UK Visa Application from Dubai

I recently received my passport with a UK visa stamped on it and I must say that it was by far the most efficient and fastest visa processing I’ve ever done. So I’ll share the experience with you my dear readers or to whoever is planning to apply for one.

To start of, you have to have an itinerary in mind. How long you’ll be staying there, where you’ll be staying (specific address is required when you’re filling in the application form) and the dates of your travel. Since I’m a travel agent, it was one easy task for me to look for possible hotels and book flights which will then serve as my itinerary. For more drama, I also added some excursions along with it. πŸ™‚

Once you have these information, you may now proceed to filling out the visa application form which you can find on their website. The visa application fee will also be paid on the same website right at the end of the application form. The visa fee is USD129.00 for a 6 months validity, you can see all the other fees on this link right here. After completing the form and paying the fees, you can now book your visa appointment online which is MANDATORY. I’ve seen a couple of applicants who did not have appointments and was denied to enter the visa center. You can book your appointment on this link. I actually did it the other way around, I booked an appointment first and then filled out the forms and paid for the fees. So you can do so as you wish.

After all those formalities, it’s now time to prepare all your documents to prove that you are capable of financing yourself while you’re in their country. Well, depending on the reason of your visit which for me was for tourism – I have prepared the following:

1. Flight itinerary
2. Hotel booking
3. Day tours itinerary
4. Payslip for the last 6 months
5. Bank statement for the last 6 months (stamped by the bank)
6. Employment certificate stating my monthly salary and approved leave dates
7. Passport copy
8. UAE residence visa page copy
9. Schengen visa page copies

If you have any other documents which you think might help you with acquiring the visa (specially pertaining to your monthly income or assets) then do add it on the list.

I was scheduled for 28May at 11am and their new office at Wafi Mall in Oud Metha was very well-coordinated. It seemed to me like the whole process was rehearsed by all of the employees.

1. The receptionist checks if you do have an appointment for the day.
2. The guard body checks you as well as your bag (for whatever reason, chewing gums are prohibited inside)
3. Another receptionist gives you your number.
4. An agent checks if you have the correct documents and asks you simple questions like: Have you ever been to any English countries? (UK or Australia).
5. The agent asks you if you want your passport to be delivered to you or you want to pick it up yourself from the same location. If you choose the former, make sure you have AED35 with you as an exact change.
6. Agent asks you to sit for awhile as you wait for number to be called to take your biometrics (fingerprints and photo).
7. After the biometrics, you can now go home. πŸ™‚

The whole process was not more than 15 minutes. In fact, the steps 3 and 4 was a matter of a split second.

They have advised me that the visa processing normally takes 15 to 20 working days but I received my visa from Aramex last 09Jun which makes it a total of 8 working days only. So yep, the most efficient visa processing is the UK Visa. If only this visa will allow me to travel to any Schengen states then I’ll probably apply my visas from their office all the time. πŸ˜‰

Note: If you are going to apply for your UK visa and someone else (a spouse or a friend) will sponsor your stay while there, you may want to visit Myla’s blogpost about it as to how she applied for hers. Visit her blog at FindMeABreak.Com.

Disclaimer: The above information is correct at the time of visa application. It is highly advisable to check with the embassy directly should there be any changes in their visa application procedure.

UPDATE: I now live in London and have created this London Guide for all of my readers. πŸ™‚

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Pinay Flying High is authored by Noemi, a Filipina residing in London with her Greek Mister. She writes about travel, food and life in between.


  • Reply Shally Warner March 24, 2020 at 06:10


    the information you have shared with us is truly appreciable. I want to know that how can I complete the Embassy Attestation in Abu Dhabi, as I do not have my original birth certificate?

  • Reply Elina White March 24, 2020 at 05:33

    You have talked about your experience and other things very nicely. I also wanted to know about Apostille Attestation India. Could you also share the details about it?

  • Reply Asad Rehman December 23, 2019 at 05:45

    Thanks for sharing your experience friend.
    It’s really helpful for all of us.
    But for the visa application, I would suggest taking the help of the Agencies It would be hassle-free.

  • Reply Christy October 23, 2019 at 21:17

    Hi! I am an OFW working as a Nanny/Babysitter in Abu Dhabi. I want to apply for a tourist visa to UK. A friend of mine who is a resident in UK is willing to sponsor me and write a letter of invitation to come and visit her. I would like to know what are my chances? If to consider: 1) the type of job I do is not a high paying job; 2) how much money do I need to have in my bank account

  • Reply Marie September 24, 2019 at 07:22

    Got my UK visa approval in just 2 working days. Submitted on Thursday afternoon and got it Monday morning through Aramex. Probably fast because of their new system.

  • Reply Toni July 22, 2019 at 09:21

    I have applied to the UK visa as a tourist on July 2nd 2019 and till now I haven’t heard from them although I’ve been there before and my first time took exactly 15 days does any one know what I have to do ?

    • Reply Liz July 24, 2019 at 08:44

      Hi..have you received the result? i had my application on 2/07 as well.

      • Reply Marium August 1, 2019 at 00:19

        Did you apply with family? Usually it takes around 14 working days or less.

      • Reply Xaxis August 1, 2019 at 00:28

        Hi liz,
        Did u receive your visa? And are you travelling alone or with family?

    • Reply Shoaib July 28, 2019 at 08:03

      Did you get visa and in how many days..? and did they call you for verification or telephone interview..?

  • Reply Marium July 20, 2019 at 23:48

    Hey there guys!! Its urgent!
    My husband and 2 kids have already visited UK twice (2014 and 17).
    I have a flight to catch on 14 august early morning. My appointment at vfs is on 25th july thursday! Standard visitor visa required for all four of us ! Any families in uae here who got visa ( without paying any extra charges) within 10 days time?!

    • Reply Marium July 20, 2019 at 23:53

      Re writing the above due to mistake .
      Hey there guys!! Its urgent!
      Me , my husband and 2 kids have already visited UK twice (2014 and 17).
      We all have a flight to catch on 14 august early morning to UK. Our appointment at vfs is on 25th july thursday! Standard visitor visa required for all four of us ! Any families in uae here who got visa ( without paying any extra charges) within 10 days time?!

      Eid holidays are also coming 11 12 13! So vfs will be off 9 10 11 12 13!!
      14 is my flight.

  • Reply Daredevil March 26, 2019 at 17:20

    I have applied for UK visit visa on 25th March at VFS in wafi mall . Any idea processing time these days ?

    • Reply Sahar June 17, 2019 at 06:41

      in how many days you received your passport.

    • Reply Mari July 15, 2019 at 11:00

      How many days did you receive your passport after your appointment with VFS?

  • Reply KC February 5, 2019 at 10:18

    Hi there, can u kindly share the email notifs you received when VFS advised you your application has been received and when your passport is ready for collection or couriered? Just curious if the email notif is different for approved or rejected applications. Thank you!

    • Reply richard February 28, 2019 at 18:35

      hi KC. when did you apply? i lodge my application last thursday … it’s 5 working days now.. i haven’t received any updates yet. :((

      • Reply C H R I S March 11, 2019 at 04:11

        Hello Richard. Any news on your visa application? For me, it’s been 8 working days now. I applied February 28. I availed the Priority Visa Application in Abu Dhabi. I don’t know what’s with the delay. My flight will be next week @@”

      • Reply Jd March 16, 2019 at 00:36

        Hi Richard any update about your Visa.

      • Reply Mari July 15, 2019 at 11:02

        Did you upload the documents on the UK visa application webpage? Or just set an appointment and brought it all to VFS global?

  • Reply Nauman February 4, 2019 at 04:44

    Could you please confirm that on UK visa application in the field “What permission do you have to be in United Arab Emirates” what shall i mention?
    Temporary visa or permanent resident.
    I am in UAE for last 10 years.


    • Reply Tajuddin Abdul March 18, 2019 at 04:57


      you just have to show your residency visa and Emirates ID

  • Reply April January 17, 2019 at 17:23

    I noticed that you first applied for tourist visa and said on the last part of your blog that you are now living in Lindon, so i was wondering how did you do that? How did it happen? Do you have a blog that could help us about it? Your response will be highly appreciated

  • Reply Lucas January 14, 2019 at 05:58

    hello! We are planning to go to UK this October 2019 for 7 days. My residence visa will expire on Dec 2019. will it be a problem? Thanks!

    • Reply Sahar June 24, 2019 at 11:12

      yes you should have 06 months validity for your visa.

  • Reply NINI November 13, 2018 at 10:50


  • Reply Grace November 1, 2018 at 09:33

    Hi i was planning to visit a friend in UK he is british citizen and he got leaukemia and he wanted me to visit him i knew that i need to have certian amount money in my bank account to be able to apply visa i would like to know is his letter of invitation is valid as he is sick im afraid that embassy will not allowed but im paying to all my travel expenses i would like to know whats easy way to apply for visa im philpiines passport working here in Abu dhabi thanks

  • Reply Chuck August 3, 2018 at 23:30

    Hello. Is there any strong chance in getting UK visa if I have current New Zealand visa and I’ve been to New Zealand and Australia before?

    • Reply Chuck August 26, 2018 at 08:17

      I got visa thank you for this blog!!

      • Reply Jake September 1, 2018 at 09:50

        Hi Chuck. Congrats! When did you apply for the visa and when did you recieve it? I applied 12th August 2018, until now I have not received any sms or email, nothing. I am surprise why it’s taking that long. Been to Europe multiple times in the past.

        • Reply CHUCK September 24, 2018 at 03:35

          Hi Jake, have you got the visa? I lodged my application August 2 and I got my passport back on August 20.It was kind of delayed probably because of the EID Holidays in UAE πŸ™‚

        • Reply Mitz October 2, 2018 at 17:47

          Hey Jake,

          Same for me. I applied on 16th Sept. No mail, no sms till now. M really getting worried. Can you update when did you get the visa?

          • CM October 5, 2018 at 07:58

            hi have you got your visa already?

          • CM October 5, 2018 at 08:02

            hi mitz. have you got your visa already?

  • Reply Jack August 2, 2018 at 15:31

    I have applied for uk visaJust wanted to by what time of the day do BSF send sms for passport dispatch.

  • Reply Rajinder July 24, 2018 at 15:55

    I get Visa today

  • Reply Rajinder Sharma July 19, 2018 at 06:12

    Hi, Applied on 11July for Tourist Visa to UK, let wait for the result, last year travelled to Italy, due to this web blog help, Thanks

  • Reply Rajinder July 17, 2018 at 14:57

    Hi, thanks to this lady, I went Italy last year from Dubai and now filed application for UK on 11july, hope I will get Visa, thanks Rajinder Sharma

  • Reply Sharz March 6, 2018 at 14:48

    First of all I would like to thank this blog (being one of all the blogs I’ve read) for being a help and guidance towards my preparation for the visa process. I kept checking on the blog, comments and everything just in case I left any detail that just might add to my possibility of visa approval.

    So for a 2018 update, I’ll share my experience.
    I am a first time applicant, from the Philippines and the only other country I’ve traveled to is Armenia. Earning AED3500 a month from my company and have kept around AED15,000 in my bank account during the application.

    Prepared the following documents:
    Original Passport
    Passport and UAE Residence Visa copy
    6mos payslip (stamped)
    6mos bank statement (stamped)
    Employment letter stating my employment date, position, salary, and approved leave dates.
    Itinerary for the whole month
    Sponsor Invitation Letter
    Sponsor 6mos bank statement
    Sponsor 6mos payslip
    Sponsor Tenancy Contract

    Did the online application and paid $125. And set my appointment date to Feb11.
    Arrived at the VFS Global in Wafi Mall Dubai 40 minutes before appointed time and was allowed to enter by the guard, he then checks my bag.
    Receptionist checks for appointment, leads to designated room for the visa centre.
    Wait for number to be called, agent first asks to go for either standard process (which takes about 15days) or express processing. Then goes over the documents presented and ticks the checklist provided from online application. Pay for AED136.50 for vfs service and courier option. Will then be asked to sit and wait for number to be called again for biometrics. Then process is done.
    I got an SMS stating it has been forwarded to Aramex on Feb 21 around 4 in the afternoon, next day it got delivered to my office with the Visa stamp! Yey! UK here I come!

    • Reply claudine March 28, 2018 at 09:25

      gano po katagal yung sinabi nyo amg sstay kayo sa uk?kasi punta po ako ng england sa december for 2 weeks. you think 10,000 aed is enough? me bahay din po ako pagsstayan dun, kasi bisita kami ng bf ko sa parents nya. sila mag sponsor sakin.

    • Reply Adeel April 2, 2018 at 17:31

      Hi Sharz,

      Do we have to write a letter in which we have to tell them places we are going to visit? i am planning for a week trip so do i have to tell me my plan of 7 days?

      Thank you

    • Reply Shoaib May 4, 2018 at 09:17

      Did the embassy call your office to verify employment..??or they called you or your sponsor in UK..?? What questions they asked..??
      And you did not mention about flight booking..??
      You gave online flight booking or some kind of reservation or original ticket..??

      • Reply Adam August 7, 2018 at 16:09

        You dont need to book a flight before the visa is out.

    • Reply ROSE ANN June 18, 2018 at 11:41


      • Reply Vicky June 28, 2018 at 06:37

        apply as soon as possible , sometimes they take nearly a month to take a decision which is ridiculous .

      • Reply Dayanara July 15, 2018 at 06:58

        Hi. I have applied as well last May and got my visa stamped within a week, less than to be honest. I preferred 3 months before the flight date, because, I was thinking in case I was rejected, I can re-apply again as soon as possible.

    • Reply RIMA August 28, 2018 at 08:08

      Hi! How long you’ve stayed in UK? Did you travel in UK with a friend? I’m planning to visit UK next year and I want to know if they asked you some random questions about your travelling. Thank you in advance!

    • Reply kris September 4, 2018 at 08:28

      i was planning to apply a visa to UK by next year on april. How about if i dont have sponsor in UK is it the same requirements i need to prepare?

    • Reply Low June 9, 2019 at 18:14

      Hi! Should the bank statement from the sponsor needs to be stamped? Or they can just screenshot it?

    • Reply Evanberg Gasgonia June 10, 2019 at 17:29

      Hi Sharz, would like to ask should the bank statement must be stamped by the bank? Because my sponsor just sent me a screenshot of her account summary.

  • Reply Sabir Ahamed March 5, 2018 at 19:25

    I have some doubts in check list for UK visa from Dubai, in the check list last 3 I don’t understand for what is that asked and document I have to provide ? Am living alone in Dubai and family in India. If anyone can assist me please thanks in advance.

  • Reply Ana Fe Subesa February 9, 2018 at 17:03

    Hi I just want to ask if possible I can get visa to UK if my employer here in Dubai will invite me to UK because our company is closing in Dubai and they are planning to take me to UK.what are the procedure am I going to do?thanks…

  • Reply Adeel Khan January 4, 2018 at 11:02

    Hi, I will be applying UK tourist visa by end of January 2018. I was looking for the answer about travel insurance, which i found in this thread. I am amazed UK does not require travel insurance for the visa. This is a must requirement for most of the visas.
    anyway , I will share the result with everyone and procedure once again as it is 2018. People who are sharing their success stories please do not forget to mention your nationality. As we all know a lot depends on the passport you carry.
    See you soon.
    Thank you,

  • Reply Val November 5, 2017 at 06:14

    Hello po question naman po. Magaaply po ako ng UK visa ask ko lang po yung sa question n Schengen countries visited port of entry lang po ba ilalagay? kasi isang country lang pwede piliin. Need pa po ba ng photo? and saka po pala sa amount ng saving paadvise naman po kasi po mgaaply ako kkcredit lang ng salary ko sa amount of savings po ba ending balance ilalagay ko or ending balance net po ung monthly expenses? And need ko po ba iphotocopy lahat ng documents original at copy po both isusubmit? Sorry dami po tanong. Next week ko na po kasi plan magapply.

  • Reply Syed Saud November 1, 2017 at 09:16

    Anyone in this group can help me answer my question. My UK long-term 2 yrs visit visa will expire soon, I have UAE residency but currently in a project at Doha Qatar. As application and payment are online, can I submit documents/passport through VFS Doha?

  • Reply blaiso September 29, 2017 at 20:18

    Hi there, I just apply for a uk visit visa this Tuesday, i m planning to visit my.friend scotland, she also send me and invitation letter, but she.but im.taking care.of the.trip myself, salary 7000 aed, and I book a hotel already and flight intinary, bank statement and NOC from company tooplus her passport copy, but my residence visa is expiring Febuary, I apply 26 Septembet, pls tell me do I hav chances of visa being approve, im just so curious and biting my fingers and just praying for it to all go well

  • Reply Louie September 28, 2017 at 11:58

    How about travel insurance for uk do we need to get? I got my schengen visa in greece last year april 2016 and one of their req is travel insurance. Thanks

    • Reply Lj September 30, 2017 at 10:47

      Hi Louie no need po to buy travel insurance.

  • Reply Lj September 20, 2017 at 19:48

    Thank you so much for this very helpful blog.
    Got my UK visa in just 5 days.just followed the instructions above.


    • Reply Louie September 27, 2017 at 11:13

      wow…. i love that, only 5 days you got the visa…. congratulation.

      • Reply Lj September 27, 2017 at 20:27

        Thanks louie..

    • Reply Lei January 19, 2018 at 09:54

      Hi… would like to know for flight itinerary and hotel bookings should be already purchased and confirmed by the time u apply for the uk visa?

    • Reply Sabir Ahamed February 26, 2018 at 09:26

      Dear how much balance need to be in bank account to apply for UK visa for 5 days tour, can you please advise me, earlier I travel to Netherlands Germany and Austria for your info

  • Reply Aimie July 28, 2017 at 21:43

    Hi friend,
    Just want to ask if i still have chance to get mu uk visa although its my first time to travel in other country. And im travelling alone. But i have resident visa in uae. can you give me some tips for the interview there. Im planning to go there in uk for 3days only

    • Reply Shoaib December 7, 2017 at 18:31

      Did you get visa..??

  • Reply Cheezy June 6, 2017 at 20:56

    Applied on May 31 – Wednesday and It got approved so quickly it was delivered to me on June 5 – Monday, thats like 3 working days only!! Just followed the instructions above. This guide helped me alot though there were minor changes on the procedure and fee. First time applying and I’ve never been to any countries in Europe.

    • Reply Aimie July 28, 2017 at 22:16

      Hi friend,
      Im applying for uk visa. I have all the documents and also i apply for agency here in dubai. Do you think they can approve my visa on time? Whats the example for the question in the embassy? Im really worried if i can get my visa because my travel date will be in august 15

      • Reply Janice October 8, 2017 at 20:24

        Hi I just want to know the right processing of working visa from dubai to UK if someone sponsored with me from UK to work there.thanks

      • Reply kris September 4, 2018 at 08:34

        hi aimie,

        did u got ur visa approved in UK?

    • Reply Sabir Ahamed March 5, 2018 at 19:26

      Dear I have some doubts in check list for UK visa from Dubai, in the check list last 3 I don’t understand for what is that asked and document I have to provide ? Am living alone in Dubai and family in India. If anyone can assist me please thanks in advance.

  • Reply Arlene May 31, 2017 at 09:30

    hi, do you think applying for personal loan in Dubai can help my application for UK VISA, just to have proof that i have sufficient funds on my account?

    • Reply Anonymous December 24, 2018 at 15:01

      Hi send me ur nbr..

  • Reply Jamal shah April 2, 2017 at 05:58

    Hello how are you.
    I m work in dubai employment visa in hotel as a supervisor but now I need the UK visa . plz you can tell me what can I do

  • Reply Nix March 30, 2017 at 02:51

    hi ms. pinay. once 6 months uk visit visa is issued, is it same here in dubai that your 1st day of your 180dys (6mos) is the date of your entry?

  • Reply carmina February 15, 2017 at 02:01

    I can visa even my salary here in abu dhabi below 5k and I have sponsor in u.k

  • Reply Amir February 2, 2017 at 23:38

    My UAE visa will expire in 5/18 . Can i apply for schengan visa?

    • Reply UbfX February 4, 2017 at 19:09

      You need to renew it as 6 month valid visa required…

  • Reply Samoore January 16, 2017 at 10:13

    Hi Ma’am, thanks so much for this informative blog. Please I would like to clarify something. Please does my UK sponsor send sponsorship letters and documents to me via courier service or via email would do?
    Please this is urgent. Thanks.

  • Reply Amy January 9, 2017 at 15:24

    Hi thanks this blog was really a great help..Since the Day I planned to visit London the only thing which made me stressed out Bd given so much anxiety was getting a tourist visa..luckily i received my passport with Uk visa stamped on it today. Thanks once again.

  • Reply Lovelee Paniz January 3, 2017 at 07:52

    Hi Dear,

    How much is the minimum salary to be able to apply for UK Visa?

    • Reply Dolly January 9, 2017 at 04:40

      Usually the agent tells that the minimum salary should be AED 5000 or above. However if you have good saving to bear your expenses, you can still apply.

      • Reply Love January 11, 2017 at 07:51

        Hi Dear,

        Thanks for the reply. and do i need to get an invitation from someone who lives in UK? What if i don’t have and i just want a plain visit?

        • Reply zeeshan January 29, 2017 at 07:07

          is 4000 salary person can go for visit

  • Reply tajammul December 13, 2016 at 16:54

    I am Planning to get UK Visit Visa too for a 2 weeks stay this coming Janury. Kind of worried though because my UAE residence visa will expire this Febrary although i’m planning to renew it. Will that be a big problem? Please inform me about it. i am waiting your reply. Thanks

    • Reply Dolly January 9, 2017 at 04:35

      your visa should have six months validity.

  • Reply Joyz December 11, 2016 at 16:08

    Hi i do understand that they require a bank statement for 6 months. Do they also require a maintaining balance for the past 6 months? Thanks

  • Reply Joyz December 11, 2016 at 16:06

    Hi, i understand that they require bank statement for 6 months.. do they require a specific amount maintained in my account? Thanks

    • Reply Dolly January 9, 2017 at 04:38

      They are looking more at you last month statement. you should calculate yours expenses depending on the number of days you will stay. It is advised to have balance of AED 15000 and above.

  • Reply lec November 9, 2016 at 12:20

    Hi! Is it a mandatory to have a confirmed booking ticket for UK Visa? Or after the application once done.

  • Reply christian medina November 1, 2016 at 02:26

    Hi good day Im christian from Phils. πŸ™‚ im planning to go to dubai and work there for about 1 yr and then planning to go in uk .Im planning to get a tour package from dubai to uk .Could i get the visa easy ? Thank you

  • Reply emmadainnerizare October 25, 2016 at 06:55

    hi i am planning to apply this week just want to ask if we really need to book a flight and hotel for the visa application? thank you

  • Reply Malik October 6, 2016 at 22:11

    Hi dear i wanna know that is NOC required from company or not for UK visit visa ?

  • Reply AZEEM October 3, 2016 at 18:15

    hello ,

    i want to know if i will for UK for 01 week so what is reqiured & how much expense will be come minimum,
    right now i live in uae as a clerk visa

  • Reply AZEEM October 3, 2016 at 18:14

    hello ,

    i want to know if i will for UK for 01 week so what is reqiured & how much expense will be come minimum,

  • Reply Red September 2, 2016 at 08:14

    Hi! I’d like to know if I can apply for UK tourist Visa from Dubai while I am holding a UAE tourist Visa? Or should I go back to the Philippines to apply there personally? I can provide all the requirements except employment certification, since I am here in Dubai with tourist visa. Thanks!

    • Reply Okanlawon Richguy February 28, 2017 at 11:59

      No Red, you must have a resident visa unless you are from a country where you cannot apply for a UK visa there.

  • Reply Malik August 19, 2016 at 19:28

    Hi would some one please guide me about hotel booking how can i do it ? can i use online hotel booking confirmation for UK visit visa application or it better to book by any travel agency in dubai ?

  • Reply Anonymous August 7, 2016 at 19:56

    Hey, just to make sure so they will keep ur passport for 14 days before we get the Visa? I need this information bcause i need my passport to work. So if i have to leave my passport for that long, i need to ask for days off from the company. Please advice and thank you.

  • Reply Ben August 7, 2016 at 15:12

    Hi! I would just like to ask if you have an idea on limits or minimum basis in salary that you should be getting monthly and the money that you have in your bank account to be submitted to them? Thank you!

  • Reply Emma July 28, 2016 at 06:35

    Hi there. .just wanted to ask..did you travel alone? I’m planning to go in Sept with my boyfriend. .we both are working here in dubai but he’s a British citizen. I’m thinking to just declare I’m travelling alone so I won’t go the hassle of providing supporting documents from his side like his bank statements and such. I’m wondering do I need to get that from him in case I would say we are travelling together. I have travelled many times before in Europe and had schengen visa to support you think that’ll be ok?

    • Reply Pinay Flying High July 28, 2016 at 10:11

      I’ve always preferred to apply on my own even if I’m traveling with The Greek Mister (then boyfriend). It’s just so much easier for me to apply it on my own instead of having so many other papers to show to prove that he will be traveling with me.

      • Reply John Paul Layno August 1, 2016 at 10:04

        Hi PFH! This is very helpful. But I just want to know if it is a requirement to have a Schengen visa before we can apply for a UK visa?

        • Reply Pinay Flying High August 1, 2016 at 10:42

          No. You can apply for UK visa first or Schengen visa first. Doesn’t really matter. Personally, I’d apply to the embassy which gives me the earlier appointment first.

      • Reply Malik August 19, 2016 at 19:31

        Hi would you please guide me about hotel booking how can i do it ? can i use online hotel booking confirmation for UK visit visa application or it better to book by travel agency ?

      • Reply Maria June 20, 2017 at 02:20

        Hi ms pinay i accidentaly placed june 2013 instead of january 2013 for my travel history to india on the uk tourist visa application u think it can be a ground for a visa denial? Or should i state on the cover letter that i have had typo mistake. I will have appointment on july 10

  • Reply rizwan July 26, 2016 at 11:43


    can any one help me for the below queries,

    i am going to apply for uk visit visa but my UAE visa will be expire in 28 Feb 2017. i will apply visit visa in August 2016 but will go in October 2016.

    should i need six month validity or i can apply in August 2016.

    please reply,

  • Reply nima syangbo July 24, 2016 at 20:32

    I’m from nepal I want to go uk for working not for visit so I want to know about working visa is that possible for me recently I am living in abhu dabi

  • Reply Anonymous July 13, 2016 at 16:13

    No doubt… The uk visa services in dubai are fast amd easy… Hope they make it as better in pakistan as well… We got oir visa stamped in 5-6 days as welll… And now having a great time in england

    • Reply Ak March 29, 2017 at 11:14

      Hi. I heard if u wrk in dubai for a year, then u can come to uk from there. But how long can you stay in uk for? Trying to get my relative over here but financial requiremnts r too high so wndring if therz any other easier way.

  • Reply Fayaz Khan July 13, 2016 at 11:28

    I would like to share my experience of getting UK Visa from Dubai in only 4 working days. It was quick than what i imagined i couldnt believe it.

    I applied on 4TH July 2016 and got the visa stamped on 11th July.. Keep in mind that there were Eid holidays too in between.

    Thank you
    Fayaz Khan

    • Reply Candy August 24, 2016 at 13:41

      hi,is theres anyone knows the criteria for applying UK visa,Coz I actually had bank loan and Im worried may be they wont let me issue UK Visa,? Is that true??

  • Reply Nickolai Kinny June 8, 2016 at 13:13

    Thank you so much for this post i referred to it constantly and have now submitted everything. Now to wait *Fingers crossed*Thank you so much for this post i referred to it constantly and have now submitted everything. now to wait *Fingers crossed*

  • Reply juvy June 5, 2016 at 20:37

    Hi Dear,

    I’ve been having a HARD TIME looking for a site that can provide legit flight reservation going to UK. Can you please help me? can you suggest any website or agency here in UAE? I’m living in Al Ain. I’m doubtful to provide my payment details on websites that doesn’t have much review. Would really appreciate it.

  • Reply JInky June 3, 2016 at 21:08

    Just a quick question. should the sponsorship letter be addressed to me personally? And what should the letter consist of?

    • Reply Diana Magallano July 6, 2016 at 14:57

      The sponsorship letter should be addressed to British Consulate, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Your letter must state the purpose of your visit, travel dates, and which documents will be submitted by your sponsor. This letter must be signed by your sponsor. πŸ™‚
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  • Reply Quennie May 29, 2016 at 14:04

    Is it possible to ask for you itinerary in UK? It will help me make my itinerary and are there any places you can suggest for a 10days visit?

    • Reply Quennie May 29, 2016 at 14:13

      Thought of going for a week there.

    • Reply Diana Magallano July 6, 2016 at 14:51

      Hi Quennie! I suggest Colchester and Salisbury if you are into history πŸ™‚

  • Reply Christine May 26, 2016 at 11:44

    Do you think they will give you a visa if you don’t have enough money on your bank account?

    • Reply MSAUH May 26, 2016 at 12:08

      Enough money is subjective. How much money are you referring to?

  • Reply Laurice Lerona May 25, 2016 at 15:30

    Hi! I’m currently applying for my uk visa but i can’t complete the process because it says that there is problem with the appointment booking system. Can you please help me with this? Thanks a lot.

    • Reply MSAUH May 26, 2016 at 12:08

      Please call them directly.

  • Reply Ammal April 28, 2016 at 12:35

    hi, ur article was vry helpful, we are planning to apply for our uk visit visa, but we are still waiting for our emirates id cards, can we apply before that ? my husband has emirates id, but me and my daughter just have visa stamped on our passports, can we still apply, dont wanna waste time waiting for our ID cards to arrive… plz suggest …

    thanx alot

    • Reply Diana Magallano July 6, 2016 at 14:56

      Hi Ammal! The document checklist specifically states that you should have evidence that you have permission to be in the country you are applying from and this refers to your residence visa in UAE. Hope this helps! Eid mubarak ^.^
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  • Reply hazel April 20, 2016 at 10:34

    Hello! I just want to know about the uk visa if ever someone in uk will invite you from UAE what are the papers do i need to submit? And how long the visa remaining here in UAE before uk visa is approved thanks.. hazel

  • Reply Faye April 1, 2016 at 06:04

    This blog has been very helpful! Mine just got processed and I got my UK tourist visa! Thank you so much! God bless you!

    • Reply hazel April 20, 2016 at 11:05

      Hi did someone invite u from uk? May i know the requirements please thanks very much Godbless!…haze

  • Reply John K March 22, 2016 at 13:46

    Hey thanks for sharing this informative blog, it seems very helpful.

  • Reply ella March 17, 2016 at 15:08

    Hello PFH, thank you for a very helpful post! i just want to ask how much would be the general estimated cost for a 10 day trip to uk? Thanks

  • Reply ella March 17, 2016 at 15:07

    Hello PFG, thank you for a very helpful post! i just want to ask how much would be the general estimated cost for a 10 day trip to uk? Thanks

  • Reply Angie March 14, 2016 at 12:03

    I have tried to apply the uk visit visa twice and it has been rejected,Am i allowed to apply again or they might blacklist me from any of there application?

  • Reply BILAL HASSAN March 3, 2016 at 19:03

    Dear All,
    Can you help me. I want visit visa of UK. Currently i am working in Dubai. My qualification is Master in Commerce.

    • Reply Izmi March 10, 2016 at 23:07

      Hello it’s easy to get they don’t check your qualifications what you have studied if your on visit so simply follow above stemps you will het for sure good luck even I got the visa within 2 working days

  • Reply Faisal February 3, 2016 at 21:23

    can any one tell me I wanted to apply for UK visit visa but my UAE employment visa is getting expired by 15th may , what is the condition can I apply or I should apply after renewal , do we require six month of validity at least in UAE visa then we can apply ??….

  • Reply Truc Tran January 14, 2016 at 16:17

    Hi, this post is so helpful for me. I am
    Apply for a visa to the uk in 3 months. My visit is gonna be in June. I am visiting my boyfriend’s family so I will be staying at his house. About the bank statement, can you help me answer this question. How much money should you have in your bank in order to make your application strong if you plan to stay in the UK for 2 weeks? Can you email me your email address so that I can email for more if possible? Really appreciate your help.

    • Reply Izmi March 10, 2016 at 23:09

      Yes you do need to have 6 months validity visa after renewal of your visa you can apply

      • Reply Izmi March 10, 2016 at 23:19

        Don’t worry if you have your pay slips for 6 months or if you have 10000aed in your account for 6 months then it’s more than enough you can go to their web side and get more details .

        • Reply Ermelinda Mananday April 20, 2016 at 20:23

          Hi I’m in and out in the UK for 8 years with my employer. I want to apply on my own, what are the requirements? And I don’t have a bank statement, can I still apply on my own? Thank You

    • Reply Izmi March 10, 2016 at 23:22

      March 10, 2016 at 23:09
      Yes you do need to have 6 months validity visa after renewal of your visa you can apply

  • Reply MSAUH January 4, 2016 at 15:53

    Hi! I would like to ask how many days you claimed to be staying in the UK to VFS and/or embassy when you applied for visa? And how many days/months of visa was granted?

  • Reply Lai September 14, 2015 at 16:30

    hi can i ask if kanino e-aatention ang NOC LETTER?

    • Reply Pinay Flying High September 14, 2015 at 17:38

      To The Consulate General

    • Reply Izmi March 10, 2016 at 23:20

      It’s only for 6 months trourist visa

  • Reply Lorence valido July 21, 2015 at 04:14

    Ask ko lng pde ko b gmitin na statement of bank account un gling sa company dun nllgay un shod ko?

  • Reply salman July 5, 2015 at 11:19

    i am planing to go in conference which will held in UK. i have invitation. i have to optain a letter from my HR. they will write only that am going to spend my annual vacation in UK. my ques is do we need to specify also that i am going to attend the conference in my annual vacation? or annual vacation only is enough.

    • Reply Pinay Flying High July 6, 2015 at 11:12

      An invitation for the annual conference you’re going to attend would probably help you more with acquiring a visa.

      • Reply Salman July 6, 2015 at 14:57

        Income and expense detail, what do u think how much approx in % ofsalary we have to show saving ?

        What is diffrence beetween in below ques
        What is the cost to u personally of ur trip
        Total amount of money u have for trip

  • Reply joe June 16, 2015 at 20:07

    Hi Pinay,may i ask,regarding of a visit visa in the uk,i have sponsor already,and hes willing to shoulder all my expenses, while on holiday with them,kindly advise me what requirements do i need to prepare before filling out the form online in VSF.Thanks,Jo

    • Reply Pinay Flying High June 18, 2015 at 01:37

      Hi Jo,
      At the very end of this blog post, you should’ve seen a note that I’ve put there about another blogger’s entry of applying for a UK visa with a sponsor. You can visit her site to learn more about how to do it.

  • Reply marlene May 26, 2015 at 04:36

    Hello! Thank u for a detailed information. I have an expired Shengen because we wanted to visit UK without going to any European country. Would that be ok?

  • Reply Anonymous April 28, 2015 at 18:43

    He low poh pinay ask ko lang poh. Need poh bha talaga ang schengen visa para mag apply for UK.

  • Reply c4is April 12, 2015 at 03:30

    Hello po.ask ko lng po kung ilang months po b ang nilagay nyo na leave sa company nyo na naipasa nyo po sa british embassy usually po d b 1 month lang binibigay n leave nila.senxa n po curious po kc ako salamat po

  • Reply Happy Cajigas April 2, 2015 at 21:09

    Hello PFH! If you don’t mind can you share your day tours itinerary. Im currently making one and I’m already so confused. Unlike schengen, all i did was just state how many days i will be staying in each place. I did not have to tell them what i will be doing in each of the places. TIA

  • Reply ish January 15, 2015 at 03:22

    Hi PFH!

    Planning to get UK Visit Visa too for a 2 weeks stay this coming June. Kind of worried though because my UAE residence visa will expire this July although i’m planning to renew it. Will that be a big problem?

    • Reply Pinay Flying High January 15, 2015 at 05:44

      Yes, renew your uae residence visa first before applying for uk visa. πŸ™‚

    • Reply Chris January 19, 2015 at 15:10

      Hi ISH, You may apply within 6 months at most before your local visa runs out. Opt for Priority service at VFS to give you the best bang for your bucks. cheers πŸ˜€

  • Reply Pukeki December 24, 2014 at 00:55

    I agree with PFH πŸ˜€ my C visa was processed in just 1 day, the most efficient service ever.

  • Reply Sajjad Hossain December 14, 2014 at 06:46

    how to apply for employment visa

  • Reply Katherine December 10, 2014 at 08:00

    Hi Pinay! Further to my above comment, I am referring to your day tours itinerary. I appreciate your immediate response πŸ˜€ Thankiee in advance!

  • Reply Katherine December 10, 2014 at 07:54

    Hello! Hope your doing well. I wish to ask how did you come up with the itinerary you submitted? Did you make it on your own or consulted a travel agency? Please help πŸ˜€ Thankieee so much in advance!

    • Reply Pinay Flying High December 10, 2014 at 09:59

      Hey there,

      The answer to your question is actually on the blog post itself. I did it myself however, I was also a travel agent when I applied for the UK visa. :p

  • Reply rhaiza December 10, 2014 at 01:43

    hi pinay! i just to ask if i pay the visa appliation online, may babayaran pa ba ako pagdating dun sa embassy at sa proceesing nito?

    • Reply Pinay Flying High December 10, 2014 at 10:01

      Hi there,
      Again, the answer to your question is on the blog post itself. I’ve mentioned the step by step process and the fees that I paid online and at the VFS office. Whatever is on the blog are the are the only payments I’ve made. Good luck on your visa application! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Ferman November 18, 2014 at 00:42

    Hi miss.. do you have an idea if Banco De Oro is a valid bank to apply UK visa here in Dubai? I don’t usually keep my money in my Dubai account, I save it in my BDO savings account in the Philippines. I will apply for UK visa this coming December for employment.. Please help? I don’t know if I still have to transfer my savings to another bank or BDO is already valid.. thanks!

    • Reply Pinay Flying High November 18, 2014 at 13:37

      It’s valid of course.

      • Reply ferman November 23, 2014 at 06:50

        how many days before you were able to receive your UK visa from the day that you applied?

  • Reply Karla November 5, 2014 at 23:43

    HI pinay flying high. I love reading your blogs! so inspiring especially your travels. πŸ™‚ i have a question: i am planning for UK trip on Aug 2015. when is the best time to apply UK tourist visa? and did you write any contact details of your friends who lives in UK? , if there’s any? or best not to put since i am sponsoring my whole trip? Thanks πŸ™‚

  • Reply Ghazanfar August 18, 2014 at 22:35

    i am the owner one of technical contracting company in sharjah i want to apply visit visa Uk (ilford ) what i have to do???? where i have to go for …..

    • Reply Pinay Flying High August 18, 2014 at 23:46

      The same procedure. You can check VFS’ website though for the correct documents they require.

  • Reply adeline August 11, 2014 at 14:47

    pinay aak k sana kng anu mga requirements pag invite kasi ako ng tita ko sa 60th bday nya pinadala na ang mga invitation letter atga bank statement niya nka book nko appointment sa august 17

    • Reply Pinay Flying High August 12, 2014 at 07:09

      Same as what I have posted on this blog except for the hotel accommodation I guess. Check with VFS directly para sure.

  • Reply adeline August 11, 2014 at 14:42

    i just want to ask what is the requirements for applying a family visit visa?

  • Reply ker July 12, 2014 at 17:30

    Hi! Is there anyone knows how long UK embassy process the visa application during peak season like July, I have applied for UK general visa last june 18, 2014 and till now did not received yet my passport, though they have contacted me for more requirements and unfortunately I have not submitted all the required docs, Is there anyone have the same scenario? and if visa is approve is there any paper sent from them along with the passport when they are sending back? thanks!

    • Reply Pinay Flying High July 12, 2014 at 18:39

      I think you should send this message to VFS directly

    • Reply Mai August 14, 2014 at 13:45

      Hi Ker,

      Just want to ask if you already get your UK Visa, could you please let me know what additional docs they required from you, coz I have sched next week so I would like to know what are the full set of documents they might need.



  • Reply Tanith Christie July 10, 2014 at 22:28

    I need to get my UK visa to go to UK on holiday but I am Cabin Crew so I need my passport with me all the time, I cant wait so many working days to get it back….after a flight I get max 2 or 3 days off. what should I do?

  • Reply Mhar Guanzon June 17, 2014 at 13:06

    hi… i just want to ask if you have been to Paris and Switzerland… how much salary needed and what are the other criteria to get a shengen visa.. thanks.. im planing to go by nov.and haw many months ang ibibigay nilang visa,.. what if i take tour package from travel agency.. any advise please… thanks in advance

  • Reply Ann June 11, 2014 at 16:59

    hi if for example magstay ka ng 1week dun how much dapat nasa atm mo? and need ba na nakabook na flight and hotel mo? or sample itinerary lang un.

    Lastly, kahit nde pa nkkpagtravel sa english country or schengen pwede?

  • Reply michael April 24, 2014 at 13:15

    hi girl,i supposed to visit london this July,01 2014. however ive decided to go on september 01 2014. my question is on the visa application page(home) my travel dates is july 01 pwedi paba ma change yun?

    • Reply Pinay Flying High April 29, 2014 at 10:20

      Hi Michael, I’m not very sure about that if you can change it however the UK visa is valid for 6 months anyway so I suppose you can travel whenever you want for as long as it is within the validity period. You better check it with the embassy though.

  • Reply Nikko Reyes February 3, 2014 at 23:06

    πŸ™‚ HAAAAYYY.. insahalla pinay.. hope pasado nga πŸ™‚ illibre kita sa boracay dubai pag if approve πŸ™‚ tnx anyway πŸ™‚

  • Reply Nikko Reyes February 3, 2014 at 17:08


    • Reply Pinay Flying High February 3, 2014 at 17:16

      Hi there, only when you collect the passport. Yan ang hardest part, the waiting game. It makes me anxious too whenever I apply for a visa. πŸ™‚

      • Reply Nikko Reyes February 3, 2014 at 18:38

        tnx again.. napaka suspense nmn kc nila eh.. d tuloy ako mapakali.. hahaha.. πŸ™‚ karerecieve ko lang kc ng sms na processed visa application ref#…. 7 working days lang ung processing time..

        • Reply Pinay Flying High February 3, 2014 at 20:36

          Don’t worry, you got the visa. πŸ™‚
          Yeah, normally I get mine within 4-7 days. Maximum time lang nila yung 14 working days para lang daw hindi ka mangulit. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Nikko Reyes January 24, 2014 at 14:53

    hi kabayan, ive just applied tourist visa yesterday here also in UAE, okai ba n bank online transaction lang ang binagay kong documents? kc ung savings ko is sa salary bank lang d sila makapag provide ng bank statement..

    • Reply Pinay Flying High January 24, 2014 at 14:58

      Hi Nikko,

      Normally bank statement na may stamp ng bank ang binibigay ko. Pero kung tinanggap naman ng VFS ang documents mo then I think it should be fine. Good luck and enjoy your trip! πŸ™‚

      • Reply Nikko Reyes January 24, 2014 at 15:43

        ang VFS din ba ang nag dedecide din kung kulang or hindi qualified ang documents mo?

        • Reply Pinay Flying High January 24, 2014 at 17:13

          Yup, check muna nila ang documents mo before sa embassy.

          • Nikko Reyes January 24, 2014 at 17:54

            okai pinay,. not worried now πŸ™‚ shukran πŸ™‚

          • Pinay Flying High January 24, 2014 at 18:26

            You’re welcome! πŸ™‚

  • Reply mich January 20, 2014 at 16:35

    hi there. my hopes are up now after reading your post. Just wondering what you meant about the schengen visa copies.. you mean if you’ve ever been to any of the schengen countries then it is a must? thanks.

    • Reply Pinay Flying High January 20, 2014 at 16:55

      Hi mich, yes if you have Schengen visa or even US/Australia visa you can give those too. Will help a lot to establish that you’re a frequent traveler. Good luck! πŸ™‚

  • Reply jackie July 11, 2013 at 12:38

    Hi pinay… im applying for my UK visa… do i need a travel insurance coz i cant find any on their requirements..

  • Reply dianne May 29, 2013 at 21:43

    Congrats girl! Question is your salary 5digits? Coz I have a friend she got denied because of her salary, kinda worried I do have all my docs just if their basis is salary then I have no chance


    • Reply Pinay Flying High May 29, 2013 at 22:58

      Hi Dianne,

      Now I am not going to answer the first question but I will tell you my opinion. :p

      When applying for a visa, the applicant must have the means to support him/herself while there. So if for example you have about AED3000 in your bank account and you’re applying for 2 weeks stay, then it is for sure a decline. So basically, what they’re looking for is a proof that you are able to support yourself while you’re there. It doesn’t matter how much your salary is, as long as you have savings as a show money for them to know that you are able to live there for the number of days that you intend to stay there and of course a proof that you won’t overstay. Probably long years of service with the company you’re working for or something.

      I hope that helps and I hope you get the visa. Let me know if you have other questions. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Kris May 3, 2013 at 22:20

    Is it easier if a friend will sponsor you or if you apply for your ownself as a tourist? My friend is willing to give all the required supporting documents on her side. Thanks.

    • Reply Pinay Flying High May 3, 2013 at 23:15

      I haven’t really tried to apply with a sponsor so I’m not very sure if it’s easier or not. πŸ™

  • Reply Karen May 3, 2013 at 21:55

    Hi do you know If there’s a specific amount of money you need in your bank? I want to bring my filipino friend over from Dubai for my wedding, thanks

    • Reply Pinay Flying High May 3, 2013 at 22:12

      Hi Karen,

      There’s no specific amount of money that they require as long as the money that they have is reasonable enough to be able to support the applicant for the whole duration of the stay. So the longer the stay in UK is, the higher the amount it should be.

      If the accommodation is prepaid as well as the ticket, it has to be indicated too. Just so they will know that the applicant will only spend dailu expense like food while in the UK.

      Hope that helps. πŸ™‚

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