There is nothing like spending the holidays in London. Whether it is your first time or 50th, London will always make you fall in love. But to visit these natural and man-made wonders, you are applying for UK visa from India.
The city is a favorite with Indians travelers (both business and leisure), with the demand for UK visa for Indian passport holders rising.
And while visiting the dreamy city is always a delight, don’t let the process of planning bring your spirits down.
Types of visa for the UK
You can apply for either a tourist visa, business visa, or a long-term visa, depending on the length of your stay and reason for visiting the UK.
You can apply for the UK visa online and schedule an appointment.
On the day of your appointment, you need to carry your appointment letter and all documents required (mentioned below) to the visa center. Once the visa filing process is completed you will be issued an acknowledgment receipt, that will be used later to collect your documents.
Biometric data submission
You need to submit your fingerprints and photograph (known as biometric information collection) at the visa application center. This includes a digital finger scan (all 10 digits) and a digital photograph. The finger scan procedure uses an electronic scanner. 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 accept.
The documents required
Every passenger requiring a visa needs to submit the following documents:
Scan of picture/bio page of the passport. Passports should be valid for a minimum of six months from the date of travel.
Passport-style color photograph
Proof-of-residency: residence visa, utility bill, tenancy contract, phone bill, credit card bill, official printed address page in the passport.
Evidence of your permission to be in the country that you are traveling to if you are not a national of that country.
Evidence of your sponsor’s leave to remain in the UK if you are applying as a dependent.
Evidence of the employment and all income stated on the application form, such as a letter from employer/pay slips/tax returns/business registration documents/business bank account/ bank statements.
Evidence of being in education (where applicable).
Travel health insurance providing financial coverage for medical purpose.
Evidence of qualifications obtained.
In some cases, other supporting documents, such as marriage certificates may also be required.
What is the valid time period of UK short-term visa?
Indian passport holders can apply for a UK short-term visa that allows staying for a maximum period of 6 months.
The cost involved
The cost of applying for a short-term visa is around Rs. 7956.
How long does it take to get a visa?
Provided all required documents are submitted correctly, a visa is normally processed in 15 days. However, it is always recommended that travelers apply at least 1 month prior to the date of travel, if not earlier.
How to check the status
You can track your application online on vfsglobal.com.
The process and approval of UK Visa depend on the sole discretion of the UK Immigration Authorities.