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In order to apply for a UK visit visa from Saudi Arabia, you need to fill out an application, submit the required documents and pay the fee. Here is the process;
Fill out 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 out a long visa application using this link and register your account with the website.
One visa application form needs to be filled out for each passport holder. You need all the following information to fill out 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 the HR person in your office.
- Travel history of the last 10 years.
Requirements for the UK visa
After filling out the application to apply for the UK visit visa from Saudi Arabia, you need to upload the following documents.
- UK Visa Application Form (explained above).
- Passport with a validity of 6 months.
- Salary Certificate from the employer.
- Bank Statements for the preceding 6 months.
- Hotel Booking.
- Invitation Letter from the UK. (see below)
- Copy of Digital Iqama.
- Travel Insurance – Download travel insurance from Bupa.
- 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.
UK Visa fees in Saudi Arabia
The UK Visa Fee from Saudi Arabia is USD 131.00 for a 6-month visa. Remember 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.
Appointment for the UK visa
Once the application is filled correctly and submitted online, the next step to apply for a UK visa from Saudi Arabia is to make an appointment with the VFS center.
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 to 60 days.
- The passport collection time: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
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 apply for the visa again once your situation has improved.
However, you can appeal against the UK Visa refusal online if you are entitled to the right of appeal. This link further explains the process.
An expatriate drawing over SR 12,000 per month has more chances of your UK Visa being endorsed by the embassy.
Minimum bank balance
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 photocopies of all the visa stamps.