I’ve seen a many individuals struggling with the visa applications and from my involvement with applying for a UK visa; I’ve come up with the following handy bits of guidance:
Quit paperless bank statements:
– If you are planning to apply within the following six months or a year, pick to get paper bank statements for all your savings and current accounts.
– Find out your bank’s policies on printing original statements (with bank logo, address, and your account number). Some banks can only return a couple of months without having to place in an order. These orders can take several weeks to satisfy.
Timing is everything:
– Don’t apply for a visa or visa employment visa application renewal too far in advance. The UKBA has recommendations on when to apply for visas, and these recommendations should not be surpassed. Applying and receiving your visa early will mean that your visa will also lapse earlier. This could cause problems when applying for permanent residency later on.
– Remember, the ‘date of application’ is the date that you mail your application. To ensure it gets to the UKBA in a convenient manner, invest in 1st class postage or Royal Mail Next Day Delivery which at present cost about £6.22 for upto 500gms package with tracking information.
Hang in there:
– The UKBA is notoriously slow when it comes to processing applications, so understand that you could be waiting anywhere from a couple of months to a couple of weeks. Because your application will require your passport, you won’t travel during the processing time frame.
– The UKBA does expedite some visa applications. If you find that your life is hanging in the balance (for example a business is waiting on proof of your right to work in the UK), then you can send a faxed expedition request to the office that is handling your application. Remember that all requests to expedite requests MUST BE BACKED WITH EVIDENCE. This can come in the form of a letter from your manager, doctor’s letter, and so on