The UK is a dream country to visit. The UK visa from Saudi Arabia can be applied through the UK Visa Riyadh office which is also called VFS Riyadh UK, UK Visa Jeddah office generally termed as VFS Jeddah UK as well as through the VFS Dammam office.
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.
How difficult is it to get the UK Visa from Saudi Arabia?
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 for the UK Visa from Saudi Arabia, still there are more chances of getting endorsed comparing to your home country.
How to apply for the UK visit visa from Saudi Arabia?
In the below guidelines, I am going to narrate full procedure to Apply for the UK Visa from Saudi Arabia 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.
Saudi Arabia Visa Application form for the UK Visa
The first step to apply for the UK Visa from Saudi Arabia is to fill a long visa application form 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 visa application form needs to be filled for each passport holder.
Read the instructions carefully and fill the UK Visa application form truly. Any wrong information in your UK Visa application form may result in a long-term ban to apply for the UK visa from Saudi Arabia as well as from any other country.
1-All passports used within last 10 years: It is optional to submit a second passport; however, if you have a stamped visa from any European or American country, you should submit it along with your main passport.
2-Travel History: 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 the Hijri calendar, you will have to convert them to the Gregorian calendar using this converter.
You can also check your travel history from the MOI account. However, the travel history of dependents of expatriates is not available in the MOI account.
3-Home and Office Address in Saudi Arabia
4-Address and other details of the person who is inviting you to the UK (if any)
5-Full name and Date of Birth of your Parents
6-Total Salary Package
7-Phone Number of an HR personnel in your office. The phone number must be operating as they sometimes call this number to confirm your employment status.
UK Visa fees Saudi Arabia
The UK Visa Fees from Saudi Arabia is USD 131.00 for a 6 months visa. The appointment for the VFS office can only be confirmed after paying the UK Visa Fees from Saudi Arabia. You can pay the UK Visa fee online using either your credit card or PayPal account.
Appointment with the VFS Riyadh, VFS Jeddah or VFS Khobar
Once the application is properly filled and submitted online, you will be required to take an appointment with VFS center.
Obviously, if you are living in Riyadh, you would go for UK visa Riyadh office which is also called VFS Riyadh UK. Similarly, people living in the Jeddah region should choose the UK Visa Jeddah office or VFS Jeddah UK for their visit.
Physically Visiting the VFS Riyadh, VFS Jeddah or VFS Khobar
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. You will be handed over with a slip which you need to show at the time of receipt of passport. The VFS office would take your fingerprints and pictures.
Documents Required for the UK Visit Visa from Saudi Arabia
Following documents are required to apply for the UK Visit Visa from Saudi Arabia. We have listed the documents required for the UK Visa from Saudi Arabia in the bullets below along with further details later in the article.
- UK Visa Application Form (explained above)
- Passport with a validity of 6 months
- Letter of Introduction from your Sponsor in Saudi Arabia
- Bank Statements for the preceding 6 months
- Hotel Booking
- Invitation Letter from the UK
- Copy of Iqama
- Appointment Letter from the VFS Office
There is no need to bring any photographs of the applicants to apply for the UK Visit Visa from Saudi Arabia.
2-Passport with a Validity of 6 months
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.
3-Letter of Introduction from your Sponsor in Saudi Arabia
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 drawing more than SR 12,000 per month, there are more chances of your UK Visa to be endorsed by the embassy. Recommended: Sample Introduction Letter for Visa Processing in Saudi Arabia
4-Bank Statement for the UK Visa from Saudi Arabia
It is better to attach the bank statement of the 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.
5-Hotel Bookings in the UK
If you have traveled to some other countries have visa stamps on your passport, it is better to submit the photocopies of all the visa stamps.
6-Invitation Letter from the UK
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 up on the invitation of someone to the UK, you will have to provide the 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)
- 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
UK Visa processing time from Saudi Arabia
The UK Visa processing time from Saudi Arabia is almost 15 working days. You can expect a message from the VFS Riyadh, VFS Jeddah or VFS Khobar or wherever you have submitted the documents within 15 days to collect the passport.
However, in some cases when the UK Embassy holds the documents for further investigation, the UK Visa processing time from Saudi Arabia may increase.
The passport collection time at the UK Visa Riyadh office and UK Visa Jeddah office starts at 10:00 am. Make sure you bring the receipt handed over to you at the time of submission of documents.
What if the UK Visa is refused?
If the UK is refused by the UK Embassy, you don't need to go back to VFS Jeddah or VFS Riyadh. The UK Visa Riaydh or UK Visa Jeddah office has no control over the process of acceptance or rejection of visas. They are just hired for administrative purposes.
In case of refusal, you should check the refusal letter and find out if the chance to appeal has been given to you. In most of the cases, the UK immigration officer forfeits the right of appeal from the applicant. In that case, you cannot do anything but to apply for the visa again.
However, if you are entitled to the right of appeal, you can appeal against the UK Visa refusal online. This link further explains the process.