When you are going to apply for the visitor visa to the UK, one of the most important documents will be an invitation letter from relatives or friends who are citizens of the UK or have permanent residence in the UK. This article is about how to apply for a visitor visa to the UK. We analyze what documents need to be collected in order to get a positive result, and also consider the nuances that may cause a refusal.
A visitor visa to the UK is not an immigration visa, this category of visa is issued exclusively for temporary stay in the country. If you plan to live with your relatives in the UK permanently, you must apply for an immigrant visa.
A visitor visa to the UK is issued for 6 months, 2 years, 5 years and 10 years with the ability to visit the country multiple times. The duration of one trip can be until 180 days.
The cost of the visitor visa to the UK:
For 6 months - £ 95
2 Years - £ 361
5 Years - £ 655
10 years - £ 822
The applicant must choose the duration of a visa to the UK on his own. As a rule, if you are applying for a visitor visa to the UK, you can choose a long-term visa to the UK. It is easier and more understandable to explain to the Embassy why you need to visit this country for several years.
The process of applying for a UK visitor visa in Ukraine is not easy. It is necessary to clearly understand what you should do, what documents to collect, where you can fill out the application form, and how to correctly describe the purpose of the visit to the Embassy. All information that you must submit about yourself must be in English. A correctly formulated appeal in English to the British Embassy is the right way to success. Our company Avisa will be happy to help in this matter. Our employees are fluent in English, we will be able to correctly fill out an application form in English, formulate the purpose of the visit, write a motivation letter to the Embassy, translate all documents from Ukrainian into English.
How to get a UK visitor visa:
1. Receive the necessary documents from the inviting party (invitation, financial documents);
2. Collect all your documents;
3. Fill out the application form electronically on the Gov.uk website;
4. Pay the visa fee on the Gov.uk website;
5. Sign up at the UK Visa Application Center TLScontact to submit biometric data;
6. Submit documents online or in paper form at the UK Visa Application Center;
7. Get your passport back with a visa.
When the Embassy processes your application the visa officer will pay attention to many nuances. The first one is what the status of the inviting party has in Britain. If the person is not a British citizen, how he or she immigrated to the country. Was it in accordance with the UK law? If the inviting party is sponsoring the applicant, she or he must provide financial documentation.
To obtain a visitor visa to the UK you must collect the correct package of documents:
- A passport;
- Your financial documents (certificate from work, bank statements, tax returns). If you don't provide these documents, the sponsor or the inviting party can be do it for you;
- Your confirmations of strong ties in the country of residence;
- Documents from the inviting party (invitation, financial documents).
The whole process of obtaining a visitor visa to the UK can be going from 1 to 2 months. The standard time of processing your documents by the embassy is 15 working days. Keep in mind that collecting a package of documents, filling out an application form and translating documents will take a lot of time. Therefore, our recommendation is to start the registration process at least a month before the intended trip, and the better to start at least 2 months.
There are situations when a person needs to apply for a visa urgently. The UK Embassy is tolerant to all current situations and provides the opportunity to review documents in 5 working days or in 24 hours. In this case, an additional £ 220 must be paid for 5 working days, £ 956 for 24 hours.
A visitor visa to the UK is accompanied by a lengthy paperwork process. Many nuances and questions can appear during the process. Avisa team will be happy to help you with this process. Leave a request on our website or call our company by phone: +38 (044) 227-10-10, +38 (097) 577-27-27, +38 (093) 577-27-27 to consult with our the best visa manager.
Our manager will contact you to discuss the details.