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How to Apply for a UK Tourist Visa

This guide is for applying for a U.K. Tourist Visa at the VFS Manila branch for Philippine Passports. This article is based on my visa application experience as of Jan. 20, 2016. :)  There’s a printout at the bottom of the blog post for your convenience.

Many Filipinos know that in order for us to travel to every first-world country, we need to apply for a tourist visa. I don’t see visas as a bad thing because this is a way for the government to keep track of who’s going in and out of their country, but it is ridiculously unfair to third-world country passport holders. We usually end up spending more than we should, just for the sake of being able to travel. Sadly, this is the harsh reality we have to accept.

My 2016 U.K. Visa would be the sixth time I applied for a tourist visa to any country within the past three years and my second time to apply for a U.K. Visa. Given this, applying should be a piece of cake, right? The answer is no. The moment I found out a decision have been made, I got so anxious that I canceled all of my events and appointments on the day the passport is scheduled for delivery That way, if I get denied, I can cry in the comforts of my home. Lol.

Anyway, this is going to be a lengthy post because I received so many visa questions in my previous U.K. Visa post that I want my post to be really thorough. It’s divided into sections: from answering the application form to the day of submission. This article only serves as a guide, and I hope you’ll find it helpful when you apply, but please be reminded that whatever is written here does not guarantee visa approval.


Know the type of visa you’re applying forHow To Apply For A U.K. Visa in the Philippines

There are many types of Tourist Visas for the U.K., I kid you not. Make sure you’re applying for the correct type of visa by taking this short quiz. At the end of the quiz, click and read the links corresponding to your type of visa.

The website has all the information you need.


Filling up the Application Form

How To Apply For A U.K. Visa in the Philippines

Register an account HERE. This website is where your entire visa application will be kept. You can edit and save your application until you’re ready to book your preferred schedule of appointment, pay the fee (my application cost USD131), and print the form.

I submitted my application on January 20, exactly three months before my trip, but started filling up my application a week before. This gave me ample time to sort out the details. Bear in mind that U.K. Visa Application Form is the most complex form I’ve ever had to fill up with.


Always save your progress

How To Apply For A U.K. Visa in the Philippines

Fill up your form with all your details. If you’re unsure, skip the question and answer them again later. Always, always save your progress because our internet in this country sucks. (You know it’s true!)

The application form is divided into sections. If you’re done answering the questions thoroughly, the tabs on the right will turn from black to green.


Income and Expenditure

How To Apply For A U.K. Visa in the Philippines

* This is a sample breakdown of my travel expenses in the U.K. DO NOT COPY THIS. You need to create an analysis of your own expenses, based on your itinerary. *

The Income and Expenditure section is probably the most confusing part of the application form. I don’t know if it’s only confusing because Filipinos are more familiar with the American English, or it’s really confusing??? Luckily, the Internet is at your disposal! A quick Google search will lead you to several forums that will help you decipher the questions.

  • Do you have savings, properties or other income, for example from stocks and shares?
    • I believe that this refers to monthly passive income, like interests from your savings account and investments from stocks and shares.
  • How much do you spend each month on living costs?
    • The monthly living expenses in your home country.
  • What is the cost to you personally of your trip in GBP(£)?
    • From what I’ve read online, this question refers to the total cost that you expect to spend throughout your journey. The total cost should be able to support your itinerary.
  • The total amount of money you have for this trip
    • The total amount you’ve saved up for your journey. Remember: The number on your bank certificate should be able to prove that you can support the amount stated here.
  • The cost of your living expenses
    • This refers to your living expenses while in the United Kingdom. I assumed that the living expenses also include the payment of the rent, therefore stating £1,300. Now that I think about it, I hope my breakdown made sense to the consul who reviewed my application.

Be honest and be detailed as possible!

How To Apply For A U.K. Visa in the Philippines

There’s a limit on the text box, and since I intend to stay in the U.K. for four months, so it’s not possible to write the nitty gritty details of my trip. This probably the reason why my visa was issued effective immediately, but more on that later. If you’re going to the U.K. for a month or two, try your best to write a detailed itinerary in your application form.


Confirm Your Application

How To Apply For A U.K. Visa in the Philippines

Before confirming your entire application form, make sure to double check everything. Once all sections are complete, click the ‘Confirm’ button to review all of the answers you have given. You can save this particular web page and print it for reviewing purposes only. When you’re ready, click ’Submit’ and digitally signed the form, the form is considered final, and you can no longer edit it.

Last but not the least, make sure you print the submitted application form before going to the VFS Office. Otherwise, if you don’t print the form, they will charge you for P15 per page!


Document I’ve Gathered and Submitted

Here are the things that I submitted for my application:

  • 1 Printed Copy of Application Form 
  • Current Passport (with 6 months validity within travel period)
  • Original and Photocopies of Previous Passports and Visas 
  • Birth CertificateOptional, but nice to have. They even returned the photocopy!
  • Letter of EmploymentMust include company contact details, role, salary, and starting date.
  • Bank Certificate
  • Bank Statements (for the past 6 months)
  • Sponsor’s Bank Certificate*** 
  • My Eurotrip Itinerary – Since I’m applying for a Short Term Study Visit, they disregarded my proposed itinerary. If you’re studying there for less than 6 months, get a Tourist Visa.
  • Airbnb/Hotel Details 
  • Letter of Offer – This letter is from the private college I’m going to. It serves as proof that studying is my primary purpose of visit.
  • Photocopy of OR/CR and Land Titles – Optional, but nice to have. They only returned the photocopy of my land title, though.
  • VFS Global Appointment letter – Although no one asked me to present this letter, it’s best to still bring a copy because walk-in visa applicants are charged PHP2,000.

*** Requirements from Sponsors may vary, please check the GOV UK Website for more information. In my case, I declared my mother as an additional financial support, on top of my earnings and bank account, to further prove to the U.K. Embassy that I can afford this trip, and if things go wrong, they wouldn’t have to worry. I submitted an explanation letter, a photocopy of my sponsor’s passport, and an original copy of her bank certificate. 

If you’re not willing to let go of your original documents, please provide a photocopy of your documents. Otherwise, the British High Commission will not return your documents.


VFS Makati

On The Day of Appointment

After filling up your application form and pay the corresponding visa fees, you may now schedule your visa appointment online. On the same website, you’ll be requested to select which date and time you wish to submit your documents. I chose January 20, at around 7:30 AM.

Visa applicants must lodge their documents at the VFS Global office in Makati. The VFS Global is a processing center that acts as a “middleman” between visa candidates and embassies of many countries. Their job is to accept and check your documents and forward it to the corresponding embassy. To be honest, I prefer submitting my documents to the VFS because they follow a strict and organized process in visa applications.

On January 20, 2016, I arrived at the VFS UK Office in Eco Plaza at exactly 7:20 AM, 10 minutes prior my visa appointment. I went through the usual security checks, and the guards informed me that bags aren’t allowed in the office. By bags, I mean, ALL BAGS! Even my small crossbody, where I kept my wallet and phone, wasn’t allowed inside. Since I’m alone and didn’t bring a car with me, I had to deposit my stuff at a locker for PHP100.

By 7:30 AM, I was standing at the lobby counter. The staff checked my application form and passport, then handed me a document checklist, an SMS Enrollment form, and queue slip. She then instructed me to fill up the form and proceed inside the VFS UK Office.

A big “UKV11” was written my queue slip, and when I entered the UK Office, the VFS officers were already processing UKV8. To be honest, I’m quite impressed how fast the process is, considering that it took me four hours when I first applied in 2013. Anyway, while waiting, I organized my documents according to the checklist and filled up the SMS form.

My number was called around 7:45 AM my papers, and it took us 15 minutes to process and check my documents. Immediately after, I was called to get my biometrics and picture taken. The whole process, including the security control and locker deposit, only took me 40 minutes! Quick, easy, and convenient.

There is NO interview unless the U.K. embassy decides that they want to see you in person.


Visa Expenses

$131 (PHP6,386.57 at time of payment) Visa Fee + PHP500 for Passport Courier Service + PHP150 for SMS Updates + PHP100 for Locker = PHP 7,136.57 


Processing Time

I received my visa on the 27th of January, the sixth working day since I submitted my application. The standard processing time for Tourists Visa is 15 working days.

Sidenote: I assumed that if I apply early, everything else is going to be a breeze. I could book early, save money, make better itineraries, and so on… but I was so wrong! Because I applied for a Short Term Study Visa instead of the Standard Tourist Visa, the U.K. Embassy gave me a 6-month visa that’s effective immediately, which means my original itinerary — the one I provided on my application and the one that I’ve been planning for a couple of months now — is no longer valid. I could apply for a Standard Tourist Visa, but that would mean I would have to shell out another PHP6,000+ for the fees and documents. It’s slightly disappointing, but the important thing is that I still got my visa and I’m going to live in my favorite city for a couple of months! :) 


Requirements for U.K. Tourist Visa

Print Guide
Processing Fee: $131 Processing Time: 15 Working Days

Requirements

  • Valid Passport
  • A printed copy of the application form with ID
  • Previous travel documents (visas)/passports
  • Birth Certificate
  • Bank Statements for the past 6 months
  • Letter of Employment (or ITR, if self-employed)
  • Proof of Ownership: Land Titles, OR/CR of Vehicle, etc.
  • Accommodation Details, if possible
  • Flight Details, if possible
  • VFS Global Appointment Letter

Instructions

1

Check what type of visa needed by taking the quiz here - https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa

2

Register and fill up an application online - http://www.visa4uk.fco.gov.uk/

3

Once you have submitted your application, set up an appointment on the same website.

4

Go to VFS Manila (Ecoplaza Bldg. in Makati) on the day of the appointment, at least 15 minutes before your schedule. Bags are not allowed inside the VFS office.

5

Submit your documents, pay additional fees (courier service, SMS update) if applicable, and wait for your turn to take the biometrics.

6

Go home, and wait until your passport is ready for collection. The standard processing time is 15 working days*.

Notes

Let's Go Wander's blog post for the U.K. Tourist Visa only serves as a guide and does not guarantee automatic visa approval.

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81 Comments

  • Reply
    Mikyu
    February 2, 2015 at 8:49 PM

    It looks like a bloody (haha literal translation) process. But I think I’m confident. CHOS! For me, having an employer adds to your chances of getting approved. Pero depende rin noh? I hope I get to use this someday! Thanks Kisty for a detailed post! :)
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    • Reply
      Kisty Mea
      February 2, 2015 at 10:13 PM

      Yeah, it IS a bloody process! I had to cancel my first application to make amendments para 210% correct answers ko! And yes, havingg an employer definitely adds your chances because it means you’re going back. Kaya it’s important na detailed yung CoE as stated above. :)

  • Reply
    dianne
    May 1, 2015 at 10:45 AM

    Im a bit confused with the question on saving or if you have investments. Why is the amount that your supposed to enter is reflected as monthly income? Are you supposed to divide your investments and savings to 12 months to get the monthly figure?

    • Reply
      Kisty Mea
      May 1, 2015 at 11:54 PM

      Can you please copy and paste the question stated on the form?

      Because this form I found online is updated and I’m not sure which question under Income and Expenditure you are referring to. :)

      • Reply
        jd
        May 5, 2015 at 9:23 AM

        Hi kisty
        i just want ti ask if i already have all the requirements and book appointment right away
        is it ok if my appointment will be on the next day?
        Like its tuesday today and ill book an appointment on friday same week
        is that ok ?

        • Reply
          jd
          May 5, 2015 at 9:24 AM

          I mean for friday

        • Reply
          Kisty Mea
          May 5, 2015 at 9:43 AM

          Hello, JD!
          If Friday is available in the online booking system, then go ahead. If not, I suggest you call them to see if they can accommodate you. :)

          • jd
            May 5, 2015 at 9:48 AM

            thank you kisty its just if ever :)
            But its ok right ? I dont have to wait for like a week for an appointment
            im just collecting my requirements :)
            My boyfriend will sponsor me
            hope it will goes well

            Thank you :)

          • jd
            May 5, 2015 at 9:50 AM

            By the way kisty
            what will be my requirements if my bf will sponsor me .? aside from the enrollment form

          • Kisty Mea
            May 5, 2015 at 2:38 PM

            Please check the Supporting Documents Checklist and Check Visa link.

          • JD
            May 5, 2015 at 5:53 PM

            OK KISTY THANK YOU FOR THE INFORMATION
            ONE LAST QUESTION
            CAN I SET APPOINTMENT THROUGH ONLINE ?
            THANK YOU :)

          • Kisty Mea
            May 5, 2015 at 5:55 PM

            Yes, but I forgot the exact URL. :)

          • JD
            May 5, 2015 at 5:56 PM

            OK
            KISTY THANK YOU SO MUCH :)

  • Reply
    Karin
    May 1, 2015 at 4:39 PM

    Hi.. Just like Dianne’s comment.. I’m confused about their question ‘Total monthly income from SAVINGS and INVESTMENT’. I answered it based on my Bank Certificate’s ADB over the last six months that issued to me. It seems like an important question because when i printed out the application form it was boxed. So I’m not sure if I answered it right.. Thanks! Hope you will have to help me with my inquiry! Thanks again.. :)

    • Reply
      Karin
      May 1, 2015 at 7:04 PM

      ~Hope you will have time to help me with my inquiry! Thanks again.. :)

    • Reply
      Kisty Mea
      May 2, 2015 at 12:08 AM

      Hello, Karin! I believe the question is asking you how much do you earn per month, from your job, bank deposits, investments and any other source of income. At the time I answered my form, I only gave them the monthly income I earn from my former job.

      If you haven’t submitted your application yet, I encourage you to call the VFS office to double check what that question really means. :)

      • Reply
        Karin
        May 3, 2015 at 10:32 AM

        I submitted my application already. My cousin said that I should make some notes for me to correct my previous answer. My appointment in VFS is on May 11th. Include that note to the printed out VAF and the supporting documents. All of us were confused in answering the Income and Expenditure as if that all answers should tally to your supporting docs (Payslip, Bank Statement). Anyways,, thank you so much dear Kisty Mea for having time answering my question.. We’re hoping we could have a chance to have UK visa.. God speed! :)

        • Reply
          Kisty Mea
          May 3, 2015 at 10:47 AM

          Oh. I don’t think the notes will be counted. If you want to make changes, you need to cancel your current application and get a new one.

          • Karin
            May 3, 2015 at 1:17 PM

            how about the payment i made for the appointment? will it cancelled also?

          • Kisty Mea
            May 3, 2015 at 1:18 PM

            Yes, it will also be cancelled. As in new application process.

          • Kisty Mea
            May 3, 2015 at 1:18 PM

            I suggest you call VFS regarding your concern so you can decide if you need to cancel or not. :)

          • Karin
            May 3, 2015 at 3:02 PM

            OK..noted.. :) i made new application just to be sure..thanks a lot for big help! God speed! :)

  • Reply
    dianne
    May 2, 2015 at 12:25 AM

    here’s the question:

    Do you have savings, properties or other income, for example from stocks and shares?
    if you answer yes, there’s a box below where you can add details
    Please Enter Details
    Total Monthly Income From Amount in GBP(£)

    so if for example i have a savings account and stocks, how are you supposed to get the monthly income?

    there’s also the question of:
    What is the cost to you personally of your trip in GBP(£)? and then below it is The cost of your living expenses
    is that living expenses while in UK? but doesn’t the cost of your trip already answer that question?
    i was thinking it was related to your living situation at the moment, but there’s already another question before it:
    How much do you spend each month in GBP(£) on living costs? – so this is for your normal living costs…

    • Reply
      Kisty Mea
      May 2, 2015 at 12:45 AM

      Do you have savings, properties or other income, for example from stocks and shares?
      If the answer is yes, then provide a brief description of those savings, properties or other income and indicate the total amount of money you receive from those sources (monthly). For example: Savings (PHP10000) + Freelance (PHP15000) + Stocks (PHP7800) = Monthly total.

        For your savings account: your passbook should be able to tell you how much money you receive each month (interest earned).
        I have no stocks, but if your earnings per month vary, then get the average from the last six months.
        Once you know the monthly earnings for both, just add them all up and convert them into GBP

      What is the cost to you personally of your trip in GBP(£)?
      This refers to the amount of money you will spend for your trip, including flights, accommodation and spending money.

      How much do you spend each month in GBP(£) on living costs?
      This one refers for your monthly living costs in your own country.

      P.S. You are not alone. A lot of people find their application form puzzling as hell! Just go over your application form several times before printing it out.

      • Reply
        dianne
        May 4, 2015 at 8:48 AM

        For the monthly income, you mentioned for savings its interest earned. So do i have to indicate only the interest earned for that month and not the savings itself?

        • Reply
          Kisty Mea
          May 4, 2015 at 8:50 AM

          You have to indicate the average amount of money you receive in your savings (whether it’s interest or your own deposit).

    • Reply
      Karin
      May 3, 2015 at 10:21 AM

      I submitted my application already. My cousin said that I should make some notes for me to correct my previous answer. My appointment in VFS is on May 11th. Include that note to the printed out VAF and the supporting documents. All of us were confused in answering the Income and Expenditure as if that all answers should tally to your supporting docs (Payslip, Bank Statement). Anyways,, thank you so much dear Kisty Mea for having time answering my question.. We’re hoping we could have a chance to have UK visa.. God speed! :)

  • Reply
    oliva
    June 17, 2015 at 7:59 PM

    Hi Kisty Mea, can i ask? if you recieve a refusal entry, there a second chance to re-apply again?

    • Reply
      Kisty Mea
      June 17, 2015 at 8:01 PM

      You can reapply after 6 months. For special circumstances, I think you can also apply for an appeal.

  • Reply
    oliva
    June 18, 2015 at 2:03 PM

    HI !KISTY MEA!GOOD DAY!,WHAT IS THAT MEAN APPLY FOR AN APPEAL? EVEN THOUGH YOU JUST RECIEVE LAST THE REFUSAL 3 MONTHS AGO?

  • Reply
    oliva
    June 18, 2015 at 3:46 PM

    is it need to wait another 3 months ?

  • Reply
    agnes sugatan
    June 26, 2015 at 2:08 PM

    Hi kristy,do I need to get a supporting letter and the statement of bank account or saving of my bf if he’s the one who will provide all the financial? Just confused, ,thanks

    • Reply
      Kisty Mea
      June 26, 2015 at 2:16 PM

      Hello Agnes!

      Is your boyfriend living in the UK or not? I think the letter should be notarized and possibly submit your bf’s BIR. I don’t know, you should check the checklist guidance.

      P.S. It’s Kisty. :)

  • Reply
    marge
    July 3, 2015 at 10:39 PM

    Hi,im Marge,I need some advice about my refusal visit visa.On my letter decision,they refused its because I think is about of my bank statement.They confused its because i am un employed but I have savings.My boyfriend is my sponsor and he looking after for all documents I need like his invitation leter,copy of his passport, his bank statement,accomodation etc. It’s said also they are not satisfy to prove he is my boyfiend and not meet yet. We been 6 years already and we used to travel abroad also. It’s my 1st time he invite me to vacation in Uk and we staying to his mother house. The problem is i don’t have evidence of ties to home country – like ownership of property(title?). I used to rent house only which is my boyfriend paid for it.Usually my boyfriend help me and looking after for all my expenses as well, that’s why i have savings at bank without job because my boyfriend provide me also..Can you pls help me and advice what do i need to do..Or any requirements do i need about evidence ties to home country aside property?? About my bank savings is not lots,just around 30.000 pesos only..Is that ok if my bank statement is can provide for evidence of ties to home country? And is it ok if i can provide some picture with me and my boyfriend together? Thank you for all your help..

    • Reply
      Kisty Mea
      July 4, 2015 at 10:14 AM

      Hello Marge, I’m not a visa consultant but based on your answers, it’s pretty clear why they denied your visa application. You said it yourself, you do not have a strong evidence to go back to your home country and that’s the #1 requirement. PHP30,000 is also very low. I suggest that you get a job, increase your bank account, then try again after 6 months.

    • Reply
      bhadz
      December 3, 2015 at 10:11 PM

      ask ko lang po if nag apply kana po uli?same case kasi tayo ,worried na po ako ma denied uli

  • Reply
    Analyn
    July 10, 2015 at 4:52 PM

    Hi I’m going to lodge my docs on July 17.I have all requirements with me including reqs of my sponsor.is there a strong possibility that my visa will be approve since I just have small amount of money in the bank and also my sponsor,but I guess he can support me there because 3 consecutive years hes coming to Phil’s for vacation.please shed some lights thanks

    • Reply
      Kisty Mea
      July 10, 2015 at 5:01 PM

      I wouldn’t know because as you said, both of you have a small amount of money in the bank. You have to establish a strong evidence why you’re returning to the PH after your trip.

      • Reply
        Analyn
        July 14, 2015 at 2:16 PM

        Hello I already lodge my documents today..:)I moved it earlier than 17.yeah iam employed for 10 years in my company in school.married and have 3 kids I hope those reqs I supported are enough evidence to come back.what do u think?

  • Reply
    Jayr policarpio
    July 18, 2015 at 6:24 PM

    Hi i am jr, i lodged my application in vfs last july 10, i applied for a family visit visa i noticed in my photo copies form that i mispelled the moblie number of my aunt i doubeled the number of her for example her number is 0919-1234567 i wrote 0919-12334567, do you think is there a problem?

    • Reply
      Kisty Mea
      July 18, 2015 at 6:30 PM

      Hello! This post is all about the General Visit Visa, so I don’t know the answer to your question. But in my opinion, I don’t think it’ll be a problem, on the assumption that you have provided other documents of your aunt? Like her national ID?

  • Reply
    Jayr
    July 18, 2015 at 6:33 PM

    My aunt is a british citizen, she live in UK for 40 years and she invite me for 2 weeks vacation, do you think i have a chance to have a visa? I am uk student visa holder before i stayed in uk for 2 years from 2010 to 2012. and now i am applying for a family visit visa but my concern is i am unemployed but i have a savings 400k+, i do buy and sell of used cars,. My aunt provides me her bank starement, her invitation letter and her passport. Do you think my uk student visa before is a big advantage?

    • Reply
      Kisty Mea
      July 18, 2015 at 6:39 PM

      I guess it could be a big advantage, plus the fact that you have savings of 400K+… but the answer will really depend on the documents you’ve submitted (apart from your aunt’s documents).

      • Reply
        Jayr
        July 18, 2015 at 6:56 PM

        I just provide bank certificate and bank statement from my bank and because i am unemployed i did not submit about the COE or something. I only do buy and sell of used cars and my income is the “tubo” of my sell car. I have OR/CR of my car but i red in the website of the embassy that evidence of car ownership is not a part of supporting documents so i did not submit it. My other supporting docs is from my aunt invitation letter and her bank certificate. Do you think they will grant my application?

    • Reply
      Janelle Velasco
      July 28, 2015 at 11:35 AM

      Hi jr, just want to ask if your aunt’s bank statements and passport are photocopies or originals? I also have an aunt who will support me on my stay and I’m not sure if they need original documents. thanks.

  • Reply
    carol
    August 17, 2015 at 4:06 PM

    Dear Sir/Mam,

    The undersigned below would like to ask, do i need to create another reference number for the companion of GEORGE V. CABARLOC JR.

    under reference number GWF037253836. I have already included the name of his companion under the name of RAFAELITO MALVAR on

    the portion( does he has someone to go with him). I had stated there his passport number too aside from MR. GEORGE CABARLOC. What

    will be the visa type? Is it the same with George? George Cabarloc is the CEO/President of GC Technik while Rafaelito Malvar is his private

    assistant.

    Is the $136.00 payment for one person only? If I create another one for Rafaelito Malvar, it will be $136.00 x 2, am I right?

    Your immediate response to this matter will be highly appreciated. Since August 25, 2015 at 130pm will be their appointment.

    Thank you so much and More Power.

    Regards,

    • Reply
      Kisty Mea
      August 17, 2015 at 4:17 PM

      Uhm, yes? One application = one reference number. I don’t know what type of visa you’re applying for, but I highly recommend that you contact VFS regarding this concern. The purpose of this article is to provide some insights on how the process of application works. My answer also does not guarantee that visa will be approved.

  • Reply
    MARK
    August 17, 2015 at 5:29 PM

    Hello Kristy Mea,

    Im planning to apply for UK visa Im currently working in Saudi Arabia and planning to Have an annual vacation sa pinas..Balak ko mag apply ng UK visa sa pinas pero Dito Na ako aalis sa saudi pag balik ko after my vacation 2 months kasi kukunin kung vacation at plan ko lang mga 2 weeks sa uk. the very reasons is mahal kasi ang plane ticket sa pinas to uk whereas dito sa saudi mora lang at hirap dito mag apply kasi malayo kami sa embassy or consulate plus minsan lang mag day off at ang savings ko is nasa pinas bank account ko. at my documents properties ko.possible kaya yon? do i need to ask CoE from my company and how many months pwedi bago mag expire visa mu? pwedi ba 6 months after the application or 1 year maximum or 3 months lang talaga?

    thanks a lot.

    Mark

  • Reply
    Karl
    August 18, 2015 at 1:48 PM

    Hi Everyone,

    Im planning to apply a UK visa soon probably this November. My boyfriend will sponsor me and I have requested him to prepare an invitation letter,copy of his passports, land title, ownership of his flat, p60,payslips and bank statements. I my self also have prepared all documents i need my COE , my business permit mayor’s permit , ITR, bank certificate and bank statements.

    Here are my questions:

    1. Is it okay if all documents coming from him are scanned and sent to email?

    2. Does he need to provide the Sponsorship undertaking: form SU07? and who is going to sign the second page of it which states:
    Signed by__________________being a person authorized to
    make this certificate on behalf of the Secretary of State.

    3. My contract ends this year (december) so i will be unemployed but I still have a business which is apartment for rent I have the Business permit, DTI certificate and Mayor’s permit but land title is named for my mother. Do you think this will suffice?

    4. I will be indicating that I will be staying with my boyfriend for 3 months, do you think I will be granted? Knowing that i will be employed? I have sufficient savings tho on my bank accounts.

    5. Would it be possible if i indicate on application I will just be staying for 1 month but in reality I will be staying for 3 or 4 months? how’s that possible? Do you think I will have trouble with immigration and for my next application of visa?

    6. Do you think I will be granted UK visa? I will be sponsored but I will be out of job soon. But i have my apartment business under my name, sufficient savings on bank and I will be sponsored by my boyfriend.

    Thanks

    Hope you can answer my queries :)

  • Reply
    Syvil Viray
    August 25, 2015 at 12:32 AM

    Hi i am syvil

    Im in a relationship with a european based in uk. He wanted me to visit him since he had visited me for 3 times in the philippines and coming on our 4th soon.. we only plan to be together fpr like 1 month or less to Uk. i just want to know if being employed but dont really have that much money on the bank will have the chance of granting me that visit visa.

    My boyfriend will pay all the necessary things and will support me on my stay. Providing all the needed requirement.

    Thanks

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    Ramie
    August 29, 2015 at 12:30 PM

    Superb tips and advice. Thanks for this blog kisty!

    I myself also planning to visit UK by November. My bestfriend is inviting me to visit her in the UK for 1 week. She has residency and currently working. She will assume some docs to support my application such as invitation letter, bank statements, cert from work and her ID’s. On my part, I do have a job for 3 yrs now, i have properties, bank statements for 6 months and credit card statements, i’m also doing part time business as a consultant. For you, what are my chances of getting approved?

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      Kisty Mea
      August 30, 2015 at 11:32 AM

      So you have a full-time job + part-time job + properties here in the Philippines. I will also assume the ammount in your bank account is also sufficient to cover the whole duration of the trip, so to me, it sounds like you’ll have a higher chance of getting approved naman. :) Good luck!

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    Jha
    August 31, 2015 at 7:51 PM

    Hello! Tanong ko lang po , lwede ba sacan documents nalang iprsent ko na may signature? Instead of sending it here? Thanks

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    Raven
    September 2, 2015 at 7:20 PM

    Hello Kisty! Not only is your blog super informative, it’s very pretty too! And this is an amazing post, thank you for sharing the info. Just want to ask: do you remember how long it took for you to get your UK visa? Like how many days did you have to wait from the VFS submission date. From what I’ve been seeing online, a lot of people get stressed because there’s really no reliable way of tracking the status of your application, and the uncertainty during the waiting period can be nerve-racking. :P Thanks in advance for your advice, and keep up the excellent work on this blog. :)

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      Kisty Mea
      September 2, 2015 at 8:23 PM

      Hello Raven! Thank you so much! It makes me really happy when people find my blog helpful. <3
      Anyway, I believe I received mine two weeks later. :) My friend, who also applied just recently, also received her U.K. visa after 14 days as well. You also have to take into consideration the public holidays happening in the U.K. and Manila.

      Please do let me know if you received your visa! :) Good luck!

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    john
    October 3, 2015 at 1:30 PM

    hi good afternoon kristy :)

    i just want to ask about the filling up the form on the online application form
    there are questions that i dont have to answer should i just leave it blank? or put n/a?
    thank you :)

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    john
    October 3, 2015 at 2:49 PM

    hi kristy can i pay the online application through paypal?
    is there an option of paying through paypal? thank you

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    Yolly
    October 6, 2015 at 10:02 PM

    Hi Kristy,
    In the income and expenditure section, what does the cost of your living expenses pertain to? Is it the projected cost of your food and transportation while in UK. This question appears after the questions on cost of airplane and acommodation. Thank you.

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    Sandz
    October 14, 2015 at 2:20 PM

    Hi Kisty! Wow! This is a really nice blog! I love traveling, but unfortunately, i needed to secure a visa in some of the countries i have been to and needs to secure another one since i am planning to visit a friend of mine in UK next year. I always try to do some researches months before the planned date, hence, coming across your blog. My friend will not be my sponsor on this travel but i will be staying at her owned house in Birminghan. So i guess all i will be needing from her is her British passport, papers of her house and an invitation letter right?

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      Kisty Mea
      October 14, 2015 at 7:08 PM

      Hi Sandz! Yup, you’ll be needed those things.

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        Sandz
        October 14, 2015 at 8:36 PM

        Thanks! That’s a quick reply!😄 You’ll be hearing from me again as soon i start filling out the online form. Btw, i did not butcher your name Kisty! Haha!

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    Azwar
    November 12, 2015 at 12:46 PM

    Hi Kisty Mea. Me and my sister are planning to visit the UK this coming April 2015 after our graduation. I would just like to ask about the processing and releasing time of the UK visa because I am really confused about it. Already read some details online but I just can’t get to sync them in my head unless a person who had actually went through the process will tell me. My question is, after you have submitted your documents at the VFS office, how many days did you wait before your UK visa was released? Was it only 5 to 15 days? Because that’s how some articles I’ve read about said. while some told that it’s like 3 months. I am looking forward to your favourable response. Thank you.

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      Kisty Mea
      November 12, 2015 at 1:16 PM

      Hi Azwar,

      There’s no fixed number of dates when it comes to the release of visas, but the standard time is 15 working days.

      Some are lucky to receive theirs within 5 days, some within 15 days, while some receive their visas after a month or so. This really depends on 1) the type of visa application you’re getting and 2) the documents you’ve submitted.

      As for my application in 2013, it was roughly around 10 working days. I submitted my documents a day before May 13 (PH Elections) then received the result during the last week of May.

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    jennie blith siarza
    November 21, 2015 at 8:28 PM

    how do i get a tourist VISA?

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    Keizy
    December 3, 2015 at 9:08 AM

    Hi Kisty, thanks for this helpful blog! :)
    Ask lang po and i hope u can help me find the answer. I have paid the visa application but then i found out na may kailangan ako pitan sa na fill up ko na so i cancel my appointment and created a new application (wala naman daw bearing pag ganun) now my question is pano un payment na naka attach na dun sa una kong application. How can i put that to my 2nd application form? My appointment is tomorrow na Friday at 10am… Kaso sa 2nd application form ko di pa highlighted payment kasi nga andun sya sa previous form ko na may mali entry. Pano kaya matransfer un sa bagong application form un para ma print ko nadin un form? I really hope u can give me a little info or answer sa concern ko. Tomorrow na kasi un appt ko :( TIA! Godbless! :)

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      Kisty Mea
      December 3, 2015 at 9:12 AM

      Hi! As far as I know, the payment is non-refundable

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        Keizy
        December 3, 2015 at 10:53 AM

        Hi kisty thanks for your response! :) i dont have any intention of refunding my payment. What i would like to know is if it is possible to have the payment be transferred to the new application I have filled in. Same login lang po ginamit ko. TIA! :)

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          Kisty Mea
          December 3, 2015 at 2:46 PM

          As far as I know, it’s not possible.

          • bhadz
            December 3, 2015 at 10:19 PM

            hi kisty,ask ko lang po if i have a chance to get a visa for a second time,denied po ako sa una kasi nag unemployed po ako pero pinasa ko contrata ko which is break contract from hongkong.visit lang sana ako sa bf ko dun.ano po ba mga kailangan ko gawin o papers na dapat kong ipasa sa kanila,i want to apply a visa again next month..thank you po

          • Kisty Mea
            December 4, 2015 at 6:55 AM

            Ang alam ko, you can only apply after 6 months!

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    Rody
    December 14, 2015 at 7:10 PM

    Hi Kisty Mea,

    I am currently employed by a UK company here in the Philippines. It is their first time to send someone from the Philippines to UK for business purposes (training). Everything will be shouldered by the company. Both of us do not know the process and we’re also confused on the information being provided by the embassy. Do you happen to know what requirements do they require for such instance?

    Thanks a lot!

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      Kisty Mea
      December 14, 2015 at 7:25 PM

      Hi Rody, I’m sorry I don’t. My best suggestion is take the quiz (I provided the link on the blog post) on which visa to take, so you’ll have an idea what kind of documents you need to gather.

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        Rody
        December 19, 2015 at 6:28 PM

        Thanks Kisty! :)

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    Sandy
    December 19, 2015 at 6:26 PM

    Hi Kisty Mea,

    I came across your blog and I have got more information I need. I have questions though. I hope you can help me as I have a slightly complicated situation. I will be applying for the same visa to be sponsored by my British cousin (we are first cousins. His mom and my dad are siblings):

    1. My sister applied for a UK visa (was sponsored by our British cousin) but she was rejected because she does not have a proof that they were cousins. She advised to submit birth certificates of our aunt (our British cousin’s mother); our British cousin’s; hers and our dad’s. The problem is, our aunt (his mom) does not have a birth certificate. Question, do you any other proof that we can present to show that we’re indeed related? We have pictures together whenever he visits the country. Would that suffice?

    2. How can I possibly establish my family and socio-economic ties when I am technically unemployed and doesn’t have any business nor lands owned? I left my job last May 2015 because I have to watch over my dad (who is a senior citizen) coz all my siblings are staying in the university dorm during school days. I have regular source of income every month by doing a research job ( appearing as remittance to my bank account) from my British cousin.

    3. I have only traveled in six countries in the Southeast Asian region, all of them are visa-free. I will just go to UK because my cousin wants to tour me around. I’m staying there for one or two weeks only. Do you think I have a chance to be approved?

    Thanks a lot in advance!

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    Jeunesse
    February 4, 2016 at 9:06 PM

    We plan to leave in mid June this year for UK could we make our appointment already this February?

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      Kisty Mea
      February 5, 2016 at 12:43 AM

      Hi there! Nope. You need to apply 3 months before the trip, and in your case, that’s April.

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    Dee
    February 12, 2016 at 7:45 PM

    Hi Kristy,

    My boyfriend in UK will be sponsoring my application and all expenses, so that means I need to acquire from him invitation letters and other supporting documents. My question is, does his supporting documents and invitation letter needs to be original or scanned copy sent through email is okay?

    Please advise.
    And thanks. =)

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      Kisty Mea
      February 12, 2016 at 8:02 PM

      What did the website say? If the website specifically asked for original documents, then original documents talaga.

      You have to check sa GOV.UK website to be sure, kasi with France, if you’re staying with a local, they have to snail mail a piece of document for you to submit sa Embassy.

      Pero in my case, when Hostelling International, sponsored my trip to the UK, they only sent me email conversations and scanned copies of the invitation letter. :)

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        Dee
        February 15, 2016 at 11:43 AM

        Thanks Kisty Mea. =)

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    Kristine
    February 14, 2016 at 12:07 PM

    Hi ms kisty! Can you please help on how to register at commercial partner? Is this compulsary?..where I can print my apointment? I already booked my appointment and paid my visa fee online.Please help thank you so much..I booked my appointment feb.18

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      Kisty Mea
      February 14, 2016 at 12:10 PM

      Sorry, I wouldn’t know.

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