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As the Foreign & Commonwealth enquiries service is experiencing a significant increase in enquiries, the F&C team will be prioritising dealing with the most urgent cases.

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If your enquiry is not urgent, please visit our Foreign and Commonwealth section. This has a wealth of information which may help you find the answer to your query. If you cannot find the answer you will need to wait until we have resumed normal service.

The F&C team are regulated by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner and are authorised to provide immigration advice up to level 2.

For more information about the type of and level of advice we can offer please click here.

Please note that other AFF staff are not able to give advice on F&C issues.


UPDATED STATEMENT FROM AFF ON THE INCOME TAX ALLOWANCE EXEMPTION: MOD has responded that "The 2017 budget includes a measure that will make any allowances that will be paid under FAM tax free. This will mean that the total tax paid by someone in SFA and someone using FAM allowances will be the same." However, we know that multiple conversations are still going on to define the final shape of FAM. AFF will extract the main concerns from our families’ comments on social media regarding this tax exemption, and will submit them to the MOD asking for detailed answers on what this will actually mean for families.


AFF film highlights FAM work on behalf of Army families. Read more.


Another result for AFF – DIO to review CAAS location data

We’re delighted to be able to report that DIO will now be reviewing some of the factors affecting proposed changes to Army families’ final CAAS band, specifically relating to location. Read more.


Improved access to student loans for Army spouses and partners: an AFF win

As of 1 August 2017, Army families posted overseas who wish to undertake a qualifying UK based university or college course can access a loan via Student Finance England. This applies to both full and part time courses, and you no longer need to be in the UK for the first day of the course to qualify. Read more.


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CAAS banding: an update for families
12.12. If you live in military housing, you will shortly receive a letter regarding an update to your CAAS banding.
Families share their Covenant experiences with AFF
07.12. Is the Armed Forces Covenant helping your family get a fair deal?
AFF welcomes £250 million investment in future military housing on Salisbury Plain
06.12. Government invests in new housing for military families on Salisbury Plain.
FAM information
05.12. FAM team have released some more information for families
AFF explores whether the Army Families’ ‘Offer’ meets the needs of the modern Army family
04.12. Do you feel the Army’s ‘Offer’ to its families mitigates the impact that Service life can have?
AFF begins new spouse employment project with University of Warwick
21.11. Employment research project will look at the real and perceived barriers to employment for military spouses and partners.