If you’re interested in traveling to the UK this summer with your family or friends, here’s a step-by-step guide on how to apply for a UK visit visa from Pakistan to make your 2023 summer memorable.
Step 1: Apply on GOV.UK The first and most important step is to complete your online application form on https://visas-immigration.service.gov.uk/apply-uk-visa. Remember to apply for your visa well before your travel dates to avoid any hassle.
Find out if you need a UK visa. Choose the right UK visa type. Complete the online application form. Collect the required documents for a UK visa application. Schedule a UK visa appointment. Attend the UK visa interview.
Step 2: Details to Keep in Mind You can visit the UK as a Standard Visitor for tourism, business, study (courses up to 6 months), and other permitted activities. You can usually stay in the UK for up to 6 months. You might be able to apply to stay longer in certain circumstances, for example, to get medical treatment.
What You Need to Do Check if what you plan to do in the UK is allowed as a Standard Visitor. Check if you meet the eligibility requirements. Check if you need to apply for a visa to visit the UK. Apply for a Standard Visitor visa online – if you need one.
You can visit the UK as a Standard Visitor for: Tourism, for example, on a holiday or vacation. To see your family or friends. To volunteer for up to 30 days with a registered charity. To pass through the UK to another country (‘in transit’). For certain business activities, for example, attending a meeting or interview. To take part in a school exchange program. To do a recreational course of up to 30 days, for example, a dance course. To study, do a placement or take an exam. As an academic, senior doctor or dentist. For medical reasons.
You cannot: Do paid or unpaid work for a UK company or as a self-employed person. Claim public funds (benefits). Live in the UK for long periods of time through frequent or successive visits. Marry or register a civil partnership, or give notice of marriage or civil partnership – you’ll need to apply for a Marriage Visitor visa.
Step 3: Check Eligibility Requirements You must have a passport or travel document to enter the UK. It should be valid for the whole of your stay. You must be able to show that: You’ll leave the UK at the end of your visit. You’re able to support yourself and your dependents during your trip (or have funding from someone else to support you). You’re able to pay for your return or onward journey (or have funding from someone else to pay for the journey). You’ll not live in the UK for extended periods through frequent or successive visits, or make the UK your main home.
You may need to meet extra eligibility requirements if you’re visiting the UK for: Studying, doing a placement, or taking an exam. As an academic, senior doctor or dentist. For medical reasons.
Step 4: Check If You Need a Visa to Visit the UK Depending on your nationality, you’ll either: Must apply for a Standard Visitor visa before you travel to the UK. Be able to visit the UK for up to 6 months without needing a visa.
Step 5: If you want to visit the UK and don’t need a visa, you still have to meet the Standard Visitor eligibility requirements. You may be asked questions at the UK border about your eligibility and your planned activities.
If you want to apply for a Standard Visitor visa, it costs Rs. 34661 and you can apply up to 3 months before you travel. If you visit the UK often, you can apply for a long-term Standard Visitor visa instead. If you are only passing through the UK to another country, you can apply for a Visitor in Transit visa for Rs. 22183.