UK Embassy in Pakistan
The United Kingdom is one of the most favourite countries for Pakistani where they want to travel especially for education purpose. The reason for this favouritism is the number of well-known universities and standard of living. Every year thousands of Pakistani students seek admissions in universities in the United Kingdom apply for visa and scholarships. During the recent decade, the British Council has made changes in the visa policy, and it has become hard for a Pakistani to get UK visa, but it hasn’t affected the trend.
Not just students, but people from different fields also apply for UK visa so that they can find a better job there to earn a better earning. This high number of UK visa application, the British Council has opened its office in three major cities of Pakistan to cover all the regions. For the north region, there’s UK Embassy Islamabad which is the headquarter or the main office of British Council. For the central region, there’s UK Trade and Investment Office in Lahore. And for south region, there’s British Deputy High Commission Karachi.
UK Embassy in Pakistan Timing
UK Embassy in Pakistan remains open from Monday to Friday. It remains closed , i.e., on Saturday and Sunday. Opening and closing time for UK Embassy in Islamabad and Karachi are same. From Monday to Thursday they open their doors to the public at 8:00 AM and they close their office at 4:15 PM. For Friday the timings are from 8 AM to 1 PM.
For Consular services, the UK Embassy timings are from 8 AM to 1 PM for Monday to Thursday while on Friday from 8 AM to 12 PM. The timing for Lahore office is little different from UK Embassy Islamabad. From Monday to Thursday the timings are 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM while for Friday the office will close at 12:30 PM. It’s better to call them before you visit the UK Embassy for UK Visa or other information. Calling time is same as office timings.
UK Visa Requirements
When you have to apply for UK Visa, first of all, you will have to check the UK visa categories. Checkout in which UK visa categories you fall and then you will have the exact UK visa requirements and UK visa fees. Student visa requirements are different while UK spouse visa requirements are different. Similarly, if you want to London Visit visa, requirements will be different. Here below we will tell you generally about UK Visitor Visa requirements.
While applying for a UK visa, you must have a valid passport which must have at least one blank page. Make sure that your passport expiry date is not coming during your stay in UK else will not be allowed UK visa. UK embassy makes sure that you will come back time and for that it asks you to submit some document. You will have to submit your bank statement with sufficient funds in your account so that you may have access to funds in case of need.
You may need to provide the proof of your earning as well like an employment letter or business proof. They may ask for a third person or party guarantee, i.e., some person or business who is legally in the UK while you visit the UK and who can provide you with financial assistance in case of need. If you are going for a job or education, then you will have to provide a letter from a job or education provider on their letterhead to confirm your job or enrolment. For UK business requirements, you will have to provide Business registration document showing that you are the owner or partner in the business. So additionally, you will have to narrate them your business activities as well while applying for UK Business visa.
Apart from this, you will also have to provide some photographs in passport size with white background. They may ask you to submit additional documents in case of need or depending upon UK visa categories you are applying for. For more information, you can consult the travel agent, or you can visit the UK Embassy in Pakistan.
UK Visa Processing Time
UK Visa processing time depends upon the type of UK visa for you have applied. Normally the delivery and verification of the documents take time. Minimum UK visa processing time is three weeks while it can be maximum 12 weeks. If there will be any rejection of UK visa application, you will be informed within three weeks of UK visa application. 98% of UK visa applications are processed within six weeks while only a few cases get visa verification after six weeks.
UK Visa Fees
UK Visa fees are subject to change, but currently, for a single entry, UK visa fee for Pakistani is 74 British Pounds. If you want multiple entry visa for one year, then you will have to pay 200 British Pounds as a UK Visa fee. For two years this UK visa fee will remain the same, i.e., 200 British pounds. If you are going for a degree purpose or at least five years than multiple entries, UK visa fee will be 320 British pounds that you will have to pay while applying for UK visa in cash.