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UK Visa for Indians - A Complete Guide

Team AckoSept 23, 2022

If you are an Indian looking to travel to the United Kingdom to Work, Study, Visit or Join Your Family, you must apply for a UK Visa.

In this article, we will walk you through the various types of UK visas available, their corresponding fees, the duration of stay permitted under each Visa type and the steps to apply for one.

UK Visa for Indians

Important Points to Note

  • India is not on the Visa-exempt list regarding travelling to the UK. Every Indian citizen must apply for a relevant VISA to enter the UK.

  • Applicants under the age of 18 must apply for a Minor Visa.

  • You have to purchase travel insurance when travelling to the UK. It is mandatory.

  • Indians must apply for the relevant UK visa within three months of their intended departure from India. This applies to all visa types.

  • In the case of Student and Child Student Visas, the earliest you can apply is six months before the date the course starts.

What Kind of Visa Do I Need?

Before applying for a UK Visa, you need to know what kind of Visa you must apply for. The UK has different categories of Visas for Work, Study, Visit or Join Your Family who are already living there. 

Tourist and Visiting Visas

The UK is a popular tourist destination. If you are visiting the UK for tourism or short stays, you must apply for one of the below Visas. 

  • UK Visitor Visa

  • Short-term Study Visa

  • Permitted Paid Engagement Visa

  • Parent of a Tier 4 (Child) Student Visa

  • Marriage Visitor Visa

These Visas are generally issued with a maximum validity of 6 months. For detailed information on Visiting Visas, click here.

Student Visas

These Visas are issued to those who want to study in the UK.

  • Tier 4 (Child) Student Visa

  • Tier 4 (General) Student Visa

  • Short Term Study Visa

For more information on student visas, click here.

Work & Business Visas

  • Highly qualified foreigners

  • Global Talent Visa

  • Skilled foreign workers with a job offer in a shortage area

    • Tier 2 (General) Visa

    • Tier 2 (Intra-company Transfer) Visa

    • Tier 2 (Sportsperson) Visa

    • Tier 2 (Minister of Religion) Visa

  • Youth mobility and temporary foreign workers

    • Tier 5 (Temporary Worker) Visa

    • Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme) Visa//

  • Business Visas

  • Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa

  • Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Visa

  • Tier 1 Investor Visa

For more information on the various work visas, click here.

Family Visas

Family visas are issued to those who intend to visit family members in the UK. These visas are for those who want to join their family members and stay on for more than six months as a dependent.

  • UK Spouse visa

  • UK Parent visa

  • UK Child visa

For more information on Family Visas, click here.

Transit Visas

A transit visa is for foreigners using the United kingdom as a transit country to reach their destination. If you travel regularly and have sufficient proof, you can also apply for a long-term transit Visa which can be issued with a validity running from 1 to 10 years.

  • Direct Airside Transit Visa (DATV)

  • Visitor in Transit Visa

For more detailed information, click here.

Steps to Follow to Apply for a UK Visa

To apply for a UK Visa, you must follow the below steps:

  1. Choose the correct type of Visa: Your purpose of travel to the UK determines what kind of Visa you need. 

  2. Complete the online application form: The form will ask for details such as your name, nationality, country of residence, marital status, passport number, why you wish to enter the country and other information relevant to the application process. You should enter all the information carefully; any mismatches can lead to your application being rejected.

  3. Collect the required documents for the Visa you are applying for: You will be asked to produce documents such as photographs, your passport, proof of accommodation, travel itinerary, Uk Visa invitational letter and so on.

  4. Schedule an appointment for the UK Visa: Make an appointment online and print the details confirming the same. You will need this to enter the UK Visa Application Centre and the list of the required documents. 

  5. Attend the UK Visa Interview: At the UK visa application centre, you will be asked to provide your biometric information, you will be asked for your photographs, and your fingerprints will be scanned. Every visa applicant must attend the visa application centre, including children. Minors have to be accompanied by an adult. 

Why Does a Visa Application Get Denied?

You must pay careful attention to every detail to ensure you do not make mistakes. Some of the most common reasons for applications getting denied are:

  • Applying for the wrong type of Visa

  • Missing documents

  • Fraudulent documents

  • Failure to provide sufficient proof that you have the financial means to support your stay in the UK.

  • Criminal History

Can I Appeal Against Visa Denial? 

If your application gets denied, you will be notified as to why your application was rejected. If you feel that the reason was not justified, you can appeal it. Follow these steps to appeal a  denial:

  • Fill in Form IAFT-2

  • Submit it to the UK Immigration and Asylum Chambers.

  • They will forward the documents to the relevant authorities.

  • Once a decision has been made, the applicant will not be notified in writing.

UK Visa Fees

The application fees for the types of Visas are mentioned below.

Standard Visitor Visa

(The tables below specify the different application fees as per the respective duration of travel, along with their types)

Visa Type Application Fee (in INR)
Short-term (up to 6 months, single or multiple entry) 9631
Longer-term (valid for up to 2 years) 36212
Longer-term (valid for up to 5 years) 64526
Longer-term (valid for up to 10 years) 80609
Visiting academic - more than six months up to 12 months 19261
Marriage visitor visa 9631
Permitted paid engagement visa 9631
Private medical treatment – more than six months up to 11 months 19261
Visit the UK in a Chinese tour group (the UK only) 9631

Short Term Study Visa

Visa Type Application Fee (in INR)
Short-term student studying English language for more than 6 months but not more than 11 months 19261

Transit Visas

Visa Type Application Fee (in INR)
Direct Airside Transit (DATV) 3371
Visitor in Transit visa 6164
Visit purpose of joining a ship or aircraft as a member of the crew of that ship or aircraft (fee applies able to the Isle of Man) 6164

Parents of Children at School

Visa Type Application Fee (in INR)
Parent of a Student child visa (up to 12 months) (Tier 4 Isle of Man) 51139

Wrapping It Up

Applying for a UK visa can seem intimidating, but it doesn't have to. You need to follow the guidelines down to the letter, and you should not face any issues during the entire process. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Common FAQs About UK Visa

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What Are the Most Common Questions You Get Asked During the Visa Interview?

Most of the questions during the interview revolve around your purpose and duration of stay, your source of funds, and a few others. They could also ask you questions about the UK and other questions relevant to the type of Visa you are applying for.

What Do I Have to Show to Prove My Source of Funds?

It is advisable to submit a single bank statement for the past six months. The statement should contain the bank's seal to prove its authenticity.

Do I Have to Undergo Medical Tests Before I Travel to the UK?

For a visit under six months, you don't require a medical test. Citizens from India travelling to the UK for over six months will need a Tuberculosis test. Generally, a complete health checkup is advisable before you travel to any country. Click here for more information on the subject.

Is My Application Fee Refunded if My Visa Application Gets Rejected?

You do not get a refund if your application gets rejected. Take your time and follow every guideline to avoid getting your application rejected.

Does the UK Offer a Visa on Arrival for Indians?

No, the United Kingdom does not offer a visa on arrival. You need to apply in advance.

Disclaimer: The information mentioned on this page is compiled from different websites and government sources. The information may be updated from time to time. Hence, please refer to the respective government websites and verify before making any passport-related decisions.

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