How to apply for the UK visit visa from Saudi Arabia?

In order to apply for the UK visit visa from Saudi Arabia, you need to fill an application, submit the required documents and pay the fee. We have explained the whole procedure to apply for the UK visit visa for Saudis and expatriates in this article.

Fill the UK visa application

The UK visit visa is also called a standard visitor visa. The first step to applying for the UK Visa from Saudi Arabia is to fill a long visa application using this link and register your account with the website. One visa application form needs to be filled for each passport holder.

You need all the following information to fill your UK visa application from Saudi Arabia.

  • 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
  • Phone Number of HR person in your office. 
  • Travel history of the last 10 years. Recommended: Check travel history from Absher account

Fill the UK visa application

Documents required for the UK visit visa from Saudi Arabia

After filling the application to apply for the UK visit visa from Saudi Arabia, you need to upload the following documents. 

  1. UK Visa Application Form (explained above).
  2. Passport with a validity of 6 months.
  3. Letter of Introduction from your Sponsor in Saudi Arabia.
  4. Bank Statements for the preceding 6 months.
  5. Hotel Booking.
  6. Invitation Letter from the UK. (see below)
  7. Copy of Iqama.
  8. Travel Insurance.
  9. 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.

Invitation letter from the UK

If you are going to the UK on the invitation of an individual in the UK, you will have to provide the following documentation from the side of the inviter. 

  • 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

Invitation letter for the UK visit visa from Saudi Arabia

UK Visa fees in Saudi Arabia

The UK Visa Fees from Saudi Arabia is USD 131.00 for a 6 months visa. Keep in mind that the UK visa fee is non-refundable in case of refusal.

The appointment for the VFS office can only be confirmed after paying the UK Visa Fees from Saudi Arabia. You can pay it online using either your credit card or PayPal account.

UK Visa fees in Saudi Arabia


Appointment for the UK visa

Once the application is properly filled and submitted online, the next step to apply for the UK visa from Saudi Arabia is to make an appointment with VFS center. 

Appointment for the UK visit visa from Saudi Arabia

Collection of Passport

You will receive an email update when your decision regarding the visa is finalized. You need to go to the same center where you submitted your visa application to get back your passport along with;

  • Original Iqama
  • The passport submission slip.

The UK Visa processing time from Saudi Arabia is almost 15 working days.

However, in some cases when the UK Embassy holds the documents for further investigation, the UK Visa processing time from Saudi Arabia may increase up to a maximum of 60 days.

  • The passport collection time: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

UK Visit Visa stamped on the passport

What if the UK Visa is refused?

In case of refusal, you should check the refusal letter and find out if the chance to appeal has been given to you.

Generally, the UK immigration officer forfeits the right to appeal from the applicant. In that case, you cannot do anything but to apply for the visa again once your situation has improved.

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. Here are the 5 most common reasons for UK visa refusal.

appeal against the UK visa refusal

Useful tips to apply for the UK visit visa from Saudi Arabia

What is the minimum salary required to apply for the UK visit visa?

An expatriate drawing more than SR 12,000 per month has more chances of your UK Visa to be endorsed by the embassy. 

The minimum bank statement balance for the UK Visa Application

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.

If you have traveled to Europe, the USA, Australia or some other countries that have visa stamps on your passport, it is better to submit the photocopies of all the visa stamps.

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Steve has been living in Saudi Arabia since 2013 and writing about Saudi rules, regulations, guides, and procedures since then.