Immigration Applications from Outside the UK

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.

Online application form and appointment

As part of the process, an online application form must be completed.

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 website.

White Rose Visas immigration adviser

Providing documents and biometrics

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:

  • A photograph
  • A thumb print followed by the four fingerprints on your right and left hands
  • Your signature

Processing times

After the appointment, the Home Office take between one week to two months to make a decision, dependent on the type of application. The Home Office publishes current processing times for some applications on their website. Useful anecdotal information on processing times can also be found on

Once your application has been approved, you will be issued with a vignette (sticker) in your passport valid for 30 days, which allows you to travel to 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 confirm the full period of your visa.

White Rose Visas immigration adviser and client

White Rose Visas: Entry Clearance service

White Rose Visas are able to advise on all Entry Clearance applications, including a visit visa for your relative, a settlement visa for a fiancé(e) or spouse, 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.


0114 303 9933

0800 8600 851


White Rose Visas

Wharf House

Victoria Quays

Wharf Street

Sheffield S2 5SY

United Kingdom

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