How much is UK Visa fee?
The UK Visa fee will vary depending on the Visa category that you have applied for. The UK Visa fees have increased from 18th March 2019. It includes a 2% increase for Study Visa, Work Visa, and Short-term Visitor Visa applications. Apart from this, there is also a 25% hike in the fee for Nationality and Settlement Visa applications.
How long does it take to get a UK Visa?
99% of the normal UK Visa applications are adjudicated within ten working days. The maximum time will be 15 working days.
Priority UK Visa applications are adjudicated within 3 to 5 working days. The Super Priority applications are adjudicated within 24 hours.
What are the documents required for a UK Visa?
The documents required for a UK Visa are as follows:
A valid passport that has a page blank on twin sides
The completed form for Visa application
1 Passport size photograph as per the specifications
Evidence of finances like original bank statements not earlier than 3 months
The confirmation of flight bookings and accommodation
An invitation letter if you are being sponsored by a family member or a friend
Original marriage certificate if you are being accompanied by your spouse
Birth certificates of your kids if they are accompanying you
Latest utility bills
You may also have to include the following if you are travelling for business:
A letter of confirmation of conference/ confirmation of training/ invitation
Complete details of an approved representative in your firm along with their contact details
How can I immigrate to the UK?
If you are a non-EU citizen it is advisable that you seek legal advice from UK Immigration Experts as your immigration can be slightly complex. There are diverse pathways for non-EU nationals to immigrate to the UK:
Tier 1 Visa for highly skilled immigrants through a points-based system
Tier 2 Visa
Skilled worker visa for individuals who are sponsored by an employer in the UK
Tier 5 Provisional Work Visa through the Youth Mobility Scheme
How can I apply for UK immigration?
You must go through the below process for applying for a UK Visa:
Find out if you need the UK Visa
Select the appropriate type of Visa
Complete the Visa application form online
Gather the required documents for the UK Visa application
Schedule an interview appointment for the Visa
Attend the interview for the UK Visa
What are the eligibility requirements to migrate to the UK?
Applicant must be of 18 years and above
He must meet the English language requirements
Have proof that applicant has enough finances to support his initial days of stay in the country.
Is the UK accepting immigration applications?
Yes, the UK is accepting online applications from immigration candidates.
Is the UK Skill Assessment body conducting assessments?
Yes, the UK's skill assessment body, UK NARIC which is the United Kingdom’s national agency for the recognition and comparison of international qualifications and skills from visa applicants who wish to study or work in the UK.
UK NARIC is accepting applications for assessment from visa applicants but in the online form. The assessment report will also be sent online.
What is the UK Skilled Worker visa?
A UK Skilled Worker visa – formerly the Tier 2 [General] work visa for the UK – allows an individual to come to or stay in the UK for working for a UK employer approved by the Home Office.
I am already in the UK. Can I switch to the Skilled Worker visa?
An individual might be able to apply for switching or converting to a Skilled Worker visa if they are already in the UK on a different UK visa. In order to switch, their job must meet the eligibility requirements for the Skilled Worker visa and they must also be able to speak, read, write and understand the English language.
Certain categories of individuals – such as those in UK on a visit visa, short-term student visa etc. – cannot apply for a switch to the Skilled Worker visa.
How do I know if my job is eligible for the Skilled Worker visa?
To establish eligibility, your job’s 4-digit occupation code will be required. Do keep in mind that the job description should be a precise match. Similar jobs might have different codes.
What is meant by a "shortage occupation"?
By a "shortage occupation" is meant a skilled job in the UK wherein there is a shortage of workers.
What if my job is on the Shortage Occupation List for the UK?
If an individual has a job on the Shortage Occupation List [SOL], they can be paid 80% of the usual going rate for their job in order to be eligible for the UK Skilled Worker visa.
Is IELTS mandatory?
IELTS is not mandatory. For visa or citizenship applications for the UK, you might be required to prove a knowledge of the English language by passing a secure English language test [SELT]. There are 2 different types of tests as different UK immigration routes involve a different level of English language ability.
The level of test needed – referred to as the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages [CEFR] – will be as per the immigration route applying for.