UNITED KINGDOM OF GREAT BRITAIN

UNITED KINGDOM OF GREAT BRITAIN, Embassy of the

 

Address:                              120 Upper McKinley Road, McKinley Town Center

                                                Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City 1634, Metro Manila

Tel. No. :                              858-2200

Fax :                                       858-2237

Email:                                    uk [at] info [dot] com [dot] ph

Website :                             http://ukinthephilippines.fco.goc.uk

Office hours :                     (Local Time)

Monday 7:30-15:45

Friday 7:30- 12:30

 

Ambassador:                     H.E. STEPHEN LILLIE

 

When to apply

 

You can apply for a visa up to 3 months before tour date of travel to the UK. We strongly advise you not to confirm your travel arrangements until you have already your visa.

 

Visa processing times in the Philippines

 

Service Standard

 

We have service standards for processing UK visa applications in the Philippines. Our standard say that we will process:

 

  • 90 percent of non-settlement applications within 3 weeks, 98% within 6 weeks and 100% within 12 weeks of the application date; and

 

  • 95 percent of settlement applications within 12 weeks and 100% within 24 weeks of the application date.

 

 

Please note we define one week as 5 working days.

 

If our visa processing service is experiencing delays, we will publish a news story on this website to explain what is happening.

 

If we have taken more than 3 weeks (for non-settlement visas) or 3 months (for settlements visas) to process your application, and we have not published a news story to explain the delay, you can email the VFS call center, who will forward your email to us for reply.

 

We will not respond to your enquiry if you contact us before this time has elapsed.

 

 

 

 

Our recent performance

 

Our guide to visa processing times contains up-to-date information on the time taken to process UK visa applications in every visa application center, by visa category. We update this information each month.

 

The processing time begins when our commercial partner VFS Global has received your completed application form, application fee, passport, and supporting documents and you have enrolled your biometric information. It ends when we have made a decision on your application and your passport is available for collection.

 

You can use this information as a guide to how long it may take to process your application; we cannot guarantee that your application will be processed within that time. This is because of the unique circumstances of each case.

 

Track your application

 

You can use the free Track your application service from VFS Global to monitor the progress of your visa application. Alternatively, VFS Global offers a SMS service (fee payable) which sends you a message at various stages of the visa application process informing you the status of your application and when your passport is ready for collection. You can find more information on the VFS Global in the Philippines. You can find more information on the VFS Global in the Philippines website.

 

Before you apply

 

Before you apply, you must:

 

  • Prepare the supporting documents that you will need;
  • Be ready to enroll your fingerprints and photograph (known as biometric information) at our visa application center in Manila; and
  • Be able to pay the visa application fee the Visa application fees pages explain how much your visa application will cost.

 

How to apply

 

To apply for a visa, you must:

 

  • Complete and submit a visa application form; and
  • Visit our visa application center in Manila

 

You need to complete and submit the application form online.

 

You will need to print out and sign your completed application form. If you do not have access to a printer when you apply, you will be able to log in and print out the form later.

 

You can find the online application form under ‘Do it online’ on our website.

 

When you completed you online application, you will receive an email message containing your application number (also known as a GWF reference). Please make a note on this number.

Paying your visa application fee

 

You can pay your visa application fee in any of the following ways:

 

  • By cash only over the counter at the Union bank Pasong Tamo Branch. You will need to bring a photocopy of your passport data page when pay the fee. The bank receipt will only be valid for 10 working days from the date of payment and you must submit your visa application within this time.

 

The bank’s address is:

Union Bank

Ground Floor

Kingswood Arcade Vito Cruz Ext. cor Pasong Tamo, Makati City

 

  • By cash only over the counter at the Union bank Pasong Tamo Branch. There is a service charge of PHP 150.00 per visa application. You will need to bring a photocopy of your passport data page when pay the fee. The bank receipt will only be valid for 10 working days from the date of payment and you must submit your visa application within this time.

 

  • By manager’s cheque obtained by any bank registered in the Philippines. Cheque should be made payable to the British Embassy. Only manager’s cheques with the correct fee and payable to British Embassy will be accepted. There is bank charge when you purchase a manager’s cheque which varies from bank to bank. You should ensure that you obtain a receipt.

 

The visa application fee payment cannot be paid at the visa application appointment at the visa application center. We will not refund you fee if you application is unsuccessful.

 

The visa application center

 

To complete the application process, you book and attend an appointment at the visa application center in Manila.

 

You can find more information on the Booking an appointment page.

 

GUIDE TO SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS

 

These documents are important because they provide information about your personal circumstances in the country in which you are applying.

 

A current and valid travel document or passport We will not issue a visa if you do not have a valid passport or travel document to put the visa in.
One passport sized colour photograph This must comply with the requirements in our photo guidance
Evidence of your permission to be in the country where you are applying, if you are not a national of that country This could be a residence permit, ‘green card’ or valid visa showing your current immigration status
Previous passport These are to show your previous travel history
Evidence of your marital status This could include a marriage certificate, a civil partnership certificate, a divorce certificate or a death certificate
Evidence of your current employment or studies This could include:
  • A letter from your employer on a company headed paper – detailing your summary ad the length of your employment, confirming that you have been given time off work and stating whether this time off is paid or unpaid. You could also consider submitting further documents which might support an employment letter, such as pay slips or tax returns. If you have recently entered new employment you could consider providing details of your previous employment and salary history.
  • A letter from your education provider on headed paper – confirming your enrollment and leave of absence
  • Business registration documents confirming the business owner’s name and the date when the business started trading

 

Information about your finances and employment

You may submit any of the following financial documents. You should consider including evidence of your total monthly income from all sources, for example employment, friends, family, personal savings or property. This will help us assess your circumstances in your own country and will provide us with evidence of how your trip is to be funded. You should consider providing this information even if someone else is paying for your trip.

  • If someone is paying for your trip then they should consider providing the dame information about their finances and employment.
  • If you are providing documents from a joint account then please explain who the other account holder are, and why you have permission to spend money from the account.
  • If your spouse or partner is employed then the Entry Clearance Officer also finds it helpful to see evidence of their employment and financial details.

 

Bank Statements or bank books Showing what has been paid in and out of an account for up to the previous six months, and naming the account holder. If you have made deposits in your account history then you may wish to explain the origins and timing these deposits.
Bank letter or bank certificate Showing the account balance, the account holder’s name and the date when the account was opened. If you provide this document you should consider providing additional documents to show the origins of the money in your account.
Payslips Covering up to the previous six months. If your salary is paid directly into your bank account, you could consider providing the statements showing these payments.
Tax returns (business or personal) You cloud include recent documents from your government tax office, confirming your income and the amount of tax that  you have paid.
Business bank account statements If you include these you may wish to explain why you are allowed to spend the money from a business account if you are on a private visit.
Evidence of income from property or land This could include property deeds, mortgage statements, tenancy agreements, accountant’s letter, land registration documents or crop receipts. If the property or land is registered in several names, you may wish to explain how much you own. If the money earned from the land is shared, you may wish to say how it is divided.

 

Accommodation and travel details

You may wish to submit the following documents to help show us your accommodation and travel arrangements in the UK and on which date you intend to leave the UK. We advise that you do not make any payments for accommodation, travel and so on until you have received your visa.

 

Details of accommodation and return travel bookings This could be:
  • Hotel booking confirmation (usually email)
  • Travel booking (can be email or copy of tickets)
  • Travel agent confirmation of both
  • Accommodation details with a supporting letter from the occupant confirming that you are able to stay there

 

Information about your visit to the UK

Depending on the reason for your visit, you may wish to provide some of the following documents to help to show us what you plan to do while you are in the UK.

 

In some locations you can only apply by making an online application. You should check on our supported countries page to see if you have to or if you bale to make an online application. If you make an online application you must also print off the application form and submit it with any supporting documents you have chosen to submit.

 

General visitor / Tourist

 

Completed  visa application form
  • If your country does not support online applications you must complete and submit a VAF1A.
A planned itinerary, if you have one This could include:
  • Bookings or tickets for any excursions, trips and outings
  • Email conversations about any excursions, trips and outings
  • Travel agent booking
Supporting letter(s) from your friend or sponsor in the UK If you are visiting a friend you may wish to include a letter of invitation from them as well as their financial documents, as outlined in the finances and employment section above. You should also consider supplying evidence of their immigration status in the UK, this could be copies of:
  • Bio-data pages from their passports
  • Valid visa or immigration stamp from their passport
  • Home Office letter confirming permission to stay in the UK

Family Visitor

 

If you want to come to the UK as a Family Visitor you may check our guidance

  • Visiting family to make sure that you qualify.

 

Completed  visa application form If your country does not support online applications you must complete and submit a VAF1B.
A planned itinerary, if you have one This could include:
  • Bookings or tickets for any excursions, trips and outings
  • Email conversations about any excursions, trips and outings

Travel agent booking

Evidence and supporting letter from your family member in the UK that you intended to visit If you are visiting a family member you may wish to include a letter of invitation from them as well as their financial documents, as outlined in the finances and employment section above. You should also consider supplying evidence of their immigration status in the UK, this could be copies of:
  • Bio-data pages from their passports
  • Valid visa or immigration stamp from their passport
  • Home Office letter confirming permission to stay in the UK

 

Business Visitor

Completed  visa application form If your country does not support online applications you must complete and submit a VAF1B.
Evidence of who invited you to the UK A letter of invitation from the business on their official headed paper confirming who you will be visiting, staying with or supported by during your visit.
Evidence of any previous dealings with the UK company that you are visiting This could include any evidence of business meetings:
  • Email conversations
  • Company activities / invoices

 

Prospective Entrepreneur

 

This is a special visitor category created to enable individuals to come to secure funding in order to set up or run a business in the UK with a view to meeting the financial criteria under Tier 1 Entrepreneur route within 6 months.

 

This category has specific documentary requirements.

 

Completed  visa application form If your country does not support online applications you must complete and submit a VAF1C.
Evidence required under the Immigration Rules The Immigration Rules require that you must provide:
  • A letter from one or more FSA-registered Venture Capitalists* supporting the application; and/or
  • A letter from one or more UK Government Departments* supporting the application; and/or
  • A letter from one or more UK entrepreneurial seed funding competitions which is listed as endorsed on the UK Trade & Investment website

 

A definition for Venture Capitalists can be found on the Business Link website. Venture Capitalists must be regulated as a venture capitalists by the Financial Services Authority (FSA). See te FSA website.

**Please see Directgov website for information on UK Government Departments

Requirements for letters of support Each letter must:
  • Be an original document and not a copy;
  • Be on institution’s official headed paper;
  • Have been issued and signed by an authorized official of that institution; and
  • Have been produced within the three months immediately before the date of your visa application

 

The letter has specific content requirements. To ensure that you meet these requirements you should read the information set out in the main UKBA web pages and paragraphs 56 (O) of the Immigration Rules.

 

Student Visitor

 

Completed  visa application form If your country does not support online applications you must complete and submit a VAF1D.
Evidence that you have been unconditionally accepted or enrolled on a course of study in the UK This would normally be a letter of acceptance from the UK educational institution on their official headed paper providing the following details:
  • Name of the course
  • Duration of the course
  • Cost of the course (including accommodation if appropriate)
Evidence of any previous study or qualifications gained This could include:
  • A certificate of award
  • Academic reference or transcript
Evidence of any English language ability or qualifications This could include:
  • Test result certificate (for example IELTS, TOEFL, PTE Academic etc)
  • Certificate of award (for degrees taught in English)
Evidence of your financial sponsor’s occupation, income and any savings or assets they have, as well as any funds they have set aside specifically to pay for your studies This could include a variety of any of the financial documents outlined above in the finances section.

You should also consider supplying evidence of their immigration status in the UK, this could be copies of:

  • Bio-data pages from their passports
  • Valid visa or immigration stamp from their passport
    • Home Office letter confirming permission to stay in the UK
Tuberculosis (TB) testing (where applicable) for student visitors  studying English language courses only longer than 6 months Residents from certain countries applying for a visa to come to the UK for longer than 6 months need to get a certificate confirming that they are free from infectious Tuberculosis (TB) before applying for a visa. A list of these countries along with information on TB testing can be found on the UKBA pages.

 

Academic Visitor

 

Completed  visa application form If your country does not support online applications you must complete and submit a VAF1E.
Evidence that you have been invited to the UK by the academic institution you will attend This could include your formal letter of invitation confirming what you will be doing at the academic institution and the terms on which you have been invited.
Evidence that you have been working as an academic in an institutions of higher education or in the field of your academic or to your visa application. This could include evidence of:
  • Business meetings
  • Email conversations
  • Company activities
  • Employment contract
Details of any grants or bursaries relevant to your application This could include documents  from the donor on their official headed paper providing details of the bursary or grant that you have been awarded

 

Marriage Visitor

 

Completed  visa application form If your country does not support online applications you must complete and submit a VAF1F.
Evidence to show that arrangement have been made for the marriage or civil partnership to take place during your visit or if not, that you have given the appropriate notification This could include:
  • Evidence that you have given notification of marriage to the registry office in the UK where you partner lives
  • Details of the marriage or civil partnership and evidence of money paid towards costs related to it
Evidence to show that you are free to marry or enter into a civil partnership This could include a:
  • Decree nisi
  • Decree absolute
  • Death certificate of a previous partner

 

Medical Visitor

 

Completed  visa application form If your country does not support online applications you must complete and submit a VAF1G.
Evidence that the hospital or clinic has agreed to treat you This could include:
  • Appointment letter from the hospital detailing the cost and duration of treatment
  • Letter from your consultant
Evidence to show how the treatment is being paid for This could include a variety of any of the financial documents outlined above in the finances section

Visitor in Transit and Direct Airside Transit

 

Completed  visa application form If your country does not support online applications and you are
  • A Visitor in Transit - you must complete and submit a VAF1H.
  • Applying for a Direct Airside Transit Visa - you must complete and submit a VAF6
Evidence that the earliest onward passage from the UK has been booked/confirmed, and that it is either within 24 hours of arrival in the UK for Direct Airside Transit or 48 hours of arrival in the UK for Visitor in transit This could be:
  • Travel booking confirmation (can be email or copy of tickets)
  • Travel agent confirmation
Evidence that you are assured entry into the onward country that you are travelling to This could be:
  • A residence permit
  • ‘green card’
  • Valid visa

 

Sports Visitor and Entertainer Visitor

 

Completed  visa application form If your country does not support online applications and you are
  • A Sports Visitor - you must complete and submit a VAF1H.
  • An Entertainer visitor - you must complete and submit a VAF1K
Evidence of your invitation to attend the event This would normally be an invitation letter from the organizers of the event on their official headed paper
Supporting letter from any sponsor’s This could be provided by an official sporting or entertainment organization, confirming who will be visiting, staying with or supported by during your visit.

 

Olympics/ Paralympics Games Visit Visa

 

Games Family Members’ who will be travelling to the UK for meetings, training camps and test events outside the Games Period may be eligible to apply for the Olympics/ Paralympics Games Visit Visa applicants will be subject to the same controls as other visitors, and visa nationals will be required to submit their biometrics and pay the visa fee as part of their visa application. You should also consider submitting supporting documents as detailed in the information about you, Information about your finances, employment, accommodation and travel details section above.

 

Completed  visa application form If your country does not support online applications you must complete and submit a VAF1A.
Evidence that you are eligible to apply for a visa under the London Organizing Committee for the Olympic and Paralympics Games (LOCOG) scheme An original letter, or a scanned letter including a unique reference number, from the London Organizing Committee for the Olympic and Paralympics Games (LOCOG) confirming that:
  • You are eligible to apply for a visa under this game
  • Your date of arrival and departure from the UK
  • Your job title and the name of the organization that you represent
  • The name of the person of department at LOCOG that you are visiting or the meeting/workshop/event that you are attending and how this is specifically relevant to the Olympics or Paralympics

 

Scanned invitation letters should also contain your passport number.

 

 

Information about Children

The United Kingdom Border Agency has an obligation under Section 55 of the Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Act 2009 to safeguard the welfare of children. This means that if you apply as child visitor we will want to know who your parents are, who you are travelling with, and that there are adequate care arrangements for you in the UK.

 

If you are an adult (other than the parent or legal guardian) travelling with a child, you may be asked to present the parent’s or legal guardian’s written consent. If you are the child’s parent, you may be asked to provide evidence of the other parents consent if they are not travelling with you.

 

The Entry Clearance Officer wish to see:

  • The child’s birth certificate
  • A signed and detailed letter from the child’s parent or guardian
  • An official letter from an authority confirming guardianship

 

UKBA PHOTOGRAPH GUIDANCE

 

For immigration applications made outside the UK (version 4/2009)

The photographs which you have to provide with your application must be in the format specified below. These format requirements meet internationally agreed standards. If the photographs are not in this format, they will be rejected, and may cause a delay in processing your application.

 

Photographs must be

  • Identical where two photographs of the individual are required
  • In color, not black and white
  • Taken against a light grey or cream background
  • 45 millimeters (mm) high xx 35 mm wide
  • Able to fit into the template opposite, with the eyes positioned in the shaded area
  • Free from shadows
  • Taken with the eyes open and clearly visible
  • With the subject facing forward, looking straight
  • With a neutral expression with the mouth
  • Of each person on their own (no objects such as dummies or toys or other people visible)
  • Taken with nothing covering the face
  • In sharp focus and clear
  • With a strong definition between face and background

 

 

Photographs must also

  • Be a recent true likeness of the individual, taken within the last 6 months
  • Be undamaged (not torn, creased or marked)
  • Be free from reflection or glare on spectacles, the frames of which must not cover the eyes (if possible, we recommended photographs without spectacles to avoid the risk of rejection because of glare or reflection)
  • Be free from “redeye”
  • Be free from airbrushing or similar enhancement (for example photographs must not be “photo shopped” or “touched-up” or otherwise digitally altered.
  • Be taken of the full head, without any covering unless worn for religious or medical reasons

 

Children

  • Photographs of children aged six and over must meet the full format requirements set out in this guidance.
  • Photographs of children aged five and under must show a clear image that is a true likeness of the child. As young children can be difficult to photograph, children aged five and under do not need to have a neutral expression or to look directly at the camera, but they must face forward and meet all other format requirements.
  • In addition, babies under one year old do not need to have their eyes open though this is preferable. All other requirements must be meet. If the baby’s head needs to be supported, the supporting hand must not be in the picture.
  • If you have difficulty in the meeting these conditions, you should use a photographer instead of a photo booth.

 

If you choose to use professional photographer, please ensure that they are aware of the format requirements specified in this guidance, particularly that the photographs will not show white background when printed. Please note that it is your responsibility to provide acceptable photographs in the format specified in this guidance. If you do not, your application may be delayed. Please also note  that the photographs provided by you become part of our official records and we will not return them.