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Tips for Planning a UK Immigration Visa from Overseas

Applying for any UK visa can be a daunting task. This short guide will help you plan out in advance what you need to focus on when preparing and eventually submitting your visa application at your nearest British Embassy in your home country. The purpose of this guide is not to replace a good immigration lawyer, but instead, should serve as an introduction on what to look out for before you make your journey.

UK Visa applications often follow a similar pattern when it comes to requirements. You need to show evidence of sufficient finances, evidence of adequate accommodation and demonstration of your intentions to come to the UK, whether it is for work, study, investment, family, or visit.

In some instances, you will also need to demonstrate evidence of English language as well as passing a TB (tuberculosis) medical examination. A list of the authorised medical centres can be found on the Home Office’s website.

Below is a list of top 5 tips for planning a UK visa application from abroad:

1) All documents not in English must be translated and certified by a professional translator;

2) All documents submitted to the British Embassy must be original;

3) If you need to take an English language exam, note that only a selected few test centres in the world are recognised by the UK government;

4) In a number of cases, online application forms will need to be accompanied by a corresponding appendix form; and

5) All paperwork should be submitted – even if the agent at the British Embassy receiving the application bundle says there are too many documents, you should still submit everything. You cannot be refused for having “too much” relevant paperwork, whereas you can for not having enough of it.

Once the application is submitted, the British Embassy will often take a number of weeks (sometimes even months!) to process the visa. During this period, all your original documents will remain at the embassy whilst being considered. When they do reach a decision, the Embassy will arrange for all your original paperwork to be returned back to you – no matter the outcome. Your visa (or biometric residence permit) will be included in the bundle.

Sometimes, the Embassy will require you to attend an interview so that they can ask some further questions on clarification before reaching a decision. A while ago, an interview was very rare; however more recently, we have found that this is increasingly becoming the norm. Applicants may find this part of the process particularly stressful; however a good immigration lawyer can often help with preparing their clients for this particular stage of the process by running mock interviews.

If in the unfortunate event your visa application were to be refused, it would be well-advised for you to seek expert immigration advice about potentially making an administrative review application, an appeal application and going to court, or to submit a fresh application. There may even be scope to make a request for reconsideration outside the formalities of the Immigration Rules. Whichever the case, solid legal representations will need to be made alongside the application so that the chances of a successful outcome are increased.

Should you have any immediate queries or if you require assistance with your UK visa application, please do not hesitate to contact our lawyers on +44(0)207 118 8005 or e-mail us at You can also contact one of our expert immigration appeal lawyers regarding any refused applications so that we can consider whether there would be sufficient grounds for an appeal, administrative review or reconsideration.

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