UK Visa for Philippine Passport Holders

UK Visa for Philippine Passport Holders

It was a week ago that I revealed my RTW plans and the beginning of my quest for visas.  Every Filipino who have experienced applying visas to Japan, US and Europe (Schengen, UK) can relate to this agony.  I went through both before but it doesn’t get easier. Since I’m going through the whole process again, I thought I’d make an outline to give future Filipino applicants a starting point. Digging through pages and pages of requirements can truly cause nausea, no kidding. So here you go, a blow by blow account on how to apply for UK Visa for Philippine Passport Holders.



The United Kingdom (UK) is composed of the following 4 countries: England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales.  As a Filipino passport holder, let it be a default to assume we needed visa to travel anywhere outside Southeast Asia. UK is no exception. There are several visa types but I’ll be focusing on Tourist Visa.  UK visa is applied through official partner VFS Global.

My focus will only be the application of UK Visa For Philippine Passport holders applying for TOURIST VISA. If you’re studying, working, marrying, or visiting family, I’m sure there’s a whole other bunch of stuff you need to prepare. I can’t help you with it, sorry.

Restrictions in visiting UK as a tourist:

  1. Visit to UK cannot be for more than six (6) months;
  2. Leave the UK at the end of your visit;
  3. Have enough money to support yourself during your stay in the UK without working or needing help from public funds.
  4. Will not take paid or unpaid employment.
  5. Will not marry or register a civil partnership, or give notice of marriage or civil partnership.
  6. Will not get private medical treatment.


When to Apply for UK Visa?

As with most countries, UK visa can be applied maximum of 3 months before intended entry.


Where to Apply for UK Visa?

There are 2 parts in UK Visa Application: (1) Online Application  (2) Appointment to submit biometric and supporting documents.

You’ll need to have in hand your passport, UK address (hotel booking or friend’s address), email address and begin your  online visa application.  You’ll need to go through the following:

  • register for an account
  • fill in the application form in English
  • pay for the visa fee online (in most cases)
  • print out your form
  • book and attend an appointment at a visa application centre

You also need to:

  • have all the supporting documents you need for your visa
  • translate any supporting documents and include them with the originals if they aren’t in English


What to bring to the Appointment?

  • A printed and signed copy of your online visa application form
  • Your current valid passport  Note: The UK Border Agency will retain your passport until they have reached a decision on your visa application. Bear in mind if you have travel plans before going to UK.
  • Previous passports
  • Original supporting documents, with photocopies and translations
  • Printed copy of the supporting document checklist
  • Payment or proof of payment of visa application fee.
  • 1 recent photograph (not more than 6 months old) according to below specification.

Photograph Strict Specification

  • Taken against a light grey or cream background;
  • Clear and of good quality;
  • Printed on normal photographic paper;
  • 45 mm high x 35 mm wide in size
  • Taken with nothing covering the face, without sunglasses or tinted spectacles, or a head covering unless worn for religious or medical reasons. The subject should have their mouth closed (no grinning, frowning or raised eyebrows) and the applicant should be facing forwarding, looking straight ahead.


What are supporting documents?

Simply put, these are documents that show evidence that you have ties in the Philippines and that you are coming back–job, family ties, properties, etc.

Also documents that shows you are capable of supporting yourself while in UK without the need to find employment–Bank statements, certificates, employment payslip, credit cards, etc.

You also need to submit details of accommodation plans and trip itinerary. However, please don’t pay for your accommodation until visa is issued.

All these should be submitted during the appointment. No further documents will be accepted after. Now, while the absence of these documents may result in unsuccessful visa application, submission does not guarantee visa issuance. More info on UK Visa Supporting Document

If you’re not paying for your own way, or have friend(s) in UK who will support you, you should present them with the following documents:

  • Valid Citizen/Residence ID or Passport
  • Bank Statement
  • Address and contact details
  • Invitation letter stating their support


How much is UK Visa for Philippine Passport Holders? Where to pay for UK Visa? (Updated 2-Sept-2014)

Tourist Visa {short term up to 6 months} costs £83 to apply.

Since December 17, 2012, visa fee can only be made online. It will form as part of the online application process. When all items are filled up, you will be directed to the website of WorldPay where you have the choice to pay with Visa or Mastercard.  They no longer accept payment in person like I did before.


Waiting for Result

If there are no further delays (lacking or unverifiable document), you should have result in approximately 4-5 working days. Track your application through the free Application Status Tool.  You can collect documents personally or have the option to have it delivered to your home by paying Php 450. You also get an SMS saying it’s on its way.

Update: So lesson learned, if you are planning to visit in summer, you have to apply earlier. March and April is really hectic. I received mine in 15 days. This is also because of the Royal Wedding coming up on April 29, 2011.


UK Visa Application Centre

VFS Global Services Philippines Private Inc., MANILA
Mezzanine Floor Unit M01, Ecoplaza Building, 
2305 Pasong Tamo Extension Makati City, Metro Manila 1231
VFS Global Services Philippines Private Inc., CEBU
9th Floor, Keppel Center, Unit 905, Samar Loop
cor. Cardinal Rosales Avenue, 
Cebu Business Park, Cebu City 6000

Note – Applicants who wish to lodge their UK visa application at the visa application centre in Cebu will be required to pay an additional service fee of Php 4, 425 in cash at the visa application centre. 


Here are some links for additional reading

General Information
Information on the UK Immigration Rules
UK Tourist Visa


UK Visa for Filipino Passport Holders kicks off the Visa for Pinoy Series I’m starting in this blog. Here’s hoping it will be a good starting point in your application. I had to go through labyrinth of information to get here.  I don’t have my visa yet but I’ll update often!  Now, moving on to a totally unrelated topic, this is my 100th post! :)


NOTES & UPDATE: I just came back from a very easy application submission. My schedule was for 9:40am and I was there 9:30am as the website suggested.  You have to reschedule if you’re more than 20 minutes late. Total wait time is about 2 hours but once my number is called, it took less than 5 minutes for them to check my documents and then another 5 minutes for them to take my biometric data.

Like I said I was there for 2 hours with about 80 people ahead of me. I saw a lot of people being sent back and forth to rearrange their document, or having to fill up more forms, or worse, being asked to come back. Here are few notes to guarantee you out in a jiffy!

  1. No need to submit photocopy your application form and passports. They’ll ask you to take it out. Save trees too!
  2. Paste the photo on to the application form. Not stapled, not taped, but pasted.
  3. Print copy of the supporting document checklist and check (tick) those supporting document that you’re submitting.  Some people didn’t, so they have to fill this up when there.
  4. Arrange document in the order presented on the checklist.
  5. Bring original supporting documents and have a photocopy of them.  I don’t know how many people had to go out and have their document photocopied. Note that you will leave with them ALL your original document (land title, lease document, business registration, bank statements, financial statement, etc.) to be returned with your visa.
  6. You can only go in with your documents placed in an envelope. Bags and phones will have to be left at their package counter (at the guard).  So much more consideration than the US Embassy.


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815 Responses to UK Visa for Philippine Passport Holders

  1. T 02/08/2016 at 3:54 pm #

    Hi there
    A very good article indeed and very helpful(including all the comments) Anyone here could advice or help me with my query. I am going to apply for a visitor visa, will travel with my boyfriend and he will support all the expenses. He is a British citizen who is working in Manila. I do have work however I am not sure how much would I need to have in my account for them to consider(any idea or estimate amount) and what other documents do I need to submit that could help

    Thanking you in advance guys :)

  2. alice 02/06/2016 at 7:46 am #

    Hello Miss Ai,
    Im single mum here seperated for long time not yet annulled and now i have a British bf who wanted me to get a Uk visa does it affect, do u think being married would affect me in getting a visa? And one thing more is im using my maiden name in my passport but some of my valid id’s r still my ex hubbys name would still affect also? Pls help me Miss Ai, thank u have a nice day!

  3. jennie villanueva 01/31/2016 at 1:36 am #

    hi tnx for this very helpful post. here’s my case though, my 2 yr old daughter is a US citizen like her dad (we are not yet married), dad is planning to treat us to a tour at UK to visit his brother (who has not seen our daughter yet), right now my daughter and i are here in manila, dad is in the US (working), if I apply for uk visa, what is my approval rate if my primary reason is to accompany my minor child? i am currently a full time mom, doing freelance work from time to time, but i get regular remittance fr her dad who will sponsor the entire trip.

    • Ai 02/04/2016 at 3:37 am #

      It’s always a 50-50 chance applying for a UK visa. Just make sure you comply all the requirements as their decision would depend on the documents you are providing to them. Best of luck! X

  4. Karlo 01/29/2016 at 9:27 am #

    Hi! My partner got her UK tourist visa approved (6 months). Can she book a ticket departing from PH this February and return to PH on June? So that she could prepare for the immigration queries.

    *Her parents are UK Citizen.
    *1st time to travel in UK.
    *31 yrs. old

    Thank you!

    • Ai 02/04/2016 at 3:29 am #

      Hi Karlo,
      I can’t see why not. She’s got her visa already as you mentioned, so it shouldn’t be a problem getting to UK.

  5. Justine Paed 01/19/2016 at 4:57 pm #

    Hi there. from the day i started thinking of getting a visit visa for UK coz my boyfriend wanted me to visit him(we never met yet) and he will support my whole stay…i would like to share my experience guys:) to start this… i am really worried from the start if i could even obtain a visa from UK coz im still a COLLEGE student purely dependent to my parents hahaha and bankless( meaning got no accounts whatever in the bank or savings) so totally no money kasi dependent nga. what the good thing is i got other stamps on my passport also had australia visit visa too coz of my parents when we go travel during holidays.. thats the catch for me. anyway so ive been researching intensely. day and night NO TULOG from the day i lodge my application onine.. just to make sure my questions are being answered and what right docus i need to gather. i even research about refusals so i could have idea what i can avoid. so there you go. i saw this blog from the very start and it was helpful indeed… i started reading the comments from top to bottom to get a more thoughts. ive been stressing my bf also hahaha kulit ko kasi sa sobrang stressed. so anyway here are the docus i submitted sa VFS.. btw i availed their priority service and super fast service, i availed the vip premium lounge too coz i hate waiting loads.

    btw my boyfriend doesnt want to use our relationship in the visa processing he just told me ill tell in my application he is just a friend so we wont be gathering more docus just to prove our relationship and less suspicion na din from uk consulate kasi mas paghihinalaan nila pag couples as far as i know.

    docus i had passed:
    -passport w/ visas and stamp
    -cover letter
    -affidavit of support from my parents
    -birthcertificate just to prove theyre my parents
    -my parents bank certificate
    -parents 5 months bank statement
    -parents ITR
    -parents business permit
    -school i.d(photocopy)
    -proof of enrollment
    -leave of absence from my school
    -dentist certificate coz i got monthly appointment for my braces
    -my boyfriend scanned passport
    -boyfriend invitation letter stating support
    -boyfriend scanned bankstatement 6 months
    -boyfriend scanned 2 years tax return
    -flight reservation (roundtrip) with itinerary
    -travel insurance
    -travel itinerary plans

    and guess what. when i got the message that my passport can be picked up.. i rushed to vfs and yeah i got my VISA STAMPED for 6 months multiple entry. answered prayer talaga. isa pa yang weapon! faith in GOD. effective!
    imagine wala akong funds pero i showed everything i can my intentions, and that i will comeback sa ph. just prove to them that and you will definitely get yours too… Goodluck guys.

    • cherpauibnz 01/28/2016 at 11:42 am #

      Hi Justine! What does a dentist certificate look like? Hand written? Printed? Thanks!!

      • Justine Paed 01/31/2016 at 10:14 pm #

        its just a normal certificate or letter from my dentist. printed letter :) with dentist clinic letter head

    • Meg Danieles 02/03/2016 at 1:19 pm #

      Hi i need help. I applied for UK visa and subscribed to their sms feature
      The last text i got was this.

      The processed visa application for GWF038548664 was received on 2/1/2016.

      Does this mean i can collect my passport na?


  6. cherry 01/17/2016 at 4:56 pm #

    Hello Wanderlass, i am planning to apply for a uk short visit visa. i would like to know if there’s a standard Documents Checklist Form to be filled up? where can i get it? or i will do my own checklist?

    • Jeune 01/25/2016 at 8:32 am #

      Is there a List of Documents Submitted format? We are trying to fill up the application online yesterday Jan 24, it was so hard to access. Is it really this hard?Thanks for your help

      • Lhab 01/25/2016 at 2:08 pm #

        I didn’t encounter problem with their website during my application last month. Just keep saving every minute when you fill up the online form and review your data before submitting/confirming. But they will give you checklist at VFS. Good luck!

    • Ai 02/04/2016 at 3:43 am #

      Hi Cherry,
      You need to get on to the official website of UK visa. (Can’t remember the website but you should be able to look for it online via Google). Infos are all there and you should be able to see the documents/checklist you need to submit. Checklist are normally given only on the day of your appointment date at the Consulate. They give it to you after signing up at the Reception. Hope that helps. X

  7. cciophaf 01/09/2016 at 9:35 pm #

    This blog was such a great help to me. I am a permanent resident of UK and sponsored my sister and her children to visit me in April. They now received their UK Visa after 4 days having submitted their application. Surprisingly it was very quick! You are a blessing to a lot of Filipinos who are wanting to visit UK or other countries. I have learned a lot from your post. Thank you for sharing your experience with UK visit visa.

    • Joy2theworld 01/15/2016 at 5:39 am #

      Been wondering how much does my bank account need to have in order to be approved of a visa. And how much does my English boyfriend need to have?
      Do they need proof of relationship? (Which I guess not coz it’s just a tourist visa)

    • Risa 01/15/2016 at 1:56 pm #

      Hello po. Did you use priority service or standard service ?

    • Maria 01/16/2016 at 2:59 pm #

      Hi ask ko lang need pa ba ng another valid ID or kahit passport nlang??

    • Haze 01/18/2016 at 7:55 pm #

      Hi! Im thinking to invite my mother in law here in u.k and I would like to sponsor her as she doesnt have job.
      Please tell me what are the documents that your sister need to submit when she and her children apply for their visa

    • cherpauibnz 01/20/2016 at 10:18 pm #

      Hi cciophaf (or whoever knows the answers to my questions):

      So here is our scenario: My cousin (who btw is a minor) and I (I am 22 by that time; I am the travelling companion of a minor) will be travelling to UK. We will be completely sponsored (from air fares to everything) by my aunt (my cousin’s mom) and his British husband.

      1. Do we need to avail travel insurance even if we will be completely sponsored?
      2. Do we need proof that we are cousins and we’re related to each other including my aunt (do they need to send a copy of their marriage certificate or both of our sponsors’s birth certificate etc)
      3. Do I still need to produce COE and bank statement (I just recently started working and my saving are not yet really big) even if again we are being completely sponsored?

      Whoever will be answering my questions, God bless you! Currently processing our requirements already. Please help! I don’t want our application to get rejected.

      • cciophaf 01/21/2016 at 3:48 am #

        Answer to your questions:

        1 – You don’t need to get a travel Insurance.
        2- Yes it would be if you provide both birth certificate, to show that you actually related. And if your Aunt is a British Citizen then provide passport or any document that shows she is British.

        3 – Yes produce a COE and bank statements/ certificate – not important to how much money you have, the important would be from your sponsors, They need to provide last 6 months Bank Statements, Payslips, Land/ Property Title – just to show that they can afford to look after you, can accommodate you without claiming benefits from the government.

        You need to tell your sponsor to write an Invitation Letter stating that they will pay everything i.e air fare, accommodation or any expenses that will occur, This way you will completely be covered.

        Since you are travelling with a minor, somewhere on the Online Application form you need to state there that she/ he travelling there with you.

        Hope that’s help. Good luck.

        • cherpauibnz 01/21/2016 at 4:00 am #

          Hi cciophaf! Really appreciated your quick response :) Follow up questions lol (i’ll be screenshot-ing this for my future reference haha,

          1. Aunt is not yet a British citizen (but on the process tho). Do I still need to provide like their marriage contract or birth certificate of her or his husband etc just to prove that we are related to her/them?

          2. Since both of us will be travelling, do we need to secure two copies of our sponsor’s financial statements, letter of invitation, etc?

          Thanks again!

          • cciophaf 01/21/2016 at 4:22 am #

            1 – If this is the case provide her husband British Passport plus their Marriage Certificate, no need to provide her husband birth certificate.

            2 – If you’re submitting your application on one envelope then 1 copy each supporting document would be fine.

            Make it sure when filling in the Online Application; fill in correctly this is important! i.e that you travelling together.

          • cherpauibnz 01/21/2016 at 4:37 am #

            Hi cciphaf! Don’t know why the reply button was not appearing on your last comment but anyway thank you so much.

            1. So most probably scanned copy of the marriage contract and my tito (lol) will do right? Should we also include the original ones?
            2. Really? Can we apply pero one envelope lang? (well based on your experience when you sponsored a trip is it okay? Like two applications for visa (both my cousin and I’s) plus a single copy of supporting docs from them)

            Thanks again!

        • leng 01/21/2016 at 8:53 am #

          HI YA, sorry to interrupt, but I’m having a hard time to find a flight deal for my mother which is planning to go for a visit with me here in uk. i know the rule that a tourist visa should have a return flight ticket booked but is it necessary that its the same airlines or i can book her different airline like one way in emirates and return in klm? pls advise! best wishes!many thanks x

          • Ai 01/22/2016 at 5:06 pm #

            Hi, yes it’s fine.

  8. Grace 01/09/2016 at 12:32 pm #

    hello po sa inyo. ask ko lang anong visa po kapag 10 days lang mag sstay para mamasyal at bumisita sa U.K? standard visitor visa parin po ba? at ano pong mga requirements ? salamat po sana matulungan nyo po ako.

  9. RV 01/07/2016 at 2:43 am #

    Hello, I just got hired-my employer in London asked me to look into the fastest process for me to get a visa. DO you think I should apply for Tourist Visa then have my employer sponsor or a work permit is a must at this point? Thanks for your help.

    • Enna 01/18/2016 at 5:44 am #

      If you go to UK with a tourist visa, by law, you are not allowed to change it to any other kind of visa, Unless you go back to Philippines and re apply for a different category

  10. Ben 01/06/2016 at 8:39 am #

    Hello miss, magkano po ung bayad niyo sa application? Ayun na ba po yung bayad sa visa mismo? thanks po

  11. Sandy 12/19/2015 at 6:32 pm #


    I came across your blog and I have got more information I need. I have questions though. I hope you can help me as I have a slightly complicated situation. I will be applying for the same visa to be sponsored by my British cousin (we are first cousins. His mom and my dad are siblings):

    1. My sister applied for a UK visa (was sponsored by our British cousin) but she was rejected because she does not have a proof that they were cousins. She advised to submit birth certificates of our aunt (our British cousin’s mother); our British cousin’s; hers and our dad’s. The problem is, our aunt (his mom) does not have a birth certificate. Question, do you any other proof that we can present to show that we’re indeed related? We have pictures together whenever he visits the country. Would that suffice?

    2. How can I possibly establish my family and socio-economic ties when I am technically unemployed and doesn’t have any business nor lands owned? I left my job last May 2015 because I have to watch over my dad (who is a senior citizen) coz all my siblings are staying in the university dorm during school days. I have regular source of income every month by doing a research job ( appearing as remittance to my bank account) from my British cousin.

    3. I have only traveled in six countries in the Southeast Asian region, all of them are visa-free. I will just go to UK because my cousin wants to tour me around. I’m staying there for one or two weeks only. Do you think I have a chance to be approved?

    Thanks a lot in advance!

    • Justine Paed 01/20/2016 at 11:07 am #

      put on a cover letter explaining that u have gathered the birth certificates and that your aunt doesnt have one because etc etc. just be detailed. maybe if your cousin has birth certificate and her name appears to theirs its enough proof that ur aunt is their legitimate mother. i myself is not employed and does not have biz lands owned plus no bank accounts! but if you are going to school its enough evidence youre going to come back you have to just provide a proof and leave for them to conclude you will come back. i showed to them im financially independent to my parents so i just provided affidavit of support and my parents financial docus coz i aint got one but my boyfriend is my sponsor to begin with and he’s a british citizen. hmmm i also have travelled outside w/ fam in sg malaysia indonesia then australia. if u have been outside our country its already good. :) its not subject to refusal if you haven’t travelled yet just prove them your intention to visit UK is genuine thats all.

      • Justine Paed 01/20/2016 at 11:09 am #

        financially dependent to my parents *

      • Sandy 02/11/2016 at 2:04 pm #

        Thanks Justine! I have not started applying yet. Hopefully I will get approved soon.

  12. Lhab 12/17/2015 at 11:30 pm #

    Hi Miss Ai!

    This blog was such a big help to me. Thank you for sharing your experience with UK Visit Visa as I got mine stamped on my passport (multiple entries). God bless you! Happy holidays 🎄

    • Ai 12/18/2015 at 12:22 am #

      Hi Lhab,
      Great news! Enjoy UK!🇬🇧
      Please thank Wanderlass and not me. Her blog has helped me so much as well and I couldn’t be more grateful. Thank you Wanderlass!💋
      Light and love to you all folks! Happy Holidays!
      Follow me on IG, Latexcorsetph if you want to get hold of me 😘

  13. Via 12/11/2015 at 8:07 pm #

    Hi Ms. Wanderlass. You are a blessing to a lot of people because of your blog. I have learned a lot from your post.
    I thought of asking you about my dilemma hoping you have some ideas that you can share to me. My parents and sister applied for a UK visa and it was approved 6 months multiple. Our dilemma is that the validity date written was dec 5 2015 to jun 6 2016. In their application.. intended date to enter UK is on May 5 2016. They applied in advance (submitted the application nov 25) because they plan to also apply for canadian visa. It was stated in the application that they intend to go to canada in august 2016 and then back to UK again after a month then go back to phil on oct 2016. We are wondering why the validity date given was dec 2015. My question is.. is there a way to request for a change of the validity date? Planned dates are all declared naman in the application. And in case we request for a change of date (in case it is feasible) i just feel scared that they might reacted negatively on our request (paranoid lang) and might mess up the approved visa? Hope you have an idea on how we can deal with our dilemma. Thanks in advance.
    By the way, we still wanted sana the original plan which is may 2016.. instead of changing our plan and leaning to the validity date they have given. This is because of the weather.. at least by May hindi na masyado malamig and secondly.. we have enough time pa sana to apply for canadian visa.

  14. Joanna 12/09/2015 at 3:28 pm #

    Hi! Just came across your blog because I’m helping my boyfriend apply for his visa and I’m seriously confused.
    I’m a dual citizen (British & Filipino) so I’m clueless when it comes to applying for a visa and I’ve searched everywhere for help. I’m unsure whether my boyfriend should be applying for a tourist visa or family visa. We’ll just be going for 2 weeks, but at the end of the application, the question that asks ‘will you be staying with a close relative’ bla bla comes up. We’ll be staying at my family’s residence, but we aren’t legally considered ‘family’ as we aren’t married yet.
    Any thoughts?

    Thanks for any suggestions and advise in advance, it would be of great help!


    P.S I did try to call their hotline, but I felt a bit iffy when they asked me for my credit card number. They said they had to charge a fee before they could answer my question -_-

  15. Jennifer 11/30/2015 at 10:58 am #

    Hello, I just want to ask if it is allowed that my friend will sponsor me for my settlement because my husband is under disability and can not work?

  16. Danielle N. 11/27/2015 at 2:55 pm #

    Hello po! I love your blog. Your posts are very informative and helpful. :)
    I have a few questions though. My British boyfriend of almost 10 months now is inviting me to join him and his family this Christmas and he’ll be sponsoring me (from airfare to accommodations). I haven’t met him yet but he’s flying in for a weeks stay here in the country tomorrow and he’ll be accompanying me when i process my visa. My situation is I’m 22, I’ve never traveled abroad and still a student. I don’t have credit cards, only a savings account (which doesn’t have much inside). My problem is I’ll be leaving during Christmas break but I will be back for the next semester this January since I’ll be graduating this June or July. And I don’t have everything on the checklist (i lack bank statements, bills under my name, etc). Will my boyfriend’s documents and presence be enough to support my application? If not, what do I provide? And can he apply for the visa on my behalf when he’s here?

    Hope to hear from you soon.

    Anyone willing to share their experience with me or offer any advice, I’d gladly appreciate it. Just email me: ellenaciongayo@school@gmail.com

    • Ai 12/04/2015 at 4:58 pm #

      Hi Danielle,
      Please note, your BF cannot accompany you inside the UK Consulate. Application is all done via online and the only time you are going to UK Consulate is when you submit your docs+biometrics and when you collect back your docs after the decision from UK IO is done.

      Link below should help you what documents you needed to be able to apply for a UK Tourist Visa.



      Am on IG, latexcorsetph if you want to get hold of me.


    • Janella 12/30/2015 at 4:04 pm #

      Hi Danielle & Ai! Was checking Google on how long it’ll take to get a UK tourist visa. My online boyfriend from Scotland & his sister wants to petition me for a visit this coming March 20 to be with my boyfriend on his birthday ( March 21 ). I’m starting to do the processing now, just waiting for the release of my passport renewal ( January 14, 2016 ) then will start the visa application online. My questions are, 1) how long will it take for a visa to be granted?, 2) I am not working at the moment, previously worked in Manila ( 2003 ) & tried to get a company’s certificate of employment but the said company was closed already, so I can’t show any of certificate of employment coz it’s impossible to secure any, 3) my boyfriend wish that if it’s possible I could come earlier there ( February 2016 ) but I’m worried & not sure about how long visa will be granted, 4) if I can’t show any certificate of employment, does having a letter of invitation from my boyfriend & his sister is enough basis that I won’t be denied on the interview?… pls I am worrying for a lot of things. It’s my first time to travel outside the country & not really sure if we can make it… I’m going to Cebu city on the 4th of January for my CFO seminar to get a certificateof attendance which my friend said is required to all Filipino spouses/fiance’s before they exit. Just waiting for my passport & then will start visa application online.

      Any info is highly appreciated. Anyone from Scotland?


      • Jhoann Villarmia 01/09/2016 at 10:00 pm #

        HI Janella, Just wanna ask if you were able to apply and did you get a visa? Like you, am also wondering how it works as I don’t have a savings myself but my scottish bf is sponsoring me. I would appreciate your comment a lot

        • Janella 01/11/2016 at 6:39 pm #

          Hi Jhoann… I appreciate your msg.. I’m still working on my visa processing at the moment but hoping I can travel on feb25 if all papers are done & hopefully visa will be granted. Pls do write me, it would be nice to correspond from there! Thanks, Janella

  17. mansuetude 11/21/2015 at 1:24 pm #

    Hello! I already got my visa thanks to your blog post. Now I just need to know where to get the GBP best.

    • Ai 11/21/2015 at 4:54 pm #

      Yayy! Congrats babe. I normally go to a bank and just buy there. No hassle but at least I’ll get it within the day. Rate might be a weeny bit expensive compared to FX outside but really no difference at all. ☺️

      • Peps 11/22/2015 at 3:11 pm #

        Hello Ai,

        I have a visit visa for 6 months…now what I need to know is, apart from the passport, visa, ticket and boarding pass, what other documents do our Philippine Immigration asks when you go through the passport control.


        • Ai 11/23/2015 at 3:40 pm #

          Hi Peps,
          You’re all good. Our Phils IO don’t ask much really. UK IO would definitely need ask some documents/proofs when you get to UK. Just make sure you got them with you just incase they ask (normally for first time UK travellers).
          Have fun!

      • Ann 11/30/2015 at 10:40 am #

        Hello miss Ai,

        I just want to ask if how to apply for transit visa?
        Actually my british boyfriend wants us to spend vacation in Morocco, but before going there, we will meet first together at UK heathrow, then together we fly to Morocco,
        And thats what i want to know about how to apply transit visa? And what are the requirements?
        also, my boyfriend will be the one to pay all the expenses for the visa , for the trip, for everything.
        Hope you will reply. Thanks in advance.

        • Ai 12/04/2015 at 4:29 pm #

          HI Ann,
          Pls see link on how to obtain a Transit Visa. I personally haven’t tried to apply this type of visa so my information is very limited, my apologies. But the link below should give you all the information you needed. There are quite few options depending on your flight itineraries.
          Keep on researching! Hit me up a msg at IG, latexcorsetph



  18. oxfordUK 11/17/2015 at 1:22 am #

    Hi, your blog is very helpful.. I’m just wondering whether you could advise me. I lived in UK with my EU husband. I want to invite my sister to come over to UK however all my documents are with the immigrations as I am processing my residence card. Would it be possible if my husband will sponsor my sister? Does my husband needs to send all his original documents like his passport or EU card in the Philippines? and would it be possible if I can process my sisters visa on line so I can make a payment on behalf of her? Thank you in advance.

    • Ai 11/21/2015 at 5:03 pm #

      It think he can sponsor your sister. No need to send his original pp or IDs. letter of invitation and photocopies of his pp, IDs and supporting docs would be totally fine.
      You need to go to UK visa online website and register. Your husband can actually apply the visa on behalf of her if that’s easier for you. Hope that helps!😊
      Am on IG as latexcorsetph if you want to get hold of me. :)
      Best of luck! X

  19. cay1130 11/13/2015 at 7:41 pm #

    thanks wanderlass for this reliable info…was able to get multiple entry visa for 6 months because of you….lodged the application online 10/2, submitted the docs 10/6, got the passport with visa and supporting docs 10/20 afternoon and I flew to heathrow 10/23 and stayed there till 11/9….been stressed though bout the fin docs coz I was not financially capable, however my bf was able to produce business registrations, fin docs and invitation….thanks and more power….do you have Austria visa application too?

    • OxfordLass 11/16/2015 at 2:19 am #

      Hi, cay1130! I will also be sponsored by my boyfriend. My question is, what evidences did you submit to prove that you and your boyfriend are in a relationship? (photos together? emails?) How long was your application processed? Hope I can get a reply asap because we are planning to submit the documents next week! Thank you and more power!

      • cay1130 11/16/2015 at 3:42 pm #

        hi, no need to disclose it, his letter only said I am his friend and that we’ve met months ago….in the immigration thou they will ask you what your relation to the sponsoring person and there you should be honest….they wont ask you for pics or email details or message or conversations as far as I experienced. processing is more or less 15 days, during the submission you will be asked if you would want to fasten (priority) both during the submission online and in VFS….the only thing they were concerned, as my boyfriend said, is that I don’t have intention to live / settle there if I am getting a tourist visa….no sweat actually….just submit the documents arranged as listed….wanderlass has been detailed about it….there is not even an interview….idk about the 2nd visa thou, we’ll see…any ideas @wanderlass?

        • Jocel 12/08/2015 at 12:52 pm #

          Hello cay1130, I am also planning to visit UK by Summer 2016, my botfriend will sponsor my expenses, I would like to know if you also provided Bank statements and how much money did you had in your account?

          Hope to hear from you soon.

          Thanks a lot

          • cay1130 12/09/2015 at 5:25 pm #

            hi, yep they will require financial documents (bank certs, bus reg,etc as stated by wanderlass) both from you and your sponsor….I only had total of P80k in my 2 accounts….

    • Ai 11/21/2015 at 5:08 pm #

      Hiya! Austria is part of Schengen. I guess any of those Europe cities that Wanderlass has posted before would be a great help!
      Haven’t tried myself but yes would like to know as well.😍 Have you done some research yet?
      Love to go to Italy and Paris!

    • Jhoann 12/22/2015 at 1:03 pm #

      hi Ms. Cay, thanks for your post. I have a question po sana. under what category did you apply? general visitor visa po ba ? I am planning to.apply for a visitor visa kc to visit my bf and his family. thanks

  20. josephhayes457patrick58 11/11/2015 at 6:09 am #

    on what day does my visa start when i arrive in phillipines is it day of arrival or the next day thank you patrick

    • Ai 11/21/2015 at 5:14 pm #

      Hey Patrick,
      Did you get some answers yet?
      Totally be honest with you, I didn’t know as well!😳 Would be nice to know from our fellow travellers if they know this.

      I Was in UK last year and earlier this year bearing a 6month multiple visa. On my 2nd trip, I just left UK 2days before my visa expires.

      In other countries like UAE, they give you a tourist visa (1-3month) and they start counting after you get in to UAE. So totally basing it from your date of entry.
      Not sure if UK is the same? Prolly not?
      Anyone know about this?

    • Ai 11/21/2015 at 5:17 pm #

      Okay am totally stupid. Thought you were asking about uK visa. Lol. My fault.
      But to answer your question, day of arrival. They give you now 30days. And you can extend it for couple of months if you want to. Just go to nearest Bureau of Immigration, one in Makati and in Intramuros. Hope that helps.😊

  21. Stephanie 11/04/2015 at 8:00 am #

    Hi. to apply for uk visa tourist . What is the best thing to do ? What if me and my British partner we get married first in philipines before we apply for uk visa ? Is that still means tourist visa or there is other visa to use when married ? Or apply visa tourist as gf and bf first? What is good to do in situation to apply for. Please advice .thnx

    • edie 12/02/2015 at 10:24 am #

      I’ve heard to have to apply a Spouse Visa not a Tourist Visa.

  22. Emc 10/30/2015 at 4:35 am #

    Hi Ms. Ai. Im applying for 6mos tourist visa for UK. Itatanong ko lang po sa part na if i will travel with someone. YES a friend of mine pero kasabay ko siyang kukuha ng visa so ilalagay ko dun db wala pa siang VIsa hindi po ba makakaapekto sa application yun? Thanks

  23. Gaiana 10/29/2015 at 4:21 pm #


    My boyfriend is Filipino with Spanish citizenship living in the UK and he’s sponsoring me for a general visit visa. The UK visa site says every single document I provide must be original. Does that include my boyfriend’s passport? I don’t think he has a residence ID din since Spain is part of the EU and I heard they have special privileges in England. When I asked him about it, he wasn’t sure din if he has one. Haha! Anyway, he’s in England now. Is it safe to say that I can’t apply for a visa unless he comes home here sa Pinas?

    Hope to hear from you soon.

    • rege rafael 11/08/2015 at 12:25 am #

      Hi Gaiana! I have the same case as yours, my bf (filipino) who’s in London will be sponsoring my trip, I just provided them a printed copy of my bf’s visa and passport.

      • Gaiana 11/14/2015 at 11:01 pm #

        Where did you apply, Reg? Manila, or Cebu? Thanks for replying 😁

    • cee 11/10/2015 at 11:13 am #

      Yes u have to photocopy his passport,bank statement,itr and invitation letter

      • Gaiana 11/14/2015 at 10:58 pm #

        What’s an ITR? Teehee 😁

        • Ai 11/21/2015 at 5:19 pm #

          Hi Gaiana,

          ITR is Income Tax Return from BIR. :)

          How’s your application doing?x

  24. Perch 10/27/2015 at 8:16 pm #

    Hello po..Im planning to get Family visit visa. My husband is British and living with me here in Philippines.WE are planning to visit his family in the uk. I have enough money to fund my travel and a small business too but He’s paying part of my expenses like transportation and hotel. does he need to write a letter of support for me?or his bank details,source of income, tax returns,passport copy will suffice?And one more thing..our main stay in uk is in his sister’s house does invitation letter, mortgage statement and passport copy will suffice?We will be funding our trip in UK we will just stay mostly in my sister in law.

  25. Andi 10/27/2015 at 1:38 pm #

    Hi Ms. Ai,

    Usually how long does it takes to get back your passport after the application has been submitted to VFS?

    • Ai 10/28/2015 at 10:51 am #

      Hi Andi,

      • ANDI 10/28/2015 at 2:43 pm #

        Hi Ai,

        12-15 working days? or 12-15 days literally?

        Many Thanks

        • Ai 10/28/2015 at 3:27 pm #

          Sorry, working days.

          • Andi 10/28/2015 at 8:11 pm #

            Thank you Ms. Ai, I am bit worried since the travel dates that I have is on Nov 25. Hopefully, I will get the visa.. fingers crossed!

      • fredmachine 11/02/2015 at 2:33 pm #

        Hi ms ai. Im applying for tier 2 gen visa. Do i need to submit copy of my tor, coe, diploma etc for the visa appearance?

        • Ai 11/21/2015 at 5:23 pm #

          Apologies for the delay.
          Submit all supporting docs that you think are needed. :)
          Not sure about the Diploma/TOR but yes, COE and other docs that they required. :)

  26. Pauline 10/22/2015 at 7:29 pm #

    Good day ma’am! I am college student, and my parents will be going to UK for business purposes at the end of October. Sembreak is coming, and my mom wants me to visit UK as my break for two-three weeks. I have concerns regarding applying for UK visa and traveling to UK. I would like to know if the documents that you stated are also required for under-ages (I’m 17 years old), like the bank statement (since my parents will be sponsoring me) or is the certification of enrollment be necessary? And what are the specific supporting documents? Will there be an interview during the appointment or just submitting of documents? Is it approved if they take your application and biometric? What is the minimum week/s or month/s for visiting UK? What are the possible questions to be asked in the interview and in the airport? And what kind of visa should I apply for? I’m thinking the standard visa for tourists, but I’m not sure. I’m also currently registering the online application form, what is the primary phone number and the secondary phone number? Sorry for asking too many questions. :)

    My sembreak would be starting at November 13, and my parents keeps pushing me to book an appointment because they said the process of approving the visa might take long. And it’s almost the end of October, is it too late to book an apoointment? :)

    I hope you can read this, and reply. :) Thank you in advance for your help. :)

    • Pauline 10/22/2015 at 7:38 pm #

      *Supporting documents for students or under-age? Or same documents for standard visa? Tourist visa?

      • wanderlass 10/28/2015 at 10:55 am #

        minors should be attached to parent’s or guardian’s application.

    • wanderlass 10/28/2015 at 10:55 am #

      you should start applying.

  27. Ana Leviste 10/22/2015 at 7:22 am #

    HI wanderlass,

    I have not completed my online application yet because I still have to know some other things before i proceed, If i present bank statement, will it matter if peso or dollar account? If I plan to visit London, how much money should they expect in my account? My british bf will shoulder everything, my accommodations and ticket. Would i still present my bank statement or his bank statement? What would be the important information should he put in his invitation letter and will they honor it if just sent using email and not using post office.

  28. john 10/17/2015 at 6:57 pm #

    hi miss ai

    just wanna ask if i can get the visa within 2 to 5 working days only even though ill pay for it ?

    • Cristina 10/19/2015 at 2:22 pm #

      Hi John, normally 15 working days but for me I got it for 9 days.

      • sheila 10/23/2015 at 11:14 am #

        Hi, can you please provide the email address or phone number of VFS for uk. I paid for my documents to be delivered to my house through their courier service but until now I havent received it yet. They sent me a message saying that they got the docs from uk embassy on 15th October and that’s it. They haven’t updated me about it since then. I can’t seem to find any phone number nor an email address for VFS-uk. I woild appreciate it if anyone can provide me an email address wherein an actual person from vfs would respond.

    • Ai 10/21/2015 at 10:28 am #

      Hi John,
      I believe Express application takes a week. But you can only apply for it if you have travelled to Europe before, otherwise, you stick to regular processing which takes normally 12-15days or longer.

      • Carla 10/23/2015 at 7:18 pm #

        Hello everyone i have question about my application regarding sa spouse details nagkamali ako doon paano ko kaya maiba yon . Ano ang dapat kung gawain pls help.thank you

    • ariane 10/23/2015 at 7:40 pm #

      hello everyone, im planning to apply for tourist visa but my bf’s mum is the one who will sponsor me. can anybody tell me the complete requirements pls? do i have a to get a reserved plane ticket? and about the invitation letter do i have to call the british embassy manila/phil embassy in london for that? because my bfs mum received a call from them asking if i grt in touch with the embassy here in manila. pls feel free to contact me arianeabby_23@yahoo.com i need your help guys. thankyou God bless you all!

  29. john 10/17/2015 at 11:17 am #

    hi miss ai
    pls i need your advise on this ..
    the flight that i put on the application form is on nov 20
    and the flght that my bf reserved is nov 25
    is that ok ?

    pls a
    thank you

    • Ai 10/17/2015 at 11:30 am #

      Hi John,

      Airline tickets is not necessary yet at this point. Arrange it when you already have a visa. But if you have one already, dates of your intended flight should remain the same. Two different dates won’t make any sense at all.

      • john 10/17/2015 at 11:34 am #

        hi miss ai
        its just for the reservation
        its not yet confirmed that its my real flight .
        a reservation just to present on the embassy ..
        is that ok ?
        i told him to change but he cant change it.

        pls answer
        thank you

  30. steph 10/17/2015 at 11:15 am #

    Hi! your post is very informative. thanks! I would just to ask..I’m applying from Davao…after making an online application…do I really have to go to Manila for the appearance and appointment or will just send them my documents. i’m applyibng for dependent visa by the way… thank you. you can contact me thru Ig as well @tifenlu

    • Perch 10/27/2015 at 8:24 pm #

      Hello u can apply at vfs global in cebu or manila..and you have to appear personally..you need to submit all the needed documents and they will take ur biometrics.

  31. john 10/16/2015 at 12:29 pm #

    hello po
    ok lng po ba kahit wala akong cover letter?

  32. Ana Leviste 10/16/2015 at 9:15 am #

    Ms, Ai

    I have a British bf who wants me to visit UK. I am jobless. no business, no properties but was an ofw for 17 years in Palau and visited the USA twice in 2011 and just came back recently from USA. My bf will pay for everything. Do u think i can get a visa? if my bf can apply a visa in my behalf, do i have better chances?

    • Irine 10/16/2015 at 6:31 pm #

      Hi Ana,

      Apologies for the delay.

      Applying for a UK visa is always a 50-50 chance.

      A good travel history is a plus but it all depends to the documents you are submitting to UK Consulate. If you or your boyfriend have all the required documents then all you can do is hope everything turns out positive and hopefully you’ll be granted a visa. :)

      Let me know if there’s anything else I can help you. You can also get hold of me on instagram: @latexcorsetph


      • jane 12/19/2015 at 6:40 am #

        Hi.irine…..i have also bf working in uk…he want to sponsor me….and i am jobless here in Philippines. ..u think i can get vis?

  33. john 10/05/2015 at 5:21 pm #

    just want to ask if i still need a travel insurance ?
    thank you

    • Ai 10/05/2015 at 5:24 pm #

      Hey John.
      No you don’t need a travel insurance.

      • john 10/05/2015 at 5:36 pm #

        thank you :)
        just want to ask if i still need to make a letter of intent?

        • Ai 10/05/2015 at 6:08 pm #

          It would be handy if you have one. :)

          • john 10/05/2015 at 6:28 pm #

            thank you .. :)
            im jsut affraid that they will not grant me because im gay and my bf is the one who will support me i ve heard there are some issues about it .. :(

          • ahrsman 10/15/2015 at 1:09 pm #

            Hi Ms. Ai,

            Just want to know if I can able to join my wife in UK directly from Middle East. I’m currently working here in Middle East (Saudi Arabia) as an OFW but I want to know if I’d rather submit my application here in Middle East or better in the Philippines!

            Hope you can help me :)

          • Ai 10/15/2015 at 1:14 pm #

            If you have a residence visa then you can apply your UK visa from the KSA consulate. Hope that helps. :)


          • ahrsman 10/15/2015 at 8:43 pm #

            Ms. Ai,

            Yup, I have residence visa here since I’ve been working here as an OFW but I’m not sure if they would entertain me since i’m not a Saudi citizen…

            Do you think Ms. Ai they would allow me to apply here in KSA? If so, should I apply here or better to submit my application in Philippines.?
            Which of the two country is the best to submit application KSA or Philippines?
            I’m really sorry but I got confused. :(


          • Ai 10/15/2015 at 10:16 pm #

            Hi. Yes you can apply from where you are since you are a resident and have proper documentation. You don’t need to be a Saudi citizen, don’t worry. ;) UK consulate in Philippines takes 12-15days to get the results. Don’t know how long it takes in KSA. Better to check with them. hope that helps. X

      • Carla 10/06/2015 at 11:41 am #

        Hello miss ai how are you ,im very thankful sa blog nyo kasi nakakatulong sa pag apply ko ng uk tourist visa and they give me multiple visa .ask ko lang when i can re apply again kasi sinagad ko yong 5 months ko sa uk nag expire yong viisa ko last sept 2015.but umuwi ako bago mag expire yong visa ko

        .hindi kaya ako mahirapan mag apply ulit,hope you reply thanks and more power to you

        • Delkhaye 10/14/2015 at 10:46 pm #

          Hi Carla .I felt the same way. was nervous to apply again but successfully granted.
          His payslip
          Council tax bill
          Invitation letter stated hes support me while I’m in the uk
          Pics together
          My dad’s medical abstract as I’m his carer
          My bank statement .
          As long as you did not breach any contract while you’re in the UK .
          My purpose is to visit him and his family .can’t stay longer in UK as my family needs me here.
          They will know if you telling the truth as they do investigate as far as I know.just tell the truth. No lies .my opinion you have chance to be granted again.so why don’t you apply again.
          Good luck !

          • Jancy 10/20/2015 at 2:53 pm #

            Hi Delkhaye! I am Jen from Cebu. I have a bf from UK and he wanted me to visit him with his expenses…he will support me. I am unemployed, no business either and I also don’t have a bank account. What are the necessary documents needed for the UK Visitor Visa with a sponsor. I’ve never met yet my before. Kindly send your reply to my email: jancypugoy@yahoo.com

          • Carla 10/23/2015 at 7:15 pm #

            Thank you much delkhaye

    • ahrsman 10/05/2015 at 7:07 pm #

      Hi John, Did you submit already your application?

      • john 10/14/2015 at 10:38 pm #

        i already did the online application and the booking of appointment :)
        my interview is next week :)

        • ahrsman 10/15/2015 at 1:03 pm #

          Good to hear that, Good Luck! :) But can you keep me update on your status :) if it is possible…. If there’s a chance, can you ask them for me if I can able to join my wife in UK but directly from Middle East (Saudi Arabia) bound to UK. I’m ofw kasi and currently working here in Middle East. Good Luck


    • San 10/06/2015 at 3:08 pm #

      Hi, Does anyone knows the contact number of VFS Manila? Thanks

    • Love 10/07/2015 at 2:12 pm #

      Hi John!

      Can we keep in touch? I’m applying for a tourist visa too. Here’s my email… lovelyjaimeer@gmail.com
      Hope to hear from you soon.


  34. ahrsmanAhr 10/05/2015 at 4:11 pm #

    Hello everyone,

    I just found out this blog by browsing in web, and thanks coz I think this is very resourceful. Actually I have a dozen of question on how to enter UK (London). but the important question is how can I join my wife in UK. because she actually don’t know where we’re gonna start..

    if you don’t mind, would you please send your feedback on this email add. given ( ahresh00@gmail.com ) please…
    Hope you can help us… please… it will be really appreciated kabayan :)

    I’m a Filipino :)

  35. john 10/03/2015 at 2:48 pm #

    hi good morning
    i just want ask if theres an option by paying paypal on paying the online application ?
    thank you

  36. Jennifer 10/02/2015 at 10:29 pm #

    Hi good luck for applying the visa, currently i am here in UK using tourist visa. Visiting my bf families before our wedding in the Philippines.

    • Flav 11/07/2015 at 7:30 pm #

      I need help …we are planning to apply for my tourist visa …merting my fiancé’s family…where should I start?

  37. Joy 09/28/2015 at 10:09 pm #

    You need to bring all the original docs as they will give it back to you when u get your visa or not

    • Delkhaye 09/28/2015 at 10:25 pm #

      I think a copy will do,submitted scanned documents .he sent to my email . second time granted multiple visa never submit original except my bank statement.then when I received my envelope .they only returned our pics and passport .my opinion it depends how you convince them your true intention ,and you goin back.

      • Carla 10/06/2015 at 11:14 pm #

        Hi Delkhaye can i ask what is your documents you submitted for applying uk for second time .gusto ko lang malaman .kasi balak kung mag apply ulit kaya lang takot ako. My first apply they give multiple visa but i stay in uk for 5 months then bago mag expired ang visa ko last month umuwi na ako . Balak kung mag spend ng xmas doon i have friend bali cya ang sagot sa lahat. Pls i need advice ..thank you

  38. Glenn Amper 09/24/2015 at 2:00 pm #

    Hello Ms. Ai, I wanted to visit UK right after my graduation in March, I never traveled before and frightened of getting a visa myself, hehe. Ill be staying in the UK for a month so Ill get a holiday visa. I have a friend there who will support me with everything. Could he apply for a visa for me? I would much appreciate your response. Thanks. Have a goo day.

    • Ai 10/05/2015 at 5:04 pm #

      Hi Glenn. Apologies for the delay.
      Your friend can apply on behalf of you.
      Kindly go to UK visa official website and register. Once registered, your friend can then start the application online. :)
      Pls follow me at Instagram, @latexcorsetph if you need more details. Thanks!😊

      • Jancy 10/20/2015 at 3:03 pm #

        Hi Ms.Ai! I am Jen from Cebu. I have a bf from UK and he wanted me to visit him with his expense. I am an unemployed, no business either as well as no bank account. Another thing, I’ve never met yet my bf. So, Ms.Ai, what are the necessary documents needed for UK Visitor Visa with a sponsor? Kindly send your reply to my email: jancypugoy@yahoo.com
        Thank you Ms.Ai!

      • Ieftamtog Tog 01/02/2016 at 9:13 pm #

        Hi glen and ms.ai …i have same question ,we are planning to travel to england also with a friend from dubai we are both working as ofw. i have my aunt there married to a british resident of england many years ago, moms cousins will shoulder everything including accomodation. Is it possible to apply for a visa even we dont have any show money in the bank? And is it okay if my friend will come also even i only have a relative there?. Were planning to have a 1month vacation because we are allowed to have one month leave from our work.what visa should we apply?
        hope you can help thanks

  39. mitz 09/23/2015 at 8:56 am #

    Miss Ai I need email address of the Embassy and telephone numbers. My case is different and I need to talk about it with an adviser.

    • ela 09/24/2015 at 6:14 pm #

      Philippines Telephone

      Opening times: 8.00am – 4.00pm (Philippine time)

      You can call us on:

      00 44 1243 217 890

      If you would prefer to dial a UK number direct please call:

      00 44 1243 218 104

      This is a paid service and there is a cost of £1.37 UK Sterling per minute in addition to your standard network charges. Please have a valid credit or debit card ready to process your payment. We can accept MasterCard credit and debit cards, and Visa credit and debit cards. You will not be charged until you are connected to an adviser. Calls may be recorded for training purposes. We are able to handle your calls in English.


  40. Sel 09/19/2015 at 1:51 pm #

    Hi Ms Analyn.. ;)

    Mam, can i ask some help from you regarding for the requirements for a General Visa?

    Heres my email po

    Pls. Hope to hear back from you ;)

    • Analyn 10/15/2015 at 11:43 am #

      hello sorry for the delayed,,i just came back from UK.will email u soon..

  41. cciophaf 09/15/2015 at 1:48 am #

    Hi Ms Ai, I am a Filipina leaving in the UK, My husband and I would like my sister and her 3 boys (9,12 & 14 yrs old) for a short holiday. And would like them to visit us in the UK during the school summer holidays in the Philippines. We will pay all their travel expenses, visa fees etc… and they will be staying with me.
    My question are:-
    1. Supporting documents – Is it possible to just provide photocopy ( scanned and email it )

    I will provide:- Invitation Letter, British Passports, 6mths Bank/payslips statement, Utility Bills, Property ownership.

    2. Can she submit the application including her 3 boys in one envelope. Since I will be providing the same supporting documents.

    3. Can my sister book an appointment herself and just bring her 3 boys as they are underage.

    Thank you and hope you can answer my queries!

    • Ai 09/17/2015 at 3:07 pm #

      1) Prints off/scanned copies from email are fine.
      2) Yes. Admin folks will remove the documents from the envelope anyway when they’re called plus Consulate are into green. Less paper, the better😉
      There should be a question somewhere on the application where they ask if she’s travelling alone or with company. Supporting documents should then cover everybody.
      3) Yes ask her to book their appointment and bring the boys when submitting the docs for biometrics.

      Hope that helps. X
      Follow me on Instagram: @latexcorsetph for more details.

      • cciophaf 09/17/2015 at 8:05 pm #

        Thank you so much..it’s a great help!

      • Ts-ella 09/18/2015 at 8:04 pm #

        Hi poh maam ai at sa mga wanderlass
        ..pwede po bang magtanong kung pwede akong makapag apply ng visa kahit un employed ako at wala akong land paper or own house?
        Cause im just 22 poh and transgender
        May na iisponsor po kc sakin,from uk residince but hes from america,but now living in uk..
        Anu-ano po ba ang mga requirements na hihingien ko sa sponsor ko?
        At ano din po ba ung mga requirements na hihingiin sakin?
        At sino po ba ang mag filled up ng applying visa,siya po ba o ako?…

        Please let me know poh..thanks

      • Flor 09/24/2015 at 9:32 am #

        Hello miss ai. I just wanna ask if I need to book my flight and have my itenerary

      • ela 09/24/2015 at 6:43 pm #

        Hi guys! I just want to ask if there’s any way to contact VFS UK in Manila? I just want to cancel the courier service that I signed before I submitted my documents. I heard that it will take a while to receive my documents thru courier. I would like to pick it up instead in VFS which is quicker and reliable. Please help me po.

  42. michelle 09/11/2015 at 2:23 pm #

    hi mam!
    i have a plan of working to UK but the problem I don’t have any employer, how can i get a working visa w/o employer, but i have a close friend living in london..
    any response mam!
    thankyou and more power!!

  43. Grace 09/02/2015 at 3:36 pm #

    Hello Ai i wanna ask if its possible that my sponsor from the uk will get a uk visitor visa for me? or he can apply for me? thank you i hope you will response soon God bless!

    • Ai 09/12/2015 at 3:15 pm #

      Yep he can. Pls visit the official UK visa online. He has to sign up and take it from there.
      Add me on Instagram: @latexcorsetph for more details. 😊

      • Ela 09/24/2015 at 10:46 am #

        Hi Miss Ai! I just want to ask if there’s any way to track the status of my uk visit visa application? It’s been 12 days since I submitted my application. I hope everything is fine. Worried lang po ko kasi meron sana akong aattendan na activity on 2nd of October. Sana maapprove visa ko..

        • Ai 09/26/2015 at 10:13 pm #

          Hi Ela. Apologies for the delay. Results should be ready and available soon. They normally have the decision ready within 12days! keep an eye to your email inbox, you should get an email anytime soon. :)
          Best of luck! Xx
          Follow me on Instagram! @latexcorsetph

  44. RapRap 08/30/2015 at 10:42 pm #

    Hi, I’m planning to visit UK and will do a short side trip to Amsterdam,Brussels and Paris and go back again to UK to fly back to PH, my question is do I have to consider UK multiple entry visa as I am going to Schengen countries? Any response is highly appreciated.

    • Ai 09/12/2015 at 3:24 pm #

      Hiya! As long as you’ve got both visas then you’re good to go! I’m jealous. Wish I’m travelling too these days.😊
      Add me on Instagram @latexcorsetph for more details.

  45. Cleo 08/25/2015 at 1:53 pm #

    Does UKVI require you to pay the visa application fee thru money gram international transfer to payment receiving officer?please help me.

    • jerwin_cop@yahoo.co.uk 08/29/2015 at 6:58 am #

      No.. they only accept online payment.

    • puca 09/06/2015 at 4:13 pm #

      you can pay it via visa, mastercard, worldpay and paypal

  46. Maison 08/18/2015 at 1:09 pm #

    Hi Everyone,

    Im planning to apply a UK visa soon probably this November. My boyfriend will sponsor me and I have requested him to prepare an invitation letter,copy of his passports, land title, owenership of his flat, p60,payslips and bank statements. I my self also have prepared all documents i need my COE , my business permitm mayor’s permit , ITR, bank certificate and bank statements.

    Here are my questions:

    1. Is it okay if all documents coming from him are scanned and sent to email?

    2. Does he need to provide the Sponsorship undertaking: form SU07? and who is going to sign the second page of it which states:
    Signed by__________________being a person authorized to
    make this certificate on behalf of the Secretary of State.

    3. My contract ends this year (december) so i will be unemployed but I still have a business which is apartment for rent I have the Business permit, DTI certificate and Mayor’s permit but land title is named for my mother. Do you think this will suffice?

    4. I will be indicating that I will be staying with my boyfriend for 3 months, do you think I will be granted? Knowing that i will be employed? I have sufficient savings tho on my bank accounts.

    5. Would it be possible if i indicate on application I will just be staying for 1 month but in reality I will be staying for 3 or 4 months? how’s that possible? Do you think I will have trouble with immigration and for my next application of visa?

    6. Do you think I will be granted UK visa? I will be sponsored but I will be out of job soon.


    Hope you can answer my queries :)

    • Ai 08/24/2015 at 4:30 pm #

      Hi Maison,
      Answers below.
      1) yes, totally fine.
      2) No need. A simple letter of invitation is enough.
      3) 6 months payslip, Certificate of Employment and your business permit are really helpful.
      4) I suggest you make it shorter. 4-6weeks maybe.
      5) You will be ask for sure by the Immigration why the sudden changed (1month to 3months) but just say, you have changed your mind and anyway, you are granted 6months visa.
      6) Make sure you have a strong ties in Phils (properties, families, business’s to go back to). Pretty sure you will be granted a visa.
      Hope that helps.
      Follow me on Instagram: @latexcorsetph if you want to get hold of me. Best of luck!

      • jerwin_cop@yahoo.co.uk 08/29/2015 at 7:07 am #

        No.5 question wether you stay 1 month or 3 months you need to buy returned ticket back to philippines.. if you book ticket single trip to UK they might hold you and question you in immigration entry clearance in the UK..

      • Kay 08/30/2015 at 12:50 am #

        Hi, Ms Ai! I just want to ask some questions. I’m planning on applying for a tourist visa so I can scout for schools in the UK but at the same time visit my bestfriend who lives there. My best friend is a permanent resident and she would shoulder everything once I get there. I’m 22 years old and I don’t have a job ‘cos I’m still studying, I’m a bit worried about the part where I have to provide a bank statement, My family recently moved back to Philippines from Singapore and we don’t have any bank savings or properties under our name. I’m just wondering if bank statements from my friend (who will sponsor my whole stay) would be a good alternative if I don’t have one? I grew up in Brunei (Stayed there for 10 years) and I’ve been to different countries in Asia but it’s the first time I’m applying for something a bit far. Haha. Help? I don’t know where to start. I just really want this to work because I want to pursue my studies there.

        • Ai 09/12/2015 at 3:29 pm #

          Hi, your own bank statements are one of the requirements. How about a bank statement from where you were? They would need the last 6 months statements. You got to make sure you have utility bills under your name as well. You can always provide your friends/sponsor statements but frankly to say, it won’t be enough.
          Add me on Instagram: @latexcorsetph for more details

      • Jhen 09/09/2015 at 3:41 pm #

        Hi Ai,

        My visa application was refused last month. The ECO’s reason for refusing my visa was

        “…You state that you will be paying costs of trip yourself (this means that I will be paying for the Air fare) and have submitted a bank statement in you name. However this does not evidence your salary or stated income and I am not satisfied that your are employed or receiving income as claimed.

        I light of the above I am not satisfied that your circumstances are as you have indicated, nor on your intentions in wishing to travel to the United Kingdom now. I am not satisfied that you are genuinely seeking entry as a visitor for a limited period as stated by you, not exceeding 6 months, or that you intend to leave the United Kingdom at the end of the period of your proposed visit.”

        I’m quite confused because I will be supported by my aunt in the UK. I submitted a copy of her passport, invitation letter, bank statements, and her certificate of naturalisation.

        On my part I submitted my COE, payslips, and bank statement.

        One of the main reason why my application was refused is that my employer did not mention on the COE that I am allowed a paid/unpaid leave (my bad). Also, My contract will end on December so I will be unemployed but I believe that I have sufficient amount in my bank account.

        What confuses me the most is that I stated my Aunt will supporting me (food, accommodations and all) and I have submitted the necessary documents on my part (COE, payslips and bank statement) but still the ECO states “You state that you will be paying costs of trip yourself and have submitted a bank statement in you name. However this does not evidence your salary or stated income and I am not satisfied that your are employed or receiving income as claimed.” I was like “huh??” What proofs do I need to send to convince them that I am employed and receiving income if my payslips and COE is not enough?

        I also want to ask what documents do I need to submit to prove that I have strong ties here in the Philippines and that I will be coming back on the specified time. I’m really confused right now, and really sad because all I want to do is to celebrate my birthday on the Warner Bros Studios in London coz I’m a big HARRY POTTER FAN.

        Hope you can help me on this matter. Your suggestions will be highly appreciated.


        • Ai 09/12/2015 at 3:39 pm #

          Hi Jhen, sorry to hear that. You can always make an appeal. Maybe they just overlooked the documents you have submitted to them? But I think it’s a long process for making an appeal. Might be better to just reapply again? Costly I know. Not sure about this really. Sorry.
          Strong ties can be, properties under your name, business, work waiting for you and etc.
          hope it helps.
          Add me on Instagram: @latexcorsetph for more details.

          • gee 10/08/2015 at 12:41 am #

            Hi I would like to ask for the requirements for tourist visa, I just resigned from my work last June 2015, My family has properties but unfortunately it was under my dads name but already passed away.. My friend in Uk will sponsor my tour. we would like to know how and where are we gonna start everything. please indicate here all the requirements needed since ill be having my sponsor for the trip. ill be waiting for your kind response. Thank you and God bless

          • Ieftamtog Tog 01/02/2016 at 9:33 pm #

            Hi …i have same question ,we are planning to travel to england also with a friend from dubai we are both working as ofw. i have my aunt there married to a british resident of england many years ago, moms cousins will shoulder everything including accomodation. Is it possible to apply for a visa even we dont have any show money in the bank? And is it okay if my friend will come also even i only have a relative there?. Were planning to have a 1month vacation because we are allowed to have one month leave from our work. Wht visa should we apply?
            hope you can help thanks

        • Sel 09/19/2015 at 1:11 pm #

          Hi there! I am also refused yesterday. Tsk

          Are u going re apply? Can we keep in touch?


          • Aimee 09/22/2015 at 1:07 pm #

            hello, can I ask why were you refused? Was there an explanation?

          • Jhen 09/29/2015 at 1:26 pm #

            Hi Sel,

            Yes, I plan to re apply maybe next year. how about you?

            May I ask what’s the ECO’s reason for the refusal?


        • MBC 11/18/2015 at 12:35 am #

          I think the ECO noticed some discrepancies in your bank account versus your payslips.

    • Lhab 08/29/2015 at 9:25 am #

      Hi Maison, will you apply on Nov? I have my sponsor too. But planning to apply on Oct. What docs dyou have so far?

  47. Lorelie 08/06/2015 at 10:55 pm #

    Hi Ai! Do you have any idea how long does it take to get a fiance visa? I just had my appointment last 17 July 2015, but I still haven’t heard any news from it. I am a bit anxious wating for my visa, such a long waiting game. Hehe!
    Hope to hear from you soon! God bless! :)

    • Ai 08/06/2015 at 11:09 pm #

      Hi Lorelie,
      Sorry but I’ve got no idea how long it takes. Might be more longer than the usual tourist visa I guess? 4-6weeks I reckon.
      Let me know how you get on. And best of luck! X

      • Lorelie 08/06/2015 at 11:20 pm #

        Hi Ai! Thanks for your quick response. OK, Will let you know once I got it.. :) thanks again!


        • Cris 08/12/2015 at 8:20 am #

          hello all…anyone here who get experience to get spouse visa with 1 dependant??i really need help. what requirement need to submit.i’m married for more year now.i don’t own any property.i got bank but money just in and out…my husband only pay my expenses living..he will he my sponsor too,what decuments he need to prepare?

          thanks a head your reply

      • ariane 08/07/2015 at 8:10 pm #

        Hi ms ai! I really need ur help with this cos its gonna be my first time to visit uk. And one of my worries is when i apply for the tourist visa. Do u think payslips from my previous work until now will be enough for them to approve my application? Thanks! Il appreciate for ur reply

        • ariane 08/07/2015 at 8:13 pm #

          Il be waiting for ur reply*

        • Ai 08/20/2015 at 2:55 pm #

          Hi Ariane,
          Apologies for the delay. Been travelling lately.
          UK would only need your last 6months payslips. Are you still employed or not?
          If you want to get hold of me, pls follow me on instagram: @latexcorsetph
          Cheers! x

          • John Agag 08/20/2015 at 5:21 pm #

            Hello dear…i have question regarding ob how to apply visa to london… I have my boyfriend there(british citizen) weve been for almost 6years but we never met…he gave me a invitation letter indicating he will support my travel..i have hes copy of passport already and the letter of invitation what else should i need to present sa embassy? I dont have work here but i have small business (like pigerry but its not legit) i have my own house and lot nakapangalan sakin..i also have my bank statement and bank certificate na…money in and out..and incase na maghanap ang embassy sakin ng prof na he supported me i have here yung receipt ng Wester union where he used to send me money..i hope to hear from you very soon dear..thank you..please do email me johnagag78@gmail.com

      • Mary Jane Balncio 08/08/2015 at 7:55 am #

        Hi Ms.Ai Hingi po sana ako ng information Kung anong visa ang need ko sa Anguilla po kc nag wo work ang husband ko plan ko po sana pumunta dun before our anniversary to celebrate yung passport ko po na Gamit di ko pa na palitan ng sure name bale Gamit ko pa po sa passport is yung single pa ako pwede po bang di na muna ako mag change ng status? Bale dito po ako sa Saudi now nag work ano po mga needs na documents if ever na dito po ako manggaling?thanks

        • Irine 08/20/2015 at 3:00 pm #

          Hi Mary Jane,
          Apologies for the delay. Been travelling.
          I would suggest you visit the UK embassy/Consulate sa Saudi to get the right details.
          If you’d like to get hold of me, pls follow me on instagram: @latexcorsetph.

      • vren 08/16/2015 at 10:58 am #

        Hello Ms. Ai may I ask po, do I have to ask my friend in UK to have the invitation letter authenticated? and is it ok if I’ll just print it out from my email?

        • Ai 08/21/2015 at 1:02 pm #

          Hi Vren,
          No need to get it authenticated.
          Pls follow me on Instagram, @latexcorsetph if you want to get hold of me. ☺️

          • mary 10/23/2015 at 8:20 pm #

            Hi miss Ai ask Ko lng Po sana kung pwede ba ako mag apply nang tourists visa dito sa kuwait going to UK?ofw Po ako at plan Ko Po bumisita sa bf ko Doon which is a British national. He will send an invitation letter and he will support everything habang nandun ako. And I think I’ll be staying there for 3months before umuwi nang pilipinas. Kelangan ba kumuha ako nang round trip ticket? Kuwait to UK then UK to Phillipines? U think they would grant me a tourist visa?Please need response

      • Lorelie 08/30/2015 at 8:22 am #

        Hi Ai! waiting game is over! Just want to let you know that I got my settlement visa yesterday! Been waiting for 29 working days. Thanks!

        • Ai 08/30/2015 at 2:14 pm #

          Lorelie Big congratulations to you!!! Off to UK soon I guess? Enjoy babe. Xx

        • Joy 08/31/2015 at 3:32 pm #

          Hello Lorelie,
          Where did u take your IELTS life skill Lever A1 please I need to know your reply thanks

          • Sel 09/19/2015 at 1:19 pm #

            Hi Maam.. nakapag take na po ba kayo ng IElTs life skill level A1?

          • Joy 09/20/2015 at 5:52 pm #

            Hello Sel,

            I never take exam yet, thats why I ask Lorelie where she take the exam, she never reply me yet, I want to take the exam too, because I’m going to apply Fiancee visa soon

        • cathy 08/31/2015 at 10:42 pm #

          Hello ms. Lorelie i’m planning to apply fiance visa this october, may i know documents needed?thank u

        • april 09/23/2015 at 5:18 pm #

          Hi Lorelie,congrats, ask ko sana mga requirements sa sinubmit mo?galing ako UK last July tourist visa, we plan to apply settlement visa nman hope you can help.thanks.

      • Olive 09/20/2015 at 11:15 am #

        Hi ai,
        I would like to know if i am anble to get visa even if im not using my husband surname at the monent? My husband is british citizen and we have a daughter and he wanted us to visit in UK..
        I am a little bit confuse because my passport is so complicated.. I am still using my previous husband surename which is im legally divorce with him.. I have a divorce letter as a proft. But the problem is in my passport im still using his surename not my present husband surname..
        Im a little bit worried.. Please advice

        Thank u

        • Ai 09/20/2015 at 12:58 pm #

          Hi Olive,
          It might be just easier to get your family name change to your present husband for less confusion. Otherwise you have to explain everything and that doesn’t make sense at all.
          I bet you can get it change within 15days or maximum a month.
          Follow me on Instagram, @latexcorsetph if you want to get hold of me.

    • benditta 08/17/2015 at 2:12 pm #

      As far as I know, fiancé visa takes about 60days. I am also planning to apply !y fiancé visa, but I am still waiting for my annulment its still on process.
      May I know what documents did u passed?
      Anyway, good luck Loriele

      • Lorelie 08/19/2015 at 9:56 am #

        These are the list of documents I submitted in VFS Manila

        🔹 Completed VAF4A
        🔹 2 passport size picture with white background
        🔹 Original passport
        🔹 Original NSO Birth Certificate
        🔹 Original NSO Cenomar
        🔹 Introductory letter
        🔹 Original NBI Clearance
        🔹 Original IELTS Life skills level A1
        🔹 Original TB test result
        🔹 Original Bank statement (for the last 6 months)
        🔹 Original Bank Certificate

        🔹 Completed VAF4A Appendix 2
        🔹 2 passport size picture with white background
        🔹 Copy of Birth Certificate
        🔹 Copy of all pages of passport (Biographical page and pages with visa and stamps only.)
        🔹 Original Divorce Decree
        🔹 Letter of History of Relationship
        🔹 Original receipt and form of the notice for marriage in the UK
        🔹 Original receipt for the wedding venue in the UK
        🔹 Original Income tax return for the last 2 years
        🔹 Original Bank statement for the last 6 months
        🔹 Original Certificate of employment
        🔹 Original Pay slips for the last 6 months
        🔹 Original Tenancy Agreement / Mortgage
        🔹 Original Proof of billings
        🔹 Original Love cards
        🔹 Copy of screen shots of emails / chat history
        🔹 Pictures together with the fiancée and with the family
        🔹 Original receipts of money remittance (western union)
        🔹 Photocopies of all original documents that you wish to be returned to you


        • benditta 08/19/2015 at 10:16 am #

          Thank you. And Best of luck sa application mo.
          Am still processing my annulment, kaya ndi pa ako maka apply agad. How’s the eilts exam goes? Mdali lang ba? Hehe…
          I traveled twice sa England to meet his family and para magkaroon ng mga pictures together.
          Hay…. Naiinip na nga ako, ambagal ng annulment ko, 1yr na sya naka file.
          My personal email is mjanemanalo27@gmail. Com
          Anyway, saan lugar kayo sa UK?

          • Lorelie 08/19/2015 at 10:43 am #

            Hi Benditta! Thanks! Madali lng naman ang IELTS Life skills level A1, speaking & listening lang xa. 😉 Hertforshire kami.


        • april 09/23/2015 at 5:36 pm #

          ito na pla sagot sa tanong ko hehe.tnx

    • benditta 08/17/2015 at 2:13 pm #

      As far as I know, fiancé visa takes about 60days. I am also planning to apply !y fiancé visa, but I am still waiting for my annulment its still on process.
      May I know what documents did u passed?
      Anyway, good luck Loriele

      • Lorelie 08/30/2015 at 8:30 am #

        Hi Benditta! Finally, I got my fiance/settlement visa yesterday. Been waiting for 29 WORKING days! Thanks! 😊

        • benditta 08/30/2015 at 9:06 am #

          Congratulations…. I’m happy for you! God bless

    • Sel 09/19/2015 at 1:15 pm #

      Hi Maam..

      Can i ask? Where po kayo nag take ng IELtS? I will be going to apply for a Fiance Visa po..

      Pls response. Thanks.

  48. zel 08/03/2015 at 9:47 pm #

    vfsglobal ba sa may ayala located ?

  49. Malou bautista 07/30/2015 at 7:02 am #

    Hi Wanderlass, is it ok to staple the application form and all the other documents or just put a clip paper?

    • Venj 08/06/2015 at 12:36 am #

      Hehe this information can be found on your application form,, you should just clip it

  50. Miha 07/28/2015 at 12:23 am #

    I am a Filipina and married to a British national for almost a year now. I already had my residence permit, spouse/partner/leave to remain early this year. We will be visiting Manila in December for a week, do I still need a UK visa coming back to the UK?Thanks!

    • Venj 08/06/2015 at 12:43 am #

      You dont need a visa as youre a resident in the uk or indefinite leave to remain,

  51. mike 07/24/2015 at 12:44 am #

    Hello do they require a travel insurance like the one required for schengen visa?

    • Ai 08/24/2015 at 4:33 pm #

      I didn’t have one when I visited UK 2 months ago.

      • Angelina Leal 08/24/2015 at 6:06 pm #

        The UK visa dont require insurance, but they are going to callthe bank and BIR

  52. Delkhaye 07/22/2015 at 12:51 am #

    Hi Ms Ai ( wanderlass) just been to UK last month for 26 days and flew back to Manila with my b.f. .unemployed for almost 3 years .I have bank account ( money in and out).hes supporting me financially.my British b.f of 4 years sponsored me to meet his family .luckily got multiple visa for 6 months ,this is my 1st application.my visa will expired on October .we are planning to me to go back to UK on October to spend Christmas with his family and be back on Dec .30 and flying back with my b.f to spend new year with my family .I’m nervous to apply for second time if I’ll granted again .what is my chance to get visa again ?as I’m worried bout what the IO in UK wrote in the landing card will reflect my application as he tried to stop me entering to UK .he asked lots of questions not satisfied so he pulled me out in the queue and so he asked me to sit down in one corner .he went to his office with my passport with him( I.O office) then he came back and handed me my passport and he said I can go .so relief.i can tell on his face that he don’t want me in the UK .dunno what he did in that room,anyway than God that i did bring the supporting documents I passed on the vfa.what is my chances to be granted again?

    • Ai 08/17/2015 at 2:25 pm #

      I suggest you take a chance again!

      You already had a good record when you stayed there for a month. Did your visa run out already?

      I had 6 months visa and I visited UK twice. The second time I went back there, the Officer only asked me one question, “what are you here for?” Replied back, “Tourist”. A min after, I’m out of her sight. :) Quite nice to be able to get away with no other questions unlike my first entry (where I was ask too many questions but I think it’s very normal for IO to ask loads of questions when you haven’t been to UK before)
      Best of luck!
      If you guys want to get hold of me, I’m on Instagram, @latexcorsetph

      • Delkhaye 09/23/2015 at 5:05 pm #

        Hi ms Ai . my uk visa will expired next month .went to vfs ,8th of sept .to apply as planning to come back on Nov .if granted again.the guy said it takes 15 working days . last summer it took 10 working days . so I’m bit anxious.just stayed there for a month last time .

      • Delkhaye 09/26/2015 at 11:37 am #

        Hi Ms.Ai got my visa today! Multiple . thank you!

        • Lovely 09/26/2015 at 12:50 pm #

          Hi Delkhaye,
          Congrats!!! Can i ask few things bout the visa? Here’s my email lovelyjaimeer@gmail.com Thanks in advance!


        • Ai 09/26/2015 at 7:27 pm #

          Congratulations Delkhaye!!
          Have fun in UK! Heard it’s already freezing cold these days! Ha. Good luck. Xxx

    • puca 09/06/2015 at 4:56 pm #

      did you have a return ticket before you enter the UK?

      • Ai 09/17/2015 at 2:52 pm #

        Always have a return ticket.

    • Delkhaye 09/24/2015 at 6:28 pm #

      Hi Ms.Ai .my visa will.expired next month .so applied for second time 8th of this month as I’m planning to come back on Nov.when I get there the guy said it takes 15 working days.I just received today message from vfs so expecting to receive it tomorrow .so mine takes only 13 days.I’m so nervous if I granted again .

      • Ai 09/24/2015 at 6:39 pm #

        Hi Delkhaye!

        Great news! Let’s just hope you’ll be granted again. :)

        Fingers crossed! Xx

  53. maimai 07/21/2015 at 4:36 pm #

    Hello wanderlast, Im currently working in Saudi Arabia anf planning to visit UK soon. My question is It is possible I will apply for a UK visa sa pinas while im on vacation and I will come back to saudi Arabia doon na ako aalis bali Saudi- UK- Saudi ang route ko?

    • migs 09/02/2015 at 9:49 am #

      Yes pwede once na approved pero di pede ipasa ang itinerary mo na ganun dapat mnl-uk-mnl ang nasa itinerary mo. Hope it helps

  54. Tere 07/21/2015 at 8:31 am #

    Hello!! Yung tita ko magkakaron ng operation gusto sana niya ko papuntahin dun kasi wala siya ibang relatives dun. Pano po kaya un? Ano po need namin na requirements? Thank you!!!

  55. rcdeus10 07/13/2015 at 10:29 pm #

    Hi anyone could please help me

    I am ging to UK and will be paying for everthing (except accommodation) I do have sufficient bank account, but I will be staying in my friends place. If i declare i will be staying in my friends place do i still need to show his bank account? or just letter of invite from my friend that I will be staying in his place?

    I appreciate any reply thank you

    • Analyn 07/28/2015 at 12:52 pm #

      I guess it would be better to provide also all requirements just to be sure.Letter of invite,bank statement,payslip,copy of passport,our pics together,our conversation,p60,tenancy agreement or ownership of the house.that’s what I passed for my sponsor that provide accommodation for me.but for more simple just book hotel and u can cancel it anytime.

      • ariane 08/08/2015 at 4:50 pm #

        Hi po analyn! Just wanna ask few things. I will be staying po sa house ng bf ko if ever i will get my visa so i need to have letter of invite still? And also is it ok if i can only show them my payslips from my previous to my present work now? So what are the important doc that i need to provide? Sorry i dont know how this works cos this is my first time to apply. Pls i need a help with this! Thankyou!

        • Analyn 10/15/2015 at 12:31 pm #

          Hi Ariane did u apply already?sorry for the reply i just back from UK.

      • AGM 08/16/2015 at 8:47 am #

        HI Ananlyn,

        Im planning to apply for UK visa, but right now i am unemployed but i do have sufficient savings account… anyway my boyfriend who is british will be sponsoring me? and I will be staying there by 3 months…. do you think i will be granted a visa? Knowing that i am unemployed?

        • Analyn 10/15/2015 at 12:32 pm #

          Hi did u apply already?sorry late reply i just came back from UK.

    • Sandz 07/30/2015 at 1:04 am #

      HI! I have the same plan as yours. Did you already submit your application?

      • AGM 08/16/2015 at 7:16 pm #

        Not Yet Sandz, how about you? Anyone can help us?

  56. jay 07/10/2015 at 11:10 am #

    hi i have a uk and dubai tourist visa, is it okay that my tickets are manila to uk, then uk to dubai then dubai to manila? because i am afraid that the immigration will ask me my return tickets from uk back to manila

  57. marge 07/02/2015 at 5:53 pm #

    Hi po,im Marge,I need some advice about my refusal visit visa.On my letter decision,they refused its because I think is about of my bank statement.They confused its because im un employed but I have savings.My boyfriend is my sponsor and he looking after for all documents I need like his invitation leter,copy of passport,his bank statement,accomodation etc. The problem is i don’t have evidence of ties to home country – like ownership of property(title?). I used to rent house only which is my boyfriend paid for it.Usually my boyfriend help me and looking after for all my expenses as well that’s why i have savings..Can you pls help me and advice what do i need to do..Or any requirements do i need about evidence ties to home country aside property?? Thank you for all your help..

    • Delkhaye 07/22/2015 at 1:05 am #

      Hi Ms.Marge we are in the same boat .unemployed for 3 years,do have bank account but don’t have savings as money in and out .he’s supporting me for 4 years .don’t have properties .but I have my family here .he comes to visit me 3x a year in dubai and Manila .I used to work in Abu 3 years ago .but luckily granted multiple visa for ,6 months .actually don’t expect would be granted .my supporting documents are .copy of his passport,council tax bill,3 months payslip,pictures , P60 and invitation letter from him .

      • Venj 08/06/2015 at 12:27 am #

        If your bf is sponsoring your trip, then he must send all the required documents, most important is his bank statement and py slip, his invitation letter should also say that his covering your stay in the uk.. No reason to refuse you if you do it properly..

      • Lovely 09/24/2015 at 9:08 pm #

        Hi Delkhaye,

        Can i ask you few questions regarding the uk tourist visa? I really need help. Dyou mind sending me an email lovelyjaimeer@gmail.com Thanks a lot!


      • Carla 10/06/2015 at 4:03 pm #

        Hi delkhaye congrats sa yo ask ko lang kasi about my case nabigyan ako dati ng multiple visa 6 months noong first apply ko the i stay in uk about 5 months but bumalik ako sa pinas before my visa expired last sept,2015 plan kong mag apply uli to spend xmas doon but im scared baka hindi ako mabigyan. I have invitation letter galing sa friend ko. Please advice me kung may chane ba akong mabigyan thanks

    • Polly 07/27/2015 at 12:49 am #

      We have same refusal reason, how much is your money in the bank? And did they allow you to have an appeal or not?

      • Sel 09/19/2015 at 1:41 pm #

        Hi Polly..

        Did you try again to apply? Or re appeal?

        Can we keep in touch if your still in Phil

        Heres my email: cresel1205@yahoo.com.ph


  58. Cha 06/30/2015 at 5:29 pm #

    Hello, could you comment on this one please.. I’m applying a visit visa for the UK..I wasn’t the one who made my profile for the Visa4UK online application – my friend mistyped the month of my birthday for the appointment confirmation. Would it have a bearing on my application even if the details in the proper application are correct?

  59. jolina 06/29/2015 at 12:03 pm #

    Hi i am filipina and i have some question what kind of visa we apply to go in uk ?my boyfriend is an itallian he work in uk for three years . We got engaged already in philippines and i want to stay with him in uk for a long time..
    thanks po

  60. Tony 06/24/2015 at 5:08 pm #

    Hello everyone!

    I submitted my application and supporting documents this morning at the visa application center in Makati. I applied for a business visitor visa, so I would like to hear from anyone who applied for the same type of visa.

    What supporting documents did you submit?

    Thanks :)

  61. Bee 06/11/2015 at 11:58 am #

    After visiting London last December 2014, thought of coming back to England 2 weeks before my 6 mos visa expires, I’ve decided a 3 nights visit to Scotland, and I must say it’s a wise decision! The Scot offers different taste of Celtic and Gaelic tourism – polite locals, enchanting castles, amazing landscape of snow capped mountains, forests, lakes and green valleys too! So for those who already have a UK visa after visiting England… never miss a train to Scotland! – Edinburgh, Glasgow and the highlands highly recommended, worth visiting!!!

    • Analyn 07/10/2015 at 3:19 pm #

      Hello I have my interview on July 17 really so anxious for that coming date. Iam sponsored by a friend who is Scottish that I met in the Phils.Do u think I have a strong possibilities to get approve, even he has no big amount on money on acct.but has continuous money going in and out.thanks for the response.

  62. Tere 06/03/2015 at 12:21 am #

    Hello! Tanong ko lang po ano po kelangan ko kung ivisit ko yung aunt ko sa england? Magpapa opera kasi siya. And wala siya ibang kasama dun. Salamat po ng marami

  63. ata 05/27/2015 at 2:08 pm #

    To those who’s been thru the UK visa application process, just one basic question. Sorry if this was already answered, my connection is quite spotty kasi.. Will there be an interview during the appointment or is it just submission of docs? Thank you!

    • benditta 06/04/2015 at 5:43 pm #

      They will just asked you your full name, bday and where in england you are going to stay. And your relationship to your sponsor.
      And they will take a photo of yours and biometrics and that’s it.

      • Apple 07/18/2015 at 8:33 pm #

        Is it approved already if they take your application and biometric? Please reply

    • Ai 06/04/2015 at 5:51 pm #

      No interview at all. You go to the consulate with your docs. They will call you and submit your docs to them. Then you will be called again for biometrics – inside biometrics room, You will be ask of who you are and where in UK you are going to stay/visiting with. Finish. Takes about 10mins. Results are ready between 12-15 working days.

      • jhoy 06/04/2015 at 10:15 pm #

        Ai, thank you very much for the info, its really good news and helpful, but the sad things is he can’t provide bank statement, and he payed on hes wages as cash no tax and after house got repossessed they block my bank accounts and can’t get new one for 5 years that’s what he said, I really lose hope, police got he’s passport after hes house burned, :((( pls I ask you again if he’s brother can help us, he invite me too, and show he’s bank statement, but my bf will provide all my needs, and he gonna put money also on my account, pls hope u response again, thank u kipsafe and godbless, I just really wanna be with him, : (

        • Ai 06/04/2015 at 10:40 pm #

          Try to be sponsored by his brother/family then. Don’t want to discouraged you but would’ve been better if you guys have met personally. When I was with Border control officer, I was asked when was the last time I saw my sponsor. Just get all the papers that the consulate required.

          • jhoy 06/04/2015 at 10:55 pm #

            Thank u Ai, for the quick response, if I will wait for that time that we met, for sure it will takes years,, but still thank u lots, ur info gives idea, kipsafe and godbless u and ur family, Ai, : )

          • Analyn 07/23/2015 at 9:49 am #

            Hello Ai,
            I already lodged my documents last July 14, 2015 Im quite anxious for everyday waiting..I wish I can have more patience.lol. I applied for General Tourist Visa and sponsored by my friend who is a British Citizen. I guess i passed all needed requirements for this such case but im too worried with our Bank Statement that is low in balance, do u think it is enough that we have bank statement that has money going in and out and also every year he is coming to Philippines so I guess ECO will think he can really provide for me.I hope your comments in here and if everyone who has the same case as me.Thanks in advance and best regards..

          • Ai 07/23/2015 at 10:16 am #

            Hey Analyn!
            You should hear from the consulate anytime soon then. Keep your heads up. I’m pretty sure you’ll be fine. Consulate officers are more interested of your bank acct, properties in Phils, your friend’s record. If you think you passed all that, there’s nothing to worry then. Just keep on praying!☺️

          • Analyn 07/23/2015 at 11:05 am #

            Hello Ai,

            Thanks Ai for your quick response! I really thankful at least now I can breath lol as your thoughts really gave me hope and to stay positive while waiting.Will update all when I got my passport, I hope I get it visa stamp on it and will share my whole experience and documents I provided in VFS Global. Goodluck to us! and God Bless you..

          • Analyn 07/24/2015 at 8:21 am #

            Hello Ai!

            Your right i received email from UKVI today.Will get back to you all for the result on Monday!Thank you so much for the encouragement.

          • Jayr 07/24/2015 at 11:52 am #

            What is the full message of UKVI to you this morning??

          • Analyn 07/24/2015 at 11:59 am #


            Application Reference :

            A decision has been made on your application and your documents are being returned to the Visa Application Centre (VAC). You will be contacted again by the VAC once these documents have been received and they are ready for you to collect. If you have chosen to have your documents couriered to you, these will be despatched by the VAC once they have been received.

            Please do not attend the application centre until you have been contacted by the VAC. UKVI contact details can be found at https://www.gov.uk/contact-ukvi-outside-uk

            UK Visas and Immigration
            British Embassy Manila

            This is the exact email i received.

            whats to yours?

          • Analyn 07/24/2015 at 12:10 pm #


            Application Reference :

            A decision has been made on your application and your documents are being returned to the Visa Application Centre (VAC). You will be contacted again by the VAC once these documents have been received and they are ready for you to collect. If you have chosen to have your documents couriered to you, these will be despatched by the VAC once they have been received.

            Please do not attend the application centre until you have been contacted by the VAC. UKVI contact details can be found at https://www.gov.uk/contact-ukvi-outside-uk

            UK Visas and Immigration
            British Embassy Manila

          • Jayr 07/24/2015 at 11:57 am #

            To #analyn
            What is the full message of UKVI to you this morning??

          • Analyn 07/24/2015 at 12:36 pm #

            A decision has been made on your application and your documents are being returned to the Visa Application Centre (VAC). You will be contacted again by the VAC once these documents have been received and they are ready for you to collect. If you have chosen to have your documents couriered to you, these will be despatched by the VAC once they have been received.

          • Analyn 07/27/2015 at 10:04 pm #

            Hello Ai!

            I got my visa now.Thanks and God Bless.

          • Analyn 07/27/2015 at 11:18 pm #

            Hello Ai,
            Will be staying in Leeds .

          • Lorelie 08/03/2015 at 7:00 pm #

            Hi Ai! Do you have any idea how long does it take to get a fiance visa? I just had my appointment last 17 July 2015, but I still haven’t heard any news from it. I am a bit anxious wating for my visa, such a long waiting game. Hehe!
            Hope to hear from you soon! God bless! :)

          • Jesse Noita Pelaez 01/13/2016 at 11:03 pm #

            Hi po
            Im jhen.ask ko lng po if u have an idea if need talaga ang authority to travel since im a govt employee-teacher. Mu parents will sponsor me for a short holiday this summer.
            Thanks po!

        • charee 06/30/2015 at 10:32 am #

          Sounds like a scam or trafficking.

          • Ai 07/27/2015 at 10:09 pm #

            Congratulations Analyn! Well done! Where are you going to stay in UK? Have fun. Xx

      • Dee 06/04/2015 at 11:10 pm #

        Hi. Tanong ko lang kung it is possible ba na iisa lang kaming documents ng tita ko? Sabay kasi kame nag apply last monday. And we have one sponsorship letter iisa lang kasi sponsor namin at pupuntahan at naka indicate na dun yung name ko.. Na bobother lang ako kasi i have a copy of sponsorship letter too. But hindi sya kinuha nung nag aassist and other supporting documents ng sponsor namin ung sa tita ko lang.. Ang kinuha lang skn ung documents ko like passport,bank cert,employmnt cert etc. nawala din kasi sa isip ko ibigay ung other supporting documents about sa sponsor ko akala ko kasi dun na kukunin sa biometric. Pero nung nasa biometric naman yung tita ko nag ask naman ung interview sakanya about skn like kung kaano-ano nya ko .. So tingin nyo po ba? iisa lang yung papers namin 7 tita ko? Thanks in advance.

      • Dee 06/05/2015 at 8:49 pm #

        Tanong q lang tumatawag na talaga sila sa sponsor para i-confirm??!

      • aprille 07/05/2015 at 10:55 am #

        hi thanks for your input. my husband is currently looking for info on how to process UK visa from UAE. he will be attending a class for a week there then to scotland after. Does Scotland require a different visa? So application is done only online? or do you know of any agency there (UK) that could process the visa for him? He has also an invitation. your help will be greatly appreciated. thanx so much in advance!

    • Jennifer Regencia 06/05/2015 at 12:54 pm #

      During the appointment, you will only submit your documents and biometrics.

    • lita gallie 06/30/2015 at 9:12 am #

      hello ata..pls help me naman about uk visa application,,and san kaba nga english test can u give exact details in manila ,,san banda at anong mga requirments na pweding ipakita ,,i need ur help ty

  64. raquel 04/18/2015 at 3:39 pm #

    hello i need some help..my husband and i will visit my aunt and her family in uk.but on the online application there’s no “aunt” “uncle” “cousin on the relationship option..what will i put?thanks

  65. vanessa 04/16/2015 at 3:46 pm #

    hi wanderlass, is it also required and mandatory to submit a travel booking confirmation? thanks :)

    • wanderlass 05/12/2015 at 1:45 pm #

      it is better to have it

      • keith 05/21/2015 at 6:21 pm #

        Hi wanderlass I would like to ask if I can apply multiple visa for more than 6months, say a year or two? Or do they grant it or they just stick with 6 months? The scenario is that I’d like to apply for a visa soon as I got my vacation from work, and I have only 49days vacation so I was thinking to apply for one because I got another year left before my contract with work is done. Is that even possible??

      • jhoy 05/28/2015 at 2:03 pm #

        Hi wanderlass PLEASE can u give me some advice? Pls its very important for me, I need ur help, me and my bf we meet on online chat ( tagged) since 2013 to present we never met coz he can’t come here yet, court hold he’s passport after he’s house burned, he’s from UK pls is it possible to come there even we not meet yet and we don’t have picture together only on skype, he’s supporting me, and he’s willing to pay just toget me there, pls is it possible? Wat requirements we both need,

        • Ai 06/04/2015 at 5:47 pm #

          Hey Jhoy,
          Take all the risks! Give it a go. Make sure you’ve got a substantial amount of money in your acct, Bank statements, bank certificate, employers certificate (if employed), payslips (if employed), title/deed of sale of your properties, his passport copy, Invitation letter from your BF or his family stating they will take responsible of your trip, his bank statements. Pictures are not needed really. UK consulate are pretty good actually as long as you can prove to them you are not going to be a burden when you get there. Hope that helps.

          • jhoy 12/26/2015 at 2:57 am #

            I wonder if its possible to buy visa illegaly in uk embassy? Or if theres some one selling

        • benditta 06/04/2015 at 5:51 pm #

          We also meet online (OK cupid dating site) and here I am in UK now, I got refused on my dirty application due to luck of supporting documents, but on the 2nd try I’ve made it… I got multiple entry for 6months, then I came here first for 35days only and 2nd trip after a month,
          Its really possible and positive to meet up,.. Just make sure you can provide some papers that you will be back in Philippines, and no intention of over staying in UK..
          Good luck

          • benditta 06/04/2015 at 5:52 pm #

            My first application …. Sorry! Not dirty!

          • jhoy 06/11/2015 at 10:31 am #

            Hello benditta! I’m really happy for u, I hope I’m lucky as you too, but my bf can’t provide bank statement after he’s passport police got it, when he’s house burned, but he have enough or lots money got, he just can’t come here, I hope he’s family or brother can help us, cross finger, how much do I need to put money on my bank? I can get a business permit, or travel insurance, and I won’t over stay coz I can’t come back if I did that,

          • lita gallie 06/30/2015 at 8:46 am #

            hello benditta..tanong kolang about for english test for visa application san un pwede at paano can u advice me pls ty

          • Aimee 07/14/2015 at 8:16 am #

            What documents did you provide? I will be visiting my bf too in UK. Thank you!

          • ellen montemayor 07/20/2015 at 4:51 pm #

            Hello benditta,you are such a lucky girl,i was denied last month.though i was engaged last december.they dont believe that we actually met coz i didnt gave photos to proved it.i dont have bank account as well because my fiancee will provide for everything..now we are planning to reapply again but i need some help.on how much money needed in my account??my fiancee will open an account for me …or joint account..he will be here next month.he wants me to meet his family.and did you notarized all your documents??that your boyfriend sent you??.. My fiancee got it notarized in Uk,he spent money to send it to home office hoping i can have my visa.but the british embassy dont believe us that we have met even the documents are notarized..they still denied me having a visit visa…i need your help pls benditta..can you email me at ellen_montemayor05@yahoo.comls..big thanks and congratulations!!

      • Dee 06/04/2015 at 10:37 pm #

        Hi wanderlass. Tanong ko lang sabay kasi kami ng tita ko nag apply ng visa it is possible ba na iisang papers lang kami?may sponsorship letter kasi kami naka indicate na ung name ko dun may copy din ako nung letter pero hindi nakuha nung nag aassist and other supporting documents galing sa sponsor ko like bank statements nya Ang kinuha lang sakin yung documents ko like passport.bank cert,employment cert etc..! Pero ung sa tita ko kinuha nila lahat.. Do you think na isang document lang kami? Kasi nung nasa biometric siya nagtanong din naman yung interviewer about my details. Na bobother lang ako baka bumagsak kasi dhl wala ung sponsorship letter ko.

      • lita gallie 06/30/2015 at 10:41 am #

        pls help me about how can i take endlish test here manila where the exact address my husband britsh,, need ur help wanderlass ty god bless

      • Ieftamtog Tog 01/02/2016 at 9:26 pm #

        Hi wanderlass..i have same question ,we are planning to travel to england also with a friend from dubai we are both working as ofw. i have my aunt there married to a british resident of england many years ago, moms cousins will shoulder everything including accomodation. Is it possible to apply for a visa even we dont have any show money in the bank? And is it okay if my friend will come also even i only have a relative there?. Were planning to have a 1month vacation because we are allowed to have one month leave from our work.
        hope you can help thanks

    • anna 06/24/2015 at 1:13 am #

      The supporting documents checklist actually says you should NOT include this. Check section 4.

  66. Kaye D 03/24/2015 at 2:14 pm #

    Hi! I made a mistake of interchanging my first and last name on the online application and I already submitted it and payed online for the fees. What should I do? Is there a way for me to edit it? or should I refund the application and make a new one? please help.

    • Rob DR 06/07/2015 at 2:42 pm #

      Hi! encountered the same problem!! what did you do??

  67. Jamie 03/16/2015 at 1:24 am #

    Hi Wanderlass,
    When was your update regarding the photocopies of passport made? Does it still hold true today? :)
    Also, is there a required paper size for the documents to be in? (for example, our Schengen visa application thru Swiss embassy required documents in A4 paper size)


  68. sassykrissy 03/13/2015 at 2:36 pm #

    Hi! I just want to share my experience in applying for a UK tourist visa so I could somehow shed some light too to those who want to apply for a tourist visa, and those who are worried with the status of their visa. I just received my visa 30 minutes ago! :) :) :)

    I applied my tourist visa on February 28, with sponsorship from my British boyfriend. I am currently working as a college instructor in a university and also taking up graduate studies here in the Philippines. I submitted my COE (specifying that it will be summer in the Philippines soon and that I will return back once the academic year started), my bank book and a bank certificate of our time deposit (me and my dad’s account for 5 years), my registration form from the university where I am currently taking my masters, payslips, an itinerary that i made and an email registration from glastonbury music festival and my boyfriend’s financial and employment documents too.

    I told them that I want to visit my boyfriend for 3 months (april-july) but I got worried that they might ask how can I afford not to work and study on June. On the essay part, I told them that the university where I work is aware that I took time off and I will return on July. And for my studies, I am currently writing my thesis and that I am not attending classroom lectures. I even told them that I’m on the last phase of my masters and that I will surely return to the Philippines to finish it.

    I had my appointment at 7:30 am, waited for an hour for my turn and the processing took only for 10-20 minutes. I availed their courier and text services since I am from the north. I receive the message that the embassy received my application

    Last night (march 12, 9th working day), I received a message “The processed visa application for GWF ref no. was received at the UK Visa Application Centre…….” I got worried again because I did not receive the message “your visa has been dispatched…” which most of those who were granted visa received based on the blog.

    Then just 30 minutes ago, I received my documents. I expected the worst and already have this state of mind that I did not receive my visa. Opened the pages of my passport only to find out I was granted one starting March 10 to September 10!!!

    Waiting for my boyfriend to wake up now and tell him the good news! Can’t wait!

    Thank you so much wanderlass, commenters and readers for the tips! You can never tell if u were granted a visa or not through the “type of messages” you receive from the UK embassy and VFS. You will only find out ONCE YOU RECEIVE IT BACK.

    • Jonald 03/18/2015 at 10:16 am #

      How nice! I am quite nervous and worry this time coz I lodged my documents last March 13, 2015 in UK Visa Application Centre.I have a flight this coming Holyweek April 2, 2015 to Japan. I didn’t apply for a priority visa coz its very expensive. The receptionist told me that the maximum processing would be 15 working days. Counting the remaining days before holidays only 13 days. Hope I will get my passport on or before the 13th working day so that I can go to Tokyo,Japan.Wishing also for a granted visa.

      • sisray 09/07/2015 at 11:58 am #

        Hey Jonald, did you manage to get your passport back by the 13th working day? The waiting time is kinda insane, no?

    • S 03/18/2015 at 5:06 pm #

      Hi! Congrats on your visa!

      We almost have the same situation except the part that I have a letter from employment that I am coming back to work. I am actually resigning to work because me and my boyfriend has other plans however, I won’t have other supporting documents like car or land title under my name. I just want to ask if you can suggest anything that could prove that I am coming back in the Philippines – I will anyway. I just don’t have any documents to submit. I would really appreciate your response regarding this.


    • mitzy 03/20/2015 at 3:03 am #

      I Like to inquiry here in this blog cause..I made a visa application last March 3 and I planning to leave this coming Saturday but unfortunately, I still no have a news if I been granted or deny..And it is really make me worried can anyone suggest how can I check my application status?

      • sisray 09/07/2015 at 11:45 am #

        Hi Mitzi, so did you get your UK visa after all? I hope you did. :) How many working days did it take?

    • chieda 03/20/2015 at 11:53 am #

      hi..ask ko lang kung need ba ng NBI clearance at NSO birth certificate pag mag apply ng tourist visa in uk?

    • iamhalf 03/21/2015 at 1:21 am #

      Hello! I’ve been looking for posts on how to get a UK visa based on experiences and I can see that you’ve also obtained a US visa. Just want to ask which is easier to apply to? I heard that US visa approval is very subjective to the consul instead of looking into the papers.. is it like that when applying for UK visa? Or if you have good papers, then definitely you’ll be granted one? Thank you. Love to hear from you soon. And I love your wonderful life and your amazing blog!

    • jinnie 07/14/2015 at 9:49 am #

      I received a txt msg yesterday that the processed visa application has been received at the VFS. Today I’m waiting for the txt msg saying its ready for pick up cos I opted for the Pick Up instead of them to be delivered. Should I go to vfs now or wait for the txt msg saying its ready for pick up?

  69. Bee 03/09/2015 at 2:41 pm #

    Hi wanderlass, just want to share that am so thankful I’ve read ur blog many times before applying for a UK Visa. ;) Comments below also helped me a lot to study and do my homework (documentation) very well. And I must say, proper documentation and true intention will lead success in obtaining a Visa. And yeah, I was granted multiple 6 mos visa! ;)

    I’ve enjoyed London last Christmas and hopefully will get to visit Scotland/Edinburgh before my visa expires.

    And guess what, already got US Visa too! and now saving to travel again by Dec this year.

    PS. You’re my idol in travelling! Hope I can meet you personally. :)

    • Ai 03/11/2015 at 5:32 pm #

      Hi Bee,

      Congrats! I’ve been granted a multiple UK visa too but now you got me interested on your US visa. Ha! Mind if you share what are the requirements you’ve submitted for US visa?

      • Bee 03/11/2015 at 8:10 pm #

        Hi Ai! Congrats on your UK Visa! As for NIV, I suggest prepare supporting documents that can strengthen your true intention – as a tourist. Anything that you think that can convince the Consul that you have strong economic, social & familial ties in the Philippines. (COE, Bank Statement, (Marriage Cert if married), Properties etc) You may check also in their website.

        Though, I’ve noticed, most Consul don’t even bother to look at them during the interview. But still bring them with you just in case Consul will ask.

        • Ai 03/11/2015 at 8:18 pm #

          Thanks Bee!
          Did you get yourself sponsored by someone living in the US?
          Requirements are pretty much like they require for UK visa?
          How long did you have to wait for the results?


          • Bee 03/11/2015 at 8:31 pm #

            Hi Ai, no sponsor, will support my trip alone, i just declared i have a friend in US. Agree, pretty much the same in UK documentation. Any supporting docs you have must reflect your online application.

            During your interview, Consul will entirely based on the information you’ve provided online.

          • Bee 03/11/2015 at 8:35 pm #

            Oh i forgot, in less than 3 mins after 3-5 Questions, Consul will decide if visa granted or not. If granted, 3 working days you’ll get ur passport back with 10yrs multiple entry visa stamped on it. ;)

          • Ai 03/11/2015 at 8:38 pm #

            Holy molly! Good for you Bee! I didn’t know they are that fast. I should try my luck as soon as I come back from UK!
            Thanks for being so kind to answer my questions. Appreciate it.


          • Bee 03/11/2015 at 8:52 pm #

            My pleasure Ai, glad helping fellow travelers. ;) go for it! Who knows, i applied approx 2 months after my London trip. So good luck to you! Update us ha!

          • jay 03/14/2015 at 8:18 pm #

            Ask ko lng po if need b ng medical examination if your applying for invitation visa

        • mary 04/28/2015 at 8:36 am #

          Hi, Bee….Is there an interview for uk visit visa after the biometric or while waiting for the passport to be returned?

    • Jonald 03/14/2015 at 11:23 pm #

      Hi Bee & Wanderlass,

      Just done lodging my documents last Friday March 13, 2015 in VFS Global. I am so much worries coz I have to travel to Tokyo,Japan on April 2, 2015 for long holidays.The receptionist who assisted me told me that the actual process is within 15 days.Computing available days its around 13 days only. Hope I will get my visa very soon to afford to go to Japan in my trip.


      • Bee 03/17/2015 at 5:02 pm #

        Hi Jonald, received my visa a week prior to my travel to London. In UKBA website it says 10 days will surely give you 99% your application has been processed, plus days on passport delivery, so most probably it will be on time.;)

        • Jonald 03/25/2015 at 4:45 pm #

          Hi Bee,

          Just read your reply today, I’m still in a worries coz today is 8th working day so I am expecting till Friday( 10th working day) to have a confirmation coming from Embassy and visa centre. I just availed a” pick-up my passport” in visa centre coz considering the courier service it takes 2 to 3 days, so its running out of time.I really hope I will get my passport back early next week before holiday.


          • Analyn 07/21/2015 at 8:11 am #

            Hi Jonald,,did u get on time ur visa?can u state the timeline of text or emails u received?Thanks

          • ariane 08/08/2015 at 5:23 pm #

            Hi bee. I need ur help po. What are the doc that i need to provide im worried about these requirement to apply for my visa. I dont have enough money on my bank but i have my prev and present payslips u think will it be ok and possible that i can get my visa? Pls reply po thankyou pls email me arianeabby_23@yahoo.com or anyone who can help me thanks a lot God bless

        • lita gallie 06/30/2015 at 9:33 am #

          hi bee..need ur help about english test for visa application here philippines im married for british,, i hope u help me address kon san dapt mag test for english ty gud luck to u,,

  70. trixie 03/03/2015 at 4:05 pm #

    hi wanderlass. Just wanna ask when is the soonest date for me to reapply visitor visa in UK. I just arrived home last Thrsday, February 26 and I want to go back as soon as possible. But am afraid that they will refuse my application coz on my first application, I stated there that I will be staying for only a month, however I consume the 6 months.

    • trixie 03/13/2015 at 6:20 pm #

      guys reply nmn po un my experience same ng saken..

  71. Diosami 03/02/2015 at 6:43 am #

    hi JE, i have a kid and married as well just like you i am employed at JP Morgan Chase bank Cebu City, however im no longer living with my husband but we are still not yet annulled. anyways.. i ahve all the documents as you listed above and my question is, when you applied for an appointment online, did you get the schedule right away? i mean how many days did you have to wait for your appointment . id appreciate it if you can help me with my inquiry

  72. Diosami 03/02/2015 at 6:09 am #

    congrats JE :)

  73. audrey 02/12/2015 at 9:40 am #

    I’m filling up the UK application form, but I don’t know what to write in this question: “What permission you have to stay in this country?” Ano bang sagot dito? Pakopya naman! :P

    • lita gallie 06/30/2015 at 9:09 am #

      hello audrey san ka nga english test can u help me pls at paano ang mga requirments need ur help ty

  74. Adolph Vincent 01/29/2015 at 1:16 pm #

    Hi,I’m a consultant architect working in Saudi Arabia consequently I have been taking online classes for my master of science in project management at the University of Liverpool in London with on-campus academic equivalent.I think I will graduate next year by December.I plan to take my wife with me from the Philippines in such scenario.May I inquire as to what your thoughts are on the steps I should take to at-least get a tourist visa for me and my wife?Is the processing in Cebu faster? How much money should I reflect on my bank accounts?Is it better for us just to hire a travel agency instead?I’m sorry for the many questions.Thank you very much in advance and have a great day ahead.

  75. karla 01/28/2015 at 9:55 pm #

    Hi wanderlass, thanks for your thoughtful blog. I just want to ask if the address to the letters such COE and invitation letter is important. I am not sure who the adressee should be. is it the vfs application center or the uk embassy in mckinely hills? Would really appreciate ur response. Thank you

  76. lyn 01/28/2015 at 10:50 am #

    Hi! I’m unemployed but do part time pero I’m not paying tax and thru western union ang salary ko. About bank statement is it need 6 months na makita nilang napapasukan every month? di pwedeng isang bagsakan pasok ng money? plus what are the specific supporting documents? we dont have own property here sa pinsa. my parents dont have jobs too. But I do have enough money to travel. How many identification card need nila? So far I have my passport and my money will be send next two months. Is there a possible for me to get approve . Please help.

  77. Leonard 01/27/2015 at 9:58 pm #

    I’m Philippines passport holder and i want to get working visa in London?

  78. Tina S. 01/26/2015 at 11:08 am #

    Hi, wanderlass. In the application form, is it required to put your middle name after your given name(s)?

    • wanderlass 01/27/2015 at 1:22 pm #

      just copy what’s in your passport

      • jazz 02/10/2015 at 9:36 am #

        Hi there… I’m scheduled to go to the embassy for an interview on Thursday. I have COE and all other documents from my company except for an absence letter cause the company doesn’t provide stuff like that. Would that be a problem? Also, my mom sent a letter indicating that I need to go back to the Philippines anyway since I’ll be processing my papers for her petition soon… would that help? I also like to ask how likely it is for the embassy to call my company. I can notify the admin about it, but if it’s not necessary, i’d really rather not. Help me out please. Thanks in advance.

        • Japhet Derrick Ibarra 02/18/2015 at 2:06 am #

          me too i don’t have an absence letter but I have a COE, how’s your appointment?

      • chie 03/19/2015 at 1:15 pm #

        hi wanderlass.. ask ko lang kung kailangan ba ng NBI clearance at NSO Birth certificate na ipa red ribbon? at kailangan ba ito pag nag apply ng tourist visa in uk? ty..

  79. Rochelle 01/24/2015 at 2:24 pm #

    Hi Wanderlass, If i get a UK Visa, do I still need a special or different visa to go to Scotland or Ireland?

    • wanderlass 01/24/2015 at 3:17 pm #

      There are no borders within England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. To go to Republic of Ireland, you’ll need Schengen Visa.

      • Japhet Derrick 01/26/2015 at 9:43 am #

        Hi Wanderlass and people, I would like to ask if kakapasok pa lng nung money bank account , valid po b yun as bank statement? and d ko kasi sinusubmit yung online app, after po b nun matagal p ba yung appoinment for interview? thanks

      • Japhet Derrick 01/27/2015 at 1:33 am #

        Hi MJ, I would like to ask about the supporting docs, is it really required to have a 6 months pay slip? and after the online app, pagnapa-appointment ba, may slot or can they accomodate anyone? thanks!

  80. J E 01/23/2015 at 7:03 pm #

    hi wanderlass, i want you to know that your blog really helped me a lot on my general visitor visa application for UK. everything that you’ve said here were the exact things happened to me during the entire process of my application. i just went today from the application center. and now i’m just waiting for the result. i will let you know once i got my docs back. i’m positive that i can get my visa coz i am confident of the docs that i’ve submitted. for those who are planning to apply for a general visitor visa, here’s what i submitted:

    scenario: i am married with 1 kid but i will be traveling alone to visit friends in UK wherein i will be staying with them

    1. my marriage certificate
    2. my child’s birth certificate
    3. my wife’s passport
    4. COE
    5. 6 months payslip
    6. ITR
    7. my wife’s COE
    8. my wife’s 6 months payslip
    9. my wife’s ITR
    10. invitation letter from my friend in UK
    11. copy of their passport and visa
    12. their tenancy agreement in UK
    13. their 6 months bank statements
    14. their payslips
    15. their P60 (equivalent to ITR in PH)
    16. their council tax certificate
    17. of course, my passport

    the entire process took me 15 minutes including “chikahan” with the guards and parking.

    hope this will serve as a guide also for others with the same scenario as mine

    i will let you know of the result. thanks again wanderlass!

    • Japhet Derrick 02/05/2015 at 7:14 am #

      Hi Guys, ok lng ba kung hindi 6 months ang bank statement?

      • J E 02/09/2015 at 10:43 am #

        ok lang din kahit walang bank statements. just provide other financial documents.

        • rcdeus10 07/14/2015 at 2:33 pm #

          HI JE you also did not submit a bank statement?

    • J E 02/05/2015 at 2:05 pm #

      hi guys and wanderlass,

      i’m back. i got my visa already last feb 2, 2015. i submitted my docs and biometrics last jan 23, 2015 and already got a notification from VFS last jan 30, 2015 that my passport and docs are ready for pickup. it’s like 5 working days processing! so fast!

      j e

      • KEIZY 02/05/2015 at 6:02 pm #

        Ooopps I didn’t see this post. Congrats JE! :) hopefully i’ll be lucky to be granted a visa as well.

        • jay 03/14/2015 at 8:20 pm #

          Need ba ng medical examination if invitaion visa

          • Ai 03/20/2015 at 2:56 pm #

            Nope, no need for medical exam Jay.

      • Kassy 02/05/2015 at 6:09 pm #

        Hello Je, May I ask if the COE that you have submitted includes the approval of your leave? and u did not submit bank statement, did you? Your answer will be a great help. TIA :) Godbless!

      • LL 02/07/2015 at 4:17 am #

        Hi JE
        Did you get the priority service vise where they expedite results? Thanks!

        • J E 02/12/2015 at 3:23 pm #

          hi LL,

          no I did not.

          J E

      • J D 02/11/2015 at 11:52 am #

        Hi J E, what docs did u provided?

      • luth de lumen 03/11/2015 at 4:29 pm #

        hi…im ther ask ko lng kc invite me ng mother ko as of now finish contract n me sa work…anu ba ung specific na req..ko na kailangan…and online mhirap b ung interview…and how much…pls need ko lng malman….coz im planning to go uk complete n req ng mother ko…thnx a lot….

      • chie 03/19/2015 at 1:18 pm #

        hello..tourist visa ba ang inaaplayan mo?

      • cha 06/10/2015 at 1:24 am #

        hi JE what financial docu yung pinasa mo?

    • KEIZY 02/05/2015 at 6:01 pm #

      Hi JE, did you get you passport yet? I hope it is approved… I’m looking forward for your updates coz im planning to submit my doc 2nd week of Feb and we have a pretty same situation :) TIA

      • Japhet Derrick Ibarra 02/14/2015 at 7:31 am #

        Hi Keizy, goodluck! me i’ll be submitting it on the last week of feb,

        • KEIZY 08/18/2015 at 12:54 pm #

          Hi Japhet,

          Were you able to get your UK visa?

    • Kjp 02/18/2015 at 8:17 am #

      Hi JE, what kind of financial docs? Is it onay if ill show joint account of my dad and mine? And how long are you staying in uk? And how muc do you need to show for the show money?

    • Fatima Tanveer 07/27/2015 at 2:28 pm #

      Hello have a nice day….I have a question….I have a husband he is from Pakistan and im from Philippine we both here in Saudi now we want to go England….uwi ako ng Philippine at pupunta din ng Philippine ang husband ko..pwedi po sya mkakuha ng visa sa Philippine para magkasama km papuntang England……nasa magkano po ang visa namin……I need your I hope for it….to guide What we need to do we really want to go England. …..thank you I hope for your answer God bless. ….

  81. Steph 01/06/2015 at 9:46 pm #

    hello. pag po ba mag aply ka ng appointment dapat sa click book? plase help.

  82. Steph 01/06/2015 at 9:32 pm #

    Hi. which one is current address of manila uk embassy? tuguig or makati? please reply.thnx

    • Ai 01/15/2015 at 8:52 pm #

      Eco plaza, makati

  83. mj 12/31/2014 at 12:41 am #

    Mj ofw from.singapore

    Hi I just wanna know that it is really possible can get the visit visa thru the sponsor he is the one apply visa for me from Uk and the visa release after 2weeks then now I’m waiting the original copy. Of my visa then I will go tho uk embassy here in singapore to attach my visa to my international passport. Is this posibble can be happen pls answer I just send him photo. Copy of my passport and my photo

  84. jem 12/28/2014 at 11:17 am #

    Hi there Sarah. They didn’t really ask me many questions… It’s all just basic information like name, address, and birthday. Other than that..i just passed all the papers. It took me 2 hours for the waiting time..but the entire interview was just 5 minutes ^^ then I had to go to the biometrics na.

    • ceska 01/06/2015 at 6:16 pm #

      Hi! I will be traveling on April together with my mom. I will be applying just this month, January. I am currently employed and although I have family members in UK however, trip will not be sponsored therefore we will provide our own bank statements.

      I would like to know if do I really need a letter from our company that they are allowing me for a series of absences for this trip?

      Also, what are the instances that VISA request will be denied.

      Hoping for your help please!

      Thank you.

      • Ai 01/15/2015 at 8:59 pm #

        Yep, you do need an absence letter from your company.
        As long as you have all the docs needed and can prove that you’re not going to overstay and won’t be a burden whilst staying in UK, you’ll be granted a visa easily. Results normally takes 12-15 working days.
        It can be really frustrating but it’s worth the wait. Mine took 11 working days!

        • jazz 02/09/2015 at 11:53 pm #

          Hello there. I’m scheduled to go to the embassy this coming Thursday for an interview for a uk general visitor visa.. I have COE and all other documents from my company except for a certificate of leave, because my company doesn’t provide stuffs like that.. Would that be a problem? My mom sent a letter too indicating that I need to come back to the Philippines because she’ll be petitioning me for usa soon..would that help? I’ll really appreciate any response. Thanks

        • jazz 02/09/2015 at 11:59 pm #

          Hi . I just wanna ask.. Did they actually call your employer? Cause if so.. I’ll notify my admin that they should expect a call from the embassy

    • chie 03/19/2015 at 1:22 pm #

      what docs yung ini submit mo? ask ko lang kasi plan kami ng bf ko na mag tourist ako sa kanila sa uk…

  85. mary grace dingcong 12/26/2014 at 8:37 pm #

    Hi, I’d like to ask if in applying for fiance visa, going for uk, is it advisable that i am going to marry him first before i apply for fiance visa?
    Thank you so much

  86. Tyrone 12/14/2014 at 12:31 pm #

    Hi I will shortly be applying for a visa for my wife so that we can visit my family in the uk
    We have a daughter who has a British passport can you see any problems
    We would like to visit in march

  87. jaysel 12/08/2014 at 6:02 pm #

    hi.. im jaysel and im having my interview tomorrow.. i applied for general visit visa and i have here my passport, proof of address and because i will be sponsored of my tita, i have her invitation, passport, bank statement for the last six months.. do you think pwede na yun? also, return flight tickets.. and going to stay there for just 3 weeks. im kinda nervous because i dunno if my requirements are ok na. then what are the expected questions in the interview for sponsored person? pls,, reply asap. thanks. gdbless

    • jem 12/19/2014 at 7:04 am #

      Hi jaysel. How’s your application going? I had my interview last Monday, 12-15-14. I don’t know when to expect the result. Has yours arrived already? I’m getting more anxious each day. They told me it’s going to take three weeks, but it could also be less. I go out everyday to work. And I think I need to be home when they deliver the papers back. Haasyst. This waiting business is so scary.haha

      • Jayrpolly 12/20/2014 at 1:25 pm #

        Hi jem! I just want to ask if there’s an interview already when applying a general tourist visa or you just pass all your documents??

        • jem 12/28/2014 at 11:11 am #

          Hi there.They just ask basic info to see if you really know the documents you’re passing..but other than that…it’s basically just handing over there papers to them.

      • sarah1989 12/28/2014 at 10:27 am #

        Hello #jaysel . How’s the interview???? I am also planning to apply for a visa hopefully next month (fingers-crossed). My bf invited me to visit him in London next year , as I was reading the posts and comments.. this makes me more nervous now! Huhuhu
        I dont know what will happen but we will do our best to provide all the needed documents. GoodLuck to me.
        God bless everyone!!

        • Mike 09/23/2015 at 10:08 am #

          Hi Sarah. Nakapag-apply ka na ba ng UK TOURIST VISA as you have planned?

        • Mike 09/23/2015 at 10:20 am #

          Hi Jaysel & Sarah1989. Can we keep in touch? Just want to ask about the documents you provide? I have the plan to apply for a UK TOURIST VISA. My bf in UK will gonna sponsor me. Can we keep in touch through e-mail? Here’s my e-mail address: weareallone1990@ymail.com

          • Lhab 09/23/2015 at 4:19 pm #

            Hi Mike! I’ll send you an email. Im applying next month.

      • sarah1989 12/28/2014 at 10:31 am #

        Hello #JEM.. you said you had your interview’ may i know the possible questions their going to ask? It would really help a lot!!

    • sarah1989 12/28/2014 at 10:21 am #

      Hello. Does it really need an interview??? May i know what are the possible questions???

    • Mike 09/23/2015 at 10:05 am #

      Hi Jaysel. Kumusta ‘yung interview mo? Mag-aaply din kasi ako ng UK TOURIST VISA at may mag-sponsor saken. Kindly update here .. Thanks!

  88. Sameer Nandkumar Dhamankar 12/08/2014 at 4:27 pm #

    Budhwar Peth,

  89. Philline Fernandez 12/07/2014 at 9:25 pm #

    Hi Wanderlass!!! I was doing a research when i came to your page. I have a friend in UK who invited me to visit UK. He was my cousin’s ex fiancee. My cousin died a year ago and she left her 20 year old daughter to me, Nikki. Nikki considered her mom’s ex-fiancee as a father and this British friend also considers Nikki as her own daughter. Now he planned to bring Nikki to UK and and send her to college as this was one of his promises to my cousin when they were still together. The reason why he invited me to visit UK is to look for a college there for Nikki, as right now Nikki is living with me. Do you think my application for tourist visa will be granted? I have no bank accounts to show but my Bristish friend says he will cover all of my expenses. It was suppose to be Nikki he was inviting but Nikki is currently working here in the Philippines and she doesn’t have a passport. since I am Nikki’s aunt, and i have my passport, i will be the one whom he will be inviting. What do you think are the documents that I can show to make my application strong one?

  90. Jennifer rodolfo 11/30/2014 at 7:43 pm #

    Hi! I am planning to apply UK general visit visa for my planned trip on March. Is it true that solo traveller is much harder to grant a tourist visa? I also have a sister in UK, but i will pay for my trip and everything, should i apply for general visit visa or the family visit? Thanks for your advise.

  91. Abby 11/30/2014 at 2:16 am #

    Hi, I just wanna ask uni student palang ako. I travel during term break. Almost lahat na ng Asia napuntahan ko (going to use that as a proof na makakabalik ako ng pinas) I only have a bank account estimated budget would be like 800k (papadalhan kasi ako ng tita ko monthly) my prob is, im unemployed, i dont have land cert. to show and stuff pwedeng reason ko lang na makakabalik ako is yung school ko start na ng next term. Would that give me a shot? Thanks!

  92. Cza 11/26/2014 at 8:45 pm #

    would anyone know or have an idea if it’s possible for a Filipino citizen to apply for a UK visa once, let’s say, Belgium or Paris? i already have a Schengen visa though.

    • lnrdgc_bgc 11/26/2014 at 10:54 pm #

      To cza, are u askin if u Can apply uk visa while ur in belgium or france? Cause thats how i understand ur question. I just wanna verIfy. Because if my understanding is correct, then the answer is no youre not allowed to apply a uk visa in any of the Schengen countries. U have to do it here. Same rule applies if your a tourist in uk, u cant apply a schengen visa in french embassy london.

      • maybel 11/29/2014 at 11:11 am #

        hi Inrdgc_bgc i came across your comment can you tell me if what i just read is correct i might not understand it. if your in japan (philippine passport holder) and want to apply a uk visa in japan, you can’t apply? cheers!

        • Lnrdgc_bgc 11/29/2014 at 2:15 pm #

          Hi. If u are a philippine passport holder and is working and residing in japan. Then u can apply for a uk visa in british embassy in japan. But if u are a tourist in japan, then u cant apply for a uk visa in japan. You should be a permanent resident of the country where u want to apply a visa. For example i am a philippine passport holder and is on a working visa in belgium and i want to go to london. I can apply for a uk visa in british embassy in belgium. But if im there as a tourist and i wanna go straight from belgium to london. Then my appliation for a uk visa in british embassy belgium will not be accepted.

          • maybel 11/29/2014 at 7:37 pm #

            hi thanks for the info btw im planning to get a tourist visa to japan sana next week kasi all the documents i needed from my sister who is in japan are already here, but my original plan was to apply a visa going to the uk.but unfortunately im still waiting for the all the documents to come through, thats why i decided to apply a visa to japan whilst im waiting for the other, but as you said its impossible for me to apply a visa to the uk if youre just a tourist in another country. i have to wait for the other documents to come through im guessing. one more thing.. if im already in the uk (fingers crossed) can i apply for a shengen visa while im in the uk?? sorry i have so many queries. thanks! x

          • Lnrdgc_bgc 11/29/2014 at 8:00 pm #

            As stated on my previous comments, u cant apply a schengen visa in the UK if ur only a visitor. Ive reviewed that so many times with french embassy in london. They dont have the capacity to grant a visa for uk visitors…. Unless ofcourse if you live in the uk. Thats also the reason why im not yet flying to England as my The result of my Schengen visa is not yet readily available. U also have to apply it in the Philippines.

          • aprille 07/05/2015 at 11:21 am #

            hi Lnrdgc_bgc! my husband is currently working in Dubai for a month now. His company is planning to send him to London and Scotland for a crash course in roasting coffee. Can you please give us input on how to apply for a UK visa? does it have to be done online only? or travel agency? or through the UK embassy in Dubai? and to confirm also, there’s no need for him to process another visa in visiting Scotland right? ;) He’s having a hard time as of the moment on the steps he needs to take in applying for the visa. Your input will be greatly appreciated. thanx in advance!


      • Alpha 11/30/2014 at 6:20 pm #

        Hi!I’m planning to apply tourist visa in uk.I have british citizen cousin and she wanted to invite me for 2 weeks. She will be the one to shoulder my accomodation in uk and I will be the one to pay for my ticket. I am currently working here in South Korea and I will submit my application here at british embassy. What kind of visa I’m going to apply is it general tourist visa? What are the documents do I need to submit and is it also required to submit my property ties in the Philippines? I was really confused coz I read the overview for general visit visa at ukvi website it states that you can visit your relatives and friends that aren’t british citizen. But I have my relatives there and they are british citizen. I’m hoping for your response for help.Thanks and Godbless..

      • jema 01/02/2015 at 7:11 pm #

        Hey there,

        Your visa decision will be despatched shortly. Passports can normally be collected from the Visa Application Centre after 3 working days unless you have been advised it will be returned by courier or have paid an additional courier fee. ***I received this email from VFZ today, but it didn’t have any tracking number. I paid for courier so they’ll deliver it here. I just don’t know when. How long did it take before yours arrive?? I go to work everyday so I’m a little worried. Actually I think I’m having a panic attack here. Help me out please ^^

      • jema 01/02/2015 at 7:20 pm #

        Hey there,

        Your visa decision will be despatched shortly. Passports can normally be collected from the Visa Application Centre after 3 working days unless you have been advised it will be returned by courier or have paid an additional courier fee. ***I received this email from VFZ today, but it didn’t have any tracking number. I paid for courier so they’ll deliver it here. I just don’t know when. How long did it take before yours arrive?? I go to work everyday so I’m a little worried. Actually I think I’m having a panic attack here. Help me out please ^^

    • Explorer 12/05/2014 at 7:22 am #

      It is possible. You’d need to get a UK Visa as your Schegen Visa is only valid in those European countries part of the Schengen.

    • Dahlia 12/06/2014 at 5:21 am #

      If you have your schengen visa, you can use that to travel to Belgium or Paris because they are part of European Union

  93. One Visa Singapore 11/26/2014 at 2:18 am #

    I’m studing master of accounting and I’ve just finished my third semester. I’m 25 years and I already have a positive skills assessment and ielts 7 . I’m planning to take the summer semester and graduate by March. So I want to ask you guys if I submit an EOI before I graduate/finish my course and if I get invited and apply for the visa after I graduate, is there gona be any problem because I will claim the 5 points for Australian study requirement in my EOI before I have actually obtained the degree but I will meet that requirement by the time I apply for the visa using one-visa.com

  94. guada 11/24/2014 at 5:07 pm #

    hello mam! ask ko lng kung may mga possible questions sa passport control once you reached heathrow airport?

    • Irine 11/26/2014 at 4:13 pm #

      Be prepared! WHen I reached in Heathrow last weekend, I was asked too many questions by Border Control officer. They normally ask about your background, work, what will you be doing in UK, how long are you going to stay, who has invited you/sponsor and maybe more. Best of luck!

  95. Tyrone 11/22/2014 at 12:38 am #

    I would like to know what visa to apply for
    Me my philipino wife and our daughter would like to visit my parents in the uk in march
    I’m British my daughter has a British passport but my wife has a Philippines passport
    A visa company in the uk can arrange a family visa at the cost of 750 pounds
    This sems very expensive to me

  96. iyah 11/20/2014 at 9:27 am #

    hi there
    i have a question,i’m applying as an au pair in kingston London and i have found a family who can keep me and i will be staying in their house for 2 years. and generally work with them,my question is..my employer said that he can only assist me with half of the cost of money of the processing and i have to make half of the payments of the cost too. so i’m really having a hard time to understand the whole thing or what should i do to make it happen? i would like to get an advice with you guys what to do or the best thing to do it.. thanks

    • lnrdgc_bgc 11/26/2014 at 11:12 pm #

      Hi iyah. I wanna be honest, u cannot get a visa to uk as an au pair. And to let u know, au pairs dont get a salary, they get either weekly or monthly allowance thats really below minimum. What au pairs do is, u live with the family for free, u eat there for free, but u clean house, walk dogs, cook, and take care of children. Di ka nila babayaran kc libre stay mo sa bahay nila. Its so hard to say sa embassy na kukunin ka dun para mag au pair. Kht sila pa gumastos syo ng processing. Tsaka sa uk au pair is usually mga galing EU tpos punta sila sa uk to learn english language and wala sila mastayan kaya mga au pair sila in return libre bahay. In ur case, hnd mapapatunayan sa embassy ang need nila kumuha ng au pair all the way to the philippines kasi andami naman nag aau pairsa EU countries. Rmmber priority ng immigration ang nsa european union. If ur applying as nurse, pwede ka pa makapunta pero au pair, 0% chance mo maapprove

  97. jenney 11/20/2014 at 9:08 am #

    This is a nice article and I was searching some good article to know about UK visa proses for Philippine because of my student visa apply in UK, I got some good help from http://www.one-visa.com/ but I need to learn more about this issue.

  98. jocelyn 11/14/2014 at 11:57 pm #

    hello good day everyone.
    i applied for a general tourist visa but it was denied. reason is that i dont have any work and i dont have any properties. but now i want to apply for a now one. would it be helpful to included my house ? but the lot is not mine i only own and build the house i was staying right now. also at my first application i include my son and he is not going with me my sisters will take care of him while i visit my boyfriend for two months. can you please give me some advice if what to do? for my next application?

    • theduke3000 11/17/2014 at 6:47 am #

      if you told them you were visiting your boyfriend you would need a different visa.
      Here in the UK authorities are very suspicious and untrusting. if you tell them you were visiting your boyfriend they would suspect you would stay longer than allowed.
      if you are visiting your boyfriend you would usualy need to apply for a “fiance” visa, which costs a considerable amount more than a tourist visa.
      my advice would be to try to find a philipino community in the UK and apply to visit friends who live in the UK and are UK citizens.
      the less they know about your boyfriend the better. they will fear the worst and suspect you may get yourself pregnant and stay for good.
      unfortunately you might have to be as dishonest as you can to make sure your application is sucesful otherwise you run the risk of being refused again. which can cause problems for future application.
      it might be easier finding what jobs are avaialble in UK hospitals employ a lot of philipino staff to clean wards so it might be easier finding out who is employing and apply for a work visa.

      • Alpha 12/22/2014 at 11:58 pm #

        Hi theduke3000!I am really confused about what I’ve read about General Visitor Visa at ukvi website states that you can apply if you’re visiting friends or family who aren’t permanent resident in the UK. Can you please explain for help coz my husbands cousin wanted me to invite next year for tourist and she is british citizen already. She will cover my accomodation when I am in UK. What kind of visa I am going to apply?Kindly advice me for help?

    • lnrdgc_bgc 11/20/2014 at 10:25 am #

      Hi, i also applied for a UK visit visa (short term) last Nov 5 2014.
      Nov. 17 got an email from british embassy manila saying it has been processed and will be despatched shortly. Nov 18, got an email from vfs global saying it arrived and can now be claimed but i paid for courier (500 pesos) so i waited for it to arrive. Got it yesterday via 2Go with a uk visa on my passport.

      I am also unemployed here in the Philippines, got no credit card, no house or lot or any properties. My bank account has savings in it but just about 200k. It didnt even reached 300k.

      • jema 11/24/2014 at 9:32 am #

        Hi there. I’m planning to apply for a visa as well. My boyfriend and his family are going to sponsor me. I got all the papers done…but I’m still worried. I only have 100k in my bank, though I got their bank statements showing they got more than enough to cover for me for six months. I have a job here in the Philippines and I was able to get a COE. Would my insufficient money in the bank be a problem???

        • Lnrdgc_bgc 11/24/2014 at 9:42 am #

          I think its not a problem. Since they will sponsor you. U need their payslips, bank statements, letter of sponsorship. I also submitted our photos together and even styed im not gonna pay anything but i have 30k pesos or about £500 to spend in case i get lost or something. And i have been approved.

          • rrfl 11/24/2014 at 1:04 pm #

            Hi Lnrdgc_bgc. Can you pls tell me the exact documents youve lodged. Mine was refused a few days ago because I am unemployed got no assets to show nor any strong ties. Thank you.

          • Lnrdgc_bgc 11/26/2014 at 5:30 pm #

            Hi rrfl, sorry to hear u wer refused. I just submitted bank statemnts, payslips, flight tickets. But pls take note our cases are different even if wer both unemployed. First of, ive traveled abroad. And i lived, worked and studied in the uk for 2 yrs (2010-2012) thats wen i met my bf/fiancee. He visited me in manila (to meet my family) and i went to his family in bacolod in 2013 & aug 2014. I submitted photos of those. And ive met his family in the uk too and stayed with them. Plus i forgot to mention, last time he was here, we changed my indiviual bank account to joiny account so his name would appear. I also submitted his naturalization cert and his divorce docs plus he own a company in the uk with my name on it. And u submitted it all. He gave me all original when he was here. And even his tita gave me a letter of invitation. And about my family ties, all my immediate family are in the philippines so I got strong family ties here. Although I dont work because my dad has a business and he pays everything so i dont need to work really, and my bf/fiancee sends money. And i got shares as well from philippine stock exchange (although i only started) maybe u need to prove that uve traveled. UK ang pinakamahirap na country na makakuha ng visa. And when i was living there, ang advice nila skin is dont overstay. Kc madali makapagreapply ng visa sa uk at mag apply ng visa sa other places kapag hnd nag overstay sa uk. So ayun. I went home just before my visa expired in 2012.

          • Venj 11/26/2014 at 5:53 pm #

            Hi Lnrdgc
            Anong company ng fiancee mo? Baka pwede mo ako ipasok doon hehe. Nandito ako sa uk pls heres my number 07966705413 ven

          • Lnrdgc_bgc 11/26/2014 at 8:14 pm #

            Its our personal limited company for agency nurse. We dont hire people. Sorry

          • asdfg 12/29/2014 at 10:41 pm #

            Hi, did they state in your letter of sponsorship that you will not pay anything? or another letter was made for that? Thank you! :)

          • Joyramp 03/27/2015 at 9:35 am #

            Hello, Lnrdgc_bgc,
            I’m planning to apply General UK visit visa,and my boyfriend will sponsor me, he will pay all my expenses, I have a business here in Philippines, would it be enough to submit my business permit and my bank account?please reply

      • jema 11/24/2014 at 5:45 pm #

        Hi there. Your responses to my messages had been really helpful. Anyway, I got the documents from my boyfriend and hid family already and they stated six months in their invitation.. Do you think that could be a problem? They made a detailed itinerary as to what I’ll be doing while I’m there.. Do you think that’d be enough to get pass the embassy? Thanks in advance

      • jhess 11/28/2014 at 7:48 am #

        So you are saying that you are successfuly got the UK visa?? But how did you get that so easily??

        • Lnrdgc_bgc 11/29/2014 at 2:22 pm #

          Yes. Because I have traveled across the UK in the past and i have not breached any of my previous visa conditions. And i was able to clearly state the reason of my intended travel. I submitted genuine and relevant documents.

          • AME 09/25/2015 at 7:40 am #

            Hi Lnrdgc_bgc, i am planning to apply visa and my british bf will sponsor me. Ask ko lng po, kailangan pa po ba kasama bf ko pupunta sa embassy o ok lng kung hindi na as long as ive got all his documents?

          • Lnrdgc_bgc 09/25/2015 at 5:54 pm #

            U dont need to go with ur bf. Because ur not going to british embassy manila. U will only submit ur papers to vfs global in eco plaza. And hnd nmn makakapasok ang walang appointment.

          • Lovely 09/25/2015 at 5:18 pm #

            Hi AME, are you applying for a uk tourist visa? Can we keep in touch? Email me pls lovelyjaimeer@gmail.com. Thanks! Hope to hear from you :)


          • AME 09/28/2015 at 7:10 pm #

            Hi Lnrdgc_bgc,

            Thanks for the reply. Just one more question, can i just bring a photocopy of his documents like the land title, council tax, bank details, etc or do i realy need to the bring the original? Yong original kasi ayaw niya esubmit for security reason. Ok lng sana kung dadalhin ko tapos ang photocopy lng ang kunin nila.

      • Jhoann 12/03/2014 at 11:43 am #

        Hi, Inrdgc_bgc ,

        May I ask po if you have a sponsor for the application? I have a job here in the philippines but actually, don’t have an ITR because my wage does is only minimum. my boyfriend wants to invite me for a vacation. I really wanna know what to do. thank you

      • asdfg 12/11/2014 at 9:32 pm #

        Hi! I would also want to apply for a UK visa for vacation this May to June of 2015. And that time, I would be a College fresh graduate. I will stay there for about a month. My aunt will sponsor me for my visit. Do you think that will suffice the embassy to allow me a tourist Visa? And if my aunt will be sponsoring me, how much should I put in my bank account? And can I visit Paris if they approved my Visa? Thank you! :D

        • Lnrdgc_bgc 12/12/2014 at 5:32 pm #

          If your sponsor is in the UK, u normally need not to submit your financial documents. But u need to submit your sponsors proof of status in the uk, and financial docs. Also, u cant visit france with a uk visa. UK visa is for UK Alone. U have to apply for another visa in french embassy called Schengen.

          Pls take note your a fresh grad, u need to convince the embassy that your arent goin there for work. U gotta have a very strong proof that you are coming back.

          • asdfg 12/12/2014 at 6:36 pm #

            Hi, thank you for your reply. :)

            Is telling the embassy that I will be back for my Graduation march okay? :)

          • Lnrdgc_bgc 12/12/2014 at 10:43 pm #

            U can add that to your supporting docs. But its not enough to state that you have a graduation in march. U need to provide school docs, as well as proof that you are to graduate and the invitation for graduation. School details, proof of everything school related..

            In addition to that, u need to prove strong family ties in the philippines.

      • Imee 01/15/2015 at 8:53 pm #

        What documents did u pass? please share infos

      • Joyramp 03/27/2015 at 9:47 am #

        Hello do I need to submit confirm return ticket ?

      • karina 06/29/2015 at 10:23 pm #

        Hello! I came across this thread (thank God). Would like to ask about the application, like what did you answer on the part of the application were it says “Income and Expenditure” if you are unemployed. I am currently having this dilemma as I left my job recently in Singapore, but I have more than enough money to travel in the UK. I am applying for a student visitor visa in UK and I found out that the application for visit/tourist visa is the same as the student visitor/short term visa. Hope you could help me. Thank you


      • marge 07/02/2015 at 5:49 pm #

        Hi po,im Marge,I need some advice about my refusal visit visa.On my letter decision,they refused its because I think is about of my bank statement.They confused its because im un employed but I have savings.My boyfriend is my sponsor and he looking after for all documents I need like his invitation leter,copy of passport,his bank statement,accomodation etc. The problem is i don’t have evidence of ties to home country – like ownership of property(title?). I used to rent house only which is my boyfriend paid for it.Usually my boyfriend help me and looking after for all my expenses as well that’s why i have savings..Can you pls help me and advice what do i need to do..Or any requirements do i need about evidence ties to home country aside property?? Thank you for all your help..

    • lnrdgc_bgc 11/20/2014 at 10:29 am #

      But i dont have relatives in the UK. All my family ties are in the philippines. The reason for my application is to visit my boyfriend. Because its true. Fiancee visas are for those who wants to go there and marry their british partners

      • jema 11/24/2014 at 9:55 am #

        Thanks for your answer. I’m just wondering if it’d be better for us to claim that I’ll be staying there for only two months instead of six even if we’re really planning for me to stay there for six months. Will I still get a six month worth of visa even if I claim to just stay for two?

        • Lnrdgc_bgc 11/24/2014 at 10:29 am #

          Yeah, thats what I did. anyway, even if u say that you’ll be staying for 2 weeks you’ll still be approved of 6 months. That should not be a problem. Plus its very important to be able to explain the purpose of your visit. Like me, I stated im gonna stay for 15 days, just for Christmas holidays. yet il stay for the rest of the validity of my visa. 15 days is easier to explain. Its so hard to explain at the immigration officer why youre staying for so long right?

          • jema 11/24/2014 at 5:42 pm #

            Hi there. Your responses to my messages had been really helpful. Anyway, I got the documents from my boyfriend and hid family already and they stated six months in their invitation.. Do you think that could be a problem? They made a detailed itinerary as to what I’ll be doing while I’m there.. Do you think that’d be enough to get pass the embassy? Thanks in advance

          • Lnrdgc_bgc 11/26/2014 at 5:39 pm #

            Hi jema, i dont know if stating that ul be there for 6 months will be a problem. Its really a case to case basis. Basta what i did to mine is say na 2 weeks lang to make their decision process faster. Kc u have to give itineraries. Also hnd lang kasi yun ibbase sa invitation nila. ibbase din yun sa travel history mo. And take note, i said i intend to travel dec 19, cause is christmas holiday hanggang jan 4. I was expecting na december pa valid ang visa ko, but i got it nov 19, valid na sya nung nov 17 pa. Eh 180 days exact lng dba? Hanggang may 17 lang ako. And im not yet prepared to travel ngyn since nag apply pa ko schengen. So nababawasan na ang 6 months ko. What a waste of time. Hehe… Just follow ang guidelines nila.

          • jema 11/26/2014 at 7:27 pm #

            Hi.. I’m getting more and more nervous about this. Haha. Anyway, what I have so far is mine and my bf’s bank statement, mine and his COE, his and his parents invitation letters, his previous passport and copy of his current passport, billing statements for their house, a detailed itinerary, photos of us, and hotel reservations when we went to hongkong last summer with his family. That was actually my first time travelling abroad. I’m not sure if those will be enough…so I’m just crossing my fingers here.

          • Lnrdgc_bgc 11/26/2014 at 10:39 pm #

            Its very normal jema to get so anxious and nervous and all that. Mine peaked when i receive the despatched email. I was ready to accept that my entry has been denied but yeah, it wasnt. Mind you, my first UK visa took 5 months (although that wasnt a visit visa) anyway, goodluck to your application. Btw, if they have their own house, i think u need to submit council tax statement or receipt, mortgage statement and if renting, they need to provide u their tenancy agreement and letter from the house owner that you are allowed to stay in their place. And your cover letter must state how and when did you meet him. Goodluck ulit!

          • jema 11/27/2014 at 12:20 am #

            OMG! I was so totally unaware of the need for a cover letter. I check out the list of documents needed to pass in UK embassy website and it so did not say anything about a cover letter! You are an angel! Haha. I’m preparing all the documents at the moment. Thanks for all the help.

          • Emma Lee Brebante 12/04/2014 at 3:38 pm #

            Hi Lnrdg_bgc

            I Applied UK tourist visa last November 19 2014, I got approved and I received it today December 4, 2014 . My travel date would be January 7. My concern is I put on my application that I will just stay there for 2 weeks , But I got Multiple Entry valid for 6 months, Can I stay there for until16 days? Even though I put 2 weeks or 14 days on my Application?

          • Lnrdgc_bgc 12/05/2014 at 2:57 pm #

            Hi emma. Yes you can stay longer than what you said on your application. They will not check it anymore. Cause circumstances often change, wats important is that you u go home before ur visa expiry date and u follow the conditions of your visa. Happy travel!

    • lnrdgc_bgc 11/20/2014 at 10:35 am #

      My suggestion is try to shorten the time of your visit so instead of 2 months make it 3 weeks. Anyway, they will still give you 6 months of a valid uk visa. Goodluck! by the way, my bf will sponsor me so i showed his bank statements too as well as mine. Because obviously my 200k wont be approved alone.

      • jema 11/24/2014 at 9:42 am #

        Hi there. Thanks for this very informative details. I just want to ask some questions, and I hope you can help me out. You see, I only have 100k on my bank, but I have my boyfriend’s bank details showing he’s got enough to cover for me. Would my insufficient money in the bank be a problem? Also, we’re planning on applying for six months (we’ll be making efforts with the visa thing, so we figure might as well use up all the days allowed for me to stay there) would it be better though if we just claim that I’ll be staying there for three or two months instead of six? And if we do that, will I still get six months worth of visa? I have a work here and my documents are complete with COE and payslilps…would that help make up for what’s lacking on my bank??

        • mae 12/03/2014 at 12:08 am #

          Hello Jema..I also apply UK general visitor visa.and approved yung…bank account lang ng fiancee KO ang binigay KO kasi wala akong bank account..ask your mom or dad to write a letter.just like mine.

          • jema 12/04/2014 at 11:30 pm #

            Hello Mae. Thanks for your reply. Can you give me a list of all the documents that you gave the embassy for the visa? It’ll really be helpful to see a checklist I can use. Thanks in advance!

          • jaysel 12/08/2014 at 5:47 pm #

            hello emma. Can you give me a list of all the documents that you gave the embassy for the visa? maybe where in same case and i just want to know what did you give para ma approved yung visa mo.,. thanks hope to hear from you asap.

        • mae 12/14/2014 at 12:16 am #

          Sorry jema late reply here are the documents I have the invitation letter of my sponsor,his bank account, copy of his passport,my passport, my father letter stating that I will comeback, photos, then all the remittance that’s all I have when I go to my appointment and I was approved

          • asdfg 12/29/2014 at 10:50 pm #

            Hi! Can I know what’s inside the letter of your father and whom it is stated with? Thank you!

          • sarah1989 01/01/2015 at 7:17 am #

            Hello #Mae . I have same questions with #asdfg. May i know whats inside the letter that your father made? Hope for your response. Thank you

          • chie 03/19/2015 at 1:34 pm #

            Hello po! Can I know what’s inside the letter of your father and whom it is stated with? Thank you!

  99. donna 11/13/2014 at 3:21 pm #

    hi wanderlass. would you know if a transit visa is required for a passenger taking a mnl-london-mnl flight even without leaving the airport. im planning to fly to the netherlands via london ( since i have a discounted london ticket ) thank you :)

  100. donna 11/13/2014 at 3:19 pm #

    Hi wanderlass. I am wondering if i still need a transit visa. I am taking a flight mnl-london-mnl, but im planning to go to the netherlands thru london ( since i do have a discounted ticket to london vv ) . Is a transit visa stil required? even if im not leaving the airport?

    Lokking forward to your reply

  101. Jacky 10/31/2014 at 11:35 pm #

    Hi. I provided his bank statements, payslips, letter from his employer, invitation letter, copy of his passport. Im just waiting for my passport since done applying last oct 15 now and don’t know the result yet. Crossed fingers!

    • jema 11/11/2014 at 12:41 am #

      Hi Jacky. I’m Jema, and I’m also planning on applying for a sponsored general tourist visa. My boyfriend and his family will be sponsoring me. Do I still need to show my bank statements or will his be enough? Also I read in some articles that pictures will be helpful. I dont have any problems providing some except i dont really want to bring unnecessary things. Your response will truly be helpful. Thanks in advance.

    • jocelyn 11/15/2014 at 12:08 am #

      hello jacky did u find out what the decision is? mine refusal just got the results last nov3

      • janice 11/17/2014 at 3:26 pm #

        You have plan to re apply?

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  103. Miss J 10/30/2014 at 4:19 pm #

    “Hi Everyone. I need some help here. I applied for a general visa with a full sponsorship and received an email yesterday stating “Your decision will be despatched shortly. Passports can normally be collected from the Visa Application Centre after 3 working days unless you have been advised it will be returned by courier or have paid an additional courier fee”.For now, I don’t have any tracking number from 2go as I paid extra service to have this delivered at home. Does anyone knows if how soon will I receive my passport? Or will I be contacted again with the tracking information?

    Your help is greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance and wishing everyone a positive outcome on the application.

    • Irine 11/14/2014 at 11:01 am #

      Hello, normally if you get that email, your docs should be ready for collection. You don’t have to wait 2-3 days. If you’re nearby, just go and pick it up yourself. (weekdays between 1400-1500). Hope that helps!

    • Ms. C 12/11/2014 at 11:05 am #

      Were you able to get a visa?

    • jema 01/02/2015 at 8:41 pm #

      Hi there.. I have the same problem. I received the same email today and don’t know when it’ll arrive exactly. I go to work everyday and I think I need to be home when the papers arrive. How long did it take for them to deliver yours?? Your response will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

  104. Mercedes Abatol 10/29/2014 at 10:41 pm #

    I have a question, my passport will expire nov 2015 , i plan to travel this dec for 6 mos til june, is it still ok or do i have to renew them first? I need a response for the renewal of passport is 2 mos.

  105. Sham 10/16/2014 at 6:28 pm #

    Hi Winter Heart, I have received my UK Visa today. same as u said – after the 12th working day. I applied for my visa from Saudi Arabia….have a nice time… i have not understood those words which you have written in tagalog cos am not a Filipino… however, nice talking to you and thanks for the prayers…

  106. Hanie 10/10/2014 at 11:36 am #

    Hi Wanderlass!
    My question is about income requirement. My husband needs to meet 18,600 annual income. He’s got 2jobs both on non-salaried employment, working for 6months now. His first job which he does on weekdays he earns £17.700 and his second job on the weekends he earns about £2,000. Can we add up both non-salaried income to meet the financial requirement? Is it allowed to add both non-salaried income? Hope you can help me clarify this. Thank you

  107. Hanie 10/10/2014 at 11:34 am #

    Good day!
    My question is about income requirement. My husband needs to meet 18,600 annual income. He’s got 2jobs both on non-salaried employment, working for 6months now. His first job which he does on weekdays he earns £17.700 and his second job on the weekends he earns about £2,000. Can we add up both non-salaried income to meet the financial requirement? Is it allowed to add both non-salaried income? Hope you can help me clarify this. Thank you

    • mabzi 10/11/2014 at 12:10 am #

      hi ya. yes that’s fine.

      • hanie 10/16/2014 at 6:52 am #

        HI Mabzi! :)
        I am filling out the the form now and I am still confuse if my husband’s income falls under CategoryA or CategoryB. In the other forum someone says CategoryB for those with two incomes. But if you check Gov.uk website it clearly says CategoryA is for those who are working with same company for 6months and above. CategoryB are for those working for less then 6months.

        My husband is in non-salaried employment for both jobs and is working for 6months now. Isn’t he under CategoryA?

  108. mabzi 10/09/2014 at 8:10 am #

    Hi beautiful peeps! i’m just wandering if i have to pay two separate fee for the courier if i want it to be delivered at my door step? me and my son will be applying soon. cheers!

  109. Marfe Magdasal 09/29/2014 at 6:09 pm #

    hi.. i just wanna ask if ever do you know how to get a visa for migration to ireland. or if ever what visa should i get. the case is i have a boyfriend from ireland and his coming to the philippines next month for 3 weeks for his vacation and he wants me to come with him when hes going back to ireland.. what visa should i get so i can come with him to ireland thanks.. i dont know if request for petition will work because i am a gay.. thanks..

    • edgie1001 10/02/2014 at 6:56 pm #

      Hi, is there anyone know exactly how to get a refund fo my settlement visa i paid online? The problem was, it took me so long to complete my english test and my medical tb test so it took just over 3 months, the vip section said that it just expired so i need to resubmit my application and pay online again. But i the vip manager told me that i can refund my previous expired application online bit when i tried to make a resubmission, we didint see the refund section or button so i did not continue the application form online. Please reply asap as im afraid my medical cert validity is also only for 3 months and i wasted almost a month now. Thank you.

  110. jayrpolly 09/24/2014 at 10:40 pm #

    hi! i am student visa holder before, i arrived in UK 2010 then i went back home 2012 before my visa expired. Now I am planning to apply again but as a tourist this coming christmas for 2 weeks. Is there a big chance for me for approval of my application by the consul? I am a regular employee now and i earned 25k a month and I have 400k in my bank. what do you think?

    • mabzi 10/09/2014 at 8:40 am #

      Hi ya. have a go there’s no harm on trying. we’re on the same boat i’m planning to apply a general tourist visa soon. hopefully they will grant me. good luck!

  111. rose anne c 09/23/2014 at 5:44 pm #

    I got an email today from vfs stating that “your visa application decision will be dispatched shortly.” Does this mean that my visa has been denied?

    • wanderlass 09/24/2014 at 4:06 pm #

      it means you will find out soon.

      • rose anne c 09/25/2014 at 1:38 am #

        Yes i know it sounds silly but i have read a lot of blogs saying that whenever this is the message they receive, usually it means it is refused.

        I just like to know if you ever encountered someone in this thread to have received the same email and what did they tell you about their results.

        • winterheartspeaks 10/01/2014 at 5:09 pm #

          Hi Rose Anne! I wonder what’s the update about your application? When did you apply btw? I submitted mine last Sept 24 2014 and until now, I haven’t received an email from them. Not even a confirmation if they have received my application. It’s been 5 days already though. I hope I get it within 10 days because I look forward to doing the trip in fall. :/ I don’t want to miss the fall colours. I hope it wont really take 3 weeks or I might miss the opportunity to go there….

          • mssw 10/04/2014 at 4:07 am #

            Submitted mine last September 24 too! Any update with your application? Thanks!

          • rose anne c 10/09/2014 at 2:15 am #

            Hi winterheartspeaks!

            You can email or call the UKVI with regards to your application status. You can expect a reply from them after a day.

            And about my visa application,
            I received the result of my application last September 25 with all the docs I submitted for my application.
            Unfortunately, my visa application was REFUSED.

            However, after finding a mistake on the visa decision, I immediately filed for an Administrative Review. And after a week, I received a very good news that the decision was overturned and my request for an AR was successful.

            They requested for my passport last Friday and now I am just waiting for it to be mailed back to me with the visa.

            I just like to take this opportunity also to ask if anyone here knows how long does it usually take for the UKVI to stamp or place a visa on a passport?

          • Irine 10/09/2014 at 2:22 am #

            Hi winterheartspeaks,
            How did you apply for an administrative review? And would you mind me asking why your visa was turned down?

          • Mssw 10/09/2014 at 5:55 am #

            Hi Rose Anne C.,

            For how many days did you have to wait for you to get your refused application?

            And, what kind of email did you get on your approval? Thanks!

        • abcdef 12/30/2014 at 5:42 am #

          Hi rose ann c, did you apply for tourist visa? and how did you apply for administrative review? pls reply. thanks

        • Dianne 06/18/2015 at 1:19 am #

          Hi rose ann, i got refused too! But i want to re-apply.. Parehas lang ba yan administrative review sa re-apply? And how do you do that diba may papa fill up sila jan then san isesend? Sa vfs ba ulit? And how long bago natangap ulit ung passport . Thankyou hoping for your reply..

          • Cess 12/04/2015 at 8:57 am #

            Hi Dianne,

            I wonder how your administrative review went? Hope you can share what was the reason for your visa application refusal, if the decision has been overturned and how long did the process took. Thanks!

      • EVELYN 11/18/2014 at 11:24 pm #

        THANK YOU.

      • chie 03/19/2015 at 1:35 pm #

        need po ba ang NBI clearance at NSO borth cert. pag nag apply ng tourist visa in uk?

    • winterheartspeaks 10/09/2014 at 10:13 am #

      Rose Ann, Congratulations. :) Bon Voyage.

      I want to ask how long it took them to give you their decision? It’s my 10th day now (Submitted my application on Sept 24, at VFK global Ecoplaza Makati), still no feedback from them. Will gladly appreciate your insight on it.

      Another question is that, did you file for a General Visitor Visa? Are your papers sponsored, too? Im kind of worried. I will be traveling there with my friend together with his family and he will be financing my entire trip, as what was stated in his letter. They probably are more strict in cases like mine. Hopefully not. I pray I receive the results soon.

      1. Wonder how long it usually take them to process GVV in cases like mine who has no relatives or immediate connection to the UK? It says in their website that 97% of application get processed within 10 days. I hope I belong in that percentage. How about you, fellow applicants?

      2. Is there no working passport tracking tool from UK-Manila embassy? I guess I’ve tried so many links but none of them works.

      3. I emailed them and they keep saying that my application is yet to be processed. It’s been 10 days now. Could it be that they haven’t even touched my application?

      Hay. :/ I haven’t received any email from them yet. At least I want to know what stage is my application on now. This is stressing me out :DD

      • Sham 10/10/2014 at 2:28 pm #

        Hi Winter heart speaks, have u received any update from them regarding your visa application. I have also applied on the same day for a GVV and waiting for their decision.

        Usually what will be the email reply from them for a positive and negative decision made by them on the visa application. ..any idea…

        These are few nail biting moments especially when we have already a plan in place and waiting anxiously for the results..reminds me of the examination days in our schools and colleges…..

        Phewww…only prayer is that the EOC should be in a good mood while reviewing the applications….

        • winterheartspeaks 10/12/2014 at 7:08 pm #

          I have received an email from them after 12 working days, which is the minimum. So glad that waiting time is over because I have to do the trip soon. I will claim the passport on Monday at Ecoplaza Makati. The email I received on the 12th day were:

          1. From UKVI: Your decision will be despatched shortly. Passports can normally be collected from the Visa Application Centre after 3 working days unless you have been advised it will be returned by courier or have paid an additional courier fee.

          2. From VFSGlobal: The processed visa application for GWF reference number – GWFXXXXXwas received at the UK Visa Application Centre on 10/10/2014 2:27 PM . If a courier service was purchased from VFS Global, your processed application will be delivered to the chosen address.

          I received notice both from UK Visa Hub and VFSGlobal on the same day (Friday, 12th working day, so I had to painfully worry and wait on the weekend until Monday). I can only hope that they’ll give me this opportunity because I, myself, believe I do not have very good financial statements and bank accounts. Other than that, I have no problems. I am employed, with previous travel experiences, had previous passports and ties to go back to. Hay…I just pray the ECO understood and nice to consider me.

          Sham, don’t worry, iba iba din tayo ng ECO na nag ccheck :P Assessment process may vary on every applicant. You will really receive an email from them or you can email the uk customer embassy service for updates. Actually, I did that 5 times before I got answer from UKVI. Sobrang nag mamadali kasi ako.

          Tip, Do not worry so much and just check your email day and night. Wala nmn tayo talaga magagawa even if we worry so much. Just relax and wait (I know it’s hard…)

          Goodluck, Sham..

          • Jayr 07/22/2015 at 9:53 pm #

            Hi winterheart speaks! I would like to ask what time did the UKVI emailed you?

      • winterheartspeaks 10/14/2014 at 5:20 pm #

        Hi everybody. After waiting for the 12th working day, I finally received my UK Visa.

        It’s about being patient. Yun lang talaga magagawa natin. :)

        • Sham 10/15/2014 at 2:14 am #

          Great news winter heart. ..congrats…my 12th working day will be over today n hopefully tomorrow I will receive some update….wish u a sweet trip to uk n enjoy….

      • sarah1989 10/23/2014 at 10:44 pm #

        Hello. Can i ask some question. What are the specific documents i need to prepare.. my boyfriend will sponsor my trip to uk ..i am just confused.PLEASE HELP ME

      • sarah1989 01/24/2015 at 4:29 am #

        Hello #winterheartspeaks.. i just want to ask. Im planning to visit UK with a sponsor from London, do i have to present his original documents or only the photocopy? PLEASE i need your help. We will be applying next week. To those who could read this and know the info please let me know. It would be a great help.Thank you so much!

  112. maria 09/16/2014 at 5:07 pm #

    can you choose a date? because when i return from a flight abroad as well, i’ll go directly to the embassy if ever. –so is there an option for a date or they will give you a certain date and you just have to be there?

    • wanderlass 09/16/2014 at 10:52 pm #

      they will give you the first available date and if you’re not available then you have to choose a later date.

      • carizsa 09/17/2014 at 10:29 am #

        hi wanderlass.. is there any person that I can contact to inquire.. I’m interested to travel in UK but the problem is I dont have any person to contact.. hoping to hear from you soon.. thank you..

        • sheila 10/17/2014 at 7:34 am #

          do you know how to contact them?

      • Jayr 09/23/2014 at 2:29 am #

        Hi wanderlass, i just want to ask, me and my daughter plans to visit UK for five days, I am regular employee and i earned 25k a month, i have 500k in my bank, is that enough money to be able for the UK embassy to grant my application? My daughter is 8 years old, we are planning to travel this coming summer.. Hope for your response. Thanks!

  113. Jacky 09/14/2014 at 12:27 am #

    Hi. I’m planning to submit my application hopefully next week. It’s for a general VISA sponsored by someone in England. Do I need to have his original passport and other documents when scheduled for an interview or the appointment? Also, is the appointment in Manila or I can visit the Cebu Consulate instead since Im in Cebu. Thank you and hope to hear from you.

    • sarah1989 10/31/2014 at 10:47 am #

      Hello jacky # can i ask? What are the specific documents you submitted ?

    • belle 12/20/2014 at 12:46 pm #

      Hi. No need for the original passport from your sponsor. Have you done your application?

      • chie 03/19/2015 at 1:37 pm #

        ano po ba yung original na kailangan sa sponsor na e submit?

  114. ricodimpal 09/11/2014 at 10:16 am #

    Hi wanderlass, can I apply tourist visa directly to the UK embassy?

  115. Nhey Harman 09/10/2014 at 10:47 pm #

    Hi wanderlass , this is actually not about tourist visa but just in case you know the answers about my inquiry .. I will be applying for my Spousal Visa to UK soon (as I’m married to a British guy) but I have a bit of worried kasi we have 2 kids po 4 and 2 years old both Philippines passports holder. Plan na lang po sana namin mag asawa to apply their british passport when we get to UK .. Ngayon po my question is will they be able to travel with me under my spousal visa using only their P.i passports? or we will have to apply their own visa? if yes , what kind of visa po? All your answers will be highly appreciated po. Thanks !

    • Marie 11/08/2014 at 11:18 am #

      Hello nhey Harman. Just read ur comment here and i though we have the same situation. Would u mind if I wil ask u a lil bit about the supporting docs than we need to submit?

  116. Kristel 09/07/2014 at 5:59 pm #

    Do i need to submit bank statement, payslip , coe, or property documents if may mag ssponsor po ? Or yung requirements nalang ng mag ssponsor? Thanks

    • sarah1989 10/31/2014 at 10:54 am #

      #kristel .. anong update sayo ? Yan din ang tanong ko.. :(

  117. Alvin 09/03/2014 at 2:42 pm #

    Hi Ms. Wanderlass my mother received an email stating that your visa will bespatch shortly. And dont have an tracking number on it. What does it mean?

  118. karren 08/24/2014 at 5:14 pm #

    Hi. Ask q lang po kung kelangn mag show money sa airport if tourist visa?

  119. Irine 08/17/2014 at 1:09 pm #

    Hi, I have a question.

    Does the embassy ask ITR for self-employed applicant? Or would Bank statements, Cert of Employment, payslips etc will justify?

    Many thanks,

  120. Kristel 07/26/2014 at 11:55 am #

    Hi guys!sino po sainyo naka pag apply na ng visa at approved using the sponsor method? :) pls reply really need help po thank you

  121. maria magdalena 07/22/2014 at 11:37 pm #

    UK border agency is not an official partner but rather a branch of the UK government

  122. Kristel 07/21/2014 at 7:12 pm #

    Hi ms. Wanderlass . I need your help po . Im currently 4th yr college student na po . But im planning to go to uk on april. May mag ssponsor po. Ano po ung mga documents na need ko at kung may chance po ba na maaproved ako since wala pa kong work dito :( pls answer me po thank you

  123. Reden Villahermosa 07/12/2014 at 6:11 pm #

    Hi wanderlass. Do i need to wear formal clothes? Or ok na basta may collar?

    And any suggestions po ng affordable na hotel near VFS and NAIA? thank

    • cj 08/09/2014 at 12:05 pm #

      Hi Wanderlass, am in Labuan Malaysia as of now with my boyfriend as he will work here for 2 years, and we are planning to visit scotland atleast any month before the year end. i am going back to philippines this month to apply for uk visa.i just need a little help and instructions to do this,, thank you..

  124. richard 07/09/2014 at 7:15 am #

    Good day wanderlass!! Just wanted to ask if consul at British embassy will interview me just in case i applied for gen. tourist visa for UK because Im currently working here in UAE and I will make all arrangements from here. Its possible also here right? Thank you. what documents also can i provide for me to approved excluding sponsorship, invitation, etc. from my relatives? Hoping a positive response regarding this matter.

  125. ANgel 07/08/2014 at 3:11 am #

    Can i wear dress on the intervie?im a transgender but my sex is male in the passport?

  126. monmon 07/08/2014 at 1:22 am