How to get a visa to England: general advice.
Applying for a visa to the UK and processing documents by the consulate. What you should pay attention to in this process: compliance with the authenticity of the documents submitted, the reliability of the translation and the dates indicated in them.
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Today I’m starting a new series of videos on immigration and visa issues in the UK. I hope it will be useful to those who are just starting their application process or have already begun to collect documents.
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The first introductory video will be devoted to general recommendations and advice on how best to prepare yourself morally for this process, and also how to understand the logic behind each application. All the tips are based on my personal (successful) experience, as well as on my mistakes and on my own stress, so if you are interested, keep looking.
First of all, I want to advise everyone to have patience and a positive attitude. This is very important in any case, and especially in the process of obtaining a visa to the UK. This state is known for the fact that it is difficult to get visas into it, and this process is a little scary, it seems very difficult, but patience and a positive attitude will help greatly.
The second point: organization. I can not even underline its importance in the process of applying for a visa to the UK, because there are many things to consider, especially those relating to dates and dates. You should always keep in mind that although the site specifies a certain time for review and gives statistics for the previous month and so on, but each situation is very individual. And the British Consulate always indicates on its website that the dates are given as tentative and you need to understand that in your case the process can take longer, and you will not be able to help in the consulate.
If you bought a ticket and you need to leave tomorrow, and your documents have not returned, the consulate will say to you: “We warned you, we talked about that you did not book tickets in advance” – and in the end you remain in a very unpleasant situation , in vain spent money on tickets; or if you have a conference or some event that takes place on a certain date, then, of course, you get quite a lot of disappointments. Therefore, my advice: be very organized, start the process as soon as possible, give yourself this extra time (two weeks, three, maybe even a month) for the consular officer to have an opportunity to consider your application. And even if the answer to your request comes later, you will not find yourself in such a situation (with tickets on your hands and without ready-made documents or with problems related to missed dates).
Now about the process of applying for a visa to the UK. If you submit it from outside (and probably my video is more relevant to such applications), you often do not personally submit documents to the consulate, but do it through third parties (companies that won the tender). At the moment, this organization is Teleperformance, it has centers around the world, as I understand it. And you bring the documents to the appropriate center, where they are packed for you, processed, take biometric data from you; and the documents are then sent to the British Consulate. One must understand that sometimes this happens even in your country, as, for example, in Ukraine, when the documents are not considered in Kiev, but in Warsaw.
Thus, your application is not your words, not your honest eyes – these are only your documents. Therefore, they are the key to your success, you need to take them very seriously. I understand that this can be irritating when it is necessary to collect a bunch of certificates, copies of documents, but the logic in this is such that they will then appear before the consular officer’s eyes and he will make the appropriate decision. In this regard, all documents must be made qualitatively: correct dates, no corrections, correct translations. Re-read all requirements for your category. If the document is not in English, there must be a translation, notarized, but not certified as a notary, but a special signature (which confirms that the document was translated from the original and is reliable), date and contact data of the translator. It can be, of course, a professional translation agency, but at the same time, it seems to me, there are cases when people ask just their friends to put such a signature or even the applicant can do the same.
If any document is the basis of your application (corresponding to your main reason of the trip, which is proof of it), then maybe it is worth translating it using the services of professional translators and notarized. In principle, it does not hurt, but will only show that the document is really reliable, it is correctly stitched. And if this is some kind of certificate, a birth certificate, then your signature or your friend’s signature can be quite enough.
The following recommendation: include a cover letter in your application, that is, in addition to the documents listed in the requirements, attach a letter to the consular officer explaining (perhaps even repeating) the reasons for your trip, by some circumstances of your application; Explain the reason why no document was provided (if it is missing), or why you only have a copy of a document – use this opportunity to explain the points that may not be clear when you first look at a set of your documents. By writing such a letter, you will be convinced that you have done everything and provided all possible documents that will affect the successful consideration of your application.
Separately, I want to focus your attention on the fact that the British consulate is very serious about such violations as forging documents. It is clear that sometimes, when there is such a huge list, some documents are difficult to provide. We think that it is possible to embellish something in some way, but a fake is a very serious violation, it can affect not only your application, to which you attach a forged document, but also to your visa history in general, because in the form of punishment, the British consulate can impose an automatic refusal (a kind of ban) on your subsequent applications. Therefore, if there is no document, then again attach all the documents that you have, and in the cover letter explain why there is no particular document; or, if it is available to you at a later stage, you can inform the consular officer that the latter should contact you when the required document is available to you and you can send it by mail.
The last recommendation is to clearly understand the logic of one or another category of visa, that is, the logic of certain criteria (that the consular officer will look in your documents, what requirements you must meet in order for you to be given a visa). And just the same understanding of why this or that document is needed, relieves us of unnecessary stress and discontent.
I sincerely wish you all a successful visa! In my next video, I will talk in more detail about specific categories of visas, as well as the specific stages of the application process. So subscribe to not skip the stories, and put the “thumbs up” if you liked this video. And see you again, for now!
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