• UK Visa For Indians

    The citizens from other countries who wish to visit the UK for study, work, business, tourism or to join a family member or partner/friend can apply for the UK Visa through the online portal. Depending on the type of the visa, the applicant will be required to fill in a specific type of visa application form in English, pay the visa fee online, print a copy of the completed application form, and book the appointment for submitting the documents and biometric details. The online facility allows the applicant to save the application’s progress and continue at a later stage.

    Applying for the UK visa with an Indian Passport

    The Indian passport holders can visit the official website - https://visas-immigration.service.gov.uk/product/uk-visit-visa to initiate the online application process. The applicant can choose from 19 other languages apart from English to carry out the application process. Once the language selection has been made, the applicant will need to indicate the particular type of UK visa he/she is applying for. The website allows the applicants to proceed with one of the following types of UK Visas:

    Types of UK Visas

    • Standard Visitor Visa
    • Marriage Visitor Visa
    • Permitted Paid Engagement Visa
    • Tier 4 (General) Student Visa
    • Tier 4 (Child) Student Visa
    • Tier 4 (Chevening, Marshall and Commonwealth scholars) Student Visa
    • Tier 2 (General) Visa
    • Tier 2 (Sportsperson) Visa
    • Tier 2 (Minister of Religion) Visa
    • Tier 2 (Intra-company Transfer) Visa - Long-term Staff
    • Tier 2 (Intra-company Transfer) Visa - Graduate Trainee
    • Short-term Student Visa
    • PBS Dependant - Partner Visa
    • PBS Dependant - Child Visa
    • Other visas, including study, work and Parent of a Tier 4 Child

    For an applicant who is travelling for the first time, the options may seem overwhelming, however, the official website enables the applicant to determine the exact type of visa that he/she should be applying. The website prompts the applicant to choose one of the following reasons for visiting the UK:

    • Tourism, including visiting friends or family
    • Work, academic visit or business
    • Study
    • Transit
    • Join partner or family for a long stay
    • Stay with the child, if they’re at school
    • To get private medical treatment
    • Get married or enter into a civil partnership
    • For official diplomatic or government business (including transit through the UK)

    List of UK Visa Application Centers in India

    VFS Global manages the visa application centres in India. UK Visa applicants are required to contact one of these branches (whichever is closer) to apply for the visa by filling in the application form and providing the required documents along with the biometric details.

    Following are the address details of the visa application centres along with their working hours:

    North India
    Delhi Mezzanine Floor, Baba Kadak Singh Marg, Shivaji Stadium Metro Station, Connaught Place, New Delhi 110001, India
    Working hours: Monday to Friday - 08:00 - 12:00 and 13:00 - 16:00 Passport collection: Monday to Friday - 10:00 – 18:00
    Gurgaon Premium Lounge ILD Trade Centre, Fourth Floor, Sector 47, Sohna Road Gurgaon - 122001
    Working hours: Monday to Friday - 09:00 - 16:00 Passport collection: Monday to Friday - 09:00 – 16:00
    Chandigarh SCO 62 63, Sector 8 C, near Hotel Icon and Times of India office Madhya Marg, Chandigarh 160018
    Working hours: Monday to Friday - 08:00 - 14:00 Passport collection: Monday to Friday - 08:00 – 14:00
    West India
    Mumbai South Express Tower, Fourth Floor, Nariman Point, Mumbai – 400 02
    Working hours: Monday to Friday - 08:00 - 13:00 and 14:00 - 16:00 Passport collection: Monday to Friday - 11:00 – 18:00
    Mumbai North Express Tower, Fourth Floor, Nariman Point, Mumbai – 400 021
    Working hours: Monday to Friday - 08:00 - 13:00 and 14:00 - 16:00 Passport collection: Monday to Friday - 11:00 – 18:00
    Pune 4th Floor, E core, Marvel edge, Viman Nagar, Pune - 411014
    Working hours: Monday to Friday - 08:00 - 14:00 Passport collection: Monday to Friday - 09:00 – 15:00
    South India
    Chennai Fagun Towers, Second Floor, No 74, Ethiraj Salai, Egmore, Chennai - 600 008
    Working hours: Monday to Friday - 08:00 - 15:00 Passport collection: Monday to Friday - 08:00 – 15:00
    Bangalore Global Tech Park, O’Shaughnessy Road, Langford Town First Floor (Landmark Hockey Ground) Bengaluru Karnataka 560025
      Working hours: Monday to Friday - 08:00 - 15:00 Passport collection: Monday to Friday - 08:00 – 15:00
    Hyderabad 8-2-700 3rd Floor, Srida Anushka Pride Opposite to Ratnadeep Super Market, Banjara Hills, Road No 12, Hyderabad 500034
    Working hours: Monday to Friday - 08:00 - 15:00 Passport collection: Monday to Friday - 08:00 – 15:00
    Cochin S&T Arcade, Kurisupally Road, Ravipuram, Cochin – 682016
    Working hours: Monday to Friday - 08:00 - 15:00 Passport collection: Monday to Friday - 08:00 – 15:00
    East India
    Kolkata UK Visa application centre, Fifth floor, RENE tower, Plot No. AA-I, 1842, Rajdanga Main Road, Kasba, Kolkata 700107
    Working hours: Monday to Friday - 08:00 - 14:00 Passport collection: Monday to Friday - 10:00 – 16:00
    Thiruvananthapuram T.C 2/2408-3 First floor, Asiatic Business Centre, Attinkuzhy, Kazhakootam, Trivandrum, Kerala 695581.
    Operates once a month
    Goa Visa application centre, Gera Imperium - I, Office No 301, 3rd Floor, Patto, Panjim, Goa – 403001
    Second Wednesday of each month between 09:00 to 17:30 (closed on public holidays)
    Jalandhar Lower, Ground Floor, MIDAS Corporate Park, Plot No. 37, G.T. Road, opposite Jalandhar Bus Stand, Jalandhar - 144001
    Working hours: Monday to Friday - 08:00 - 14:00 Passport collection: Monday to Friday - 08:00 – 14:00
    Jaipur Manglam Ambition Tower, 1st Floor Agrasen Circle (Malan Ka Chauraha), Subhash Marg C Scheme, Jaipur- 302001
    Tuesday and Thursday only:  09:00 – 15:00
    Lucknow Golden Tulip, 6 Station Road, Lucknow – 226001
    Working hours: 09:30 - 17:00

    Few of the visa application centres operate under the user pay scheme where the applicant is required to pay a certain fee to take advantage of the convenient visa services. However, an applicant can choose to travel to the nearest free to use visa application centre to avoid the fee involved in utilizing the user pay visa application centres.

    Apply for UK Visa

    In order to apply for UK visa, the applicants are required to complete the online application form on www.gov.uk. Once 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 specified documents and provide biometric details.

    Documents required for the UK Visa application

    The following documents are required for the UK Visa application:

    • Visa appointment confirmation
    • Visa fee receipt
    • User pay visa application centre service fee receipt (if applicable)
    • Valid passport or any other travel document
    • One passport size photograph as per the specified guidelines
    • Print copy of the online application form with the applicant’s signature
    • Visa applications under the points-based system require furnishing the completed self-assessment form along with the applicant's signature
    • Other specific documents based on the type of the visa

    Visa Appointment Guidelines

    The following guidelines are applicable to the UK Visa applicants:

    • Mobile phones are allowed in the Visa Application Centre (VAC), however, it must be kept in silent mode and should be switched on while entering the VAC.
    • The applicant can carry only one cabin bag to the VAC which should not more than 45 cm x 30 cm x 20 cm (18” x 12” x 8”) in dimensions.
    • Applicants are advised not to bring any of the following items to the VAC due to security reasons-
    1. Any kind of sealed package
    2. Battery operated devices such as music players, tablets, and storage devices such as pen drive, HDD, etc.
    3. Any kind of weapon
    4. Inflammable items such as lighters, fuel, etc.
    5. Sharp objects such as knives, scissors, etc.
    6. Other items based on the latest security policies
    • The website will automatically sign-off the applicant if he/she is inactive for over 25 minutes
    • Applicants are required to carry the original and a photocopy of all the specified documents
    • The documents submitted for the visa application must be in English, however, in case any of the document is not in English, the applicant will be required to furnish the certified translation of the documents.

    UK Visa Fees

    Standard Visitor
    Visa types Visa application fee (in Rupees)
    Short-term (up to 6 months, single or multiple   entry) 8,010  
    Longer-term (valid for up to 2 years) 30,330
    Longer-term (valid for up to 5 years) 55,080
    Longer-term (valid for up to 10 years) 69,030
    Short-term study
    Visa types Visa application fee (in Rupees)
    Short-term study (up to 6 months) 8,370
    Short-term study - To study the English Language 16,110
    Business visitors
    Visa types Visa application fee (in Rupees)
    Business visitor – academic visitor (up to 12   months) and dependant 16,110
    Business visitor – clinical attachments, dental   observation and PLAB/OSCE test 8,370
    Diplomatic courier 8,010
    Permitted Paid Engagements 8,010
    Prospective Entrepreneur 8,010
    Special visitors - marriage or civil  partnership
    Visa types Visa application fee (in Rupees)
    Marriage or civil partnership 8,010
    Special visitors - parents of children at  school
    Visa types Visa application fee (in Rupees)
    Parent of a child at school (up to 12 months) 44,640
    Special visitors - child visitors
    Visa types Visa application fee (in Rupees)
    Short-term (up to 6 months, single or multiple  entry) 8,010
    Longer-term (valid for up to 2 years) 30,330
    Longer-term (valid for up to 5 years) 55,080
    Longer-term (valid for up to 10 years) 69,030
    Diplomatic/Official Visitor
    Visa types Visa application fee (in Rupees)
    Diplomatic Passport Holder Free of charge
    Official Invitation by UK Government Free of charge
    Course F visitors
    Visa types Visa application fee (in Rupees)
    Course F (main applicant and dependants) 44,640
    Visitors in transit
    Visa types Visa application fee (in Rupees)
    Visitor in transit 5,580
    Other student visas
    Visa types Visa application fee (in Rupees)
    Chevening Scholarship or Fellowship Free of charge
    British Marshall Scholarship Free of charge
    Fulbright Scholarship Free of charge
    Commonwealth Scholarships and Fellowships Plan Free of charge
    Business visitors
    Visa types Visa application fee (in Rupees)
    Business visitor – academic visitor (up to 12  months) and dependant 16,110
    Business visitor – clinical attachments, dental  observation and PLAB/OSCE test 8,370
    Diplomatic courier 8,010
    Permitted Paid Engagements 8,010
    Prospective Entrepreneur 8,010
    Diplomatic/Official Visitor
    Visa types Visa application fee (in Rupees)
    Diplomatic Passport Holder Free of charge
    Official Invitation by UK Government Free of charge
    Points-based system, Tier 1
    Visa types Visa application fee (in Rupees)
    Tier 1 investor - main applicant 1,40,490
    Tier 1 entrepreneur - main applicant 88,380
    Tier 1 exceptional talent part one: endorsement  by a competent body application - main applicant 26,280
    Tier 1 exceptional talent part two: entry  clearance application - main applicant 26,370
    Tier 1 exceptional talent where no approval  letter is needed - main applicant 52,650
    Tier 1 exceptional talent applicant – dependants  only 52,650
    Tier 1 general and entrepreneur – dependants  only 88,380
    Tier 1 investor - dependants only 1,40,490
    Tier 1 entrepreneur CESC - main applicant only 83,430
    Tier 1 exceptional talent CESC part two: entry  clearance application - main applicant only 21,420
    Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur 31,410
    Tier 1 graduate entrepreneur CESC - main  applicant only 26,460
    Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur - dependants 31,410
    Tier 1 Post Study applicant - dependants 52,290
    Points-based system, Tier 2
    Visa types Visa application fee (in Rupees)
    Tier 2 General, ICT Long-term staff, sport and  MoR sponsored for up to three years: applicant and dependants 52,830
    Tier 2 General, ICT Long-term staff, sport and   MoR sponsored for three years or less: main applicant: CESC 47,880
    Tier 2 ICT short-term staff, graduate trainee  and skills transfer: applicant and dependants 41,670
    Tier 2: ICT short-term staff, graduate trainee  and skills transfer: main applicant: CESC 36,720
    Tier 2 General shortage occupation sponsored for  up to three years: applicant and dependants 40,140
    Tier 2 General shortage occupation sponsored for  up to three years: main applicant: CESC 35,190
    Tier 2 General, ICT Long-term staff sponsored  for over three years: applicant and dependants 10,5660
    Tier 2 General, ICT Long-term staff sponsored  for over three years: main applicant: CESC 1,00,710
    Tier 2 General, shortage occupation sponsored  for over three years: applicant and dependants 80,280
    Tier 2 General, shortage occupation sponsored  for more than three years: main applicant: CESC 75,330
    Points-based system, Tier 4
    Visa types Visa application fee (in Rupees)
    Student applicant and dependants (see student  visa page for full definition) 30,150
    Points-based system, Tier 5
    Visa types Visa application fee (in Rupees)
    Tier 5 applicant (temporary worker) - main   applicant and dependants 21,150
    Tier 5 applicant (temporary worker) CESC - main   applicant only 16,200
    Tier 5 applicant (youth mobility scheme) - main   applicant only 21,150
    Other work categories
    Visa types Visa application fee (in Rupees)
    Overseas domestic worker in a private household 44,640
    UK ancestry 44,640
    Fisherman operating inside UK waters 44,640
    Offshore worker 44,640
    Representative of overseas business and  dependants 52,830
    Sheep Shearer 44,640
    Van der Elst Free of charge
    Swiss posted worker Free of charge
    Turkish businessperson and dependants Free of charge

    UK Visa Processing Time

    The visa processing time depends on various factors and may change based on the visa type. The following table provides the approximate processing time for each type of UK Visa:

    Bangalore Visits Visas Long-term Visit (more than 6 months) 10 days
    General Visit (6 months or less) 10 days
    Business Visit (6 months or less) 10 days
    Family Visit (6 months or less) 10 days
    Transit (6 months or less) 10 days
    Other Visit (6 months or less) 10 days
    Points Based System Visas PBS Tier 1 15 days
    PBS Tier 2 15 days
    PBS Tier 4 15 days
    PBS Tier 5 15 days
    Other Non-Settlement Visas Other Non-Settlement 30 days
    Settlement Visas Settlement 60 days
    Chandigarh Visits Visas Long-term Visit (more than 6 months) 15 days
    General Visit (6 months or less) 15 days
    Business Visit (6 months or less) 15 days
    Family Visit (6 months or less) 15 days
    Transit (6 months or less) 15 days
    Other Visit (6 months or less) 15 days
    Points Based System Visas PBS Tier 1 15 days
    PBS Tier 2 30 days
    PBS Tier 4 15 days
    PBS Tier 5 15 days
    Other Non-Settlement Visas EEA Family Permits 15 days
    Settlement Visas Settlement 60 days
    Chennai Visits Visas Long-term Visit (more than 6 months) 10 days
    General Visit (6 months or less) 10 days
    Business Visit (6 months or less) 10 days
    Family Visit (6 months or less) 10 days
    Transit (6 months or less) 15 days
    Other Visit (6 months or less) 10 days
    Points Based System Visas PBS Tier 1 30 days
    PBS Tier 2 15 days
    PBS Tier 4 15 days
    PBS Tier 5 15 days
    Other Non-Settlement Visas Other Non-Settlement 60 days
    EEA Family Permits 30 days
    Settlement Visas Settlement 60 days
    Cochin Visits Visas Long-term Visit (more than 6 months) 10 days
    General Visit (6 months or less) 10 days
    Business Visit (6 months or less) 10 days
    Family Visit (6 months or less) 10 days
    Transit (6 months or less) 10 days
    Other Visit (6 months or less) 15 days
    Points Based System Visas PBS Tier 1 15 days
    PBS Tier 2 15 days
    PBS Tier 4 15 days
    Settlement Visas Settlement 60 days
    Goa Visits Visas Long-term Visit (more than 6 months) 15 days
    General Visit (6 months or less) 15 days
    Business Visit (6 months or less) 15 days
    Family Visit (6 months or less) 15 days
    Transit (6 months or less) 15 days
    Other Visit (6 months or less) 15 days
    Gurgaon Visits Visas Long-term Visit (more than 6 months) 15 days
    General Visit (6 months or less) 15 days
    Business Visit (6 months or less) 15 days
    Family Visit (6 months or less) 15 days
    Other Visit (6 months or less) 15 days
    Points Based System Visas PBS Tier 1 15 days
    PBS Tier 2 15 days
    PBS Tier 5 10 days
    Other Non-Settlement Visas Other Non-Settlement 15 days
    Settlement Visas Settlement 60 days
    Hyderabad Visits Visas Long-term Visit (more than 6 months) 10 days
    General Visit (6 months or less) 10 days
    Business Visit (6 months or less) 10 days
    Family Visit (6 months or less) 10 days
    Other Visit (6 months or less) 15 days
    Transit (6 months or less) 30 days
    Points Based System Visas PBS Tier 1 15 days
    PBS Tier 2 15 days
    PBS Tier 4 30 days
    PBS Tier 5 15 days
    Other Non-Settlement Visas EEA Family Permits 60 days
    Other Non-Settlement 15 days
    Settlement Visas Settlement 60 days
    Jaipur Visits Visas Long-term Visit (more than 6 months) 15 days
    General Visit (6 months or less) 15 days
    Business Visit (6 months or less) 15 days
    Family Visit (6 months or less) 15 days
    Other Visit (6 months or less) 15 days
    Points Based System Visas PBS Tier 2 15 days
    Jalandhar Visits Visas Long-term Visit (more than 6 months) 15 days
    General Visit (6 months or less) 15 days
    Business Visit (6 months or less) 15 days
    Family Visit (6 months or less) 15 days
    Other Visit (6 months or less) 15 days
    Points Based System Visas PBS Tier 2 15 days
    PBS Tier 4 15 days
    PBS Tier 5 15 days
    Other Non-Settlement Visas EEA Family Permits 90 days
    Other Non-Settlement 30 days
    Settlement Visas Settlement 60 days
    Kolkata Visits Visas Long-term Visit (more than 6 months) 15 days
    General Visit (6 months or less) 30 days
    Business Visit (6 months or less) 30 days
    Family Visit (6 months or less) 15 days
    Other Visit (6 months or less) 30 days
    Transit (6 months or less) 30 days
    Points Based System Visas PBS Tier 2 30 days
    PBS Tier 4 30 days
    PBS Tier 5 15 days
    Other Non-Settlement Visas Other Non-Settlement 15 days
    Settlement Visas Settlement 60 days
    Mumbai Visits Visas Long-term Visit (more than 6 months) 15 days
    General Visit (6 months or less) 15 days
    Business Visit (6 months or less) 15 days
    Family Visit (6 months or less) 15 days
    Other Visit (6 months or less) 15 days
    Transit (6 months or less) 15 days
    Points Based System Visas PBS Tier 1 15 days
    PBS Tier 2 15 days
    PBS Tier 4 15 days
    PBS Tier 5 15 days
    Other Non-Settlement Visas EEA Family Permits 90 days
    Other Non-Settlement 15 days
    Settlement Visas Settlement 60 days
    New Delhi Visits Visas Long-term Visit (more than 6 months) 15 days
    General Visit (6 months or less) 15 days
    Business Visit (6 months or less) 15 days
    Family Visit (6 months or less) 15 days
    Other Visit (6 months or less) 15 days
    Transit (6 months or less) 15 days
    Points Based System Visas PBS Tier 1 60 days
    PBS Tier 2 15 days
    PBS Tier 4 15 days
    PBS Tier 5 15 days
    Other Non-Settlement Visas EEA Family Permits 120 days
    Other Non-Settlement 15 days
    Settlement Visas Settlement 60 days
    Pune Visits Visas Long-term Visit (more than 6 months) 15 days
    General Visit (6 months or less) 15 days
    Business Visit (6 months or less) 15 days
    Family Visit (6 months or less) 15 days
    Other Visit (6 months or less) 30 days
    Transit (6 months or less) 15 days
    Points Based System Visas PBS Tier 2 15 days
    PBS Tier 4 15 days
    PBS Tier 5 15 days
    Other Non-Settlement Visas Other Non-Settlement 15 days
    Settlement Visas Settlement 60 days

    UK Visa Status

    Once the visa application is submitted, the applicant can choose to receive the document by post or visit the VAC to collect the documents in person. While filling in the visa application form, the applicant can provide his/her valid mobile number and/or email ID to receive notifications pertaining to the visa application.

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    1. What is VFS Global?
    2. VFS Global is the concerning authority for managing UK Visa and Immigration applications. VFS Global manages visa and passport application-related administrative and non-discretionary duty for the governments and diplomatic missions worldwide.

    3. How to pay the UK Visa fee?
    4. While going through the online application process, the applicant will get an option to pay the visa fee. VFS Global does not accept visa fee payment at any of the VAC (except for instances where certain nationalities are allowed to make the cash payment at one of the specified VACs).

    5. Is the visa fee refundable?
    6. The visa fee is refundable only if a written request has been submitted five days prior to the visa appointment date. Visa fee is not refundable after the biometric details or the live image is captured.

    7. What is the visa application process for a minor at VFS Global VAC?
    8. Children of all age groups are required to attend the VAC in person, however, the biometric data is not captured for children who are below the age of five. Additionally, applicants below the age of 18 are required to be accompanied by an adult who is not a member of VFS Global staff.

    9. When should I apply for the visa?
    10. An applicant can apply for the UK Visa up to three months prior to the intended travel date.

    11. What are the documents required for the visa appointment?
      • Appointment confirmation in electronic format or a physical copy
      • Visa fee receipt and other receipts (applicable for availing premium visa services)
      • Self-attested copy of the online application form
      • Other applicable documents based on the type of the visa
    12. Is there an option to expedite visa application process?
    13. Yes, the applicants have the option to take advantage of the Super Priority Visa Service which enables the applications to be processed on the same day. Only the VACs at New Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai offer the Super Priority Visa Service. All applicants for the visitor’s visa, Tier 2, Tier 3, Tier 5, and short-term study visas categories are eligible to apply for the expedite visa processing service.

    14. How do I get the visa application status?
    15. You will receive notifications through text SMS and email (if provided during the application process) that will keep you updated.

    16. How do I report a technical problem in my application?
    17. The applicant can contact the UK Visa and Immigration with details of his/her application and a description of the technical issue.

    18. How do I contact the UK Visa and Immigration?
    19. If you are contacting from outside the UK, the following methods can be utilized:

      • By Telephone: 00 44 203 481 1736 (Monday to Sunday - 24 hours)
      • By Email - Visit https://www.gov.uk/ to send an email enquiry at £5.48

    *Disclaimer

    News about UK Visa

    • India excluded from the list of countries deemed as ‘low risk’ by UK

      The United Kingdom has not included India in the list of countries that have been deemed ‘low risk’ by the government. The countries that were already included in the ‘low risk’ were US, Australia, Canada, New Zealand. New entrants to the list include China, Bahrain, Indonesia, Mexico, Maldives, Macau, Kuwait, Thailand and Serbia. The UK government has relaxed visa rules for students of countries that have been included in the ‘low risk’ list.

      The benefits enjoyed by the students of countries included in the ‘low risk’ list will be put into effect by the UK government from July 6 onwards. Students of the ‘low risk’ countries as deemed by the United Kingdom foreign department will not have to provide any financial, educational or English skill requirements proof. It does not get any easier for Indian students who will have to pass through stringent security and document verification before getting a student visa to study in the UK.

      Head of UK council for international student affairs, Lord Bilimoria said that the UK government’s non-inclusion of India in ‘low risk’ list is a setback for Indian students aspiring to study in the UK. He even described the UK government’s actions as an insult to India. However, the UK government has defended its decision to not include India in the list by saying that after China and the US, Indian students are the biggest beneficiaries of the UK student visa.

      19 June 2018

    • UK home secretary’s immigration rethink welcomed

      The announcement made by the new UK home secretary Sajid Javid regarding a rethink on the key aspects of Britain’s immigration policy has been welcomed by the country’s university bodies, the Indian industry among others. It needs to be mentioned that the country is planning on making some changes to its policy which is likely to have an impact on foreign students and Tier 2 visa holders.

      A spokesperson for Universities UK stated that removing students from the net migration target would be a positive policy change. Dr. Hollie Chandler, a senior policy analyst at Russell Group while supporting the announcement said that international students bring in new ideas and ensure that there is a diverse, dynamic learning environment.

      Dr. Ramesh Mehta, who is the president of British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin while terming the proposed change of putting a cap on doctors as ‘ridiculous’, urged the policymakers to remove healthcare workers in the country from the tier 2 visa category.

      12 June 2018

    • Indian Migrants Appeal for Restoration of Work Rights Pending Visa Review

      A number of highly-skilled professionals are urging the UK Home Office to restore work and healthcare access rights to those whose visa applications are being reviewed. The review was announced after a number of Tier 1 (General) visa holders had their residency rights revoked due to minor corrections in their tax returns.

      Under current law, reviews of such visa applications result in the suspension of access to public healthcare and work rights.

      Close to 1,000 highly skilled professionals have been affected by this policy, with the majority being form India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

      7 June 2018

    • Indian doctors receive support from UK public for visas

      A survey conducted by UK based campaign group ‘38 Degrees’ has revealed that the UK public are in favor of more visas being granted to Indian doctors due to the ongoing medical crisis going on in the country. 71% of the people who voted in the survey wanted the government to decide for visa access depending on the requirements rather than following the current policy of granting visa access to NHS workers based on monthly cap.

      Only 20,700 tier 2 visas are granted to companies to bring in highly skilled workers from outside the European Union (EU) every year by the British government which means the monthly count is 1,600. This cap means that despite the shortage of doctors faced by the medical community in Britain, the monthly cap does not allow the NHS to recruit adequate doctors from India. According to the experts, the cap in bringing workers from outside the EU could have serious effects on the British economy’s development. The Home Office however does not agree with this stance and as per them the cap will enforce the recruiters to first look for skilled professionals in Britain first which would increase employment in the country.

      31 May 2018

    • Skilled workers from India hit hard by UK immigration cap

      As per data released recently, as many as 6,080 skilled workers from India that also comprised engineers, IT professionals, doctors and teachers holding a UK job offer were denied visas to the UK since December 2017. This indicates that skilled workers from the country are most likely to be the hardest hit given the introduction of UK’s annual visa cap. The data was acquired by the Campaign for Science and Engineering (CaSE) via a Freedom of Information (FOI) to the UK Home Office.

      Of the 6,080 visa refusals under the Tier 2 category, 3050 skilled workers were for engineering, IT, technology, teaching and medical roles. It needs to be mentioned that companies are given a cap of 20,700 per year to bring in professionals from outside the EU under the Tier 2 visa category, with a monthly limit of around 1,600. It is noteworthy that as per UK Office of National Statistics (ONS) figures, Indians are granted the largest chunk of skilled work visas in the country which is comprised of 57%.

      21 May 2018

    • India-UK bilateral agreement on returning immigrants facing fresh hurdles

      As per a newspaper report, the bilateral agreement between India and the United Kingdom on returning illegal immigrants has hit fresh hurdles. This comes after the agreement was put off when prime minister visited London in April this year. The report while quoting an Indian official has stated that issues like consent clause, fear of large-scale deportation and security concerns needs to be addressed first before the signing of the agreement takes place.

      The consent clause seems to be the bone of contention as both the countries are not being able to reach a common ground. While the Indian government is pushing for it, the UK government is not very keen as that would need them to make an exemption with regard to an undocumented individual staying in their country.

      It needs to be mentioned that the number of illegal immigrants from India who are residing in the United Kingdom is estimated to be between 75,000 to one lakh. The report published in a leading daily highlighted that around 5,000 Indians had voluntarily returned while nearly 700 were deported in 2017.

      16 May 2018

    • Residents of Pune and Bengaluru can get super priority visa to UK in 24 hours starting May 1

      With the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) announcing that it is extending its Super Priority Visa (SPV) service to Pune and Bengaluru from May 1, the residents of these places can avail their visas within 24 hours. UK’s Immigration minister Caroline Nokes, who informed of the development stated that the move was aimed at supporting UK-India technology partnership, which involves setting up ‘tech clusters’ in the above mentioned cities. With the addition of Pune and Bengaluru, the total number of locations in the country from where SPV service can be used has jumped to five. It needs to be mentioned that the optional service of SPV is for those who need to travel to UK immediately. The service was first introduced in the year of 2013 by making it available at Delhi, Chennai and Mumbai.

      26 April 2018

    • UK priority visa now available in Pune, B’luru

      The UK government has recently made an announcement with regard to the availability of the Super Priority Visa to Indian cities such as Pune and Bengaluru. What this essentially means is that all Indians will get to know the status of their respective vias within a 24-hour window or in many cases lesser. This facility will be made available from May 1, 2018.

      This facility can be made use of by people who are in the need to travel to the UK on an ‘urgent’ basis. App applications made for this type of visa will be handled by the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) on a ‘highest priority’ basis. The service is already offered in other cities such as Mumbai, Chennai, and Delhi.

      People who apply for this type of visa can enjoy a turnaround time of less than 24 hours.

      24 April 2018

    • New affordable visa for Indians from now on

      In an effort to boost tourism, especially Indian tourists, a UK-based think tank has published a report calling for a need to provide more affordable visa options for Indians.

      The number of visitors in the UK was not as much as that in France in 2016. In fact, as per information given out by the Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS), 1,85,000 more Indian visitors went to France in that year as compared to the UK.

      To sum it up, the number of Indian tourists who visited the UK came down by 1.73% in 2016, while in the same year the numbers grew in France by 5.3%. In this light, the society presented ‘Britain and India: Building a New Visa Partnership’. The main aim behind this is to bring down the cost of tourist visas. This means that the price of a two-year visa will be reduced to 89 pounds from the earlier 388 pounds.

      The idea is likely to be presented or announced during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) which will see the attendance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. it is possible that a new visa agreement between the two countries will boost more tourism and trade.

      14 March 2018

    • UK Visa: Health surcharge for Indians increases

      The health surcharge fee has been increased for all Indians who are applying for a UK visa. The fee, which was earlier 200 British pounds for one person has been increased to 400 British pounds.

      Students who earlier paid 150 British pounds, will have to pay 300 British pounds. This new announcement was made by the health and social care department. This decision has been taken because the Conservative Party made a commitment in this regard before the elections in 2017. It is also likely that immigration skill charges will be increased.

      12 February 2018

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