For UK Tourist Visa
I applied for my first UK Tourist visa online on the UK visa website and had to submit my documents to the VFS global service office in Keppel Building in Cebu, Philippines near Ayala Mall. If you are planning a holiday to the UK, the first thing you need to know is whether you need a visa or not. As a Filipino Philippine passport holder, I needed a visa by default when visiting another country apart from a few countries. My topic today focuses only on UK Tourist Visa applications (for leisure) based on my personal experience. As an applicant, I had to be based in the Philippines upon pursuing the application.
The beginning is always difficult. I didn’t even know where and how to start, what to gather and who to reach out to. To anyone who has gone through all these processes before, I am sure you can relate to the agony especially as I did the whole process myself, collecting and submitting the application without hiring an agent to do it for me. Thus, I created this blog in order to give insights to future Filipinos who wish to apply for a UK Standard Visitor Visa or a.k.a UK Tourist Visa. If I can do it myself, so can you. I started searching online for how to apply and know the “hows-and-what” to provide when applying for a UK Tourist Visa. Not long after, I found these 2 essential websites that helped start the process. The UK government website will provide you information on how to apply and the VFS Global service is their official partner.
The VFS Global Service also has an SMS service feature providing you feedback or update regarding your application and if when to collect your documents. At that time, I paid the extra service for Php150.00 inside the VFS premises, perhaps by the time I took my biometric. You may also avail of this service by downloading and filling up the SMS service form here.
So there you have it, you better prepare yourself for getting dizzy with the overwhelming information. However, I created an outline for you so you can get into the starting point. I hope this somehow ease your paper works. Other things you need to know apart from documents and the process is what you can do and cannot do while you are in the UK given you are granted for UK Tourist visa. You can study for up to 30 days as long as it’s not the main reason for your visit. For more information, please click here.
- You should not get any public funds
- You cannot do any paid or unpaid work
- Get married or even attempt to register to get married
- Overstay or live in the UK for long period of time through frequent visits
- Seeking private medical treatment
UK Tourist Visa- Things you need to Know:
- Type of Visa
- The Fees
- When you can process your application
- How to Apply and Where to submit the application
- Maintenance and Accommodation
- Documents you need to provide
- Sorting Out Your Documents
- Visa Processing Time
Type of Visa:
You will need a UK Standard Visitor Visa (previously known as UK Tourist Visa) if you plan to travel to the UK for a holiday or business trip. You may also visit the UK government website for visas and immigration in the Philippines to ensure you know the type of visa you need.
A UK Standard Visitor visa costs £89. Pay the visa fee online in most cases. For visa fee, click here.
You will have to leave the UK at the end of your visit or before the end of (6) months. You should have sufficient funds to cover the costs of your visit without seeking public funds. However, funds provided by a third party/sponsor is acceptable either you are sponsored by your family, a friend, boyfriend or fiancee. So I would suggest you stick to the purpose of your visit, which is literally to enjoy your holiday, explore and have FUN!
When to Process your Application:
You need to plan your visit and apply for a UK Tourist visa 3 months before you travel.
How to Apply and Where to submit the Application:
How: You need to fill in the visa application online to apply for a Standard Visitor Visa. Click here to create an account to give you access to the Visa4UK system and online application form. This will enable you to view, edit, save and go back to your application form and finish it later.
- Fill in the application in English
- Pay the visa fee online and have it printed out
- Printed filled-up online form
- Book an Appointment in Manila or Cebu
- Attend the Appointment (you must bring the originals and photocopies of your supporting documents)
Where: In order to complete your application, you will need to book an appointment at the visa application centre prior to submission. Please be guided that they don’t accommodate walk-in applicants. To attend the appointment, locate the visa application centre here. VFS is very particular about time. You need to be at the venue 15 minutes early at the VFS application centre. What you need to bring by the time you attend your appointment are the following:
- Two valid ID (To enter the Keppel Building, you need to surrender 1 valid ID to the guard at the ground floor)
- The second ID will be needing when you deposit your belonging/s to the guard at the VFS premises
- Your appointment letter and printed application form
- Your latest passport size photos
- Your supporting Documents (Originals and photocopies)
- Your passport
Maintenance and Accommodation:
This is to ensure that you have enough funds to support your accommodation and your other expenses once you arrive in the UK. If in the event that someone is willing to shoulder your expenses for the trip, he/she must have to provide valid evidence as proof.
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