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Application Process of UK Visa


United Kingdom has always been the fantasy world for immigrants across the world. United Kingdom has so much to offer to the immigrants, as in the last few years UK has introduced a number of new visa categories like;naturalization, visa, work permit and UK working visa. The UK Border Agency introduced Highly Skilled Migrant Program,in January 2002.The points based skilled immigration category proved to be very successful for the country’s economy.

Work Visa Process

Tier 2 (General) Visa

You can apply for a Tier 2 (General) visa if

  • you’ve been offered a skilled job in the UK
  • you’re from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland

How long you can stay:
You can come to the UK with a Tier 2 (General) visa for a maximum of 5 years and 14 days, or the time given on your certificate of sponsorship plus 1 month, whichever is shorter.
Your stay must start no more than 14 days before the start date on your certificate of sponsorship.
You can apply to extend this visa for up to another 5 years, as long as your total stay is not more than 6 years.

Visa Validity Options:
Tier 2 General (up to 3 years)
Tier 2 General (up to 3 years) – shortage occupation
Tier 2 General (more than 3 years)
Tier 2 General (more than 3 years) – shortage occupation
A shortage occupation is a skilled job where there is a shortage of workers in the UK.

Getting sponsored for a Tier 2 (General) Visa:
You need to have a certificate of sponsorship from a licensed sponsor (į.e. potential employer) before you can apply to come to the UK to work, and the work you do in the UK must relate to the work of your sponsor organisation. You can apply for a visa up to 3 months before the date you travel to the UK.

What you can and cannot do on Tier 2 (General) Visa:

You can

  • work for your sponsor in the job described in your certificate of sponsorship
  • do a second job in the same sector and at the same level as your main job for up to 20 hours per week
  • do a job which has a shortage of workers in the UK for up to 20 hours per week
  • do voluntary work
  • study as long as it doesn’t interfere with the job you’re sponsored for
  • travel abroad and return to the UK
  • bring family members with you

You cannot

  • own more than 10% of your sponsor’s shares (unless you earn more than £153,500 a year)
  • start working before you get the visa
  • apply for a second job until you’ve started working for your sponsor
  • get public funds

Tier 1 (General) Visa
You can apply to switch from your current visa to a Tier 1 (General) visa if you have permission to stay (‘leave to remain’) in the UK in one of the following categories:

  • writer, composer or artist
  • self-employed lawyer
  • Highly Skilled Migrant Programme (HSMP)

You cannot apply for a Tier 1 (General) category visa if you’re outside the UK, and you usually can’t switch to it from other immigration categories.

How long you can stay on a Tier 1 (General) Visa:
You can switch to a Tier 1 (General) visa for 3 years. However, in all cases, you’ll be given enough leave to take the total leave granted in Tier 1 (General) to 5 years.
You must meet certain English language requirements.
You may be able to apply for settlement once you’ve been in the UK for 5 years.

What you can and can’t do on a Tier 1 (General) Visa:
You can

  • work in most jobs in the UK without a sponsor
  • be self-employed
  • bring family members with you

You cannot

  • work as a professional sportsperson (eg a sports coach)
  • work as a doctor in training (unless you have a primary degree at a bachelor’s level or above in medicine or dentistry from a UK recognised body or a licensed sponsor under the Tier 4 visa category
  • get public funds

Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) Visa
You can apply for a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa if:

  • you’ve been endorsed as an internationally recognised leader or emerging leader in your field in science, humanities, engineering, medicine, digital technology or the arts
  • you’re from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland
  • There is a 2 stage application process to get this visa.

You first need to apply to the Home Office for endorsement as a leader or an emerging leader in your particular field. Then, once you have been endorsed, you can apply for the visa.

How long you can stay on a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) Visa:
You can stay in the UK for

  • 5 years and 4 months if you apply outside the UK
  • 5 years if you switch to this visa inside the UK
  • 5 more years if you extend this visa

What you can and can’t do:
You can

  • do voluntary work
  • travel abroad and return to the UK
  • bring family members with you

You cannot

  • get public funds
  • work as a doctor or dentist in training
  • work as a professional sportsperson or sports coach

How long it will the via application process take:

After you get your endorsement, you can apply for a visa up to 3 months before your date of travel to the UK. You should get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks.

Representative of an Overseas Business visa:
You can apply to come to the UK as a representative of an overseas business if you’re from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland and you’re either:

  • the sole representative of an overseas company planning to set up a UK branch or a wholly owned subsidiary for an overseas parent company
  • an employee of an overseas newspaper, news agency or broadcasting organisation posted on a long-term assignment to the UK
  • You must also meet the other eligibility requirements.

How long it will take:
You can apply for a visa up to 3 months before you travel to the UK.
You should get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks.

How long you can stay on a Representative of an Overseas Business visa:
You can come to the UK for an initial period of 3 years.
You may be able to extend your visa for another 2 years.
After you’ve been in the UK for 5 years, you can apply for permission to settle permanently in the UK.

What you can and can’t do:
You can

  • work for your employer, full time
  • bring your family (‘dependants’) with you to the UK
  • extend your visa multiple times
  • apply to settle in the UK after you’ve been here for 5 years
  • stay in the UK if your company’s circumstances change and you’ve been here for more than 2 years (eg if they appoint a superior in the UK)

You cannot

  • work for yourself or any other business
  • stay in the UK if the sole representative arrangement is ended by your employer
  • switch to this visa from any other visa category
  • get public funds

Domestic Workers in a Private Household Visa:
You can apply for a visa to visit the UK with your employer if you:

  • are from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland
  • are a domestic worker in a private household
  • have worked for your employer for at least 1 year
  • meet the other eligibility requirements

Domestic workers include:

  • cooks
  • cleaners
  • chauffeurs
  • nannies
  • those providing personal care for the employer and their family

How long it will take to get a decision:
You can apply for a visa up to 3 months before your date of travel to the UK. You should get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks.

Business Visitor (Application form VAF1C)

UK has announced a change in collection of Visa Documents from the VFS Application Centers: For all visa applications submitted from Wednesday 10th October, 2012, it will no longer be possible for a third party to collect the documents on behalf of an applicant, except in the following cases:-

  • A parent collecting for a dependent child;
  • One member of a family group collecting the passports for the whole family;
  • Government Ministry representatives and a Business Express Programme company representative, approved by the company’s authorized signatories.

Applicants who do not wish to collect their documents in person, and whose documents cannot be collected by one of the above, should select return delivery by courier at the time they make their visa application.

  • The Applicant should have a passport valid for the entire duration of stay in the United Kingdom. The applicant should also attach the previous passports (these are to show your previous travel history). UK embassy needs at least 1 FULLY blank page (BACK TO BACK) to issue a visa and there should not be any Immigration stamp marked on any side of Blank pages.
  • One visa application form to be filled online as mentioned above.
  • One passport-size photograph, not more than 6 months old. It should be un-mounted, 45 mm x 35 mm in size, against a white background, and should be glued (not stapled) to the application form.
  • A covering letter from the Applicant, giving reasons of travel.
  • Evidence of your permission to be in the country where you are applying, if you are not a national of that country:- This could be a residence permit, ‘green card’ or valid visa showing your current immigration status.
  • Evidence of your marital status:- This could include a marriage certificate, a civil partnership certificate, a divorce certificate or a death certificate.
  • Evidence of your current employment or studies. This could include:-
    • A letter from your employer on company headed paper – detailing your salary and the length of your employment, confirming that you have been given time off work and stating whether this time off is paid or unpaid. You should consider submitting further documents which could support an employment letter, such as, pay slips or tax returns. If you have recently entered new employment you should consider providing details of your previous employment and salary history.
    • A letter from your education provider on headed paper – confirming your enrolment and leave of absence.
    • Business registration documents confirming the business owner’s name and the date when the business started trading.
  • Evidence of who invited you to the UK:- A letter of invitation from the business on their official headed paper confirming who you will be visiting, staying with or supported by during your visit.
  • Evidence of any previous dealings with the UK company that you are visiting. This could include any evidence of:-
    • business meetings
    • email conversations
    • company activities/ invoices
  • Financial and Employment Documents: You can submit any of the following financial documents. You should consider including evidence of your total monthly income from all sources, for example employment, friends, family, personal savings or property. This will help us assess your circumstances in your own country and will provide us with evidence of how your trip is to be funded. You should consider providing this information even if someone else is paying for your trip.
    • If someone else is paying for your trip then they should consider providing the same information about their finances and employment.
    • If you are providing documents from a joint account then please explain who the other account holders are, and why you have permission to spend money from the account.
    • If your spouse or partner is employed then the Entry Clearance Officer would also like to see evidence of their
    • Employment and financial details.
  • Bank statements or bank books:- Showing what has been paid in and out of an account for up to the previous six months, and naming the account holder. If you have made deposits in your account that are not in keeping with the account history then you may wish to explain the origins and timing of these deposits.
  • Bank letter or balance certificate:- Showing the account balance, the account holder’s name and the date when the account was opened. If you provide this document you should consider providing additional documents to show the origins of the money in your account.
  • Pay slips:- Covering up to the previous six months. If your salary is paid directly into your bank account, you should consider providing the statements showing these payments.
  • Tax returns (business or personal):- You could include recent documents from your government tax office, confirming your income and the amount of tax that you have paid.
  • Business bank account statements:- If you include these you may wish to explain why you are allowed to spend the money from a business account if you are on a private visit.
  • Evidence of income from property or land:- This could include property deeds, mortgage statements, tenancy agreements, accountant’s letters, land registration documents or crop receipts. If the property or land is registered in several names, you may wish to explain how much you own. If the money earned from the land is shared, you may wish to say how it is divided.
  • Details of accommodation and return travel bookings. This could be:-
    • hotel booking confirmation (usually email)
    • travel booking confirmation (can be email or copy of tickets)
    • travel agent confirmation of both
    • Accommodation details with a supporting letter from the occupant confirming that you are able to stay there.
  • Visa validity varies from 6 months to 10 years and allows a maximum stay of up to 6 months starting from the date of entry into the UK.

The UK Border Agency introduced a new Fast Track Visa Service in India. From January 2011, customers who are applying for a UK visitor visa can request a new Fast Track service. For an additional fee of INR 12,750, the UK Border Agency will process the application and return the documents within guaranteed timescales (Fast Track Visas are processed within 3 to 5 working days).

Customers may request this service if they are applying for a visitor visa (excluding student visas) and have travelled without difficulty in the last five years to one of the following countries: UK, US, Australia, New Zealand, Canada or a Schengen country.
Please note: If you have been refused a visa for any one of these countries or overstayed your visa to the UK or been removed or otherwise been required to leave the UK, the processing of your application is likely to take longer than the processing times set out below, and is unsuitable for the Fast Track process.

Note: Visa fees has to be paid online using Visa or MasterCard debit or credit cards or via e-wallet (PayPal or Skrill).

 

Family Visitor Visa Process

Guidelines:
You can apply for a Family Visitor visa if

  • you are visiting a family member in the UK
  • you are from outside the European Economic Area (EEA)and Switzerland
  • you meet the other eligibility requirements

You should get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks.
You can stay in the UK for 6 months on a Family Visitor visa. 

Long-term Family Visitor visa
You can also apply for a long-term visit visa if you can prove you need to make repeat visits over a longer period.
You can stay for a maximum of 6 months on each visit and your visa can last for 1, 2, 5 or 10 years.

Eligibility
You must prove that you:

  • are 18 or over
  • are visiting the UK for less than 6 months
  • will leave the UK at the end of your visit
  • have enough money to support yourself without working or help from public funds, or that relatives and friends can support and house you
  • can pay for your return or onward journey
  • are not in transit to a country outside the UK, Ireland, Isle of Man and the Channel Islands

Your family in the UK
You must be able to show that you’re visiting one of the following family members in the UK:

  • spouse or civil partner
  • children
  • parents or siblings
  • grandparents or grandchildren
  • your spouse’s or civil partner’s siblings or parents
  • your child’s spouse or civil partner
  • step parents, step children or step siblings
  • a person you’ve been living with in a long-term relationship, as if you were married or in a civil partnership, for at least 2 years before the day you apply
  • Your family member must also be one of the following:
  • a British citizen
  • settled in the UK
  • granted asylum in the UK
  • under humanitarian protection in the UK

Required documentation:

  • your passport
  • proof of your relationship, eg a birth or marriage certificate
  • a letter from your partner or family in the UK declaring that they are travelling with you or that you are coming to stay with them in the UK
  • your partner or family member’s passport or ID card
  • You must provide proof that you are financially dependant on your family member in the UK if you are applying as their dependent extended family member.

Child visitor visa
You can apply for a Child Visitor visa if you want to come to the UK and:

  • you are under 18
  • you are from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland
  • you meet the other eligibility requirements

You can apply for a visa up to 3 months before your date of travel to the UK. You can only stay in the UK for a maximum of 6 months, or 12 months if you’re travelling with an academic visitor, e.g. a teacher or researcher.

 

UK Student Visa Process

You can apply for a Student Visitor visa if:

  • you re doing a short course of study in the UK
  • you are from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland
  • you meet the other eligibility requirements

With a Student Visitor Visa you can:

  • do a short course of study in the UK, such as an English language course or a training course

With a Student Visitor Visa you cannot:

  • study at a state school
  • work or carry out any business
  • marry or register a civil partnership, or give notice of marriage or a civil partnership
  • come to the UK specifically for private medical treatment
  • extend this visa
  • bring family members (‘dependants’) with you – they must apply separately
  • get public funds

Visa Duration:

  • 6 months – for any short course including English language courses
  • 11 months – an extended visa for English language courses only

You can apply for a visa up to 3 months before your date of travel to the UK.
You should get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks.

Eligibility:

  • are 18 or over
  • have been offered a place on a course in the UK at an accepted place of study
  • have enough money to support yourself without working or help from public funds, or that relatives and friends can support and house you
  • can pay for your return or onward journey

*You may be able to apply for a Child Visitor visa if you are under 18.

Required documentation:

  • a current passport or other valid travel identification
  • 2 passport size colour photographs
  • evidence that you can support yourself during your trip, eg bank statements or payslips for the last 6 months
  • details of where you intend to stay and your travel plans – you should not pay for accommodation or travel until you get your visa
  • your tuberculosis (TB) test results if you are from a country where you have to take the test

You will need to have a blank page in your passport on which to put the visa.
You will need to provide a certified translation of any documents that are not in English or Welsh.

Study as a child visitor
You can take a short study course (up to 6 months) during your visit.
You must be accepted on a course at a place of study that’s one of the following:

  • accredited by Accreditation UK, Accreditation Body for Language Services, British Accreditation Council, Accreditation Service for International Colleges
  • an organisation that is licensed to sponsor Tier 4 migrants

Otherwise your course will need to be held at an educational institution listed by one of the following:

  • Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted)
  • Education and Training Inspectorate (in Northern Ireland)
  • Estyn (in Wales)
  • HM Inspectorate of Education (in Scotland)
  • Independent Schools Inspectorate
  • Schools Inspection Service
  • Bridge School Inspectorate

You cannot study at a government-funded school (a ‘maintained school’) unless you are coming to the UK as part of an exchange program me or educational visit.

 

Tourist / Visitor Visa Process

From 14 November 2016 all documents submitted by customers applying for Points Based System (Tier 1,2,4 and 5 visas) and Settlement visas will be scanned at the Visa Application Centre in Chennai and sent electronically to UKVI. This will allow customers to retain their supporting documents during the application process.

Apart from your passport, all supporting documents will, where possible, be handed back to you at the Visa Application Centre after they have been scanned. Photocopies can be submitted, but they must be clear and legible.

In order to avoid delays in the Visa Application Centre it is recommended that you read the following instruction:

  • Where possible all documents should be A4 size.
  • Any documents which are smaller or larger than A4 size, should be photocopied onto A4 sized paper. This includes the pages of any previous passports that you wish to submit.
  • All documents should be free from any clips/ pins before they are submitted.
  • Torn, crumpled or heavily creased documents cannot be scanned and therefore should be photocopied onto A4 sized paper before they are submitted.

Presenting your documents in the format set out above will allow us to scan them more quickly, return them to you at the end of the application submission process, and reduce your waiting time at the Visa Application Centre.

Steps to apply

Step 1

Visit the Tour Hub Website and apply for a visa .

Step 2

On the day of your appointment, plan to arrive 15 minutes early at the visa application centre. Bring your appointment letter and application pack, your passport, along with a valid passport or travel document with at least 1 page that is blank on both sides.

When you arrive at the visa application centre you will collect a token. Wait until your token is called to make your application.

Once the visa filing process is completed you will be issued with an acknowledgment receipt. Please hold on to your receipt as you will need this later to collect your documents.

Important note: You will not be able to submit further documents once your application has been submitted at the visa application centre. The documents that you submitted at the time you made your application will be the only documents that are considered.

Step 3

You can apply for a visa up to 3 months before your date of travel to the UK. We strongly advise you not to confirm your travel arrangements until you have received your visa. To find out how long it usually takes to process your type of visa, see the Visa processing times page.

You will need to arrange for supporting documents for your visa application. If you do not know which supporting documents to provide, the Visa application fees and guides page will help you to find guidance for your visa category.

Step 4

To complete the application process, you must book and attend an appointment at the visa application centres in India. All UK visa applicants are required to book an appointment prior to submission.

Step 5

Choose whether you would prefer to collect your documents in person at the visa application centre or have them delivered to you by post.

Step 6

Enrol your fingerprints and photograph (known as biometric information collection) at the visa application centre. This includes a digital finger scan (all 10 digits) and a digital photograph. The finger scan procedure uses an electronic scanner. No ink, liquid or chemical. You should ensure that your fingertips are free from any forms of decoration (for example, henna), cuts, abrasions or other markings as these may affect your ability to provide acceptable finger scans. Your digital photograph must be taken with full face and without sunglasses or tinted spectacles, or head covering unless it is worn for religious or medical reasons. Your face should be clearly visible with no hair across the eyes. We cannot process your visa if you do not submit your biometric information.

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