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The Process of Applying for UK Visas

Moving to the UK is an exciting prospect, but newcomers like yourself need to familiarise themselves with immigration law. There are a few different ways to apply for your visa, and each route has its own set of requirements – in this article, we’ll walk through what needs to be done when applying for a UK Visa.

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The Process of Applying for UK Visas

What are the different types of visas available?

There are a few different types of visas available for those looking to move to the UK. The type of visa you’ll need will depend on your circumstances, but the most common types of visas are:

1. Work visas

The UK is a great country to live in, and many different work visas are available for people who want to work. There are many different types of work visas depending on the type of skills and duration of your work, you can find the full list of UK work visas on the government website. There are 5 tiers of UK work visas:

  • Tier 1: High-Value Migrants. Tier 1 visas are typically for business owners, exceptional talents and major investors.
  • Tier 2: Skilled Workers. Tier 2 visas are for people who have already secured a skilled job offer in the UK. A skilled job is defined as “requiring A-levels, Scottish Highers or technical equivalents.”
  • Tier 3: Low Skilled Workers. Tier 3 visas are currently suspended as of August 2022 and are typically used for national labour shortages.
  • Tier 4: Adult Students (16+). Tier 4 visas are for adult students studying in the UK at or above National Qualification Framework Level 3, including university and college study programs.
  • Tier 5: Temporary Workers. Tier 5 visas are for temporary workers who are expected to leave the country after their work duration.

2. Student visas

Student visas allow you to study in the UK for a specific period of time. If you’re planning on studying at a UK university, you’ll need to apply for a Tier 4 Student visa.

3. Family visas

Family visas allow you to live with family members who are already living in the UK. The most common type of family visa is the dependant visa, which allows spouses and children to join family members who are already living in the UK.

You only require a family visa if you plan on staying with your family in the UK for more than 6 months.

4. Settlement visas

These visas allow you to live in the UK permanently. You may be eligible for a settlement visa if you’ve been living in the UK for five years or more.

Legally settling in the UK gives you the right to live in the UK permanently. Most settlements are for indefinite leave to remain, but you may also be eligible to permanently settle in the UK through the EU Settlement Scheme or becoming a British Citizen.

Documents Required For UK Visa.

There are different types of UK visas and the documents you need to provide. It basically depends on which one you are applying for. However, a few documents are required for all types of UK visa applications. These include a valid passport, proof of income, and evidence of your ties to your home country. This might include things like your job, family, or assets in your home country.

If you’re applying for a work visa, you’ll also need to provide a job offer from a UK employer. And if you’re applying for a student visa, you’ll need to provide an offer of admission from a UK school or university. The specific requirements for each type of UK visa are available on the UK Visas and Immigration website.

How to apply for a UK visa

Now that you know what visa types are available and the documents required for visa application, let’s walk through the process of applying for a UK visa. The first step is to gather all of the required documents. Once you have everything you need, you can begin the application process online.

The online application form will ask you for personal information, like your name, address, and date of birth. You’ll also need to provide information about your job, education, and why you’re applying for a UK visa. After you’ve completed the online application form, you’ll need to pay the visa application fee and schedule an appointment at a UK Visa Application Centre.

At your appointment, an immigration officer will review your application and ask questions about your plans to move to the UK. They may also request additional documents or information. Once your application has been reviewed, the immigration officer will decide on your visa application. If it’s approved, you’ll be given a visa that allows you to travel to the UK.

Working with immigration solicitors

We do not advise applying for UK visas on your own. There are many different types of visas, the process can be complex, and a simple misunderstanding can result in a rejected application.

At Ashwood Solicitors, we have a diverse team of experienced immigration UK law solicitors in our Blackburn and Manchester offices. We have broad experience in dealing with immigration law and visas on behalf of individuals as well as businesses. Contact us to see how we can help you apply for UK visas.

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