If you are not normally subject to immigration control you can apply for an exempt vignette. For example, this is commonly used for diplomats.
Exempt vignettes are available for:
- Diplomats, or working for a diplomatic mission in the UK, and you were outside the UK when offered the post.
- Overseas government ministers on official business or travelling with one as part of your job.
- Members of Commonwealth or Overseas Territories armed forces posted in the UK or training in the UK.
- Head of states or people working for a head of state, such as on a state visit.
- Those who are exempt from immigration control for any other reason.
You cannot apply if you come from North Korea.
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