So you’ve checked our guide for overseas workers and you know that you’re eligible to apply for a Visa. Now you need to put together an application. It can be quite a long process and you won’t be allowed to look for a job until you have got one – so make sure you leave yourself with plenty of time to sort it all out.
NOT SURE IF YOU'RE ELIGIBLE?
Don’t do anything until you’ve read our guide to migrant worker eligibility
Know you’re eligible?
The exact process of obtaining a Visa differs from country to country, so make sure you check everything out first!
In almost all eligible countries, you can apply for a visa online using the Visa4UK system. In some countries, you must print the form out and complete it by hand.
Visa application forms are available ONLY in English, and must be completed in English. If you don’t understand English, you will need to get help with filling out the form. If it’s written in your own language it will not be accepted.
However, any supporting documents and proof requested can be in your own language.
Responsibility for your own form
You must apply for and obtain your own visa – somebody cannot do this for you, although if you have problems with English then you can nominate someone to fill in your form for you. You will, however, have to sign it yourself.
Visa application centre
You will need to attend a visa application centres in person where you will probably need to enrol your fingerprints and facial image. In some countries, you must also show that you have been screened for tuberculosis.
The Visa officers cannot make an immediate decision on your application and they might ask you to attend an interview if they need additional information. They aim to do this within 15 working days from the date when the visa officer assesses your application.
What if my Visa is refused?
If you give false or misleading information, or fail to give important information then your application will fail and you could be banned from applying for a visa for 10 years.
If your application is refused, you can appeal against the decision or request a review.