You must apply online before you come to the UK. The earliest you can apply is 3 months before you travel to the UK.
Allow time to attend your appointment.
The visa application centre may keep your passport and documents while processing your application.
How long it takes to get a decision
Once you’ve applied online, proved your identity and provided your documents, you’ll usually get a decision within 3 weeks.
You may be able to pay to get a faster decision. Check if your visa application centre offers faster decisions and other services.
You must apply online.
Before you start, check what documents you’ll need to apply.
Once you’ve started your application you can save your form and complete it later.
Continue your application
You can sign back into your application if you’ve saved it. Check your email and follow the link to return to your application.
After you apply
You’ll get a letter containing the result of your application. This will explain what you need to do next.
You can ask to cancel your application. You’ll only get your fee refunded if UKVI has not started processing your application.