Entry Clearance is a catch all term under UK Immigration legislation that refers to both visas and entry certificates issued to persons seeking to enter the UK
when should I need to apply:
If you are currently outside the United Kingdom, you may need to apply for entry clearance before you travel. The entry clearance process for the United Kingdom is run by UKvisas through the British diplomatic posts around the world.
The need to apply for entry clearance will depend on your current nationality and the scheme under which you wish to come to the United Kingdom. UKvisas have a visa enquiry form on their website which can be used to determine whether you need entry clearance as well as providing details of the nearest British post where you can make your application.
Before you make your entry clearance enquiry, you will need to know which scheme you are interested in applying for. Details of the various schemes offered under the United Kingdom Immigration Rules can be found on this website.
What should i need to do when i arrive:
Once you arrive in the United Kingdom, you may have to register your stay with the police. If you need to register, this requirement will be stamped in your passport. You must register within seven days of arriving in the United Kingdom. To register, you will need your passport and two passport-size photographs of yourself.
If you are staying in the Metropolitan Police Area, you should take these to:
The Overseas Visitors Record Office
180 Borough High Street
London SE1 1LH
The office is open between 9 am and 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday. You can get more information from the Overseas Visitors Records Office on 020 7230 1208.
If you are not staying in the Metropolitan Area, you should contact your local police service for the address and opening hours of other police registration offices. You will have to pay a fee for registering with the police.