How to Apply for UK Tourist Visa

How to Apply for UK Tourist Visa

How to Apply for UK Tourist Visa

How to Apply for UK Tourist Visa

If you’re looking at making a trip to the United Kingdom for a short period of time, for a holiday, to visit friends/family or for business purposes, British law mandates that you would have to apply for a visa.

This visa, referred to as a Standard Tourist Visa, can be used by individuals who wish to visit the UK for short periods of time (up to 6 months). In certain cases, individuals can be issued visas extending up to 10 years, subject to certain conditions.

Applying for a UK Tourist Visa

Individuals applying for a tourist visa to the UK can apply for either of the two types mentioned below:

Short Stay Visa- generally up to 6 months

Long Term Visitor Visa- up to 2, 5 or 10 years. A long term visitor visa can be applied for if the applicant can submit proof that frequent visits to the UK would be required over a period of time, and that the purpose of those visits would remain the same over the duration of the visa period.

The application process for a UK tourist visa is to be submitted to the UK High Commission or UK Visa Application Centers situated across the country. The visa application can be made online or in person.

UK Tourist Visa Eligibility

Individuals who are applying for a UK Tourist visa are required to meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Submit proof of return on the scheduled date.
  • Submit proof you can take care of your financial expenses while in the UK.
  • Submit proof of any activities (business or otherwise) you wish to participate in that fall within the framework of permitted activities, while in the UK.
  • For long term visa applications, the applicant has to prove that he/she has a recurrent need to visit the UK and that the purpose of the visit will remain constant for the duration of the visa.

In case of visa applications for medical treatment, applicants should provide documentation of the treatment, have made arrangements for funding the treatment as well as prove they will leave the UK on completion of treatment.

UK Tourist Visa Documentation

Indian individuals applying for a tourist visa to the UK will have to provide the following list of documents along with their application form:

  • Valid passport or travel document.
  • Financial statements that prove the applicant can support himself/herself during the course of the trip.
  • A translation of any document that is not in English or Welsh.

Additional documents if the purpose of the visit is for:

  1. Entrepreneurial opportunities.
  2. Private medical treatment.
  3. Organ donation.
  4. Academics on a sabbatical.
  5. Academic purposes- to sit the Objective Structures Clinical Examination or the Professional and Linguistic Assessment Board.

UK Tourist Visa Form

The application form for a UK Tourist visa is known as the ˜Visit and Short Term Stay (VAF1A) Form. This form can be downloaded from the official website of the UK government as well as from the British High Commission website.

The applicant should go through the instructions printed at the top of the form before filling in the form.

As a rule, only black or blue ink can be used to fill in the form and the form is to be filled in English only.

The applicant is required to enter the following details in the form:

  • Type of visitor visa (tourist/to visit friends/other).
  • Duration of stay.
  • Main purpose of visit.
  • Dates of travel (both the date of entry as well as date of exit from the UK)

Personal Details:

  • Applicants full name.
  • Gender.
  • Marital status.
  • Date and place of birth.
  • Nationality and country of birth.
  • Dual citizenship status, if any.
  • Passport details such as passport number, expiry, date and place of issue.
  • Residential address.
  • Contact information such as email address, telephone and mobile number.

Family Information:

Family related information such as father/mother/spouse name, date and place of birth and nationality.

Details regarding spouse/children, if any.

Employment Information:

Financial and employment details, such as current employment status.

Type of employment currently engaged in, duration of employment and organisation details.

Work address and previous work history.

Details of income and employment.

Details of cost of the visit to the UK.

Travel History:

Details of previous travel to foreign countries.

Previous travel to the UK, with details, if any.

Record of any criminal history in a foreign country, if any.

UK Tourist Visa Application Process

The application form is to be filled out either online or by collecting a physical copy of the form. Online forms can be found on the website of the British High Commission or the British Consulate website.

On submission of the form, the applicant will have to visit a Visa Application Centre at an allotted date and time where his/her biometric information (fingerprint scan and photograph) will be taken.

The applicant will have to be present at the Visa Application Center along with the form, visa fee and all supporting documents to file his/her visa application.

On completion of the filing process, an acknowledgment will be issued. The acknowledgment has to be presented when collecting the documents submitted.

The applicant will be notified regarding the status of the application within a period of three weeks from filing the application.

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Temporary foreign workers gaining permanent residence in Canada on the rise

Temporary foreign workers gaining permanent residence in Canada on the rise

Temporary foreign workers gaining permanent residence in Canada on the rise

Temporary foreign workers gaining permanent residence in Canada on the rise

Expanded pathways to Canadian permanent residence helping numbers grow, says new study

A growing number of immigrants who come to Canada as temporary foreign workers are staying longer and obtaining permanent residence, a new report by Statistics Canada shows.

Entitled “Just how temporary are temporary foreign workers?”, the report looks at data for four cohorts of temporary foreign workers (TFWs) aged 18 to 64 who received a work permit between 1990 and 2009. Together, the cohorts represented more than 1.3 million work permit holders.

While the study’s findings suggest that the majority of TFWs left within two years of obtaining their first work permit, it also notes that “the tendency to stay longer has increased among more recent arrivals.”

However, the study also concludes that the duration of stays remains strictly regulated, despite what it says is “a common misconception that host countries often do not have sufficient control over how long TFWs reside in the country.”

“The duration and type of stay of TFWs in Canada are strongly restricted by the regulations governing their work permit terms,” it reads.

In order to work in Canada as a TFW, a job offer is required. However, obtaining permanent residence is possible without a job offer, principally through Canada’s Express Entry system.

Policies helping TFWs transition to PR

The report studied TFWs who came to Canada through programs now grouped under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) and the International Mobility Program (IMP).

Examples of programs under the TFWP include the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program, the Live-in Caregiver Program and the Low-Skill Pilot. Other TFWP participants are high-skilled professionals hired on short-term contracts.

The IMP is also composed of several different programs that mostly cover high-skilled professionals, including professionals working in Canada under international agreements like the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), on intra-company transfers and as research-and-studies-related work permit holders such as foreign medical interns.

The study considered four variables to see what, if any, impact they had on length of stay among TFWs in these two groups. These variables were individual demographic characteristics (age, sex), source-country economic and social conditions, host-country institutional factors, such as government regulations, and local and regional socio-economic conditions.

Host-country policies and regulations were found to be critical to the length and type of stay of TFWs, with the study noting that the lengthening stays among new arrivals beginning in the late 1990s was “consistent with Canada’s increased reliance on TFWs and the expanded pathways to permanent residence.”

Pathways to permanent residence

Yet not all TFW programs are alike when it comes to pathways to permanent residence. The study notes that such pathways tend to be more numerous for high-skilled temporary workers.

The study says this reflects the fact “Canada’s immigration selection system rewards candidates for human capital assets such as education, Canadian work experience and official language abilities.” To this end, certain work experience gained as a TFW in Canada can be counted toward a candidate’s eligibility under the Canadian Experience Class as well as towards their federal Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System score. Such work experience is also favoured by a number of Provincial Nominee Programs, which allow Canada’s provinces and territories to nominate a set quota of immigrants each year.

Among TFWP streams, Live-in Caregiver Program participants have been able to apply for permanent residence after two years of full-time work in Canada, but the same option is not available for seasonal agricultural workers, who must leave the country after eight months.  While the majority of LCP participants became permanent residents by their fifth year in Canada, only two percent of SAWP participants had done so by their tenth year in Canada.

The study notes that the primary pathways to permanent residence for low-skilled workers are through provincial or territorial nomination programs, or PNPs, that respond to local labour needs.

Country of origin

Country of origin also plays a key role in determining how long TFWs stay in Canada, with those originating from countries with “lower levels of economic development and social stability” staying longer in Canada as temporary residents or becoming permanent residents than those from more prosperous, stable countries.

The study found that by the fifth year after their first work permit, 42.8 percent of TFWs from countries with low Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita acquired permanent residence. By contrast, only 7.4 percent of TFWs from countries with a high GDP per capita transitioned to permanent residence in Canada. Social stability also played a role in the length of stay, with 37.9 percent of TFWs from countries with low social stability gaining permanent resident status by their fifth year in Canada.

However, the study concluded that many source country differences were explained by the fact citizens of less developed and less stable countries were the main recipients of TFWs in the Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP), Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program (SIWP), and the Low-Skill Pilot (LSP).

“TFWs in all these programs had a high tendency to stay longer or come back after leaving for a few months,” the study says.

Individual characteristics, regional socio-economic conditions were found to have a “relatively weak” association with length of stay. That said, TFWs who arrived “at the prime working age (25 to 44)” had a higher tendency to stay as temporary or permanent residents than those on the younger or older end of the age spectrum.

The study found the share of TFWs who transitioned to permanent residence was highest between the second and fifth year after obtaining their first work permit.

“After the fifth year, the share of TFWs who became permanent residents surpassed the share of TFWs who remained temporary residents, in most cases,” the study observes. “By the 10th year, the remaining TFWs overwhelmingly comprised permanent residents.”

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Peter Dutton calls for migration cut: ‘We have to reduce the numbers’

Peter Dutton calls for migration cut: ‘We have to reduce the numbers’

Peter Dutton calls for migration cut: ‘We have to reduce the numbers’

Peter Dutton calls for migration cut: ‘We have to reduce the numbers’

Home affairs minister says some Australia cities ‘overcrowded’ and migrants who are ‘going to be a burden’ should be rejected

Peter Dutton has said Australia must reduce its intake of migrants “where we believe it’s in our national interest”.

The home affairs minister told 2GB Radio on Thursday the Coalition had already “considerably” reduced the number of people entering Australia – by 100,000 on the levels when Labor was in government – and was not tied to the current level of migration.

Dutton was responding to Jim Molan’s first Senate speech on Wednesday in which the new Liberal senator said he has concerned legal migration was “in excess of the capacities of our cities to absorb”.

Since 2017 the former Prime Minister Tony Abbott has suggested a reduction as part of a “conservative manifesto” to win back Coalition voters, including those who intend to vote for One Nation, whose leader Pauline Hanson advocates stopping migration.

Dutton said it was a “perfectly legitimate argument” that Australia’s cities were “overcrowded” including “gridlocked traffic in the mornings” and use of services like hospitals.

“We have to try and encourage people out into regions, we have to reduce the numbers where we believe it’s in our national interest,” he said. “It’s come back considerably and if we have to bring it back further, if that’s what required and that’s what’s in our country’s best interests … that is what we will do.”

Dutton said some state governments had handled capital city infrastructure better than others so levels of overcrowding were “a different story as you go around the country”.

The home affairs minister said the migration program should always “be operated in a way that it acts in our best interests” such as refusing to allow migrants who were “going to be a burden” in favour of people who “make a good contribution”.

“But we do have problems where people are concentrating in and around Sydney, in and around other capital cities, including Melbourne. We need to try and disperse people out.”

Dutton said some regions and sectors like abattoirs in regional areas needed a foreign or temporary workforce because “the local kids won’t do the work”.

On Thursday, Molan, a former general and one of the architects of the Coalition’s Operation Sovereign Borders policy, said control of the borders and immigration “are important to me as they are to most Australians”.

“We now effectively control our borders in a way that few now trust the opposition to do,” he said. “However, I am concerned that the level of legal migration … is in excess of the capacities of our cities to absorb, both culturally or in terms of infrastructure.

“We are approaching limits on this, if indeed we have already exceeded them. I don’t have the answers, but I certainly have the concerns.”

Molan did not express contrition for sharing videos from anti-Muslim group Britain First, but rather thanked the prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, for backing him over the controversy.

Molan has previously suggested he shared the videos to spark conversation about law and order rather than to suggest Muslims are responsible for violence.

At a press conference on Thursday the jobs minister, Michaelia Cash, praised Molan as an “outstanding individual” who had helped the Coalition stop people smuggling boats.

Asked about his comments on migration, Cash distanced herself by noting that Liberals are “able to express an opinion”.

“It doesn’t actually mean the government is going to agree with your opinion,” she said.

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