Applying for your UK General Visitor VISA

30 July 2014

Before we get started one thing that you should know is that applying for an UK General Visitor VISA is a painstakingly, nerve wrecking and time consuming process. Fortunately, the UK government site is one of the most informative sites I have come across which helps a lot when preparing to for you application. There are also many private companies one can call if you have any questions that need to be answered.

UK Great Britain Flag The UK government site is one of the most informative sites when applying for your Visa

Brief Overlook


Costs £83 to apply for VISA that is valid for up to 6 months from the day your application is accepted.

You are able to apply for long stay visit VISA’s too, which will cost you considerably more.

1 year             - £300

2 years           - £300

5 years           - £544

10 years        - £737


The Process

  • Fill in the application form
    • Set out some time for this because it can take you anywhere between 2-3 hours to complete the application form
    • Save regularly as long periods of inactivity will log you out of your account meaning that you will lose all the inserted information before the time of saving
    • Be ready to rummage through a lot of old documents as the application form will require you to answer questions in detail and cover a plethora of details
  • After your application is done you will then pay for your application fee online (the only accepted method of payment)
    • Take note that this fee is non-refundable, even if you application gets declined
  • Print out your form and keep it in a safe place as you will need to bring this along on the day of your application
  • Now you will book your appointment at your nearest VISA application centre. Make sure it is an appointment you can keep as it will drastically increase the waiting period and overall time to get your VISA.
    • You will also need to register for an account on otherwise you will not be able to attend your appointment. This site also provides you with “value added services” and you will be able to track the status of your application.
    • You will receive a GWF number with a barcode that you MUST print out and bring on the day of your interview.
  • When preparing for your appointment make sure to provide as much supporting documentation as possible. Refer to this PDF document to see what exactly you will need to bring to provide on the day of your application:
  • On the day of your application remember your:
    • Proof of appointment
    • GWF no with barcode
    • Supporting Documentation such as Passport (valid for 6 months after your return) etc.

The UK VISA application process may be a stressful and nerve wrecking process but if you follow these steps, do proper research and provide as much supporting documentation as possible you will have no trouble getting your UK VISA.

Wiehahn Diederichs

“We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” Travel has opened my mind and soul and has filled me with an insatiable thirst and curiosity for life. My passion for travel is fuelled by my love for photography and writing. Through these mediums of expression I hope to inspire people to follow their hearts and see the world. There is an entire planet filled with a variety of people and experiences waiting for us to meet them.