If you are resident outside of the UK and are making an initial visa application, you will be required to do so via the Entry Clearance process.
As part of the process, an online application form must be completed on the Entry Clearance website for UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI), Visa4UK. This website is used for the various visa categories; you are able to select the application you wish to make after creating an account.
After submitting the online form, the next step is to book an appointment to attend your local Visa Application Centre (VAC). A list of Visa Application Centres can be found on the Gov.uk website.
You will provide original copies of your supporting documents at the appointment, together with your biometrics. The biometrics you will be required to provide include:
After the appointment, UKVI take between one week to two months to make a decision, dependent on the type of application. The UKVI/ Home Office publishes current processing times for some applications on their website. Useful anecdotal information on processing times can also be found on trackitt.com.
Once your application has been approved, you will be granted with a short term visa vignette in your passport, which allows you to enter the UK. After arriving in the UK, you will be able to collect your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) from your local Post Office. Your BRP will contain the full validity period of your visa.
White Rose Visas are able to advise on all Entry Clearance categories, including a visit visa for your relative, a settlement visa for a fiancé(e) or spouse, or a Tier 1 or Tier 2 visa to allow you to come to the UK to work.
Our Entry Clearance service includes a complete document check, and the preparation of a supporting letter, which can make the difference between application success and refusal. If it is not possible to meet in person, then you and your adviser can communicate by phone, Skype, or email, as is most convenient to you. If you have a question or would like help with your application, do get in touch.