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UK Embassy in Pakistan

The United Kingdom is one of the most favourite countries for Pakistani where they want to travel especially for education purpose. The reason for this favouritism is the number of well-known universities and standard of living. Every year thousands of Pakistani students seek admissions in universities in the United Kingdom apply for visa and scholarships. During the recent decade, the British Council has made changes in the visa policy, and it has become hard for a Pakistani to get UK visa, but it hasn’t affected the trend.

Not just students, but people from different fields also apply for UK visa so that they can find a better job there to earn a better earning. This high number of UK visa application, the British Council has opened its office in three major cities of Pakistan to cover all the regions. For the north region, there’s UK Embassy Islamabad which is the headquarter or the main office of British Council. For the central region, there’s UK Trade and Investment Office in Lahore. And for south region, there’s British Deputy High Commission Karachi.

UK Embassy in Pakistan Timing

UK Embassy in Pakistan remains open from Monday to Friday. It remains closed , i.e., on Saturday and Sunday. Opening and closing time for UK Embassy in Islamabad and Karachi are same. From Monday to Thursday they open their doors to the public at 8:00 AM and they close their office at 4:15 PM. For Friday the timings are from 8 AM to 1 PM.

For Consular services, the UK Embassy timings are from 8 AM to 1 PM for Monday to Thursday while on Friday from 8 AM to 12 PM. The timing for Lahore office is little different from UK Embassy Islamabad. From Monday to Thursday the timings are 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM while for Friday the office will close at 12:30 PM. It’s better to call them before you visit the UK Embassy for UK Visa or other information. Calling time is same as office timings.

UK Visa Requirements

When you have to apply for UK Visa, first of all, you will have to check the UK visa categories. Checkout in which UK visa categories you fall and then you will have the exact UK visa requirements and UK visa fees. Student visa requirements are different while UK spouse visa requirements are different. Similarly, if you want to London Visit visa, requirements will be different. Here below we will tell you generally about UK Visitor Visa requirements.

While applying for a UK visa, you must have a valid passport which must have at least one blank page. Make sure that your passport expiry date is not coming during your stay in UK else will not be allowed UK visa. UK embassy makes sure that you will come back time and for that it asks you to submit some document. You will have to submit your bank statement with sufficient funds in your account so that you may have access to funds in case of need.

You may need to provide the proof of your earning as well like an employment letter or business proof. They may ask for a third person or party guarantee, i.e., some person or business who is legally in the UK while you visit the UK and who can provide you with financial assistance in case of need. If you are going for a job or education, then you will have to provide a letter from a job or education provider on their letterhead to confirm your job or enrolment. For UK business requirements, you will have to provide Business registration document showing that you are the owner or partner in the business. So additionally, you will have to narrate them your business activities as well while applying for UK Business visa.

Apart from this, you will also have to provide some photographs in passport size with white background. They may ask you to submit additional documents in case of need or depending upon UK visa categories you are applying for. For more information, you can consult the travel agent, or you can visit the UK Embassy in Pakistan.

UK Visa Processing Time

UK Visa processing time depends upon the type of UK visa for you have applied. Normally the delivery and verification of the documents take time. Minimum UK visa processing time is three weeks while it can be maximum 12 weeks. If there will be any rejection of UK visa application, you will be informed within three weeks of UK visa application. 98% of UK visa applications are processed within six weeks while only a few cases get visa verification after six weeks.

UK Visa Fees

UK Visa fees are subject to change, but currently, for a single entry, UK visa fee for Pakistani is 74 British Pounds. If you want multiple entry visa for one year, then you will have to pay 200 British Pounds as a UK Visa fee. For two years this UK visa fee will remain the same, i.e., 200 British pounds. If you are going for a degree purpose or at least five years than multiple entries, UK visa fee will be 320 British pounds that you will have to pay while applying for UK visa in cash.

UK Tourist Visa Requirements

    • Covering Letter
    • 2 recent photographs- 35mm x 45mm, with a white back ground (none glossy paper)
    • Hotel Reservation
    • If relative/friend resides in UK-Copy of passport & valid visa of sponsor
    • If sponsor is willing to bear your expenses then he has to provide his bank statement and job certificate
    • Bank Statement of the last 6 months
    • Original CNIC
    • Original Family "B" form-Nadra-computerized (in case of accompanying children)
Visa Fees
  • Visit Visa Fees: 6 months Rs. 9750/- + Rs. 200 bank charges
  • Student Visa Fees: Rs. 14,850/- +Rs. 200 bank charges)
  • 1 to 7 years, Student, Employment and Medical Rs. 30,750/- +Rs. 200 bank charges
  • Settlement Visa Fees Rs. 77,250/- +Rs. 200 bank charges) + (Rs. 1000/- processing fees)
  • Transit Visa Fees Rs. 6750/- + 200 Bank charges
  • Service Charges Rs. 500/- per passport
Business Visa Requirements
    • Covering Letter
    • Invitation Letter "If Business"
    • Hotel Reservation
    • 2 recent photographs- 35mm x 45mm, with a white back ground (none glossy paper)
    • Bank Statement of the last 6 months
    • Original CNIC
    • Original Family "B" form-Nadra-computerized (in case of accompanying children)
    • Visa Fees:
    • Visa Fees:
    • Visit Visa Fees: 6 months Rs. 9750/- +Rs. 200 bank charges
    • Student Visa Fees: Rs. 14,850/- +Rs. 200 bank charges)
    • 1 to 7 years, Student, Employment and Medical Rs. 30,750/- +Rs. 200 bank charges
    • Settlement Visa Fees Rs. 77,250/-(+ Rs. 200 bank charges) + (Rs. 1000/- processing fees)
    • Transit Visa Fees Rs. 6750/- + 200 Bank charges
Service Charges Rs. 500/- per passport

NOTE

1- The British Deputy High Commission Karachi is no more operative for the biometric system. Applicant has to go personally for submission at for finger prints. (w.e.f 27 Sep 2007)

2-At the time of collection the passenger has to go personally to the office (along with a copy of his/her CNIC)

Processing time: 15 working days

Submission Timings:   Monday to Thursday from 09:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Delivery Timings:      Monday to Friday   from 02:00 p.m. to 04:00 p.m.

E-Mail: visa enquiries.khi@fco.gov.uk

CHECKLIST OF EXTRA PHOTOCOPIES ON A-4 SIZE AND ONLY PRINTED

USING WHITE OFFSET / 100 GM PAPE

DOCUMENTS                                         NO OF COPIES

Visa application form (paste photo before making copy)                   01

Current / valid passport (01-04 pages)                                 02

All previous passports (if available)

(01-04 pages & any pages of passports showing immigration status,

Refusal stamps or visas)                                              01

NIC                                                                        02

Bank statement                                                     01

All other supporting documents                                        02

Educational documents (in case of student visa)                           03

REQUIRED INFORMATION FOR VISA PROCESSING

  • Marital Status
  • Are you holding any other nationality
  • Details of previous passports ?(last 10 years) Where are they ?
  • Home Address with postal code.
  • How long have you lived at the currect residence address ?
  • Residence Tel No. / Cell No. & Email Address
  • Spouse’s Name, Date of Birth, Nationality & His/Her whereabouts
  • Children’s Name, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Passport No. & their whereabouts
  • Details of family in the U.K.
  • Date of joining of present job & employer’s email address.
  • Any other source of Income.
  • Total monthly income after deduction of tax.
  • How much income is given to your family members and other dependents.
  • How much do you spend each month on living costs.
  • If someone other then yourself is paying for all or any part of your visit, how much money will they give you ?
  • What is the cost to you personally of your stay in the U.K.
  • What does the business or Organization that invited you do in the U.K.
  • Do you have savings, property or other income, for e.g. from stocks and shares?

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THE BRITISH HIGH COMMISSION
Diplomatic Enclave, Ramna 5, P.O. Box 1122, Islamabad.
TEL: Visit Visa 051-2820934, Visa Settlement 051-2820917, 2206071-5
FAX: 051-2824728, 2823439
Email:
visqry.islamabad@fco.gov.uk
Email: 
Cons.Islamabad@fco.gov.uk

BRITISH DEPUTY HIGH COMMISSION
Shahrah-e-Iran, Clifton, Karachi-756000
TEL: 021-5872431-6, 5874300
FAX: 021-5874328, 5874014
Email:
mailto:tradeuk@cyber.net.pk
Website:
www.britainonline.org.pk

HIGH COMMISSION FOR PAKISTAN
Chancery address 35/36 Lowndes Square, London SWIX 9JN
Consular Section: 34 Lowndes Square, London SW1X 9JN

Telephone: (+44-0207) ) 6649284, 290226 , Fax: (+44-0207) 664-9224

Time : PST -4 hours (summer) PST -5 hours (winter), Weekly Holidays: Saturday & Sunday

Website: www.phclondon.org
E-mail:
info@phclondon.org

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