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Priority Visa UK Fees India 2022
Indian nationals can use Priority (Non-Settlement), Priority (Settlement), and Super-Priority Service to fast track UK visa application.
If the focus is to get the decision as quickly as possible, then Indian nationals can use the UK priority visa service. The priority service is an optional user-pay service, which are exclusive to the application fee. Priority service enables fast tracking of UK visa processing time by putting an application at the front of the queue.
From April 6, the UK priority settlement (spouse) and non-settlement (visit, student, work) visa fees in Indian Rupees are INR60,113 and INR23,080, respectively. Moreover, the cost of UK super-priority visa from India is INR100,293. Since March 2022, UKVI is prioritizing Ukraine Scheme. Therefore, UKVI has suspended priority and super-priority service to fast track new student, work, and family visa applications from India.
Priority Tourist Visa UK Fees India
For fast tracking UK tourist and visit visa from India within 5 working days, the cost of priority service is INR23,080. Therefore, the priority visa UK fees 2022 in Indian Rupees for 6 months, 2, 5 and 10 years tourist or visitor applications are INR33,046, INR60,952, INR91,795, and INR109,315, respectively.
Super Priority Visit (Tourist) Visa UK Fees in Indian Rupees
The cost of UK super priority service in India is INR100,293 for tourist or visitor visa. Accordingly, UK super-priority 6 months, 2, 5 and 10 years visitor or tourist visa fees 2022 in Indian Rupees are INR110,259, INR138,165, INR169,008, and INR186,528, respectively.
Student Visa UK from India and Fees in Indian Rupees 2022
For studying in the UK, Indian citizens need to apply for the student visa, which has replaced the Tier 4 (General) Student as of October 5, 2020. Accordingly, the student route is for Indian nationals to study with a sponsor on a course of further or higher education, a pre-sessional English course, a recognised foundation programme or to take an elected post as a Student Union Sabbatical Officer.
To get a UK student visa an Indian need to score 70-points for study, financial, and English requirements.
An Indian can score 50-points if they meet the UK student visa Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS), Course, Approved qualification, Level of Study, and Place of Study requirements.
UK Student Visa Fee in Indian Rupees 2022
The UK student visa fees in India 2022 are INR36,508 to study in London or elsewhere in England or Britain. Moreover, the UK student visa fees 2022 in Indian Rupees for dependants are also INR36,508.
UK priority and super-priority student (Tier 4) visa fees 2022 from India are INR59,588and INR136,801, respectively.
Funds (Bank Statement) for Student Visa UK from India 2022
To score 10 points for meeting the UK student visa financial requirements, an Indian need to show that they have sufficient funds to pay outstanding course fees for the first academic year and can demonstrate funds to cover their living costs for up to 9 months. Accordingly, for Residential Independent School, an Indian student needs to have sufficient funds to pay outstanding fees (course fees and boarding fees) for one academic year. However, for all other cases, Indian student need to have sufficient funds to pay any outstanding course fees as stated on the CAS, and £1,334(if they are Studying in London) or£1,023(if they are Studying Outside London) for each month of the course (up to a maximum of 9 months).
English Language (IELTS) for Student Visa UK from India 2022
To score 10 points for UK student visa English language (aka IELTS Test) requirements, an Indian need to meet a required level of English language ability depending on the level of their course. Accordingly, information in the CAS indicates the required level of English and what assessment was carried out or what evidence has been used to demonstrate that an Indian meets the UK student visa English language (aka IELTS Test) requirements.
If an Indian is applying for a course below degree level in the UK, then student visa IELTS Test requirements are CEFR B1. However, for Degree Level course, the UK student visa IELTS Test requirements in India are CEFR B2.
Study Visa UK IHS for Indian Students 2022
The study visa Immigration Health Charge (aka Immigration Health Surcharge or IHS) requirements for Indian students are @ £624 per year for each year of stay in the UK. The IHS for student dependent visa from India is also @ £624 per year for each year of stay in the UK.
Short Term (English Language) Student Visa UK
If Indian nationals intend to study English language in the UK for more than 6 months but not more than 11 months at an accredited institution, then needs to apply for Short-term Student (English language). However, if an Indian citizen intends to study a course for 6 months or less without a student sponsor but with an accredited provider then can apply under Appendix V for Visitor.
Short-term (English Language) student visitor visa UK fees 2022 in Indian Rupees for more than 6 months but not more than 11 months are INR19,513.
Family Visa UK from India and Fees in Indian Rupees 2022
The family route is for those Indians who can apply for a UK visa because of their relationship to a person settled in the UK or a British citizen. This includes spouse settlement visa, adult dependant relative, parent of a British Child visa etc.
Spouse Visa UK Fees in Indian Rupees
UK spouse visa fees 2022 in India are INR159,776. The UK embassy visa fees in Indian Rupees are same for civil, unmarried, or same-sex partner. UK settlement priority service cost in Indian Rupees is INR60,113 for fast tracking applications within thirty working days. Accordingly, the UK priority spouse visa fees in India 2022 are INR219,889.
In terms of Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules, Indians can apply for spouse visa if they are a spouse, civil, unmarried, or same-sex partner of a British citizen, a person present and settled, or a person with refugee leave or humanitarian protection.
To get spouse visa Indian need to meet genuine and subsisting relationship, intentions to live together permanently, financial, accommodation and English Language requirements. If an Indian meet these requirements, then get an entry clearance for an initial period of 33 months with a condition of no recourse to public funds. After 30 months Indians can make spouse visa extension application for a further leave to remain in the UK.
Indian Nationals may qualify for indefinite leave to remain (settlement) after completing 60 months (5 years) in the UK on spouse visa. The ILR under the 5-year spouse visa route is for those who meet all the suitability and eligibility requirements of the Immigration Rules at every stage. If an Indian spouse or partner fails to meet the financial, English language or lawful immigration status requirements then cannot apply for settlement under the 5-year route. However, if exceptional circumstances under Appendix FM apply then an Indian National may be considered for settlement under the 10-year route.
Fiancé(e) or Proposed Civil Partner Visa
Indian Citizens can apply for fiancé(e) or proposed civil partner visa if the purpose is getting married or entering a civil partnership in the UK. The duration of fiancé(e) visa is six (6) months. After the marriage or civil partnership in the UK, Indian Nationals can apply for leave to remain as a spouse or civil partner. The UK fiancé(e) visa fees in India are INR159,776. The UK priority fiancé(e) visa fees in Indian Rupees are INR219,889.
Parent of a British Child Visa
Indian Nationals can apply for Parent of a British Child Visa if they have the sole responsibility for or direct access to the child following the breakdown of their relationship with the child’s other parent. UK visa cost 2022 in India for Parent of British Child and dependant child under the family route are INR159,776.
Adult Dependant Relative Visa
Indian Citizens can apply for Adult Dependant Relative Visa if they are elderly parents (or other adult dependent relatives such as brothers, sisters etc) and need long-term personal care due to illness, age or disability and the UK sponsor is their only relative, who can provide such long-term personal care without recourse to public funds. The UK Adult Dependant Relative visa fees in Indian Rupees are INR340,954.
Dep. joining or accompanying
The ‘joining or accompanying’ route is for those Indian Nationals who are applying for visa based on their relationship to another migrant who is not settled in the UK or a British citizen, and who is on a route without a specific visa for dependants. The UK spouse or partner visa fees in India 2022 under Dependant Joining or Accompanying route are INR159,776.
An Indian Citizen may be able to live permanently in the UK as a ‘returning resident’ if they were previously settled in the UK. From Oct 11, 2021, the UK visa application cost in Indian Rupees 2022 for Returning residents is INR54,133.
EEA Family Permit
Due to Brexit, the EEA family permit route under EEA Regulations 2016 has ended on June 30, 2021.
EU Settlement Scheme Family Permit
In terms of Appendix EU (Family Permit), Indian Citizens can apply for EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) Family Permit as a non-EEA family member such as spouse, civil partner, child, child above 21 years of age, and parent of an EEA national living in the UK. There are no application charges for EUSS Family Permit in India.
Route to Settlement – Refugee Dependant Relative
The UK visa fees in Indian Rupees 2022 for Route to Settlement (refugee dependant relative) are INR40,705.
Appendix ECAA Extension of Stay
There are no application charges for Dependent children under the age of 21 only applying under “Appendix ECAA Extension of Stay”.
Settlement for current and former members of HM armed forces, and their dependants
UK settlement visa fees 2022 in Indian Rupees for current and former members of HM armed forces, and their dependants are as under:
- Former UK Armed Forces INR159,776
- Indefinite leave to enter the UK as the dependant of a member of the armed forces under Appendix Armed Forces to the Immigration Rules INR250,628
- Pre 1997 Gurkhas (outside immigration rules) INR159,776
- Overage dependant children of pre 1997 Gurkhas INR159,776
- HM Forces dependants applying under part 4,5,7 or 8 of Appendix Armed Forces INR159,776
Family Reunion to Join Asylum Seekers
There are no application fees for Family reunion, under Part 11 of Asylum, Immigration Rules (pre-flight dependants). The UK visa fees in Indian Rupees 2022 for Post-flight dependants are INR159,776. The application fees for Family reunion (other dependent relatives) are INR40,705.
UK Work Visa Requirements and Fees in India 2022
Indian Nationals can apply for UK work visa. The most popular visa in India for working in the UK is the Skilled Worker (previously Tier 2 General). However, Indian Citizens can apply for other types of UK work visa such as Innovator, Startup, Global Talent, Health and Care Worker etc.
Indian Nationals are not eligible for Council of Europe Social Charter (CESC) discount of £55 (INR5,770), which is applicable for Innovator, Start-up, Global Talent initial application, Global Talent subsequent application, Tier 1 Entrepreneur, Skilled Worker, Intra-Company Transfer, T2 Sportsperson & T2 Minister of Religion, Intra-Company Transfer – Graduate Trainee, and T5 (Temporary Worker).
If an Indian Citizen is sponsored to do a specific skilled job for a Home Office licensed sponsor, then can apply for Skilled Worker visa. The Skilled Worker visa has replaced the Tier 2 General (aka work permit) in 2020. However, unlike Tier 2 General, this new route for skilled workers can lead to permanent settlement (ILR) in the UK.
The UK Skilled Worker visa fees depends on the duration of the Certificate of Sponsorship (COS) for main applicant and dependants. If the COS has been issued for three years or less, then the UK Skilled Worker Visa Fees in India 2022 are INR63,994. However, if the COS has been issued for three years or more then the UK Skilled Worker Visa Fees in Indian Rupees 2022 are INR127,989.
Skilled Worker (Shortage Occupation)
The UK Skilled Worker Shortage Occupation visa fees depends on the duration of the Certificate of Sponsorship (COS). If the COS has been issued for three years or less, then the UK Skilled Worker Shortage Occupation Visa Fees in Indian Rupees 2022 are INR48,678. However, if the COS has been issued for three years or more then the UK Skilled Worker Shortage Occupation Visa Fees in India are INR97,356.
Health and Care Visa
If an Indian Citizen is sponsored to work in the UK as a qualified doctor, nurse, or allied health professional for a Home Office licensed sponsor, then can apply for Health and Care Visa. This Health and Care visa route for skilled workers can lead to permanent settlement (ILR) in the UK.
The UK Health and Care visa fees depends on the duration of the Certificate of Sponsorship (COS). If the COS has been issued for three years or less, then the UK Health and Care Visa Fees in Indian Rupees 2022 are INR24,339. However, if the COS has been issued for three years or more then the UK Health and Care Visa Fees in India 2022 are INR48,678.
Global Business Mobility
In terms of Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules HC 1118 dated 15 March 2022, Home Office has introduced three New Points-Based routes viz. the Global Business Mobility, High Potential Individual, and the Scale-up Visa UK.
The New Global Business Mobility Visa route consists of several new sponsored categories for businesses that are intending to establish presence in the UK, transfer overseas staff, or come to the United Kingdom for a specific business purpose. The five sub-categories to Global Business Mobility Visa UK are:
- Senior or Specialist Worker
- Graduate Trainee
- UK Expansion Worker
- Service Supplier
- Secondment Worker
Indians can get the Global Business Mobility visa if the UK employer sponsor the worker to come to the UK for specific job. The Global Business Mobility visa is points based. Accordingly, Indians need to score 40 to 60 points depending on the sub-category of Global Business Mobility Visa UK. All five sub-categories of Global Business Mobility visa do not lead to settlement (ILR) in the UK.
Senior or Specialist Worker
From April 11, 2022, Global Mobility Business Senior or Specialist Worker Visa UK will replace the Intra-company Transferroute. This route is for senior managers or specialist employees who are assigned to a UK business which is linked by common ownership to the overseas employing company.
The UK Global Business Mobility Senior or Specialist Worker Visa Fees from India depends on the duration of application. If the application is for three years or less, then the fees are INR63,994 (£625). However, if the application is for three years or more then the fee is INR127,989 (£1,235).
From April 11, 2022, the Global Business Mobility Graduate Trainee Visa UK will replace the Intra-Company Graduate Trainee route. This route is workers on a graduate training course which leads to a senior management or specialist position and who are required to undertake a work placement in the UK. The Global Business Mobility Graduate Trainee Visa Fees in Indian Rupees are INR25,598 (£259).
UK Expansion Worker
From April 11, 2022, the Global Business Mobility UK Expansion Worker Visa will replace the Sole Representative of an Overseas Business route. However, the Sole Representative visa will remain open for Media Representatives and those already on Sole Representative visa extending or applying for ILR in the UK. The UK Expansion Worker Visa is for specialist or senior employees who are assigned to the UK to assist with the overseas business’s expansion to the UK.
The Global Business Mobility UK Expansion Worker visa fees requirements for Indians are INR25,598 (£259).
From April 11, 2022, the Global Business Mobility Service Supplier Visa UK will replace contractual service providers and independent professional persons in the T5 Temporary Worker – International Agreement route. The Global Business Mobility Service Supplier Visa is for overseas workers coming to the UK to provide a service that is in line with a UK trade commitment. The UK Global Business Mobility Service Supplier Visa Fees in India are INR25,598 (£259).
The UK Global Business Mobility Secondment Worker Visa is new route. The Secondment Worker route will be available from April 11, 2022, to Indian workers who are seconded to the UK as part of a high value contract or investment by their employer overseas.
The UK Global Business Mobility Secondment Worker Visa Fees in Indian Rupees are INR25,598 (£259).
High Potential Individual (HPI)
In terms of Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules HC 1118 dated 15 March 2022, Home Office has introduced High Potential Individual visa. The High Potential Individual Visa UK is for Indian graduates from the top-50 Universities across the world who wish to come to the UK to undertake full-time employment or self-employment work or seek employment opportunities. The New High Potential Individual visa fees in India are INR25,598 (£259).
To get HPI Indians must have been awarded within the last 5 years a bachelor’s or postgraduate degree qualification from one of the top global universities (non-UK) which is published in the Home Office’s ‘Global Universities List’.
Indians having a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree will get a 2-year non-extendable High Potential Individual Visa UK. However, Indians having a PhD qualification can get a 3-year High Potential Visa. Indians need to meet the English language and financial requirements for scoring 70 points. High Potential Individual Visa route does not lead to settlement (indefinite leave to remain – ILR) but Indians can switch to other routes in the UK.
In terms of Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules HC 1118 dated 15 March 2022, Home Office has introduced Scale-up Visa UK. Indians will be able to apply for Scale-up Visa UK from Aug 22, 2022. The New Scale-up Visa UK Fees 2022 in Indians Rupees are INR63,994 (£625).
The Scale-up visa is those Indians who have a sponsored job offer from an authorised UK scale-up company to qualify for a ‘fast-track visa’. To register for this route, a company will need to demonstrate they have an annualised growth of at least 20% for the previous 3-year period in terms of turnover or staffing and have a minimum of 10 employees at the start of the 3-year period.
The job offer must be skilled at RQF Level 6 or equivalent (graduate level) – higher than the current threshold for Skilled Worker applications which is set at RQF Level 3. The UK Scale-up Visa minimum salary requirements for Indians are at least £33,000 per year or the going rate for the occupation. Indians will initially get a Scale-up Visa for 2-years – the first six months of which they need to work for the sponsor. Indians may be eligible to extend the Scaleup visa in the UK for up to 3 years. Indian migrants in the UK on a Scale-up visa can apply for settlement (indefinite leave to remain – ILR) after a period of 5 years.
An Indian National can apply for a UK Global Talent visa if they are a leader or potential leader in academia or research, arts and culture, and digital technology. The Global Talent visa has replaced the Tier 1 Exceptional Talent visa. The UK Global Talent Visa Fees in Indian Rupees 2022 are as under:
- Stage 1 – endorsement application – main applicant INR47,838
- Stage 2 – entry clearance application – main applicant INR15,946
- Subsequent application INR63,785
- Dependants INR63,785
If an Indian Citizen intends to set up an innovative business for the first time in the UK, then can apply for the Start-up visa. The Start-up visa has replaced the Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur route in March 2019. The UK Start-up Visa Fees in Indian Rupees 2022 are INR38,082 for main applicant and dependants.
If an Indian National intends to do innovative, viable, and scalable business in the UK then can apply for the Innovator visa. The Innovator visa has replaced the Tier 1 Entrepreneur route in March 2019. The UK Innovator Visa Fees in India 2022 are INR107,112 for main applicant and dependants.
The Investor visa is for high value Indian Nationals, who intend to make an investment in the UK. Innovator visa has replaced the Tier 1 Investor. The UK Investor Visa Fees in Indian Rupees 2022 are INR170,267 for main applicant and dependants.
T2 Minister of Religion
The T2 Minister of Religion route is for those Indian Citizens who intend to undertake preaching and pastoral work, Missionary, or Member of a Religious Order in the UK. T2 Minister of Religion visa has replaced the Tier 2 Minister of Religion route.
The T2 Minister of Religion visa fees in Indian Rupees 2022 are INR63,994.
The T2 Sportsperson route is for an elite Indian sportsperson or coach whose employment will make a significant contribution to the development of sport at the highest level in the UK. The T2 Sportsperson visa has replaced the Tier 2 Sportspersonroute.
T2 Sportsperson visa fees depends on the duration of the Certificate of Sponsorship (COS). If the COS has been issued for up to 12 months, then the UK T2 Sportsperson Visa Fees in Indian Rupees 2022 are INR25,598. However, if the COS has been issued for more than 12 months then the UK T2 Sportsperson Visa Fees 2022 from India are INR63,994.
T5 (Temporary Worker)
T5 (Temporary Worker) Visa is for Seasonal Worker, Religious Worker, Charity Worker, Creative and Sporting Worker, International Agreement Worker, Government Authorised Exchange Worker and Youth Mobility Scheme. The T5 (Temporary Worker) Visa has replaced the Tier 5 Temporary Worker route. T5 (Temporary Worker) Visa Fees in Indian Rupees are INR25,598for main applicant and dependants.
Other UK Work Visa Fees 2022 in Indian Rupees
The UK visa fees in Indian Rupees 2022 for other types of work applications are:
- Graduate Entrepreneur – dependants only INR38,082
- Tier 1 Exceptional Talent – dependants only INR63,785
- Offshore worker INR54,133
- Overseas domestic worker in a private household INR54,133
- Representative of overseas business and dependants INR63,994
- An employee of an overseas newspaper, news agency or broadcasting organisation INR63,994
- Sheep Shearer INR54,133
- Ancestry Visa INR54,133
Other Visitor Visas
Apart from standard visa, Indians can apply for other types of visitor visas such as marriage, visiting academic, permitted paid engagement (PPE), parent of a child student, and private medical treatment.
Indians need to apply for a marriage visitor visa if they are travelling to the UK for getting married, forming a civil partnership, or giving a notice of marriage or civil partnership. To get a marriage visitor visa, an Indian must:
- be aged 18 years or over
- have a valid endorsement with the name of the fiancé(e) or proposed civil partner in the UK
- intend to genuinely get marry or form a civil partnership in the UK or give notice of marriage/civil partnership in the UK
- not intend to give notice of or enter a sham marriage or civil partnership in the UK, within the validity period covered by the marriage visitor visa
- meet the requirements under the paragraphs V 4.2 – V 4.10 of Appendix V of Immigration Rules
The UK marriage visitor visa fees 2022 in Indian Rupees 2022 are INR9,966. Indian can stay in the UK up to 180 days on a marriage visitor visa.
Private Medical Treatment
Indian citizens need to apply for a medical visitor visa if they are travelling to the UK for getting private medical treatment and check-up for more than 6 months but not more than 11 months. However, an Indian national need to satisfy the following requirements for getting a UK medical treatment visitor visa:
- the present medical condition of the applicant and treatment history
- an estimate of the expenses that may incur on the private medical care in the UK
- appropriate medical evidence to support the reason for remaining in the UK for 11 months.
- paid arrangements for private medical consultations or treatment in the UK
- the source of funds for the proposed medical treatment
- approximate duration of medical treatment in the UK
- ample funds for the treatment to meet medical and living expenses without recourse to public funds
- ample funds for the return or onward journey
- the applicant is not a danger to public health. And is not suffering from an infectious disease, such as leprosy
- the applicant will leave the UK after completion of the treatment or upon expiry of the visa
The UK Private Medical Treatment Visitor Visa Fees 2022 in Indian Rupees are INR19,933. Indians can stay in the UK up to 11 months on private medical treatment visa.
Please note, there is no provision in the Immigration Rules for a family member, friend, or nurse to accompany a visitor, who is coming to the UK for private medical treatment. Therefore, any attendant needs to apply as a visitor and satisfy the requirements.
For research and formal exchange arrangements, Indian nationals can apply for academic visitor visa UK up to 12 months. The UK Academic Visitor Visa Cost 2022 from India are INR19,933. An Indian academic (and the accompanying partner or child) can stay in the UK up to 12 months on academic visitor visa.
Permitted Paid Engagement (PPE)
The Permitted Paid Engagement Visitor Visa is for experts in their field coming to the UK to undertake specific paid engagements up to one month. Accordingly, as per Appendix 3 of Appendix V of the Immigration Rules, Indian professionals such as visiting examiners, assessors, lecturers, designated air pilot examiners, qualified lawyers, artists, entertainers, and sportspersons can apply for Permitted Paid Engagement Visitor Visa UK up to 30 days. However, an Indian need to satisfy the following requirements for getting a UK permitted paid engagement visitor visa:
- An invitation letter from the organisation paying for the permitted paid engagement in the UK
- Proof that the engagement relates to applicant’s professional or academic qualifications and expertise. This may include:
- Résumé (Curriculum vitæ)
- List of Publications
- Awards, Achievements and Recognitions
- Letter from Employer
The UK Permitted Paid Engagement Visitor Visa Fees in Indian Rupees 2022 are INR9,966.
Parent of a Child Student
Indian citizens can apply for a Parent of Child Student Visa up to 12 months if their child is attending an independent fee-paying day school in the UK. Parent of Tier 4 Child Student Visa Cost from India is INR54,133.
The transit visa is for those Indian nationals who intend to transit the UK on route to another country outside the Common Travel Area (CTA) and who will enter the UK for up to 48 hours by crossing the UK border unless Appendix Visitor: Transit Without Visa Scheme applies.
From Oct 11, 2021, the cost of Direct Airside Transit (DATV) Visa UK from India is INR3,672. However, the UK visa fees India 2022 for ‘Visitor in Transit’ and for ‘Joining a Ship or Aircraft as a Member of Crew of that Ship or Aircraft’ are INR6,714.
Please note Indian citizens having a valid standard, marriage, or medical visitor visa are allowed to transit the UK, therefore, such passengers do not need to apply for the transit visa.
Other UK Visas and Services
The UK Visa Fees in Indian Rupees 2022 for Other Visas and Services are as under:
- Hong Kong British National (Overseas) for 30 months INR18,884
- Hong Kong British National (Overseas) for 5 years INR26,227
- Right of abode – certificate of entitlement INR40,705
- Vignette transfer (transfer of a valid visa vignette to a new passport or replace a lost/stolen document) INR16,156
- Single entry visa to replace a biometric residence permit INR16,156
- Registered Traveller (UK only) – adult INR5,245
- Registered Traveller (UK only) – child INR2,518
- Registration of New documents – Registered Traveller (UK only) INR2,098
- Receiving/handling/ forwarding applications on behalf of Commonwealth Countries/Overseas Territories INR14,792
- Dependants of exempt international forces applying under Part 10 of Appendix Armed Forces INR54,133
Following types of applicants are exempt from paying UK visa application fees in India 2022:
- FCO Strategic performance fund and bilateral projects
- HM Forces personnel or Member of foreign armed force – exempt from immigration control
- Diplomatic Posting to the UK
- Diplomatic Posting to the UK (Dependant)
- Members of International Organisations on Official Visits
- Official Transit through the UK
- Official Visit to the UK
How Indians can Apply for Tourist Visa UK?
The UK visit or tourist visa requirements for Indians in 2022 are to fill the online visa application form completely and correctly and provide the required supporting documents for visitor visa UK. An Indian can provide sponsor’s supporting document for UK visa. However, if an Indian provides false or forged supporting documents then may get a 10 Year Deception Ban under General Grounds for UK Visa Refusal.
The UK visa refusal rate for Indian is 10-12%. The most common reasons for UK visitor or tourist visa rejection from India are doubtful intentions and large unexplained transactions in the bank statement.
An Indian visiting the UK is not allowed to do work. Indians travelling on a visitor visa needs to abide the conditions of stay in the UK If the Home Office finds a visiting Indian breaching their conditions of stay then may cancel the visitor visa with a re-entry ban.
An Indian can reapply for UK visitor visa after refusal or file a Judicial Refusal against the UK visa rejection. There is no right of appeal or administrative review against UK visitor visa denial. However, if an Indian has applied for UK visa on human rights grounds, then can file an appeal against the refusal decision.
Documents Required for UK Tourist Visa from India
For UK standard visitor (aka tourist or visit) visa, an Indian may need to provide the following supporting documents at the VFS Global application centre in India:
- Online application form
- Current valid Indian passport
- Previous Indian passport, if applicable
- Translation of documents, which are not in English/Welsh
- Invitation letter, if applicable
- A UK address for staying during the visit
- Residential address in India
- Telephone or mobile number
- Marriage certificate, if applicable
- Family certificate, if applicable
- Business/Employer details
- Tax registration certificate
- Tax returns
- Bank statements
- Salary slips (for employed persons)
- Conveyance/Mortgage Deed or Rental Agreement of the address in India
- Evidence of assets
Please note, this is not an exhaustive checklist of the required documents to apply for UK visa from India, as these may differ due to the personal circumstances. Family members, friends, business associates can provide for maintenance and accommodation in support of a UK tourist or visit visa application from India. If the third party (sponsor) is in the UK, then should not be in violation of the immigration laws at the time of application.
At times elderly parents living in India have No Bank Account (on Bank Balance) in their name to prove availability of funds for UK family visitor visa. Therefore, in such instances, the evidence of funds by a sponsor is critical to demonstrate maintenance funds required for visiting the UK.
Can Indians Travel to UK?
Yes, Indian nationals can travel to the UK if they have a valid visa. However, if an Indian has a dual citizenship of a non-visa country such as USA, Australia, New Zealand, EU etc. then they do not require a visa for visiting the UK for up to 6 months. Indians having a Permanent Residence (PR) in a non-visa country do require a visa for travelling to the UK. Indian expatriates working and living in Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, and the UAE cannot apply for an electronic visa waiver (EVW) for visiting the UK up to 6 months for tourism, business, study, and private medical treatment.
How long can Indians stay in the UK?
On a visitor (holiday or tourist) visa Indians can stay in the UK up to 180 days per visit. However, on a spouse, student, and work visa Indians can stay in the UK up to the validity of the visa. An Indian on a valid spouse, work, or student visa can extend their duration of stay in the UK by meeting the relevant leave to remain requirements. Family and some work routes such as Skilled Worker, Innovator etc. also enable Indian migrants in the UK to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) and subsequently Naturalisation and British Citizenship.
What are the UK Visa Requirements for Indians?
The UK visa requirements for Indians depends on the type of application. For instance, if an Indian national is applying for UK tourist visa, then needs to meet the requirements as per paragraphs V4.2-4.10 of Appendix V for Visitors.
If an Indian citizen is applying for UK student visa, then needs to meet the validity, suitability, and eligibility requirements as per Immigration Rules Appendix Student. For studying English language in the UK for more than 6 months but not more than 11 months at an accredited institution, Indian students need to meet the requirements of Appendix Short-term Student (English language). However, if an Indian citizen intends to study a course for 6 months or less without a student sponsor but with an accredited provider then needs to meet the requirements of Appendix V for Visitor.
Likewise, if an Indian citizen is applying for Skilled Worker Visa, then needs to meet the validity, suitability, and eligibility requirements as per Immigration Rules Appendix Skilled Worker.
What is the UK Visa Processing Time after Biometrics in India?
Once an applicant visits VFS Global application centre in India (Mumbai, Kolkata, New Delhi, Chennai etc) to prove their identity, then UK visa processing time startsfrom the appointment day, when they provide theirbiometrics(fingerprints and a photograph). The UK visa processing time after biometricsendswhen applicants receive an email from UKVI. TheUKVI’s decision emailusually states that visa application has been processed and the VFS Global will inform the applicant when passport is ready from collection.
If an Indian has made a non-settlement (visit, tourist, study, or work) application, then visa processing time after biometrics in India is usually within 3-weeks. However, since March 2022 UKVI is prioritizing Ukraine Scheme and it is taking 6-weeks to decide visit or tourist visa application from India. Moreover, study and work applications from India are taking longer than 15-working days.
The UK priority and super-priority non-settlement (visit, tourist, study, or work) visa processing time from India is within 5 working days and by next working day, respectively. However, UKVI has suspended priority and super-priority service for new study and work visa applications.
The settlement visa processing time after biometrics 2022 from India for spouse, partner, family applications are usually within 12 weeks. However, UKVI is prioritizing Ukraine Scheme. Therefore, UKVI is deciding settlement applications in 24-weeks.
The UK priority and super-priority settlement (spouse, partner, family) visa processing time from India is within 6-weeks and by next working day, respectively. However, UKVI has suspended priority and super-priority service for new family visa applications from India.
How much is Child Visitor Visa UK Fees in Indian Rupees 2022?
UK visa fees in Indian Rupees 2022 for 6 months, 2, 5, and 10 years child visitor are INR9,966, INR37,872, INR68,715, and INR86,235, respectively. Infants and children under 5 years of age are not exempt from UK visa application fee payment.
Can Indian Students Work in the UK?
If an Indian student is doing a degree level course in the UK, then can work on the study route for 20 hours per week during term-time. If an Indian is studying below degree level course in the UK, then can only work for 10 hours per week during term-time. Indian student doing degree or below degree course can work fulltime during the semester break.
A dependent spouse of an Indian student studying below degree level course cannot work in the UK. However, a dependent spouse of an Indian student studying degree level course can work (including self-employment and voluntary work) in the UK.
Does UK Give Post Study Work Visa to Indian Students?
Yes, under the New Graduate route a Indian student, who has completed bachelor’s degree or above in the UK, can apply for 2-Year post study work visa. If an Indian national has completed a PhD in the UK, then can get 3-Year post study work visa.
How can Indians get a UK job visa?
The most popular route for getting a job in the UK from India is the UK Skilled Worker Visa. Therefore, if an Indian National is sponsored to do a specific skilled job for a Home Office licensed sponsor, then can apply for the Skilled Worker Visa UK. The Skilled Worker visa has replaced the Tier 2 General (aka work permit) in 2020. However, unlike Tier 2 General, this new route for skilled workers can lead to permanent settlement (ILR) in the UK.
On 4 August 2020, the British Government had launched the Health and Care Visa for qualified Indian doctors, nurses and allied health professionals who have been trained to a recognised standard and who have good working English. Although, the Health and Care visa forms part of the Skilled Worker route; however, there are a few differences between skilled worker and health and care visa UK.