. This blog will look into what Green Card holders should check before travelling to the UK.

Green Card holders are assessed according to their nationality, rather than the fact that they have permanent residence in the US. If you are a ‘Visa National’ and hold a Green Card, you will still be required to obtain a Visit visa before you travel to the UK. The list of Visa Nationals is published on the UK government website and includes, among others, citizens of Russia, China and India. ‘Non-Visa Nationals’ or citizens of countries not included in this list who hold a Green Card, can travel to the UK without obtaining a Visit visa prior to their trip. However, they will still have to meet the Visit visa requirements, and they will be assessed on entry by UK Border officials. It is important to note that visitors can only stay the UK for up to 6 months at a time, and they must leave before this period ends.

If you have a Green Card, and you would like to relocate to the UK either temporarily, or permanently for any other purpose than a visit, you must apply for the appropriate visa, regardless of which country (or countries) you hold citizenship of. You must select the appropriate visa type according to what you intend to do in the UK and provide documents that demonstrate you meet the relevant requirements.

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