The United Kingdom of Great Britain commonly known as the UK is a sovereign country in Western Europe. Lying off the coast of north western coast of the European mainland. The UK is the 78th largest sovereign state in the world and the 11th largest in Europe. It is also the 21st most populous country, with estimated 65.1million inhabitants. If you need a visa to visit the UK, here are some documents required for uk visitor visa. (Standard Visa).
There are six (6) types of visas you can apply for, namely;
- Work visa
This work visa is designed to attract professionals from all industries to occupy key positions or jobs. This type of visa requires an applicant to have a job offer before they can apply. It is important to note that the UK Company offering you a position must have a sponsor license in order to issue you with a certificate of sponsorship before you can apply for the visa
- Visitors Visa
This visa is required by mainly foreigners who wish to enter the UK for short stays. Generally the visitor’s visas are valid for 6 months. In some cases, they can be issued for longer periods such as 1, 2,5, or 10 years. However, those with longer term visas can still only stay in the UK for a period of 6 months at a time. Almost without question, countries in the Schengen Area – a coalition of 26 mostly European countries as far as north as Norway and as far south as Greece – allow tourist to visit for up to 90days without a visa.
- Youth Mobility Visa
This type of visa allows young people to come and experience life in the UK for up to 2 years. Successful applicants will be free to undertake any type of employment throughout their stay in the UK with the exception of self-employment subject to certain exceptions. Visa holders may also engage in privately funded studies, voluntary work and au pair placements.
- Family Visa
This type of Visa allows UK nationals, UK permanent residents and EEA-nationals residing in the UK to sponsor partners, parents and children to remain in the UK. Family members who are successful in receiving sponsorship through a UK family visa will be able to access the same benefits as the main applicant in terms of work rights, and rights to education for the children
- Study Visa
This visa is for students who intend to undertake any educational program at a United Kingdom institution in a full time course. This student visa is flexible and allows students to participate in both short and long term courses of at least 6 month in duration. To qualify, students must have a confirmed offer of enrolment from a licensed education provider, be able to maintain and accommodated by a host while they are studying and show that they are able to pay their course fees
- Business Visa
This type of visa includes flexible visa types that permit successful business people and their families to carry out businesses in the UK. Applicants will have to demonstrate that they can establish themselves well in the UK. These visas can lead to UK permanent residence and British Nationality
- A valid travel passport
This is a document that shows you are a bonafide citizen of a country with all relevant information of you as a person, which is usually issued by the immigration department of your country.
- Application form-the UK visa form has to be filled online
- One passport sized photograph on white background. This must not be more than 6 months old (45mm*35mm wide)
- Visa fee
Visa applicants, including children, are required to pay a non-refundable, non-transferrable visa application fee, sometimes reffered to as the MRV( machine readable visa). The Visa application fee must be paid whether a Visa is issued or not. The type of Visa for which you apply determines the fee amount.
- Evidence of permission to be in UK if you are not a national of the UK. E.g. Visa, green card, residence permit etc.
- Photocopy of passport data page
This is the information page in your passport, which contains your photo and personal details such as your name, date of birth, nationality, etc. This page is traditionally located at the very back of your passport or at the front.
- Letter of invitation
This letter is given to you by someone who is already a resident or a citizen of the Uk. With this it shows, that you actually have a destination and accommodation when you arrive the Uk
- Financial proof, original bank statement (at least 6months). This information shows or supports your claim that you will be able to support yourself while in the UK and not be an inconvenience to others around you.
- Birth certificate for children travelling with parents
This is required so that the ages of the children travelling with their parents can be ascertained
- Applicants travelling on an official business should attach a letter of invitation/confirmation of training/conference, with full details of the company authorised representative; physical address and phone numbers.
- Supporting letter from sponsor/friend
This is a letter written by your sponsor to the embassy stating if he/she will be responsible for your accommodation, funding your stay or if you will be staying in a hotel which will involve your sponsor showing evidence of the booking and address of the hotel.
- Utility bills
- Details of hotel/flight bookings
- Marriage certificate if applicable
HOW TO APPLY FOR UK VISA
Step 1: You can apply for your UK visa at any UK Application Centre closest to you in your country of residence
Step 2: Visit the UK immigration and visa website to find out the type of visa you should apply for. From the UK visa and immigration website, you will find out about your application fee and also book your appointment with UK visa Application Centre.
Step 3: After you have filled the form online, you will be given the GWF number, you should take note of this number because you will need it later. You will also receive an email confirming the your appointment date, the location and the required document to take along
Step 4: You will need to register your details after you have booked your appointment.
Step 5: attend your appointment at the UK application Centre, you are required to bring along the following:
- Printed copies of your online application form appointment confirmation
- Your passport and other required document such as
-Two colored passport
-Court records(if you have been convicted of a crime
There is a gradual process after payment of your visa fees; your photo and fingerprints-biometric will be done at the Application centre. After this has been done, your visa fee will no longer be refundable.
Don’t be late for your appointment. Make sure you arrive at the date and time stated on your confirmation email. If you are late your application process may be delayed as you will have to rebook your appointment
Applicants are required to submit their application forms after you must have fulfilled the entire requirement as stated by the embassy. This submission is usually done at the embassy application centres. The Embassy expects that all information given is totally genuine else this can lead to denial of such visa application
Visa application processing can take within four to six working days. However, some visa applications can take more time especially those that have special attention in crime or history of rejection
You will be informed when the Visa is ready and told when to come and collect it depending on the times the Embassy operate which will be communicated to you as well. You are expected to come with your application check list, original photographic ID and a photocopy of bio data page of passport. You will be alerted for collection when your passport arrives back at the UK application centre
Note: Third party cannot collect your document on your behalf, except you are a government representative, a parent collect for your child or children or you are collecting on behalf of your family if you applied together.