The United Kingdom has always been a tourist hot-spot for many decades now and continues to remain a top tourist destination even today. It’s not hard to imagine why that is; the country has more or less everything to offer the millions of tourists that flock to the country each year. Be it catching a glimpse of startling London Bridge, witnessing a bird’s eye-view of the London city sitting in London Eye or exploring the medieval castles and stunning countryside, there isn’t a thing you do in the United Kingdom that does not count into your bucket list. And the rest, as they say, you don’t know what madness is, until you visit the United Kingdom. If you’re planning an adventure to the UK, depending on your nationality and your reason for visiting, you may need to organise a UK Visa.
Here’s how to apply for a UK Visa without any hassle.
There’s one step which is common while applying for any country visa and i.e. determining the visa type. There are numerous types of UK Visas that one can obtain for the UK visit; tourist, business, work, student etc. Depending on the purpose of your visit, the UK Embassy or Consulate grants you a visa for a limited period of time.
The UK visa for Indians is also called as a Standard Visitor Visa. You must apply for a Standard Visitor visa if your purpose of travel is tourism, business, to visit family and friends, take part in sporting events and so on. This Visa type allows a person to travel and stay in the UK for up to 6 months. It is the most widely issued visa type in the UK. There are longer validity UK visas as well such as a 2-year, 5-year and 10-years visa. However even for these visas; you are permitted to stay for up to 6 months only on each visit. Applicants are required to adhere to the visa rules and regulations while applying for a France visa.
You can apply for a UK Tourist Visa up to 3 months before your travel date to the UK. So, we recommend you plan your trip well in advance, so you get enough time to prepare your documents and secure an appointment.
Once you know what type of visa to go for, it is very important to know and gather all the supporting documents required to apply for UK Visa online. Each visa type requires a different type of documentation. For every document you provide, you must include the original document and a photocopy. To make it simpler for you, here’s the document checklist:
- Passport with minimum 6 months validity and minimum 2 blank pages
- Old passports if any
- Visa application form
- UK visa fee
- Appointments letter confirmation
- Evidence to proof that you can support yourself and other accompanying family members during your trip, eg. Bank statement, income tax returns, fixed deposits, or any business proof.
- Certificate of employment or a leave letter from company
- Day wise itinerary, along with accommodation details
- Invitation letter if visiting family or friend in UK
- Sponsorship letter & sponsor’s financial documents if being sponsored
Note – The UK High Commission is very particular about the documents provided by the applicant. Make sure you provide all the genuine and updated documents, otherwise the visa might get rejected.
As a part of your visa application, you need to book an appointment in order to record your fingerprints and photo at a visa application center. This is known as “biometric information”. Once you have filed your application and booked your appointment, you need to pay the visa fees.
The UK Immigration laws are extremely complicated and constantly changing. They have strict eligibility criteria and if you don’t apply the right way there’s a high risk of a UK visa rejection. Thus, it is essential you apply correctly with the guidance from a reliable travel agency. Akbar Travels takes care of your complete visa application. From completing application online, verifying documents, scheduling appointments to obtaining your UK Visa, we never leave your side.
On receiving your documents; our Visa Experts will complete you visa application online, pay visa fees, verify your documents and schedule your appointment as part of the UK Visa requirement. On the appointment date, you will need to personally visit the Visa Application Centre (VAC) for documents and biometrics submission. Travel Agents are not permitted to apply on behalf of the applicant.
On the day of the appointment visit the VAC and submit your biometrics and visa file. Typically, the processing time for UK is up to 15 working days. However the visa application process varies depending upon the different factors. In that case, a visa application process time may go up to 60 days, but it happens in very rare cases.
After your visa application is made, you can collect the documents from the visa application center. You have to collect the documents in person or take the help of courier. If you are going to collect the documents yourself, you need to bring the receipt issued by the visa application and also a form of Government identification.
If you are in a hurry to get your visa, you can always use UK Visas and Immigration’s Priority and Super Priority Visa service. The Super Priority and Priority Visa services are options for those who need to travel urgently. This service will always put your application in front of the queue at every stage of the decision-making process.
UK Visas and Immigration decides based on your Priority Visa Application and get in touch with you when the passport is ready. This is usually done within 5 working days from the day you submit your biometric information. However, under certain circumstances, you may have to wait for some time for the decision making process.
If you are planning a trip to UK but worried about the UK Visa process, you have our back. We know paperwork has never been a pleasant task, so leave the stress on us. Not only will we take care of all the little details for you — like hotels, flights and sightseeings — you’ll enjoy the peace of mind that everything is taken care of in one easy online booking.