What are the UK visa application requirements?

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Last updated Jan 27, 2020

UK visas are given to people who plan to travel to the UK as a tourist, a visitor to a relative, for work or study purposes. Before you apply for the UK visa, it is essential to know your visa type. While a standard visitor visa for the UK is given to people who want to travel to the UK for a holiday, a non-migrant UK visa is given to business professionals, students or for people who wish to stay in the UK for a specific purpose. I bet you’re wondering, “what are the UK visa requirements?” The following will be the first step of your UK visa application procedure – Identifying the type of visa applicable to you.

The different types of UK visas include:-

  • Standard Visitor Visa – if you want to visit the UK for business, leisure, to get private medical treatment.
  • Marriage Visitor Visa –  if you want to marry or register a civil partnership within 6 months.
  • Permitted Paid Engagement Visa – to do specific paid work for no more than 1 month.
  • Tier 4 (General) Student Visa – to study in the UK if you’re 16 or over.
  • Tier 4 (Chevening, Marshall and Commonwealth scholars) Student Visa – the most suitable visa type for the majority of scholars coming to the UK to study a master’s degree.
  • Tier 2 (General) Visa – if you’ve been offered a skilled job in the UK.
  • Tier 2 (Sportsperson) Visa – you’re an elite sportsperson or qualified coach, who’s recognised by your sport’s governing body as being at the highest level of your profession internationally.
  • Tier 2 (Minister of Religion) visa – if you’ve offered a job in a faith community.
  • Tier 2 (Intra-company Transfer) Visa – Long-term Staff – For workers who are filling a position in the UK for a year or more. Applicants for this category must have been employed by the company overseas for at least a year.
  • Tier 2 (Intra-company Transfer) Visa – Graduate Trainee – This visa is for transfers into graduate trainee programmes for specialist roles. You need to be a recent graduate with at least 3 months’ experience with your employer overseas.

Depending on the visa type, the applicant will be required to fill in a specific type of visa application form in English. The general time needed for processing a visa application is around 15-20 working days.

UK visa requirements:-

  • UK visa application form – You will need to apply for a visa according to the UK visa type you are using for, you may have to complete the form online at the website of the Visa4UK website (www.visa4uk.fco.gov.uk) or the standard application form.
  • Two photographs – These photos should be taken within the past six months and in colour.
  • Your valid Passport – You passport must be valid for three more months after the date you plan to leave the UK. There should also be a blank page in your passport.
  • Proof you have financial means to cover the costs while in the UK. It may be your bank statements for the last six months or payslips for the same period.
  • Proof of accommodation – Hotel booking including the name and phone number of the hotel.
  • Detailed travel itinerary – Submit a travel itinerary that includes travel dates, places you will visit, meeting agenda, booked tour, festival agenda, etc. 
  • Tuberculosis Test Results – Nationals of several world countries will need to submit the requests of a Tuberculosis Test to be eligible for a UK Visa. 
  • Biometric information – If you are applying for a visa that lets you stay in the UK for more than six months, you will need to submit your biometric data. 
  • UK visa invitation letter (if applicable) – If you are staying over at a friend or a family members place who must be a legal resident or a citizen, then a letter of invitation needs to be submitted. 
  • Paid UK visa fees – The receipt that confirms you have paid the visa fee is mandatory.
  • Certified translations of every document that is not in English or Welsh is required.

Additional requirements for UK visa:-

As a student, you will need to submit extra documents according to your working status as follows –

  • A letter from your educational institute. This letter should be confirming your enrolment and leave of absence.

After the form is submitted successfully and the visa fee is paid, the applicant will be required to schedule the visa appointment where he/she is required to carry the required documents for the UK visa and provide biometric details.

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