Recently, I applied for a Short-term UK Visa in Abu Dhabi upon my intention to visit my friend who lives in the UK. Before my application, I have read tons of websites and blogs. Upon checking, I just let a big sigh upon seeing all the list of requirements that you need to acquire and submit. I know it’s hard to be Filipino sometimes!
So one month before my application, I started to collect all the documents needed. I started with requesting a Certificate of Employment from my employer then requesting a Bank Statement from my Bank. Upon completing all my documents, I went to the UKVI website to book an appointment and paid 141.00USD online and received a confirmation booking for their office in Khalidiya. You need to print the confirmation letter before going to the application center, otherwise they won’t let you in the Visa Application Center without it.
So on my appointment day, I went to the VFS Global Office which is located on the 25th floor of Shining Towers in Khalidiya, went for security checks then submitted all my documents to the agent. Upon verifying all of it I paid an extra 10aed for SMS and Email Tracking, he then asked me to proceed to the biometrics room for my photograph and fingerprints collection. The whole process only took about 14-minutes or less, so quick! They then informed me that the visa processing time will take up to 3 weeks.
To be honest, I was so nervous that my visa might get denied because I’ve read some blog posts from applicants who have been denied because they only have stayed here in the UAE for not so long, and since I’m only 20 years old and has only been staying here in the UAE for a year, the fear of getting denied is real! But after 8 working days, I received my passport anxiously praying and hoping to see a UK Visa stamped on it while browsing all my passport pages, Thank God! They gave me a multiple visa valid for six months! One of the happiest days of my freaking life! See you next year UK!
You should not worry about your application as long as you’ve provided all the required documents and that you’re completely honest with your intention of visiting the UK. In my scenario, I got a letter of invitation from my friend who lives in the UK. It’s stated in the letter that I will be staying at his place most of the time and that he will make sure that I will exit from the UK before the Visa expires. And I also stated in my cover letter that I will only go there purely for tourism purposes and that I have no intention of looking for a job in the UK.
I hope this experience will help a lot of you, especially Filipino expats here in the UAE who are applying for a UK Visa for the first time.
Letter of sponsorship from sponsor/s
Cover Letter Addressed to the Embassy of UK in Abu Dhabi
Passport copy of sponsor/s
Statement of Account of sponsor/s
Six month pay slip of sponsor/s
Itinerary plans with Budget
Your Passport Copy
Residence Visa Copy
Employment Certificate showing your annual income and Approved Leave dates
Bank Statements For The Last Six Months
Application form, duly dated and signed
Frequently asked questions:
I’m in the UAE as a tourist, can I apply for a UK visa in any of the emirate?
-No, unfortunately, most of the UK Visa application center only accepts applicant with a work visa enabling the applicant to stay in a country/ territory for more than six months and in this case, UAE tourist visa is only valid for 3 months max.
Will the UKVI Accepts Scanned copy of the documents of my sponsor/s?
-Yes! They do, so you don’t need to ask your sponsor to courier all the original documents.
Should I have a confirmed return flight tickets before applying?
-No, not necessarily.
All the requirements are pretty much the same, wherever which country you are applying from.
Thanks for reading!
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