Apply for a UK visa
|1: Overview||2: Commonwealth citizens|
|3: Apply for a certificate of entitlement|
You can apply online for a:
- UK visa – to visit, work, study or join a family member or partner in the UK
- certificate of entitlement to prove your right of abode in the UK
You must be outside the UK, Channel Islands and Isle of Man.
Before you apply
First check what kind of visa to apply for and what documents you’ll need.
Also check if you need to get a tuberculosis (TB) test.
When you apply online you need to:
- fill in the application form in English
- pay the visa fee online (in most cases)
- print out your form
- book an appointment at a visa application centre
You can save your application form and finish it later.
What service you use depends on the visa you’re applying for.
Apply for a tourist or short stay visa
You can apply using the new service for:
- Standard Visitor visa
- Marriage Visitor visa
- Permitted Paid Engagement visa
Apply for all other visas
Apply on the Visa4UK service for all other visas, including study and work visas.
Create an account on Visa4UK to apply for the first time.
Sign in to Visa4UK to apply if you already have an account.