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Joining from the Commonwealth

The British Army has welcomed soldiers from Commonwealth countries for many years. The service that they give, helps the Armed Forces defend the UK at home and abroad.

There has been a change to the rules for people joining from across the Commonwealth. We now have a selection of Army roles, that you don't need to meet the residency requirements for.

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Jobs you can apply for without UK residency

Important information

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Before you join

Until the day you enlist in the Army, you will be responsible for making sure that you enter the country on a valid visa, and that your stay in the country is legal.

If your visa runs out before enlistment, it's unlikely that the Home Office will give you an extension. You might need to pay for yourself to return home, where you can reapply for a new visa - before finishing the recruitment process.

Regular soldier

When you join

When you enlist as a Regular soldier, you'll be given 'exempt immigration control' status, while you're serving. This will stop when you're discharged - and you'll need to regularise your immigration status if you want to stay in the UK.

You will need to pay for your own regularisation of immigration status, and you'll need to meet the Home Office rules. You will have to have served for at least 4 years. You can't apply for this until you leave the Army.

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Citizenship and nationality

You don't need to have British Citizenship to serve in the Armed Forces. If you want to naturalise, you'll need to pay all costs and make sure that you can meet the Home Office's criteria. You can apply for citizenship after you've served for 5 years.

Female soldier in civilian clothes

Your family

Once you've joined, your family will still be subject the UK immigration controls. They will need to meet the Home Office's rules before they can move to join you. They'll need to be aware of the rules around how much they should earn and the speaking / understanding the English language.

Your family can still visit you in the UK, but they'll need to follow the rules of a standard visitor visa.

Countries of the Commonwealth

Countries A - F

Antigua and Barbuda
Australia
The Bahamas
Bangladesh
Barbados
Belize
Brunei Darussalem
Cameroon
Canada
Cyprus
Dominica
Fiji

Countries G - M

Ghana
Grenada
Guyana
India
Jamaica
Kenya
Kiribati
Lesotho
Malawi
Malaysia
Maldives
Malta
Mauritius
Mozambique

Countries N - S

Namibia
Nauru
New Zealand
Nigeria
Pakistan
Papua New Guinea
Rwanda
Saint Lucia
Samoa
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Singapore
Solomon Islands
South Africa
Sri Lanka
St Kitts and Nevis
St Vincent and the Grenadines
Swaziland

Countries T - Z

Tonga
Trinidad and Tobago
Tuvalu
Uganda
United Kingdom
United Republic of Tanzania
Vanuatu
Zambia

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