Visa Information

You can apply for a Standard Visitor visa if you want to visit the UK:
  • for leisure, eg on holiday or to see your family and friends
  • for business, or to take part in sports or creative events
  • for another reason, eg to receive private medical treatment
The earliest you can apply is 3 months before you travel. You should get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks.
 
When you apply you’ll need to provide:
  • a current passport or other valid travel identification
  • evidence that you can support yourself during your trip, eg bank statements or payslips from the last 6 months
  • You need a page in your passport that’s blank on both sides for your visa. Your passport must be valid for the whole of your stay in the UK.
  • You’ll also need to provide a certified translation of any documents that aren’t in English or Welsh.
Read the full list of supporting documents you can provide.


Visa Photo Guide

You need 2 identical photos for a passport application. You must get a new photo when you get a new passport, even if your appearance hasn’t changed.
 
Your application will be delayed if your photos don’t meet the rules.
 
Your photos must:
  • measure 45 millimetres (mm) high by 35mm wide (the standard size used in photo booths in the UK)
  • not be a cut down version of a larger picture
  • If you use a photo booth outside the UK, check it can give you photos that measure 45 mm high by 35mm wide.
Your photos must be:
  • printed to a professional standard
  • taken within the last month
  • in colour on plain white photographic paper with no border
  • taken against a plain cream or light grey background
  • clear and in focus
  • without any creases or tears
  • unmarked on both sides (unless a photo needs to be countersigned)
  • unaltered by computer software
Your photos must:
  • be a close-up of your full head and upper shoulders
  • contain no other objects or people
  • be in clear contrast to the background
  • The image of you - from the crown of your head to your chin - must be between 29mm and 34mm high.

In your photo, you must:

  • be facing forward and looking straight at the camera
  • have a neutral expression and your mouth closed
  • have your eyes open, visible and free from reflection or glare from glasses
  • not have hair in front of your eyes
  • not have a head covering (unless it’s for religious or medical reasons)
  • not have anything covering your face
  • not have any ‘red eye’
  • not have any shadows on your face or behind you
  • You can’t wear sunglasses or tinted glasses. You can wear reading glasses but your eyes must show fully through clear lenses without glare or reflections.
Photos of babies and children
  • Children must be on their own in the picture. Babies must not be holding toys or using dummies.
  • Children under 6 don’t have to be looking directly at the camera or have a neutral expression.
  • Children under one don’t have to have their eyes open. You can support their head with your hand, but your hand must not be visible in the photo.
When sending your application, your photos must be:
  • separated from each other
  • left loose and not attached to your application form

Currency

1 Pound Sterling (GBP) = 97.55 Rupee (₹)

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