Apply

Apply from outside the UK online

You must apply online. As part of your online application, you need to book an appointment at a visa application centre. You’ll have your fingerprints and photograph (known as ‘biometric information’) taken at your appointment.

You may be able to get your visa faster or other services depending on what country you’re in - check with your visa application centre.

Apply from within the UK

You might be able to extend your visa if you’re already in the UK.

Apply from North Korea

You cannot apply online if you’re from North Korea. You must instead:

  1. Step 1 Check if you need a visa

    You might be eligible for different visas depending on why you're visiting the UK and how long for.

    1. Check if you need a visa
    2. Compare the different types of short stay visa
  2. Step 2 Prepare the evidence you need

  3. Step 3 Apply

    The cost of your visa depends on how long you're staying in the UK.

    1. You are currently viewing: Apply for a visa and book an appointment £93 to £798
    2. Check where your visa appointment will be

    You should get a decision within 3 weeks of your appointment.

    You can pay an extra £212 for a decision within 5 working days or £956 for a decision within 24 working hours.

  4. Step 4 Attend an appointment

    1. What you need to show at your appointment

    You'll be told when a decision has been made about your visa.

  5. Step 5 Travel to the UK

    1. Check what you need to show at the border
    2. Check what you can bring with you

    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.