Guidance on UK visa applications using forms VAF2 to VAF8B

Guidance on applying for a UK visa using forms VAF2, VAF3B, VAF4A, VAF4B, VAF5, VAF6, VAF7, VAF8A and VAF8B.

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Guidance notes: VAF guidance (April 2014)

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This guidance was archived on 25 November 2019.

Use this guidance to help you fill in an application for a UK visa using most VAF forms for applying from outside the UK.

You need different guidance notes if you are applying:

  • for a visit visa on a VAF1 form
  • for a visa under the points-based system on VAF9
  • for a visa as the dependant of a person with a points-based system visa on VAF10
  • as a diplomat, diplomat’s dependant or member of a foreign government on official business using a VAF DIP
Published 1 December 2012
Last updated 25 November 2019 + show all updates
  1. Page archived 25 November 2019

  2. A new version of this guidance has been published for use on or after 6 April 2014.

  3. First published.