Step 1: Check if you need a visa
Step 2: Prepare the evidence you need
Step 3: Apply
- Apply for a visa and book an appointment £186
- Check if you'll need a biometric residence permit
- Check where your visa appointment will be
You should get a decision within 3 weeks of your appointment.
You might be able to pay an extra £220 for a decision within 5 working days or £956 for a decision within 24 hours (not including weekends or bank holidays). Check with your visa application centre.
Step 4: Attend an appointment
You'll be told when a decision has been made about your visa.
Step 5: Travel to the UK
Keep the documents that prove why you're visiting the UK in your hand luggage so you can show them if asked.
Step 6: After you arrive in the UK
You'll need to collect your biometric residence permit soon after you arrive.
Check your visa to find out when you must leave the UK. If you break the conditions of your visa you may not be able to return to the UK again.