UK Visa From Pakistan

Pakistani nationals will need a visa to visit, work or study in the UK. Depending on your travel purposes and length of stay, you will have to apply for a UK visa suitable for your circumstances.

For more information about the various UK visa types, which visa will be appropriate for your purposes, whether you meet the eligibility criteria for the same, and how to apply, call us today on +44 (0)333 305 9375 or contact us online, to receive bespoke advice from our expert immigration lawyers.

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    Do Pakistani Citizens Need a UK Visa?

    Whether or not an individual will need a visa to travel to the UK depends on a) their nationality and b) their intended length of stay in the country.

    EU/EFTA nationals, citizens from a few Commonwealth countries, and citizens from certain visa-exempt countries for the UK (such as the US, Japan, Singapore or Israel) will not need a visa to enter the UK if they are going to stay in the country for less than six months.

    They will still be required to carry the required documents for a UK visa with them, and show those documents to the UK immigration officers at the port of entry. Moreover, they can stay in the UK without a visa for only three months if they are entering the country from Ireland.

    However, if they intend to stay in the UK for six months or more, they will have to apply for a visa regardless of their nationality. Citizens from all other countries will need a visa to travel to the UK, irrespective of their proposed length of stay in the country.

    Pakistan is a visa-required nation for the UK. So, Pakistani citizens will have to obtain a valid visa to enter the UK, whether they are planning to stay in the country for less than six months or longer.

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    Types of UK Visas From Pakistan

    Pakistani citizens will have multiple UK visa options to choose from, depending on their reasons to travel to the UK and intended length of stay. The main categories of UK visas are:

    • Work visas, such as:
      • Health and Care Worker visa and Skilled Worker visa, for skilled overseas workers with a UK job offer
      • Senior or Specialist Worker visa, Overseas Domestic Worker visa, Graduate Trainee visa, Secondment Worker visa, Service Supplier visa, UK Expansion Worker visa, or Representative of an Overseas Business visa for overseas employees working in the UK for their employers abroad
      • British National (Overseas) visa, Graduate visa, Youth Mobility Scheme visa, India Young Professionals Scheme visa, Global Talent visa, UK Ancestry visa, or High Potential Individual (HPI) visa for eligible foreign nationals without a job offer in the UK
      • Temporary work visas such as Seasonal Worker visa, Government Authorised Exchange visa, Creative Worker visa, Religious Worker visa, Charity Worker visa, International Agreement visa etc.
      • Others such as International Sportsperson visa, Minister of Religion visa (T2), Scale-up Worker visa, Frontier Worker permit etc.
    • Business visas such as a Business Visitor visa or an Innovator Founder visa
    • Study visas, such as a Student visa, a Child Student visa, or a Short-term study visa
    • Standard Visit visa for tourism, business, study and other permitted activities, for a maximum period of up to six months (long-term Standard Visitor visas are available for foreign nationals who come to the UK regularly, but they can stay for a maximum of six months per visit)
    • Family visa to live in the UK for more than six months with a UK resident family member
    • Transit visa for passing through the UK to another country

    Foreign nationals fearing persecution in their home countries may also seek asylum in the UK. However, there is no UK asylum seeker visa. After arriving in the UK without any legal approval in the form of a valid visa, asylum seekers will have to apply for refugee status or humanitarian protection in the country.

    The Nationalities and Borders Act 2022 introduced a provision for temporary refugee permission to stay, which would be valid for a minimum of 30 months and renewable thereafter, for Group 2 refugees (i.e. whose entry in the UK is considered unlawful). However, the Home Office paused the categorisation of refugees into such groups in July 2023.

    Required Documents for UK Visas From Pakistan

    The supporting documents you will be required to submit while applying for a UK visa from Pakistan will vary depending on your chosen visa type. We have provided here a list of general documents required for every UK visa application as well as certain documents specific to visa type.

    The supporting documents for Pakistani nationals include (but not limited to):

    • A valid passport, with at least one blank page
    • Proof of financial means, such as bank statements etc.
    • Tuberculosis test results, which is mandatory for people coming to the UK for six months or longer, if they have been living in Pakistan or another listed country within the last six months (or lived in Pakistan or another listed country for six months or more in the past)
    • For work visas, UK job offer or employment contract, Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) reference number and the name and sponsor licence number of the UK employer, criminal record certificate in case of certain job categories etc.
    • For student visas, acceptance letter from a UK educational institution, parental consent to study in the UK for child students etc.
    • Proof of relationship with the UK resident family member for family visas
    • Business plan and endorsement from an approved body in the UK for an Innovator Founder visa
    • Travel itinerary, medical insurance and proof of accommodation in the UK for Standard Visitor visas
    • Proof of residence in case the visa applicant is currently living outside Pakistan
    • Details of criminal, civil or immigration offences, if any
    • Any other relevant documents depending on their specific circumstances etc.

    However, please note that this is not an exhaustive list by any means. Please get in touch with VFS Global, the official partner of UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) in Pakistan, to obtain a list of supporting documents specific to your circumstances.

    Alternatively, you may reach out to the British High Commission in Islamabad or the British Deputy High Commission in Karachi, to get a complete list of supporting documents required in your case.

    Please also note that you will have to submit certified translated copies in case your supporting documents are not in English.

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      How to Apply for UK Visa From Pakistan

      Application for a UK visa from Pakistan will start with identifying the visa type appropriate in your circumstances. Please visit the UKVI website to determine what type of visa you will have to apply for, and what supporting documents you will be required to submit along with your visa application depending on your chosen visa type.

      The UK visa application is an online process. You will have to create an account on the UKVI site to start with your visa application process, and follow the instructions carefully as provided on the site while filling up the online application form.

      You may be required to pay the visa fees as well as a healthcare surcharge, if applicable, while filling up your online application. You may use a debit or credit card to pay the fees. Please note the reference number after paying the fees, which may be required for any future amendments to your application or visa appointment.

      You will also have to upload your supporting documents online while applying for your UK visa. For people who do not have a scanner available or who are not comfortable using the internet, VFS Global can help them with uploading their documents in exchange for a service charge.

      Once your online application is complete, please book an appointment with your nearest VFS Global centre in Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi or Mirpur. On the date of your appointment, please visit the centre in person where your biometric information, i.e. fingerprints and facial image, will be taken. You will also have to submit your original passport (or any other travel document as applicable) at the centre.

      The centre will get in touch with you once they have received your visa decision for collecting your passport. You may do so in person by visiting the centre, or VFS Global will send it to your address by courier for an additional fee.

      Processing Time for UK Visa From Pakistan

      Your UK visa processing time will vary depending on the visa type, the time of year, the volume of applications being handled by the visa authorities at the time of your application, and your personal circumstances.

      In general, while visit, work, study and business visas take up to three weeks for processing, you may have to wait for up to 24 weeks to receive a decision on your UK family visa application. If UKVI will need more information for processing your visa, your waiting time will increase further.

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      UK Visa Cost From Pakistan

      UK visa fees vary depending on the type of visa, and whether the application is being made from within the UK or outside.

      Applying for a UK visa from Pakistan will cost you:

      • £115 for a Standard Visitor visa
      • £400, £771 and £963 for long-term visit visa, valid up to two, five or 10 years, respectively
      • £35 for a Transit visa (direct airside transit) and £64 for a Transit visit visa (landside transit)
      • £1,191 for an Innovator Founder visa
      • £192 for a Global Talent visa (or £716 where Approval Letter is not required)
      • £719 for a Skilled Worker visa (or £1,420 where a CoS has been issued for over three years)
      • £551 for a Skilled Worker – shortage occupation visa (or £1,084 where a CoS has been issued for over three years)
      • £284 for Skilled Worker – Health and Care Visa (or £551 where a CoS has been issued for over three years)
      • £719 for a Representative of an overseas business visa
      • £298-£1,420 for different Global Business Mobility visa categories
      • £719 for a T2 Minister of Religion visa
      • £298 for an International Sportsperson visa (or £719 where a CoS has been issued for over 12 months)
      • £490 for a Student or Child Student visa, and £200 for a Short-term study visa etc.

      You may also have to pay an additional healthcare surcharge while applying for a UK visa.

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        What If My UK Visa Application Has Been Rejected?

        Your UK visa application may be rejected for various reasons, such as submitting incomplete application form, not submitting required supporting documents or submitting insufficient information/evidence, not being able to convince the visa authorities of the genuine purpose of your visit, history of immigration abuse, criminal offences or previous conviction record etc.

        Your visa refusal decision letter will inform you of the reason(s) behind your visa refusal, as well as whether you have the right to appeal the decision, or if you can seek an administrative review instead.

        Please consider consulting an immigration lawyer if you are unsure about your course of action in case your UK visa application has been refused. Dial +44 (0)333 305 9375 today to speak with one of our legal team members.

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        How Can Total Law Help?

        Obtaining a UK visa is a challenging and fairly time-consuming task. Each UK visa application goes through a rigorous scrutiny by the Home Office or the British consular authorities in your country of residence, and any reasonable doubt whatsoever on their part may jeopardise your chances of success for the current visa application or affect any future UK visa application.

        Moreover, the eligibility criteria, application process and required documents will vary widely depending on the type of UK visa as well as your circumstances.

        At Total Law, our team of sympathetic immigration lawyers have the required expertise and legal knowledge to assist you, even if your case is complicated.

        If you are seeking overall advice with your UK visa application from Pakistan or you would like an immigration expert to complete your application on your behalf, we are happy to help.

        We offer a document and application checking service as well, in case you just need us to conduct a final check to confirm that your documents and application adhere to the Home Office guidelines. We also have an appeal package if you would need to appeal your visa refusal.

        Get in touch with our expert immigration advisers today on +44 (0)333 305 9375 or contact us online, to discuss further about how we can help you.

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                  Frequently Asked Questions

                  You will be able to track the status of your visa application online at the VFS Global site, or opt to receive status updates via email or SMS by paying an additional fee to your visa application centre (please check whether such services are available in your chosen centre).

                  A Standard Visitor visa to the UK will allow Pakistani nationals to stay in the country for a maximum period of up to six months, or till the visa validity end date as mentioned on their visa sticker/document, whichever is shorter.

                  In certain circumstances, however, it may be possible to apply for a longer stay, e.g. for receiving medical treatment in the UK.