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Apply for a UK Visa | Visa Applications

Apply online for a UK visa to visit, work, study or join a family member or partner (eg spouse) already in the UK. Or use this service to apply for a certificate of entitlement to the right of abode in the UK.

Getting help on applying for the visa application

Applying for a UK Visa can be a stressful situation and you should always ensure you apply under the correct immigration category as the visa can be simply refused because you have chosen the wrong immigration category. Complete our assessment form by clicking here or you can call our UK Immigration Lawyers on 0207 237 3388. 

Before you start

You must be outside the UK, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man to apply for your visa.

You need to:

  • register for an account;

  • fill in the application form in English;

  • pay for the visa fee online (in most cases);

  • print out your form;

  • book and attend an appointment at a visa application centre.

You must:

  • have the original and a photocopy of all the supporting documents you need for your visa;

  • translate any supporting documents and include them with the originals if they aren’t in English.

Tuberculosis (TB) test

You may need to get a TB test, depending on where you’re applying from.

Attending an appointment

Once you have completed your UK Visa application form online, and have paid all the Home Office fees, then you can book the visa appointment. 

What happens on the day of the visa appointment

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 acknowledgement 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.

When can I apply for the UK Visa

You can apply for a UK 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.

How to complete the UK Visa process

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. Walk in applicants will no longer be accommodated.

Biometric information

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.

Getting your decision

Choose whether you would prefer to collect your documents in person at the visa application centre or have them delivered to you by post. Visa processing times vary between countries. There are now new fast track services which will cost the applicant additional fees.  

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