The U.K has a huge number of International airports that make the country easily accessible to tourists. Apart from the English literature and Heritage, world-class museums and artworks have always kept the tourist traffic of the U.K alive. Leaving all the widespread confusion of uncertainty and disruptions of BREXIT aside, U.K still stands strong on the tourism sector. England has been one of the most chosen destinations by a huge number of expatriates in GCC countries. So if you are an expat from Pakistan, this short article will clear your basic queries on a U.K visa.
How to apply for a UK tourist visa if you're a Pakistani Citizen residing in GCC Countries
Am I eligible to visit the U.K?
Yes, on these three conditions, you are eligible for a U.K visa.
1. You must able to cover all your travel expenses- how much you think your trip will cost, must be able to support yourself and any dependents for the duration of your trip.
2. Show strong ties to your country or prove to them that you wouldn’t overstay your trip.
3. No criminal record.
Which visa type should I apply for?
A Standard Visitor visa is applied for
a) Tourism purpose, for example on holiday or to see your family and friends
b) Business – Attend meetings or conferences or take part in business-related activities.
c) Sports or creative events, academic research purposes.
d) Also to receive any medical treatment.
If you believe your purpose falls in these 3 categories, then you need to apply for the same.
Can I visit Ireland with my standard visitor visa?
No, you have to apply for a different visa for Ireland (C visa.)
When should I start my application?
Apply at least 3 months before the date of travel.
How long can I spend in the U.K?
The validity of the Standard Visitor visa is up to 6 months. You can extend your visa for:
• For medical treatment - up to 11 months
• For academic research, while you are on sabbatical- you, your spouse or civil partner may be able to stay for up to 12 months
What documents do I need to inhand before application?
Documents required for U.K visa
One recent photograph
Valid Pakistan passport with at least a blank page on both sides.
Previous travel documents to show travel experience for the past 10 years (as per your passport.)
Documents that prove your legal residence in the country such as your resident card copy with a minimum of 6 months validity (Since you are an expatriate from Pakistan.)
Letter from your employer.
Travel itinerary and hotel and flight reservations.
How do I apply?
You can apply online. When you apply online, you will be provided with a reference number and a convenient appointment at the visa application center in your residing country. All the documents should be uploaded online at the time of the application.
Can I approach a travel agent for my visa application?
Yes, your travel agent can guide you and prep your application ready for submission. They will provide continuous follow-ups so your visa application should be the least of your worries.