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How to Get Your UK Visa Approved

If you’re planning a trip to the United Kingdom, you may need to obtain a visa before you arrive. This article will help you understand how to apply for your visa as well as how to get your UK visa approved.

There are different types of visas depending on the particular reason you’re entering the country, and each type will need to be approved by UKVI, Home Office or an Entry Clearance Officer. The visa process in the UK can seem daunting, but getting the right legal advice from the outset can make the process much easier. 

This post will go over common questions people have when they travel to the UK and need to have a visa approved.

Choosing the Right UK Visa Type

Here are some of the most common questions people have when it comes to applying for a UK visa:

1. What are the reasons for applying for a UK visa?

  • Tourism, visiting friends and family, business visit. attending a conference 
  • Work-related or business travels
  • Academic pursuits
  • The UK serves as a transit point to reach a different destination
  • Live with a Spouse, partner, or reuniting with family or join them as your dependants
  • Marriage or civil partnership
  • Join a child who is currently at school
  • Child Settlement to the UK 
  • Medical treatments
  • Official business specifically diplomatic or government duties with the possibility of transit through the UK

2. What are the different UK visa types?

The aforementioned reasons for applying for a UK visa entail different types of UK visa applications. There are a wide variety of both short and long-term visas, each of which has a different purpose.

These different types of visas also have their own set of requirements. Completing the specific requirements for each type of visa can significantly improve the chances of getting your UK visa approved.

Here are the different types of visas in the UK:

a. Skilled Worker Visa

A Skilled Worker Visa, which was previously known as Tier 2 General Visa, is normally for those who have a job offer in the UK. It is sometimes referred to as a work visa. It is open for those that have an job offer of eligible skilled job in the UK from a Tier 2 Licenced UK Employer. The skilled worker can also have their dependent partner and children approved as ‘dependants’ as long as they are eligible.

b. Temporary Worker Visa

A Temporary Worker Visa or Seasonal Worker Visa is different from applying for a skilled worker visa. A skilled worker visa is for highly-skilled workers, while the Temporary Worker Visa is for those who work in fields such as edible horticulture, pork butchery, poultry work, or heavy goods vehicle (HGV) driving.

c. Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme

A Youth Mobility Scheme, or Tier 5 Youth Mobility Visa, is for young adults aged 18 to 30 years old that are from specific countries or territories. The countries and territories that are eligible include Australia, Canada, Monaco, New Zealand, San Marino, and Iceland. There are also ballots open for Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and India. British citizens and nationals who are overseas may also apply for this visa type.

d. Paid Permitted Engagement Visa

A Paid Permitted Engagement Visa is applicable only for experts in their field invited by a UK-based group.

e. International Sportsperson Visa

An International Sportsperson Visa, which was once known as Sportsperson (T2) and Temporary Worker – Creative and Sporting Visa (T5), can be applied for by elite sportspeople and qualified coaches recognized by the specific sport’s governing body. This type of visa also recognizes the holder’s dependents.

f. Minister of Religion Visa (T2)

A Minister of Religion Visa (T2) is for those who were offered a job in the UK within a religious group. This visa is a sort of skilled worker or temporary worker which still requires a Certificate of Sponsorship.

g. Intra-company Visa

An Intra-company Visa is when an eligible employee is to work in their employer’s UK branch. This type of visa can be specifically classed into an inter-company transfer visa, or what was known previously as Tier 2 Long-Term Staff Visa and Intra-Company Graduate Trainee Visa, or Tier 2 Graduate Trainee Visa. The only difference between the two classes is that while the former is more of a general employee role, the latter, however, specifies being a part of a graduate course program.

h. Standard Visitor Visa

A Standard Visitor Visa is what replaced the other previous visas such as business visitor and tourist among others, and amalgamated them into a more general visa. Under this type of visa, a “standard visitor” can be a tourist, leisure, business person, those in need of medical treatment, child visit visa, marriage visitor visa and permitted paid engagement visa.

i. Child Student Visa

A Child Student Visa applies only to those aged 4 to 17 years old who will study in the UK with the consent of a parent or guardian. This type of visa has a different application than the typical student visa application. 

j. Family Visa

A Family Visa is another general collection of different types of visas, including the fiancé visa and spouse visa, which is sometimes referred to as a marriage visa. Under the family visa are spouses, civil partners, fiancés, child, parent, or adult dependant relatives. With this type of visa, there is the possibility of settlement or “indefinite leave to remain” as long as the visa requirements are fulfilled. Persons with another type of visa may also switch to the family visa as long as they intend to stay with a spouse or partner, child, or parent. This visa is different from a Marriage Visitor Visa, which is a short-term visa.

k. Marriage Visitor Visa

A Marriage Visitor Visa is different from a Family Visa for the reason that the stay is short-term to get married or engaged in a civil partnership in the UK. There are limitations to this visa, as the person applying for this visa does not have the intention to settle in the UK. Likewise, they are not able to extend the visa, although it is possible to obtain another visa type after this visa has expired.

l.  Ancestry Visa

An Ancestry Visa can only be applied for by those who are commonwealth citizens, citizens of Zimbabwe, and British overseas citizens, including territories citizens and overseas nationals. Several eligibility requirements need to be proven for an Ancestry Visa to be approved.

m. Innovator Visa

An Innovator Visa is reserved for experienced business people who want to set up and run a business that is both viable and completely original from the existing market. This business idea or proposal must be approved by an endorsing body. At least £50,000 in investment funds is required for this visa type.

n. Start-up Visa

A Start-up Visa is much like the Innovator Visa, except it’s more for individuals with little to no business experience. A Start-up Visa is only possible as long as the new business idea is also original and endorsed by an authorized body.

o. Transit Visa

A Transit Visa is a requirement when the applicant is passing through the UK while intending to make their way to another country. There is no need to apply for this visa type if there is an existing EU Settlement Scheme family permit, Home Office travel document, Standard Visitor Visa, or Marriage Visitor Visa.

Again, it’s important to note that these visa types each come with their own set of eligibility requirements. These requirements should be completed & maintained in order to significantly improve the chances of getting your UK visa approved. 

3. When should you apply for a UK visa?

The best time to apply for a UK visa is at least 3 months prior to the date of intended travel. It’s important to consider factors such as current processing times, requirement completion, and current travel restrictions in advance. 

4. What is the Points-Based System (PBS)?

The importance of the PBS is to make the process of obtaining a visa easier than the previous system. Points are collected for every accurate requirement, which in turn improves the applicant’s standing with obtaining the visa. Applicants who are US citizens do not need to apply for a UK visitor visa, but the PBS is a requirement.

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How to Apply for Your UK Visa

After learning about the different types of UK visas, the next step is to know how to apply for the most appropriate visa. 

It’s important to make a checklist of the steps for planning and acquiring a UK visa. For help applying for your UK Visa, reach out to My Legal Services by calling us at 02037 324 736 or by contacting us here.

To help you get started, here’s a simple guide:

1. Have you chosen the correct visa type to enter the UK?

Many different scenarios may arise before and during your stay in the UK. What is your main reason for traveling to the UK? Work? Business? Leisure? Education? Medical treatments? 

It’s important to have a clear idea of what your reason for travel is so that you can apply for the correct visa type. 

2. Have you completed the online application form?

The application process is online. The most common information needed for the application form is your full name, date of birth, nationality, country of residence, marital status, contact number, passport number. The application form also typically asks for your reason for entering the UK and depending on the visa category to satisfy and meet the relevant visa requirements. 

Using the incorrect application form may result in a denied visa. It is crucial to understand the type of visa that you will need to improve your chances of getting a visa, as well as providing all of the correct requirements.

3. Have you collected the required documents?

Here is the list of the required documents that are commonly asked for:

  • UK visa application form
  • Valid passport or Travel document 
  • Previous passport 
  • Bank statements or payslips 
  • Proof of accommodation
  • Travel itinerary guide
  • Medical test results, especially for countries that would be required to have a tuberculosis test result
  • Biometric information, such as fingerprints, for those who are staying more than 6 months
  • Visa application fee
  • Certified translations of documents that are not in English or Welsh
  • Invitation Letter from UK national or resident, only as applicable

There are still other required documents for employed visa applicants (such as business registration documents, an employer’s endorsement letter, or a letter from your school) and those under the age of 18 (such as a birth certificate or adoption papers). Incomplete documents may result in a denied application.

4. Schedule a UK visa appointment

Once the application is completed and the required documents are collected, you’ll have the chance to book an appointment at the Visa Centre and an email with the details of your appointment will be sent to you. This email confirms the date of your appointment as well as the visa application centre that you have chosen.

The email will also provide details of what you are required to bring. It’s important to bring every requirement in order to avoid any delays or inconveniences. Even the slightest mistake in your application may lead to a denied application.

Related: Unmarried Partner Visa Requirements in the UK 

How Can I Increase My Chances of Getting a UK Visa?

It’s important to know the most common reasons for denied applications so that you can avoid these pitfalls and have a better chance of getting your UK visa approved.

Each of the following are a common reason for a visa rejection:

  • Incomplete documents
  • Incorrect visa type application
  • Insufficient proof of finances
  • Fraudulent documents
  • Overstaying during a previous trip
  • Criminal record
  • Failure to disclose vital information – immigration history, previous refusal (s) 

Though visa denial is fairly common, it can take a long time to reapply or wait for a decision for an appeal. In these cases, if the application is still denied, a new visa application should be used to correct the previous mistakes.

How Long Does it Take for a UK Visa to Be Approved?

The processing time for standard visa applications normally takes anywhere from 8-12weeks (overseas applications) depending on the circumstances of the application. This standard service only applies to complete applications. As long as there are no complications with your application, you may receive an answer within the prescribed standard time.

There are also several factors to consider that affect the application timeline, such as the country from where you are applying for a UK visa, the type of visa being applied for, your specific situation, and the number of applications that the UK consulate or processing centre is accommodating during your application.

There is also an option to expedite a visa application, which depends on whether or not your case is eligible for “priority service.” This service costs more than the standard service.

How Do I Know if My Visa is Approved?

If your application is approved, you will receive an email letting you know that you can come to collect your passport, which will show a visa stamp if approved. It’s also possible to have your passport and supporting documents mailed back to your home for an additional cost.

If you’re a European Union (EU) national, it’s also possible to view your visa application decision through your online database. 

If your application is refused or denied, you will receive an email or a letter of explanation for the visa refusal. 

Can I Check my UK Visa Status Online?

Unfortunately, most applicants as well as their family members are unable to check their UK visa status online due to data protection reasons. 

However, people who are EU nationals are able to view their visa decision through the official government website

Need Assistance?

We here at My Legal Services can help you every step of the way with your UK visa application from start to finish, even with refusals and appeals. 

Simply contact us here or give us a call at 02037 324 736 for further information or to speak to our team about getting your UK visa approved.

We can’t wait to serve you!

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