The United Kingdom is a beautiful country that full of opportunities which is a reason why most wish to go to the country whether it is for business, studies or pleasure. However, prior to booking a ticket, customers must procure a visa in order to travel. Customers can apply for a visa online and then will be asked to come to the office on specific dates where they will have to provide the required documents and other necessary details. There are a number of requirements that need to be provided for a visa to be furnished. These are provided below.
Documents Required to Apply for a UK Visa:
While applying for a UK visa, applicants will have to submit certain documents. These documents are listed below and are compulsory. Additional documents may be required based on the kind of visa being applied for and other factors, if any. The most important ones are listed below.
- Receipt that is provided for the fee paid needs to be furnished.
- Document or letter confirming appointment
- A recent passport sized color photograph. This photo guidance is needed when the applicant has been exempted from providing biometrics
- Dated and signed printout of the online application form
- Evidence of sponsor’s leave for applicant to remain in the UK incase they are applying as dependents
- Evidence of all income that has been stated on application form such as tax returns, pay slips, letter from employer and so on
- Evidence of any asset such as land or property
- In case applicant has applied for a settlement visa then a completed self-assessment form that is signed and dated should also be provided
- Other supporting documents such as proof of age and proof of address
- Marriage or divorce certificate in addition to evidence of applicant’s family staying in their native country when they travel(if applicable)
- Evidence and documents regarding applicant’s education
- Evidence of income and bank account, tax submissions and so on.
- Photographs on the application from those who have not submitted biometrics as UKVI does not require passport photos from those who have provided biometrics
Eligibility Criteria for Applying a UK Visa
In order to avail a visa, applicants must meet certain needs and requirements. These requirements are listed below. Additional requirements may be mentioned based on the kind of visa being applied for.
- Applicants must furnish proof showing that their entering the country will not harm the country or its public in any way.
- Visa qualification criteria must be met(depends on the kind of visa)
- A passport that is valid for a minimum of 6 months must be provided
- Applicants must not have a criminal record against them nor should they be involved in any criminal case at the time of application for visa.
- Applicant must have enough resources to financially support themselves or their family during the course of their stay in the country.
- Medical tests should be passed and work permit must be furnished in case of work visa
- For certain visa requirements, customers may be asked to appear for interviews
UK Visa - General Refusal Reasons:
There are a few general reasons as to why a person might be refused the leave to enter UK. Some of these include -
- Applicant is a subject of a deportation order
- Has been convicted of an offence and has been sent to prison
- Failure to produce required documents such as a valid passport
- If the Secretary of State has directed personally that exclusion of the applicant is conductive to the good of the public in the UK
- False documents have been submitted or false representation has been made
- If the applicant has breached UK immigration law previously by either overstaying, being an illegal immigrant, etc.
News About UK Visa Requirements
UK Minister: Britons May Require Visa to Visit EU Post Brexit
The immigration minister of Britain said that citizens of the United Kingdom may have to pay for visas if they wish to visit nations that are a part of the European Union, after the country leaves the bloc. Amber Rudd, Home Secretary said that, although this situation is not desirable, it cannot be ruled out. She also said that they would try to get the best deals from the EU but it will have to be a two-way negotiation.
The Schengen zone in EU which includes almost all nations in the bloc will consider an electronic travel authorization, similar to the one that is used by the United States of America. Visitors outside the EU may have to apply for the same online, and pay a fee before resuming their travels.
22nd September 2016