If you are planning to apply for a visitor’s visa to the UK from Germany, and hold a Pakistani passport, here is how you can go about it:
Decide on length of the visit
Choose the length of your visa’s validity. Your choices are 6 months, 2 years, 5 years and 10 years. The longer the period, the higher your fee will be.
- Short-term (up to 6 months, single or multiple entry) – 112
- Longer-term (valid for up to 2 years) – 420
- Longer-term (valid for up to 5 years) – 763
- Longer-term (valid for up to 10 years) – 957
The earliest you can apply is 3 months before you travel and the processing usually takes about 3 weeks.
Prepare for all the documents
You will need a whole lot of supporting documents to guarantee your return. You will need both soft and hard copies of each. Any document that is not in English needs to be translated. However, there are a few exceptions, such as a housing contract. Make sure each document is completed as accurately as possible. This will increase the chances of the application being successful. However, for any inquiries or support, it might be worth contacting JMR Solicitors, for example. They should be able to assist people with the legal side of things.
The passport or travel document
Your passport must be valid for your visit to the UK, be in good condition, and have at least one-page blank on both sides. If you have had a UK visa before, but this is in an old passport, send in both of your passports.
Evidence that you have permission to be in the country you are applying from
For example, a green card, a residence permit, an official letter from an immigration authority, or a visa sticker in your passport. It might be a good idea to consult a UK visa attorney in case you need to discuss the requirements for a standard visitor visa.
Information about your visit
Documents showing any plans you have made, such as: tour details / flight details / letter of invitation / evidence of sponsor’s immigration status in the UK
Documents showing the income and employment stated in application form, such as: letter from employer / pay slips / tax returns / business registration documents/ business bank account statements
Money (either income or savings)
Documents such as: Bank statements / bank books / bank letter / balance certificate / tax returns / crop receipts
Documents showing where you live, such as: Property deed / mortgage statements / tenancy agreements / accountant’s letters / land registration documents. If you want to sell your mortgage note from your previous property ownership, you can check out Amerinote Xchange to help you with that.
Evidence of assets
Documents showing that you own property or land, such as: Property deed / mortgage statements / accountant’s letters / land registration documents
Accommodation in the UK
Documents showing your UK accommodation and travel details, such as: Hotel booking confirmation / travel booking confirmation / travel agent confirmation / sponsor accommodation details
Documents showing your marital status, such as: Marriage certificate / civil partnership certificate / divorce certificate / spouse or partner’s death certificate
Register online to fill out the application form
Log on to https://visas-immigration.service.gov.uk/alt-language-selection-skip-visa to create an account and fill out the application form. The 9-page long form requires your personal details, travel history, information regarding the trip (tentative dates, length, purpose, finances available, stay, etc), spouse’s information, details about parents, employment, travel history, and other standard information.
Pay the fee and book an appointment
There are multiple ways to pay the fee, including PayPal. There are three appointment centres in Germany – Berlin, Munich and Düsseldorf. The appointment is primarily for biometrics, and documents verification. It is booked via TLSContact, and you are directed to it automatically from GOV.UK website once you reach that point in the application process.
Attend the appointment
Dress up because there will be a picture. Make sure you have both copies and original documents – they never took any from us but it is better to be over prepared than under. Also, they will keep your passport, so do not make any travel plans for at least three weeks after your appointment.
Wait for the email/status update
Once a decision has been made, the status in your account is updated. You will also get an email to inform that your passport is ready for collection.
Collect, confirm reservation and ticket, and happy travels!