UK is a dream country to visit. I normally don’t suggest people spend more than a week in one city for tourism purpose but I would suggest you plan not less than 2 weeks if you are going to visit London. It is important to mention here that getting UK visa stamped on your passport is more difficult than the USA or Canada visa especially if you are an expatriate from a South Asian country. However, if you are planning to apply it from Saudi Arabia, still there are more chances of getting endorsed. In the below guidelines, I am going to narrate full procedure to Apply for the UK Visa along with guidelines. There are many kinds of visas you can apply for according to your needs. However, this guide is only related to “Standard Visitor Visa”. Check this link if you want to know more about this type of visa.[irp]
Filling an Online Application Form: First of all, you will have to fill a long application using this link. You will have to register your account with the website if you have not applied before for any kind of visa. One application needs to be filled for each passport holder. Read the instructions carefully and fill them truly. Any wrong information may result in a long term ban to apply for the UK visit visa. You will need following documentation and information to fill this application.
All passports used within last 10 years
You will have to fill each and every travel from Saudi Arabia with respective dates in the preceding 10 years. You can check the exit stamp dates on your passport to establish the dates. As these dates are according to Hijri calendar, you will have to convert them to the Gregorian calendar using this converter.
Home and Office Address in Saudi Arabia
Address and other details of the person who is inviting you to the UK (if any)
Full name and Date of Birth of your Parents
Total Salary Package
Appointment with VFS Center: Once the application is properly filled and submitted online, you will be required to take an appointment with VFS center. You will have to pay a fee for the visit visa i.e. USD 131.00 for 6 months. Every applicant should be present on the day of your appointment. You will have to submit following documents to the VFS center on the day of the appointment. On the day of the appointment, try to be there on time and your application will be submitted. It normally takes 14 days to process the visa. You will be handed over with a slip which you need to show at the time of receipt of passport.
Your passport must be valid for 6 months from the intended date of travel. I would suggest you apply with enough validity of passport so that it does not become the reason for rejection.
You also need to get a letter from your sponsor in Saudi Arabia addressed to the UK Consulate or the UK Embassy as the case may be, stating your full salary and designation in the company. This letter needs to be stamped by the Chamber of Commerce of Saudi Arabia. If you are an expatriate earning more than SR 12,000 per month, there are more chances of your Schengen visa to be accepted by the embassy. Recommended: Sample Introduction Letter for Visa Processing in Saudi Arabia
It is better to attach the bank statement of previous 6 months irrespective of the case you are going there for a recreational purpose or business tour. If the balance of your bank statement is £10,000 maintained throughout the period of 6 months, you are more likely to be accepted for the UK visa.
Copy of Iqama
Invitation Letter: If you are going for a business tour, you need to get a letter of invitation from the company you are going to visit. This letter of invitation should explicitly state the name of the person who will bear the cost of traveling and accommodation in the UK. If you are going upon the invitation of someone to the UK, you will have to provide following documentation from the side of the inviter. Invitation Letter mentioning the names and passport number and relationship of the invitees. (Sample Invitation Letter to Apply for the UK Visa from Saudi Arabia)[irp]
- Salary Certificates from the employer
- Complete Home Address
- Bank Statement for the preceding 6 months
- Copy of the Resident Identity Card
- Copy of the Passport