If you realize that you need a visa, then you can proceed with the other steps!
Choose the right UK visa type
Most of the application process for a British visa, including the visa requirements, depends on your purpose of visiting the UK. Your purpose of travel to the UK determines what type of visa you need, which can be one of the following:
UK Visit Visa – for all those who wish to enter UK to visit friends or family members, for holidays, business, private medical treatment, to get married, etc.
UK Transit Visa – for those who need to pass through UK in transit to another country.
UK Work Visa – for all those who wish to engage in paid activity in the UK.
UK Study Visa – for all those who wish to travel to the UK to enroll at a study course/university. If your study is short-term you ought to apply for a UK short-term study visa. Whereas, if you need a long-term permission to stay in the UK, you have to apply for a Tier 4 Visa.
Other visas – which include visas to set a business in UK, visas to join a family member living in the UK
Complete the online application form
Usually the application form contains questions on personal information as:
your name & surname
country of residence
reason for wishing to enter the UK
other information about your application
If the information in the application form doesn’t comply with the information in the other required documents, your application will be rejected!
Collect the required documents for a UK visa application
You are required to submit some mandatory required documents for UK visa application. Some of the mainly required documents are as follows:
A UK visa application form – fully completed and printed.
Passport or travel document – valid for the entire period of stay in the UK and having at least one blank page.
Two passport-sized colored photographs – taken last six months, in color, in the format of 45mm high x 35mm wide.
Biometric information (if applying for a visa for longer than six months) – Fingerprints and photographs must be offered at the application center when applying for the visa.
Detailed travel itinerary. Information about your travel plans, to the UK along with plane tickets, places you will visit, meeting agenda, booked tour, festival agenda, or others. To learn how to make flight reservation without paying visit the article.
Letter of invitation for UK visa. It must be written by a citizen or legal resident of the United Kingdom, with whom you have family ties or friendship.
Document to confirm a paid UK visa fee.
Schedule a UK visa appointment
After making the appointment online, print the email confirming the details of your appointment, and take it with you to the UK visa application center you have chosen to attend, together with the required documents.
The documents required in original must be submitted in original. Make sure that the documents are as required, because sometimes even a little mistake can cause a lot of trouble. Please note that the appointment must be made in your name not in someone else’s.
Attend the UK visa interview
When you attend the UK visa application center, you will need to provide your biometric information, which includes a photograph and a digital scan of your fingerprints.
Every applicant who is submitting a visa application must attend the visa application center in person, including children. Applicants under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult.
Apply for a UK Visa from USA
To apply for a UK visa from USA there are some specific procedures that you must go through. Although US citizens do not need to apply for a UK visitor visas, they must apply for visas in the Points Based System.
In addition, US green card holders may be required to apply for a UK visa if they hold a citizenship of a country that does not have a visa facilitation agreement with the UK.
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