Your application must include:
- The completed application form. In every country apart from North Korea, you have to fill this in online.
- An acceptance letter confirming that you will be studying at an accredited institution if the purpose of your visit is to study (this does not apply to those visiting the UK for tourism or leisure who wish to attend a recreational course);
- The current application fee in local currency is £100 for a six month visitor visa. The fee for a long-term visitor visa is £376 for a two-year visa, £670 for a five-year visa and £837 for a ten-year visa;
- A valid travel document;
- Evidence that you have enough money to support yourself while you are in the UK. You need to show that you can pay for any applicable tuition fees, accommodation and living expenses. There are no specific requirements which state the amount of money you must show when you apply for a visitor visa. However you must show that you have enough money to cover your course fees plus accommodation and living expenses. Using the Student maintenance figures as a guide only, it would be reasonable to show that you have the equivalent of £1,023 per month, or £1,334 per month if studying in London, for the duration of your studies. If you will be staying with friends or family while in the UK, which will decrease your living costs, you can include evidence of this;
- All other supporting documents as applicable as outlined in the Home Office's website on supporting documents for visitor applications to the UK.
You must submit original documents. You will also need to provide a translation of any documents which are not already in English. Please refer to the Home Office's information on supporting documents for further details.
You must submit your completed immigration application to your nearest UK visa application centre. You do not need to apply in the country where you live.
Applying for entry clearance and Coronavirus (Covid-19)
The Coronavirus (Covid-19): advice for UK visa applicants and temporary residents webpage, confirms that the UKVI are currently experiencing a very high global demand in visa applications.
If you need to travel to the UK urgently for compassionate reasons, you will need to apply for entry clearance in the normal way which will include submitting your biometrics at your chosen visa application centre. You will need to explain what the compelling or compassionate reasons for your visit are in your application and alert the visa application centre staff during your biometric submission. You will be contacted by UKVI once your application has been received.
If after your application, you do not hear anything further from the Home Office or your request is exceptionally urgent, you can contact UK visas and immigration for help. Please note that this service is a chargeable service.
For further details, please see the Coronavirus (Covid-19): advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents webpage.
Applying for a visit visa from a red list country
Visit visa applications from red list countries are still being accepted, however the assessment of your application will be put on hold until travel restrictions are lifted. This means that you will not receive your visit visa whilst travel restrictions remain in place.
If you need to travel to the UK urgently for compassionate reasons and are applying from a red list country, please follow the steps outlined as above.