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Tuberculosis tests for visa applicants

Overview

You’ll need to have a tuberculosis (TB) test if you’re coming to the UK for more than 6 months and are resident in any of these listed countries.

You’ll be given a chest x-ray to test for TB. If the result of the x-ray is not clear you may also be asked to give a sputum sample (phlegm coughed up from your lungs).

If your test shows that you do not have TB, you’ll be given a certificate which is valid for 6 months from the date of your x-ray. Include this certificate with your UK visa application.

Who does not need to be tested

You will not need a TB test if any of the following apply:

  • you’re a diplomat accredited to the UK
  • you’re a returning UK resident and have not been away for more than 2 years
  • you lived for at least 6 months in a country where TB screening is not required by the UK, and you’ve been away from that country for no more than 6 months

Children

All children must see a clinician who’ll decide if they need a chest x-ray. Children under 11 will not normally have a chest x-ray.

You must take your child to an approved clinic and complete a health questionnaire. If the clinician decides your child does not have TB they’ll give you a certificate. Include this certificate with your child’s UK visa application.

Pregnant women

You can choose:

  • an x-ray with an extra shield to protect you and your unborn child in the 2nd and 3rd trimesters
  • a sputum test (phlegm coughed up from your lungs) - there may be an extra fee and you could wait up to 8 weeks for results
  • to wait until after delivery

If you do not want to be tested you can use an x-ray taken within the last 3 months at a UK-approved screening clinic. Ask a clinician at an approved clinic to review your x-ray. If it’s accepted the clinician will give you a certificate to provide with your UK visa application.

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Applying for a visa to come to the UK

Choose a visa

You may need a visa to come to the UK to study, work, visit or join family.

There are different visas depending on:

  • where you come from
  • why you want to come to the UK
  • how long you want to stay for
  • your personal circumstances and skills

Before you apply, you must check if you need a visa and what type you need. Depending on your nationality, you might not need a visa.

Your application must be approved before you travel.

If you want to visit the UK

Check which visa you need to visit the UK:

If you have a visitor visa you cannot take a job in the UK. You can do up to 30 days of study, as long as it’s not the main reason for your visit.

If you’re travelling through the UK

You might need a visa if you’re travelling through the UK on your way to another country, for example if you have a layover between flights.

Apply for a visa to travel through the UK.

If you want to study in the UK

Your course length, type and place of study affect which visa to apply for.

short-term study visa lets you to study for up to 6 months (11 months if you’re over 16 and studying an English language course).

general student visa is for a longer course. You must be sponsored by a licensed college or university and have a confirmed place. You can do some work on this visa.

child student visa is for 4 to 17 year olds who want to study at an independent school. If you’re 16 or over, you can do some work on this visa.

If you want to work or invest in the UK

You can work in the UK on a short or long-term basis with a work visa. There are many types of work visa.

The visa you need depends upon:

  • your skills and qualifications
  • if you have a job offer and sponsorship
  • if you want to bring your family with you
  • what you’ll be doing - for example sporting, charitable or religious work

You can also invest money in the UK with an Investor visa. You can set up a business with a Start-up visa or an Innovator visa.

If you want to join family in the UK

If you’re a spouse, partner or family member of someone who has British citizenship or settlement in the UK, you can apply for a family visa to join them. They may need to show that they can support you financially.

You may be able to apply for indefinite leave to remain (ILR) after a set amount of time living in the UK.

Family reunion visas for refugees

If you were separated from your partner or child when you were forced to leave your country, you can apply for them to join you in the UK.

To apply you must have been given asylum or 5 years’ humanitarian protection, and not have British citizenship.

Other ways to get permission to live in the UK

Commonwealth citizens

You can apply for an Ancestry visa to work in the UK if you have a British grandparent and meet other eligibility criteria.

You may have right of abode to live in the UK.

If you’re a Commonwealth citizen and cannot prove your right to be in the UK, read about the Windrush scheme.

Returning residents

If you had indefinite leave to remain (ILR) and left the UK for more than 2 years you’ll need to apply for a returning resident visa to come back.

Other visas

There may be another visa that’s right for you based on your circumstances. Check what other visas you’re eligible for.

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UK Visa Application - Step by step guide on applying for a UK visa

Wide ranges of people visit the United Kingdom every year under different purposes as for sightseeing, studying, or even working. Despite that the nationals of many Western countries, in particular of the European countries, can enter the United Kingdom visa-free, the rest of world citizens are very likely to need a visa in order to be permitted to step in the United Kingdom.

The UK visa allows you to enter the country, whether it is through the sea, land or air.  The possession of a visa means that you have fulfilled the requirements that the particular visa has.

This detailed article will help you understand the UK visa application process and procedures you need to go through in order to obtain a visa to the United Kingdom.

UK Visa Application Process

The UK visa application process and service you need to use in order to apply for a UK visa depends mostly on the visa type you need to apply for. If you are applying for a UK tourist or short stay visa you can start your application here.

For every other type of visa, you will have to use the online Visa4UK service, including study and work visas. If you are applying for the first time you will have to create an account. If you already have an account, just sign in and fill the areas with the required information.

To apply for UK visa you must go through these simple steps:

  1. Find out if you need a UK visa.
  2. Chose the right UK visa type.
  3. Complete the online application form.
  4. Collect the required documents for a UK visa application.
  5. Schedule a UK visa appointment.
  6. Attend the UK visa interview.

Find out if you need a UK visa

You may be exempt from the UK visa requirement, depending on your nationality. You will not have to apply for a UK visa prior to your trip to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, if you are:

  • An EEA citizen.
  • A Swiss citizen.
  • A Commonwealth citizen.

Check the list of nationals that need a UK visa for more information in this regard.

If you realize that you need a visa, then you can proceed with the other steps!

Choose the right UK visa type

Most of the application process for a British visa, including the visa requirements, depends on your purpose of visiting the UK. Your purpose of travel to the UK determines what type of visa you need, which can be one of the following:

Complete the online application form

Usually, the UK visa online application form contains questions on personal information as:

  • your name & surname.
  • nationality.
  • country of residence.
  • marital status.
  • personal number.
  • passport number.
  • reason for wishing to enter the UK.
  • other information about your application.

If the information in the application form doesn’t comply with the information in the other required documents, your application will be rejected!.

You can find a list of UK visa application forms here.

Collect the required documents

As a part of your UK visa application, you should submit some mandatory required documents to support your case.

Click here for a complete list of required documents for a UK visa.

Schedule a UK visa appointment

After making the appointment online, print the email confirming the details of your appointment, and take it with you to the UK visa application center you have chosen to attend, together with the required documents.

The documents required in the original must be submitted in original. Make sure that the documents are as required because sometimes even a little mistake can cause a lot of trouble. Please note that the appointment must be made in your name, not in someone else’s.

Attend the UK visa interview

When you attend the UK visa application center, you will need to provide your biometric information, which includes a photograph and a digital scan of your fingerprints.

Every applicant who is submitting a visa application must attend the visa application center in person, including children. Applicants under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

 

UK Visa Application Denial

Pay attention to the whole application process, since even small mistakes can lead to the rejection of your application by the UK Home Office. Some of the main reasons for visa rejection are:

  • Missing Documents.
  • Applying for the wrong type of visa.
  • Failure to prove you have the financial means to support your stay in the UK.
  • Fraudulent documents.
  • You have overstayed on a previous trip.
  • Criminal history.

How to Appeal Against the UK Visa Denial?

If your UK visa application is rejected, when you receive the answer on your application you will also be notified on the reasons behind it. If you think that this decision has not been taken justly, then you can appeal it.

  • Fill in Form IAFT-2, which is an appeal form
  • Submit it to the UK Immigration and Asylum Chamber
  • This body will send the documents will be forwarded to the relevant authorities
  • A new decision will be taken and communicated to the applicant in writing

If the decision is not changed, you can file a new application by correcting the previous mistakes.

Can I Extend my UK Visa?

Extending your UK visa while in the UK is possible. However, the process differs depending on the visatype you hold. If you are in the UK on a standard visitor visa, you will be eligible to apply for a visaextension as long as the total time you spend in the UK is less than 6 months.

Applicants from the USA

To apply for a UK visa from USA there are some specific procedures that you must go through. Although US citizens do not need to apply for a UK visitor visa, they must apply for visas in the Points Based System.

 

 

 

Last Updated on December 11, 2019

source:https://visaguide.world/europe/uk-visa/how-to-apply-for-a-uk-visa/

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Business VISA UK

Points Based System Applications including Tier 2 & Tier 5 Applications

  • Investor visa - applications for anyone wanting to come to the UK to invest
  • Entrepreneur visa - applications for anyone wanting to start a business in the UK
  • Sponsorship Licences - for anyone wanting to bring overseas workers to the UK
  • Temporary Workers - for anyone wanting to come to the UK on a short term contract
  • Minister of Religion - for anyone needing to bring a religious workers and ministers to the UK
  • Illegal Working Compliance - matters to set up the employer with the relevant checks to insure they are not employing anyone illegal and also to assist anyone who may be caught employing someone who doesn’t have the right to work in the UK.
Standard Visitor visa

Contents

  1. Overview
  2. Eligibility
  3. Documents you must provide
  4. If you're under 18
  5. Apply
  6. Extend your visa

Overview

You can apply for a Standard Visitor visa if you want to visit the UK:

  • for leisure, for example on holiday or to see your family and friends
  • for business, or to take part in sports or creative events
  • for another reason, for example to receive private medical treatment

Check if you need this visa if you’re from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland.

Your application will not be accepted and you will not get a refund if you have the right of abode in the UK (for example you’re a British citizen). You need to apply for a certificate of entitlement instead.

The Standard Visitor visa has replaced the:

  • Family Visitor visa
  • General Visitor visa
  • Child Visitor visa
  • Business Visitor visa, including visas for academics, doctors and dentists
  • Sports Visitor visa
  • Entertainer Visitor visa
  • Prospective Entrepreneur visa
  • Private Medical Treatment Visitor visa
  • Approved Destination Status (ADS) visa

If you visit the UK on business

You can apply for a Standard Visitor visa if you want to visit the UK for business-related activities, for example:

  • you’re coming to the UK for a conference, meeting or training
  • you want to take part in a specific sports-related event
  • you’re an artist, entertainer or musician and coming to the UK to perform
  • are an academic and are doing research or accompanying students on a study abroad programme
  • you’re a doctor or dentist and are coming to the UK to take a clinical attachment or observer post
  • you want to take the Professional and Linguistic Assessment Board (PLAB) test or sit the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)
  • you want to get funding to start, take over, join or run a business in the UK

Check the Visitor Rules to find the full list of business-related activities you can do with a Standard Visitor visa.

If you’re being paid by a UK company to visit as an expert in your profession, you should apply for a Permitted Paid Engagement visa.

What you can and cannot do

You can:

You cannot:

  • do paid or unpaid work
  • live in the UK for long periods of time through frequent visits
  • get public funds
  • marry or register a civil partnership, or give notice of marriage or civil partnership

Read the guidance for more information about what you can and cannot do with a Standard Visitor visa.

How long it will take

The earliest you can apply is 3 months before you travel.

ExampleYou can apply from 16 March if you plan to travel on 15 June.

You should get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks when you apply from outside the UK.

Find out about paying for a faster decision.

How long you can stay

You can usually stay in the UK for up to 6 months.

You might be able to stay for longer if:

  • you’re coming to the UK for private medical treatment - up to 11 months (£190 fee)
  • you’re an academic on sabbatical and coming to the UK for research - you, your spouse or civil partner may be able to stay for up to 12 months (£190 fee)

If you’re staying in the UK as an academic or to receive private medical treatment for longer than 6 months, you must apply for a biometric residence permit.

You might be able to get a visit visa for up to 30 days if you’re a Chinese citizen visiting under the Approved Destination Status (ADS) Agreement.

If you need to visit the UK regularly

If you need to visit the UK regularly over a longer period, you can apply for a long-term Standard Visitor visa that lasts 2, 5 or 10 years. You can stay for a maximum of 6 months on each visit.

If you’re under 18 years old when you apply, your long-term Standard Visitor visa will only be valid for up to 6 months after you turn 18.

Fees

A Standard Visitor visa costs £95.

The fee for a long-term Standard Visitor visa depends on its length:

  • 2 years - £361
  • 5 years - £655
  • 10 years - £822

source: https://www.gov.uk/standard-visitor-visa

Residence documents for foreign nationals in the UK

There are different documents for proving your right to live in the UK. The right document for you will depend on things like:

  • your nationality
  • how long you’ve been in the UK
  • whether you have family here

You do not need a residence document if you have the ‘right to reside’ in the UK - for example, if you’re an Irish citizen.

Some current residence documents will no longer be valid after 31 December 2020.

If you’re an EU, European Economic Area (EEA) or Swiss citizen

The EEA includes EU countries and also Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

You do not currently need a residence document to prove you can live in the UK. But you’ll usually need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme by 30 June 2021 to continue living here, or 31 December 2020 if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

You may be able to apply for other residence documents now, however they will not be valid after 31 December 2020.

These documents are:

If you’re not an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen

The EEA includes EU countries and also Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

Which residence document you can apply for depends on whether you have a family member who is a citizen of the EU, EEA or Switzerland.

If you’re the family member of an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen

You’ll usually need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living here after 30 June 2021, or 31 December 2020 if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. You’ll get either settled or pre-settled status if your application is successful.

If you’re a close family member, you have the right to reside without a document until 30 June 2021, or 31 December 2020 if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

If you’re an extended family member, for example a brother or sister of an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, you need a residence document now. If you do not apply to get settled or pre-settled status there are other documents you may be able to get - however none of these will be valid after 31 December 2020.

These documents are:

  • UK residence card - your family member usually needs to live or have lived here for you to be eligible
  • permanent residence card - you’ll usually need to have lived here for 5 years
  • derivative residence card - you’ll usually need to be a carer, or in education in the UK and have a parent from the EEA who previously worked or lived here

You can also currently apply for an EEA Family Permit to enter and leave the UK. It’s usually valid for 6 months.

If you do not have a family member from the EU, EEA or Switzerland

You will automatically get a biometric residence permit (BRP) if you successfully apply to stay in the UK for longer than 6 months. You can apply for a BRP if you do not already have one.

You can apply for indefinite leave to remain in or enter the UK, if you meet the criteria.

You might also be eligible for a UK residence card or permanent residence card if you have ‘a retained right of residence’ - for example if you were previously married to an EEA citizen. These documents will not be valid after 31 December 2020.

If you’re a Commonwealth citizen, you may be able to apply to prove you have ‘right of abode’ in the UK.

Source: https://www.gov.uk/residence-documents-foreign-nationals-uk

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Apply for a permit to join your EU or EEA family member in the UK

Contents

  1. Overview
  2. EU Settlement Scheme family permit
  3. EEA family permit
  4. Derivative rights of residence
  5. Surinder Singh
  6. Retained rights of residence
  7. Stay after your family permit expires

EU Settlement Scheme family permit

You can apply for an EU Settlement Scheme family permit to come to the UK if all of the following apply:

  • you’re from outside the European Economic Area (EEA)
  • you’re the ‘close’ family member of an EEA or Swiss citizen (excluding UK nationals)
  • the EEA citizen you’re joining is in the UK already or travelling with you to the UK within 6 months of the date of your application

The person you’re joining must also either be:

  • an EEA or Swiss citizen with ‘settled’ or ‘pre-settled’ status under the EU Settlement Scheme
  • an Irish citizen
  • a British citizen who also has EEA or Swiss citizenship and who lived in the UK as an EEA or Swiss citizen before getting British citizenship

If you’re from outside the EEA and cannot apply for the EU Settlement Scheme family permit, apply for the EEA family permit instead.

Qualifying as a ‘close’ family member

You must be the EEA citizen’s spouse or civil partner, or related to them (or to their spouse or civil partner) as their:

  • child or grandchild under 21 years old, or dependent child or grandchild of any age
  • dependent parent or grandparent

Family members who are adopted under an adoption order that is recognised in UK law are regarded the same as natural family. Read the guidance on adoption and settlement.

Documents you must provide

You must provide:

  • a valid passport
  • evidence of your relationship to your EEA family member, for example a marriage certificate, civil partnership certificate or birth certificate
  • your EEA family member’s EU Settlement Scheme application number, if they have one

You’ll also need to provide proof of your dependency if you’re:

  • a dependent child or grandchild of your EEA family member and you’re over 21
  • a dependent parent or grandparent of your EEA family member and they are under 18

Apply for an EU Settlement Scheme family permit

You must apply online for an EU Settlement Scheme family permit.

You must be outside the UK to apply.

 

Source: https://www.gov.uk/family-permit/eu-settlement-scheme-family-permit

Pay for UK healthcare as part of your immigration application

Overview

You might need to pay a healthcare surcharge (called the ‘immigration health surcharge’ or IHS) as part of your immigration application.

Whether you need to pay depends on the immigration status you’re applying for.

When you must pay

If you’re making your immigration application online, you pay the surcharge as part of your application or when you book an appointment.

If you’re applying by post, you pay the surcharge online before you send your application. You’ll need to include the IHS reference number on your application form.

When you can start to use the NHS

You can start using the National Health Service (NHS) when both:

  • you’ve paid the healthcare surcharge (or are exempt from paying it)
  • your visa or immigration application is granted

You’ll still need to pay for certain types of services, such as prescriptions, dental treatment, eye tests and assisted conception.

You should bring your biometric residence permit with you when you access healthcare in the UK.

source: https://www.gov.uk/healthcare-immigration-application

Contact UK Visas and Immigration about your application

You can contact UK Visas and Immigration from inside or outside the UK.

Contact centre staff cannot give you advice about your personal circumstances.

click here to be taken to the Gov.uk site

https://www.gov.uk/contact-ukvi-inside-outside-uk

Get a faster decision on your visa or settlement application

ve to remain’) application if you’re applying in the UK.

Whether you can pay for a faster decision depends on which visa you’re applying for. Read the guidance for the visa you’re applying for to check whether you can get a faster decision.

Decision within 5 working days

If you’re eligible you can choose the ‘priority service’ when you apply. It costs £500 in addition to the application fee.

A decision will be made within 5 working days of your UK Visa and Citizen Application Services (UKVCAS) appointment.

Decision by the end of the next working day

If you’re eligible you can choose the ‘super priority service’ when you apply. It costs £800 in addition to the application fee.

A decision will be made:

  • by the end of the next working day after your UKVCAS appointment if your appointment is on a weekday
  • 2 working days after your UKVCAS appointment if your appointment is at the weekend

Working days are Monday to Friday, not including bank holidays.

What happens next

You’ll get an email when a decision has been made, followed by a decision letter in the post.

The email will only give you the outcome of your application if it’s been approved. If it’s refused, you will not find out until you get your letter.

When you’ll get your biometric residence permit

You’ll usually receive your biometric residence permit (BRP) within 7 to 10 days of your decision. If it does not arrive, you can report your missing BRP online.

Your BRP will be sent to the address you gave in your application. If you want it to be sent elsewhere, you need to update your address before your decision is made.

When you might wait longer

You might wait longer for a decision if you need to provide more information. You’ll be told how and when to provide it.

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