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Cover Letter Visa Application Uk Dubai

HOW TO APPLY

Follow these steps to apply for a visa to the UK.

Step 1

Visit the UK government website for visas and immigration in Pakistan and apply for a visa online at AccessUK

Step 2

To complete the application process, you must book and attend an appointment at the visa application centre in Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore and Mirpur. All UK visa applicants are required to book an appointment prior to submission.

You can find more information on the ‘book an appointment’ or the Document checklist pages.

Step 3

On the day of your appointment, plan to arrive 15 minutes early at the visa application centre. Bring your appointment letter and application pack, your passport a colour photograph (only for biometrics exempted applicants), evidence that you have paid your application fee and a second valid form of identification (CNIC for Pakistani applicants, Tazkira for Afghan applicants).

When you arrive at the visa application centre you will collect a token. Wait until your token is called to make your application.

Please hold on to your receipt as you will need this later to collect your documents.

Important note:

Non-settlement applications – submitting supporting documents – Submit all of your supporting documents and a set of photocopy of all documents to the enrolment clerk.You will not be able to submit further documents once your application has been submitted at the visa application centre. The documents that you submitted at the time you made your application will be the only documents that are considered.

A scanning process for supporting documents in the Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore and Mirpur Visa Application Centres has been introduced for the following categories: PBS applications, EEA applications, BRP lost applications and UK Ancestry. Before you visit the Visa Application Centre please click here to view the details.

Enrolment clerk will return all original documents after witnessing and only photocopy set will be accepted with the application

Settlement applications -

A scanning process for settlement supporting documents in the Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore and Mirpur Visa Application Centres has been introduced. This will affect where you need to send your supporting documents.  Before you visit the Visa Application Centre please click here to view the details.

Submitting supporting documents - 
You or your representative/sponsor should then send a completed application package within 2 weeks of enrolling your biometric information (but not before) to:

UK Visas and Immigration International

PO Box 5852

Sheffield

S11 0FX

This should include:

  • A stamped, self-addressed envelope or prepaid return self-addressed courier envelope to return any original UK documents.
  • The GWF reference provided at the time of application (eg GWF 123456789).
  • One printed copy of the application form and photo.
  • All additional documents supporting your application. These should include any documents originating in the UK, like evidence of maintenance and accommodation.
  • Only valuable documents such as marriage and birth certificates will be returned and only if you have supplied photocopies of these supporting documents. Documents such as photographs, records of correspondence, bank statements will not be returned and will be retained in UKVI only if directly relevant to the decision.
  • If you want your supporting documents returned, you should send photocopies as well as the original documents. We will not return documents if they have not been photocopied.
  • The documents should be arranged in this order:
    • Application form and Appendix 2
    • English language evidence
    • Relationship documents
    • Maintenance documents
    • Accommodation documents

Once a decision has been made, the passport will be sent to the VAC where the application was made. All other original documents will be returned to the address on the self-addressed envelope.

ALL PBS and EEA Applications - Submitting supporting documents - Submit all of your supporting documents and a set of photocopy of all documents to the enrolment clerk.You will not be able to submit further documents once your application has been submitted at the visa application centre. The documents that you submitted at the time you made your application will be the only documents that are considered.

Enrolment clerk will return all original documents after witnessing and only photocopy set will be accepted with the application

Step 4

Enrol your fingerprints and photograph (known as biometric information collection) at the visa application centre. This includes a digital finger scan (all 10 digits) and a digital photograph. The finger scan procedure uses an electronic scanner. No ink, liquid or chemical. You should ensure that your fingertips are free from any forms of decoration (for example, henna), cuts, abrasions or other markings as these may affect your ability to provide acceptable finger scans. Your digital photograph must be taken with full face and without sunglasses or tinted spectacles, or head covering unless it is worn for religious or medical reasons. Your face should be clearly visible with no hair across the eyes. We cannot process your visa if you do not submit your biometric information.

Step 5

Application/passport once received at Gerry’s VAC after processing by the High Commission can be collected personally or through a representative

  1. Personal collection of applications:
  2. Application can be collected personally by the applicant upon providing the following documents

    • Gerry’s original ICR slip
    • A clear readable copy of valid CNIC of the applicant
    • A clear copy of applicant’s Tazkira (for Afghan applicants only)

    Note: For applicants under 18 years, copy of FRC/Birth Certificate/B.Form will be required

  3. Collection of applications on authority letter (third party collection):
  4. Applications can also be collected by a representative of the applicant on an authority letter given by the applicant.  However, the representative will have to produce the following documents

    • Gerry’s Original ICR Slip
    • A valid CNIC copy of the applicant clearly showing applicant’s signature
    • Authority letter addressed to UK Visa Application Center authorizing the representative with the same signatures as on applicant’s CNIC
    • Valid CNIC copy of the representative.
    • A consent letter from other parent if either of two has to collect the passports of their children under the age of 18 Years
    • A consent letter from both the parents if the passports of their children under the age of 18 Years are to be collected by a third person
    • A copy of FRC/ B. Form/Birth certificate showing child-parents details
    • Authorized representative will have to bring original CNIC of the applicant.
  5. Lost Gerry’s ICR slip:
  6. In case Gerry’s original ICR Slip/Receipt is lost, applicant will have to come personally along with the following documents

    • An affidavit on stamp paper, duly attested by notary public/oath commissioner office, mentioning loss of the ICR slip
    • A request statement to return the processed application/passport.  Statement must also mention that if the lost ICR Slip is found/retrieved somehow, it will not be used to claim the collected application/passport rather will be returned back to Gerry’s concerned VAC.
  7. Routing of applications for delivery to other VACs
  8. Processed applications cannot be routed from one to another Visa Application Center for delivery unless advised by the UKVI.

  9. Application/Passport Collection Timings:
  10. Processed applications/passports can be collected from Gerry’s concerned VACs on all Government of Pakistan working days from Monday to Friday between 08:00 to 17:00.

    NOTE: Original ICR slip will be retained by Gerry’s concerned VAC.  If required by the applicant, a stamped copy of the ICR will be provided.

    Applicant/Authorized Person will have to sign a declaration regarding their satisfaction about collection of passport and documents.

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I recently wanted to apply for a visa for a close colleague who needed to travel to the UK at short notice. But I couldn’t – she has not worked for us long enough to meet the visa requirements. Why do I end up telling this story so often on the circuit? Because I want to prove to people that, when it comes to visas, we are a wasta-free zone: the Ambassador cannot buck the system. Quite right.

I want more Lebanese people to visit the UK, and much of our work is focused on showing that Britain is the best place to further your education or business. Issuing a visa is not some kind of favour or act of charity, but is in our national interest. We want you to get to know us better, as – like Lebanon – a country of outward looking traders and pioneers. A country more confident in itself after an extraordinary Summer (I recently met a Lebanese student who had tattoos of London 2012 and HM Queen, despite not yet having visited).

Last year we received nearly 15,000 visa applications from Lebanese nationals, a 6% increase on 2010 and a 17% increase on 2009. Great. 85% of these applications were successful. Great. We turn around 90% of applications within 15 days. In September 2012, one of our busiest months, we processed 99% of visit visas within 15 working days, with 81% in 5 days or less. I don’t want to knock the competition – much – but that is seriously competitive. This year we also introduced a new priority service for applicants needing to travel at very short notice. We are open for business.

So please don’t be put off from applying. But, when asked as I so often am for help with visas, I share a secret. The key to a successful application is not to lobby or to hire an unscrupulous agent, but to … read the guidelines thoroughly, submit the documentation requested, attend the Visa Application Centre, and wait a short while. You can find more detailed instructions, top secret, for your eyes only, on our website

We are constantly on the lookout for further improvements to this system. Personally, I would like to see a simpler process and politer rejection letters. Applicants should feel that we want them to succeed, but that we owe it to our taxpayers to ensure that they have met justifiably tough criteria. Throughout, they should expect, and will receive, full respect – we’re running a service.

I’m determined that every application is judged fairly, rigorously, transparently, and on its merits. Not on whether the applicant is related to a Minister, or meets the Ambassador at dinners, but on the facts on the page, and the supporting documents provided.

So, when it comes to applying for a UK visa, know that no others, especially not the Ambassador, can use their wasta to get ahead of you in the queue.