Frequently asked Questions
Most applications are processed and issued in a few business days. But, some applications take long time because of administrative processing. This cannot be predicted in advance nor do we know how long it will take. So make sure to apply a minimum of 6 to 8 weeks before intended day of travel.
Your passport should have a validity period of more than six months from your date of scheduled return to be eligible to apply for a United Kingdom visa.(unless country- specific agreements provide exemptions).
Please obtain a new passport before your interview If:
- Your passport expired less than 6 months after your scheduled return date from the United Kingdom.
- The film on the biographic data pages of your passport (i.e., page with your photo and back page with your parents' information) is peeling, or
- Your passport is damaged, torn, writing is unclear or has been washed.
No. If your visa is valid and unmarked or undamaged, you can travel with your two passports together (old and new), if the purpose of your travel matches your current nonimmigrant visa. Additionally,all personal details on both passport's should be same, they should be from the same country and of the same type (both diplomatic or both tourist)
If your visa has been damaged, you will need to reapply for a new visa. If your visa was issued recently, you may not need to have a new interview. More information is available in the Renew My Visa section of our website.
Yes, both are compulsory. Hotel booking is an important criteria for your visa to go through processing. Insurance is important for the applicant's safety to cover in case of sudden injuries or natural disasters while in UK.
No, the visa fee is not refundable.
Yes, minors (individuals below 14 years) have to be accompanied by a parents or guardian unless both parents have issued an NOC letter stating their approval of the child’s travel without either of them. The NOC has to be attached with the other supporting documents along with copies of both parents’ passports and submitted.