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UK visas and immigration services

The UK remains a popular immigration destination, not just for those from Commonwealth countries, but for individuals from all over the world. Our team has been operating in the UK for over 20 years and we can offer you world-leading advice and representation for moving to the UK on a valid visa.

The UK remains a popular immigration destination, not just for those from Commonwealth countries, but for individuals from all over the world. Our team has been operating in the UK for over 20 years and we can offer you world-leading advice and representation for moving to the UK on a valid visa.

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Let us answer your questions about applying for a UK visa

Applying for your UK visa can be a complicated process, but we try to make it as easy as possible. Below is a list of the most frequently asked questions we receive about getting a UK visa.

If you still have any questions, you can contact our immigration team on +44 (0) 20 7759 7580, or you can email us on immigration@sableinternational.com.

  1. What is the Immigration Health Surcharge and how much does it cost?
  2. What is a BRP card?
  3. How long do I have to collect my BRP card and where from?
  4. When should I start applying for my visa?
  5. How long will it take for my visa to be granted?
  6. What is the visa priority service, and should I use it?
  7. May I travel outside of the UK once I have entered the country on my visa?
  8. Can I use certified documents to apply for my visa?

1. What is the Immigration Health Surcharge and how much does it cost?

This surcharge lets certain visa holders in the UK access the National Health Service as though they were UK residents. All non-EEA nationals, including Australian and New Zealand citizens must pay this fee.

2. What is a BRP card?

A biometric residence permit (BRP) shows a person’s immigration status in the UK, their biographic details, biometric information as well as whether they can access public funds. You will need this card as proof of your right to stay, work or study in the UK.

3. Where do I collect my BRP card and how long do I have to do so?

You must collect your BRP card within 10 days of your arrival in the UK or before your 30-day vignette expires, whichever is the later. If you fail to collect your BRP within this time, you may be subject to a fine or even the cancellation of your visa. You will need to pick up your BRP at the UK Post Office branch nearest to your intended UK address, as stated on your application form.

4. When should I start my visa application process?

We recommend that you begin working on your application 90 days before your intended date of arrival in the UK.

5. How long will it take for my visa to be granted?

UK visas can take anything from 10 days to three months to be granted after you have lodged your application with UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI).

6. What is the visa priority service, and should I use it?

UKVI offer a fast-track service that ensures your application will be processed within five days to three weeks, excluding postage time.

If you require your passport or documents that you submitted for your visa, then you may want to think about using the priority service to have these returned to you as soon as possible. This service is available for an additional fee.

7. May I travel outside of the UK once I have entered the country on my visa?

You should allow at least 10 days in the UK to collect your BRP card before leaving the UK to travel elsewhere.

8. Can I use certified documents to apply for my visa?

No. The UK government requires that you submit the original documents for your application. If you fail to do this, your application will be delayed until the original certificates are provided.

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