How to apply for UK visa from Pakistan in 2023? if that’s what you are looking for then you are at the right place. This is a complete guide on how to apply for a UK visa in Pakistan and what are the requirements and procedures. Once upon a time, a UK visa was free on Pakistani passport. However, now you need to apply for a UK visa to visit the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
Thousands of Pakistanis apply for a UK visitor visa every year and they face many hurdles in getting it. So, in this article, we will discuss all the relevant information regarding documentation and visa requirements for UK visas in Pakistan.
- Why My UK Visa Was Refused?
- How to Apply for UK Visa from Pakistan?
- UK Visa Application Centers in Pakistan
- Documents Required For UK Visit Visa from Pakistan
- My UK Visa Tips for Pakistani Citizens
- What are the Reasons for which UK Visa Can be Rejected in Pakistan?
- Processing Time of UK Visa in Pakistan
- How Many Other Countries You Can Visit with UK Visa?
- Frequently Asked Questions Related to UK Visa in Pakistan
Why My UK Visa Was Refused?
I was lucky enough to have obtained a UK visa recently in my second attempt. I was refused when I applied for a UK visa back in 2016, but that was my own fault. I could not provide complete documents and did not fulfill the requirements. but on the second try, I got it, how did I do it? let’s discuss and I am happy to share my experience with you.
Note: If you need visa consultancy about a UK visa or any other visa then I offer a paid consultancy by WhatsApp or Zoom call in which you will be able to talk to me for 30 minutes and explain your situation. You can book an appointment for visa consultancy by contacting us via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by messaging us on WhatsApp: +923112127101.
How to Apply for UK Visa from Pakistan?
UK visitor visa is applied for through an online process where we have to first create our account by logging in to the official website of UK immigration and then fill the visa application form and add all relevant information that’s asked in the online form after we submit the form and pay the visa fee (24,500 PKR Est) for standard 6 months visa, we will have to print that form and go to Gerry’s office to submit our visa application with all required documents.
Once you have filled visa application form, take its printout and go to Gerry’s Visa Application Center, and submitted it by hand. These centers are located in Karachi, Lahore & Islamabad.
UK Visa Application Centers in Pakistan
You will have to book an appointment at Gerry’s website in order to submit your visa application. You can do that by visiting Gerry’s website for a UK visa and booking an appointment for your UK visa application.
Documents Required For UK Visit Visa from Pakistan
- Original valid passport
- Photocopies of all pages with visa and stamp
- 2 passport size pictures
- CNIC copy (valid)
- Family registration certificate(FRC)
- Bank statement for the last six months
- Bank maintenance certificate
- Covering letter with detailed itinerary
- Employment letter (if job) Or Business Document
- Salary slip for last three months
- Online income proof (I submitted this, you don’t need to)
- Property document (if you have one)
- Flight reservation(optional)
- Hotel reservation(optional)
- Tax return of last three months
- NTN certificate
If someone is inviting you to the UK on a visitor visa then the sponsor’s passport copy and bank statement for the last 6 months should be attached with above mention documents.
My UK Visa Tips for Pakistani Citizens
Always be truthful while submitting your visa application. The purpose of your visit to the UK should be clearly mentioned in the cover letter with the dates and places mentioned.
Salary income and bank statement should correspond to each other, which means it should not show any inconsistency. This is very important in the case of a UK visa because they check your income and match it with the bank statement and how much you will spend in the UK. They act like accountants and audit firms.
If any big transactions had been made in the last 6 months then proof and explanation should be provided. Don’t complicate your bank statement, make it simple and clear to understand for the visa officer. They check every detail about the stated income.
The UK visa is different from a Schengen visa in Pakistan and US visa in Pakistan. Because in Schengen visa they don’t evaluate your bank statement that much precisely. Similarly, a USA visa in Pakistan is mostly based on your interview & information you provide in the form. But the UK visa process is very different, they check your bank account like an accounting firm.
The account balance should be as much as it covers all the expenses of the trip and also the same amount should be left in the account. It’s like you spend half of your savings on the trip and you keep the other half for the future. If you have more money then no problem.
Show your home ties as much as you can to the consulate such as marital status, professional background i.e. job, business, etc. You can also show your past travel history which will help in obtaining a UK visa for tourism purposes.
Hotel reservations can be made by authenticated websites like Agoda as they do not charge you before confirmation. You can also use booking.com for hotel reservations.
If you are staying in someone’s house mention all the details of the house from the address to the number of bedrooms because consulates have concerns regarding accommodation. They should provide you with an invitation letter and write everything.
What are the Reasons for which UK Visa Can be Rejected in Pakistan?
The visa rejection rate on Pakistani passport is very high, therefore, you have to be truthful in your statements, and you will have to provide home ties and strong financial background while applying for a UK visa first time and you have to convince the visa officer, that you will come back on time after visiting the United Kingdom.
If you provide inconsistent financial statements and inconsistent travel plans then there are high chances the visa will be refused. Make a clear travel plan, make a clear bank statement, and be consistent in all of your statements and that’s where you will have a great chance of getting a UK visa on a Pakistani passport. Else, you can opt for my visa consultancy service for 30 minutes and I will give you the best possible advice for a UK visa.
Processing Time of UK Visa in Pakistan
The visa process takes around 20 to 40 days on average due to the backlog created during the covid-19 pandemic. You can apply for 6 months visitor’s visa, 1 year, 2 years, 5 years, and 10 years visitor’s visas (All Multiple Entries) which have different fees that you can see on the official website of the UK government.
Once your visa is approved, you can visit all of the United Kingdom on that visa including England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland, also Gibraltar, Jersey, and the Isle of Man.
How Many Other Countries You Can Visit with UK Visa?
The good news is that you can further visit many countries with a valid UK visa including Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Turkey (evisa), Albania, Montenegro, Macedonia, Georgia, and Panama. therefore, keep your UK visa safe and don’t misuse it to secure your future.
Frequently Asked Questions Related to UK Visa in Pakistan
How much is the UK visa fee from Pakistan?
UK visa validity is 6 months, 2 years, 5 years, and 10 years. The minimum fee is Rs.24500 for 6 months visa and then Rs.92500 for two years visa and the fee for a 10 years UK visa is Rs.205800.
Is UK visa open for Pakistani?
Yes. Currently, UK visas are open for Pakistanis in all categories. You can apply online through the website that I mentioned in this post.
How much bank statement is required for UK visit visa?
There is no requirement for a certain amount in the bank statement. However, as I mentioned, you should have enough funds in your bank account to cover the expenses of your trip to the United Kingdom.
Who can sponsor me in the UK?
Anyone can sponsor you for a UK visa from the UK. Mostly, friends and family can sponsor you for a UK visa and they have to provide documentation such as their passport, bank statement, employment letter, etc which you will submit with your visa application.
How can I migrate to the UK?
Yes. You can migrate to the UK by investing in the UK. You can also migrate to the UK as a student and as a skilled immigrant. You have to check the options on their official website.
In conclusion of my post, I would say, the UK visa is one of the easiest visas to obtain on a Pakistani passport if you understand the science behind it. When I applied for this visa for the first time, I did terrible mistakes and once I learned how they see the visa application, I easily obtained a UK visa on a Pakistani passport. So, be honest to yourself and to the visa office, and enjoy your trip to THE UNITED KINGDOM of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.