A Guide for The Requirements for UK Visa 

The UK is a friendly and welcoming place to live, and it is a fun place to study English! It is an attractive destination both for tourists and students.  Visitors can enjoy hundreds of famous attractions in a small area. Students could improve their English skills, make friends, work, and visit famous places on weekends. It’s easy to get around in the UK. before anything, you need to know and prepare the required documents for UK Visa. In this article, we will cover the requirements for a UK visa, the requirements according to your job status, and for minors, if you need a UK visa or not, FAQs, etc.


What are the Documents Required for a UK Visa?

  • Application form of UK visa. You have to complete the manual application form or the online form at the Visa4UK website. The application form must be according to the UK visa you apply for.
  • Two photos.
  • Passport.
  • Evidence/proof of having financial funds to pay your living costs in the UK. You could submit your payslips/bank statements for the last six months.
  • Settlement proof. You have to offer a document about the place you will stay in the UK. It could be a hotel reservation receipt.
  • Your travel plans. It must cover:
    • The places you are going to visit in the UK.
    • The activities you will do in the UK.
    • Travel dates.
    • Festival programs.
    • Booked tour.
    • List of meetings.
  • Biometric information. People who want to stay in the UK for more than six months must submit their biometric information. It includes:
    • Your digital photograph
    • Your fingerprints

They get taken at the appropriate application center.

  • Invitation letter. In case you are visiting a relative or friend, you have to submit his/her invitation letter. He/she must be a legal resident or UK national.
  • Receipt of paid UK fees. Submit the receipt that verifies you have paid the visa fees.
  • Verified certification of translated documents. If your documents are not in English/Welsh, have them translated. The translation must get verified by the translator.
  • TB Test Results. The residence of many countries has to submit a TB test result. You can check in the list below to see if you must submit a TB or not:


These countries are based on continents:


Afghanistan Iraq North Korea
Armenia Kyrgyzstan Kazakhstan
Azerbaijan Laos Macau
Bangladesh Malaysia Vietnam
Brunei Nepal Uzbekistan
Bhutan Pakistan Mongolia
Burma Philippines Indonesia
China Russian Federation Thailand
Georgia South Korea India
Hong Kong Tajikistan



Algeria Sudan Equatorial Guinea Burkina Faso Guinea
Congo Djibouti Eritrea The Gambia Guinea Bissau
Morocco Kenya Eritrea Malawi Mauritania
South Africa Niger Lesotho Uganda Senegal
Angola Suriname Botswana Burundi Chad
Congo Democratic Republic Nigeria Ethiopia Ghana Guyana
Mozambique Benin Liberia Cambodia Sierra Leone
Côte D’Ivoire Ecuador Togo Guatemala Zambia
Namibia Tanzania Gabon Mali Cameroon
South Sudan Bhutan Madagascar Rwanda Zimbabwe



Dominican Republic Panama Peru
Bolivia Paraguay Haiti




Belarus Moldova



Kiribati Vanuatu
Palau The central African Republic
Tuvalu Micronesia
Cape Verde Solomon Islands
Marshall Islands


Required Documents Based on Your Employment

Based on your job position, you have to submit more documents:

In case you are employed:

    • Your employer letter. It should verify your:
      •  rank at work
      • salary
      •  employment length

In case you are self-employed:

    • Business registration documents. They must verify:
      • your name as the business owner.
      • the dates your business started trading

In case you are a student:

    • your education institution letter. It must confirm your:
      • enrolment
      • absence leave.


Tips for Photo

Your visa might get rejected for one simple mistake in your photo. Such mistakes in photos are common. Your visa photo must meet these requirements:

  • The style and size (45mm high x 35mm wide).
  • Got taken within the past month and show a full face.
  • Its background must be light grey or white
  • Color photograph.


Required Documents for Minors

You have to submit more documents for minors (under 18):

  • Their birth certificate
  • Adoption documents.
  • If minors are traveling alone or with someone other than their parents:
    • confirming the details of the minor companion through a signed letter.
    • Passport biographical page of the parent(s) or legal guardians.


Standard Documents for Business Visa

If you are visiting the UK for business purposes, these are the basic required documents:

  • Letter of invitation from a business/company in the UK.
  • Details and verification for the purpose you are visiting the UK.
  • In case you are self-employed, proof, and evidence of:
    • Business registration
    • Bank accounts
    • Financial credibility
    • Business activity
  • Proof and evidence of ties to your home country, such as:
    • Ownership of property
    • Family ties
    • Employment ties
    • Loans


Passport Tips

Your visa application might get rejected if there is even one mistake. This happens a lot with passports. Before you apply make sure:

  • Passport validity is more than three months after your travel finishes.
  • It must have at least two blank pages.
  • It shouldn’t have been issued in the past ten years. The issued passport before that won’t get accepted.


Documents needed to Present at the UK Port of Entry

Applicants have to show a few documents to the border control police at the UK port of entry.

You can get your documents checked through the Europian Union or EEA channel if you are EU/EEA national. You will only need your passport or ID. Adults must accompany minors.

in case you are not EU/EEA nationals, you need the following documents to show at the UK port of entry:

  • Valid Passport.
  • Landing Card. Your carrier will give you this. You need to completer it before you reach the border control.
  • Visa (if applicable).


Let’s sum up …

In this blog, we explained all the required documents for a UK visa.

The list of the countries whose nationals have to submit biometric test results, the requirements based on your employment status, what should you submit for minors, and a few other tips got presented.

To find out more about the visa that suits you, go through the menu of the site. You can find all the UK types of visas at the left sidebar.

You can check visalibrary.com to find more information about other countries’ visas.

In case you have some experience, please write it down in the comment section. Your comments let the readers choose better and avoid mistakes. Conveying your experiences as comments is a great help for applicants.