Check your visa type
To apply for a UK visa, the very first thing you need to do is to check the type of visa you are going to apply for. Use the UK Visas and Immigration website to check the kind of visa you would require. To complete the process, you need to have a list of documents. Each visa type requires a different kind of documentation, so be careful while checking your visa type. Also, you will have to get your documents translated if they are not in English.
Apply for your visa through Gov.uk
Once you are ready to apply, visit the UK Visas and Immigration website. You need to ensure that you have a proper record of your travel history with documents to support each trip that you have taken. If you are applying for a visa for your family or other relatives, you need to share all their details along with the travel history.
Book an appointment
As a part of your visa application, you need to book an appointment in order to record your fingerprints and photo at a visa application center. This is known as “biometric information”. You may also need to go for a short interview if you are applying for a student visa (Tier 4).
Pay your visa fees
Once you have filed your application and booked your appointment, you need to pay for your visa application. This can be done online with your Gov.uk application.
Choose your services
Once you are done paying your visa fees, you will be given a reference number. This number will usually start with GWF. When you have that number, it would be easy for you to monitor your upcoming visits to the visa application center,
Visit the application center
Arrive 15 minutes early to attend the interview for your visa application. Remember to bring a printed copy of your visa application along with a valid passport or a travel document having at least one page that is blank on both sides. Remember to bring all the supporting documents along with you. At the center, you need to submit your fingerprints and photograph which is known as biometric information collection. Your visa won’t be processed without the biometric information.
Track your application
You can always track your visa application as you will receive email updates about the same. If you wish to get detailed tracking information, you can always opt for SMS updates.
Receive your visa documents
After your visa application is made, you can collect the documents from the visa application center. You have to collect the documents in person or take the help of courier. If you are going to collect the documents yourself, you need to bring the receipt issued by the visa application and also a form of Government identification.