If you are intending on travelling to the UK (this includes England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland) for a short period of time, you will require a UK Visitor visa to enter the UK.
Depending on your main purpose of travel for example visiting family or friends, meeting clients or suppliers for a business trip or simply going to the UK for tourism purposes only then you would need to apply for the correct visa type. If you apply under the wrong visa type then this could result in a visa refusal.
Visa Box will guide you through your visa application step-by-step. Our services include completing your online application form, providing you with your tailor-made document requirement list, review and approval of all documents and forms prior to submission and booking your visa submission appointment at the UK Visa Application Center (VAC) closest to you.
There are 4 different UK validity periods to cater for your particular needs: Up to 6 months, up to 2 years, up to 5 years and up to 10 years for the regular travellers to the UK. But please note that the traveller cannot remain in the UK for longer than 6 months per 12 month cycle.
Once we get started with your UK visa application one of our friendly case workers, from our processing team, will send you the document requirement list together with further instructions. The document requirement list is customised as everyone’s situation is different and the list is based on your actual purpose of travel to the UK.
Once you have gathered all of the necessary supporting documents on our list you can then email or fax them through to us to review and approve. If you have any questions or queries during your application we are only a phone call or email away.
Visa Box will complete the online visa application form on your behalf. We will handle all of the admin work for you so that you don’t have to!
It is compulsory for each applicant to have their own completed online application form. Once the online application form has been submitted we can then secure your visa submission appointment based on your availability provided that we are satisfied that you have gathered all of the required supporting documents according to our list.
All applicants must appear at their visa appointment in person regardless of their age. UK visa applications can be lodged at your nearest UK Visa Application Centre (VAC) between 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday to Friday (Except for Public Holidays).
These VAC’s are located in Pretoria, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth. There is no jurisdiction therefore Visa Box can schedule your visa submission appointment at any of the UK VAC’s for your convenience.
At your visa submission appointment you would then hand over all of your original supporting documents together with a printed version of your online form and your original passport to the immigration officer at the UK VAC. All UK visa applications are then sent and processed at the UK High Commission in Pretoria. Once your visa application has been processed and your visa has been issued your passport and supporting documents would be couriered back to the UK VAC where you had originally lodged.
The regular short term UK visitor visa (6 months validity) currently costs £85 per person. This UK consular fee does fluctuate with the exchange rate.
The general processing times for UK Visitor visas, from date of submission, is around 10-15 working days but this does fluctuate depending on whether it’s in peak season or not. Make sure that you start your UK visa application process well in advance so that you can get your UK visa before your intended departure date.
If you require your UK visitor visa in a hurry then the UK VAC do offer a priority processing service which will ensure that your visa application is processed within 3-5 working days but this additional service does cost an extra £120 equivalent per applicant. The UK VAC (JHB and PTA only) also offer a super priority processing service which costs an extra £600 equivalent per applicant but then the travel visa would be issued in 24 hours.
Visa Box has been assisting clients from all over South Africa with their UK visa applications for many years now.