I have read in many group pages a lot of query about visas going to London. For European citizens, this might be a puzzling question because they do not need any visa at all, but for us Asians especially Filipinos, this is not new.As I have mentioned in my previous Blog, 5 Important Tips in Traveling, visa inquiries/passport regulations are always and should be on top of our deciding factors whether we will go to a country or not.
These past few months, my husband and I have been scouring for cheap tickets and the cheapest that we always find is a RyanAir flight bound to London. So we decided to book the flight and then go to London. Now here comes the bloody part, visa application.
We are fortunate enough to have never experienced rejections in any country that we want to visit and so we prayed that the UK will not be the first. I have been dreaming about going to London ever since I was young. So going there will surely feel like re-living my childhood dreams and memories!
The first thing we did is to comply the documents for the visa requirements.
Here is the list of documents that you need.
- Current passport or other valid travel identification
- Evidence that you can support yourself during the trip. E.g. bank statements or payslip for the last 6 months
Seems easy right? But they can ask for more documents if they want to. So here is the list of documents that you MIGHT need but be sure to give these just when SPECIFICALLY asked to.
- bank statements or letters issued more than 1 year before the date of application
- driving licence
- photographs (other than passport photographs required in section 1)
- notarial certificates
- business cards
- hotel bookings
- flight bookings
- photocopies of bank cards
- credit card statements
- certificates relating to leisure activities
- evidence of car ownership
- travel insurance
- sponsor’s utility bills
- sponsor’s council tax bill
After you have prepared all the documents that you need, you have to register and apply in GOV.The UK and pay the application fee. Just to give you and idea, my husband and I paid 190 Euros each for 6 months’ multiple entry visas. Expensive, I know. But I’m sure it will be worth it! (I need to tell this to myself every day just so I can move on from the fact that it is really expensive!)
After registering in GOV.uk you have to register again in their outsource company under Teleperformance. It is called TLSContact. It is important that you sign up on this website so that you can track your application. Also, it is in their service center where you will pass the requirements. Their address is,
UK Visa Application Centre
Orestad Fairway House
Arne Jacobsens Alle 7
S 2300 Copenhagen
Before you go to your appointment, make sure that you have everything that you need. Here is a checklist that they provided in TLSContact.
- printed copies of your appointment confirmation,
- printed receipt(s) of payment of Added Value Services if applicable,
- original documents,
- online application form,
- residence permit if applicable,
- other documents you want to be considered.
So as you can see in the list, you need to bring the copy of your payment receipt. You will receive this copy via email after you paid the application fee, so make sure to print it out.
Okay, now, let me tell you what I submitted for the application. I submitted a lot of documents! Since it was mentioned that I can bring any documents that I want to be considered, I took the liberty of taking all the documents that I have!
Here is the list of documents I submitted excluding the above-mentioned requirements.
- Photocopy of my passports. (Old and New)
- Marriage certificate
- Birth certificate
- Hotel booking
- Airline booking
- EU residence permit (Pink Card) and Social Security Card (Yellow Card)
- Personal bank statement
- Shared bank account statement of my husband and I
- My husband’s bank statement
- My husbands’ certificate of employment
You might be wondering why I included my husbands’ Certificate of Employment. The reason is actually very simple. I wrote in my application that I am TOTALLY dependent on my husband so I included his bank statement to prove that he has the capacity to pay for our trip and also his Certificate of Employment for them to know that we will not stay in the UK more than what we are supposed to because he has a job that he has to go back to. Let’s call it perks of being married. So what’s his is mine and what’s mine is…uhmm…I actually have nothing. Joke!
Now,for my tips during the interview.
Visa applications are always tough but it is doable! Just always remember though that when you are applying for a visa,you have to look presentable and likable. Smile and greet everyone you meet there. And the most important thing, be honest on what you write in your application. They always have a way of finding out the truth. The processing time is just about two weeks Good luck and enjoy the UK!
For security reasons, I will not post a copy of our visa. Rather we will post a picture of our trip to London after our vacation. 🙂 Happy traveling!