UK Visa Application – How To Apply And Where In South Africa

Updated: 01 July 2015

The introduction of the British visa has quickly become a major issue for South Africans travelling to the UK, where previously we enjoyed freedom of border crossing, being allowed in and out as we wished for a stay of up to 6 months. The new changes made sure that South Africans now need to apply for a visa to enter the United Kingdom for any stay, and in many cases, we even need a visa to transit London on the way to other countries. Here are some basic questions and answers with some guidelines on how it all works and how you can apply for a UK visa.

Do I need a transit visa to travel via the UK?

The general rule is that anyone transiting a UK airport (even if you don’t leave the airport) require a transit visa if they travel on a South African passport. There are a handful of exceptions, some of which are not much use to us, e.g. if your final destination is Australia or New Zealand, but who in their right mind would be travelling to Australia from South Africa via London? Others are of a lot more help to us: if you hold a visa for the USA or Canada and you’re not leaving the transit area of the airport in London and are continuing on within 24 hours to that destination, you don’t need a transit visa for Britain.

Which agency should I use for a UK visa application?

The answer is simple for that question, you can only use one agency. The British High Commission has appointed Teleperformance to process all UK Visa applications in South Africa. No other agency may process visas for the United Kingdom at all, all others only offer advice and assistance but will still send you to Teleperformance to apply. Be aware too that you will need to apply in person at your local Teleperformance office as biometric data needs to be taken when you apply.

How much does the UK visa application cost?

The cost varies for the type of visa you’re applying for, it also varies according the the exchange rate. The regular 6 month single or multiple entry visa will currently cost you around R1700 (July 2015) for business and leisure travellers alike. There are other visas for those who don’t wish to apply every six months if they travel regularly, e.g. the 2 years, 5 years and 10 years validity visas, costing R6480, R11760 & R14740 respectively.

How long does the UK visa take to process?

There’s no official time-frame mentioned anywhere but it usually takes about 2 weeks. For Christmas and the British summer months, we’d advise applying a little longer in advance. We suggest applying between 1 and 2 months before you depart to ensure your application proceeds smoothly with all the correct documents and you get it back in time for your trip. There is a priority visa fee one can pay to get the visa done within 5 days which costs £120 (approx R2300 on 01 July 2015 exchange rates).

What documents does the UK require for visa applications?

Teleperformance request that you bring printed copies of your appointment confirmation and online application form, your passport, and any other documents you want considered. You can also double-check the documents against the official government site.

What are the steps I can expect to take to apply for the UK visa?

  1. Find out what visa you need on the UK government site.
  2. Book your appointment online using the same site and take note of the “GWF number” they provide. You’ll be emailed confirmation too.
  3. Register your details on Teleperformance’s site.
  4. Purchase any optional extras (like rush fees or courier services)
  5. Prepare the documents you need (copies of your appointment confirmation, passport and any other supporting documentation.
  6. Attend your appointment. If you are late, you forfeit your fee. Also, once you’ve attended your appointment, if your visa is denied, the amount you paid online is not refundable.
  7. You will be contacted by email once your passport is returned to Teleperformance.

The above information is subject to change without notice, it was correct at time of publishing, we cannot vouch for it’s continued accuracy. It is imperative that you get up to date and accurate information as well as make the UK visa application via the gov.uk website, and use the Teleperformance website when for booking your appointment.

Our Readers Comments

  1. I would like to apply for a visitors visa to U.K

    • My husband and I are visiting my son in Ireland for 3 months,while we there we want to visit my
      6 year old grandson who lives with his Mum in London,UK. We won’t be spending long periods
      in London, maybe just day visits.What visas do we apply for.

    • Hi Molly,

      Great to hear from you.

      You will need to apply for a normal Tourist Visa.

      You can go onto the following website:

      https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa

      You can apply for a visa up to 3 months before your date of travel to the UK.

      You should get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks.

      If you need any further information with regards to applying for a UK visa you can contact Visa Box on 021 551 8829 They assist with UK applications and should be able to assist with any further queries you might have. You can speak to Emilio or Andrea

  2. If I live in the East Rand, must I apply for my UK visa in Johannesburg or can I apply in Pretoria ?

    • Hi Mariet, as far as I am aware you would need to apply at the Joburg office. Though they don’t specify if you have to apply at one or the other depending on where you live, so it seems like you can choose.

  3. Hi. I’ve been in UK during 2006-2007. but then there was that recession and they took away the working holiday visa’s. Is it still possible to apply for any visa’s so us South Africans can go to the UK to work and travel? And for how long can we go now?

  4. Hi, My father is coming over to visit us later this year and I am helping him apply for his visa. He will be applying for a family visitors visa which means I will need to write a letter confirming we will be putting him up. I have searched the VFS site for information on how much money he will need to have available per day and also what the letter needs to say, but have not found the info I need. Do you know the answer to that?
    Thanks

    • Hi Paul,

      check this link for more info: http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/visas-immigration/visiting/general/documents/#

      On the right side of that page is a link to the list of supporting documents needed. They’re not as concerned about foreign currency or sufficient funds any more, but they want to see bank statements and employment history etc now.

      If you’re inviting him to stay with you, this letter will need to state this with your address. I would suggest sending a copy of your passport/residence permit and possibly a copy of a utility bill showing that your address is legitimate to support the letter.

  5. Hi Werner,

    as far as I am aware the only visas which remain similar to the old working holiday visas are the ancestral visas. This is the visa you can apply for if you parent or grandparent is a UK citizen. Other than that you need to apply for a regular work visa which involves a long chain of things like getting a job offer in the UK, having the relevant experience/qualification and the company you are applying to work at proving that there is no one in the EU who can do the job you can.

    For now, most people have only the visitor’s non-working visa available to them.

    • Heya!

      I have two passports, a south african ( as I was born here) and a portuguese (my family is portuguese). I want to join the British army, but they want me to get a uk visa on my south African passport. I am in the uk at the moment on my eu passport. Which would be the right forms for me?

      Kind regards
      Deanna

    • Visitorting the world is great bt l’m 18yrs wanting to stay in Unitedkingdom,what must l do or have inhand which visa.

  6. hi there does it make a difference traveling on a south african passport if you have permanent residence for new zealand we live in NZ but want to travel the US and other european countries

  7. Hi. I am one of the so called lucky people that have dual nationality(s.a and British)although I havent as yet found anything to be lucky about. I have my SA Passport, but my British well thats another story. Document after document. Which takes years through Home Affairs. Ive cancelled my flight twice already. What happens if SA decline my retention for SA Citizenship. Can I then Apply for a visa for my SA Passport? Because without that retention I carnt have 2 passports.

  8. Hi what is the requirements for UK visa on how much spending you have to have per day?

    • I will have a Schenghen visa to ravel to France. (I have a SA passport) for 4 days. Then travel to the U.K. to stay with family ( I will obtain a visitors visa) We will be going to Holland for the last 4 days of my trip. I believe I can use my Scheghen visa. Will I have a problem using it and will I have a problem to re enter the U.K after my Holland trip? We will be leaving from Heathrow and returning there. i will then fly back to France on the same day on my way home. Thank you.
      Jenny

    • Hi Jenny,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      A Schengen visa will cover you for all Schengen states (Holland and France being both of them) you will need to check the rules of the visa if its multiple or single and how many days. So I recommend you contact the Embassy direct, let them know your exact travel plans and what it shows on your visa they will be able to clarify if all is ok to travel on the visa you have.

  9. Hi, I want to apply for the Ancestral Visa along with an accompanying application for my unmarried partner to join me.

    What funds are we required to have in order for our application to be accepted?

  10. Hi
    I’m planing to visit the UK and work there, can you tell me if it’s still posibille. And what documentation I need to apply for a visa

  11. hi nick im ross palmer
    i lived in england for 3 and a half years with my parents i had a 2year working holiday visa a 1 year study visa and a 6 month tourist visa. my parents have ancestral visa im 29 years old and would like to return to uk what are my options please help

  12. I am using a Zimbabwean passport and i just wanted to find out the requirements that i need to have to qualify fo a visit to England. My Zim passport has a working South African Permit.

    • Hi Thandie,

      You will be able to apply for a tourist visa in South Africa and the requirements should be the same as for South African passport holders. The UK Border Agency does advise that “Your application may be referred back to your country of residence, which may cause delays.”

      You can find more info on applying here: http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/countries/south-africa/applying/?langname=UK%20English

  13. I reside in south Africa and I wish to know that how much is a working permit from south Africa to UK

  14. Hie am Portia ,I am using a Zimbabwean passport with a study permit ,how does the process go !

  15. I applied for a UK visa at the beginning of April. Thus has been granted. However, as supporting documentation I had to indicate my date of entry and supply various proofs, including a copy of my air ticket. I am landing on 3 June 2013. However, the visa’s start date is 15 April, which means that I am in effect paying for nearly two months of visa privileges which I have indicated I do not need. Considering the price of a visa for SA citizens, I think this is exploitative and unnecessary. If the visa commences on my entry date, I could not use it before then anyway, so what is the disadvantage of making the two dates the same, ie 3 June 2013? A four month visa has now cost me in excess I’d ZAR1000

  16. I applied for a visa to uk last year but was refused because of insufficient info; is there any refund of my the fees about one thousand rand .

  17. Hi.

    In August I am suppose to go compete(dance) in the UK for strictly 5days, and this is my first time traveling. Which UK visa do I need? And any link to download forms would be appreciated.

  18. This is now May 2013. How much will a 2year and a 5 year visa cost now

  19. Hi my family and I have applied for ancestral visas from South Africa. If they are approved can we buy one way tickets or do we have to get return. Kind regards Lizelle

  20. My boyfriend is in the UK and he wants me to visit him though we not married.how do I go about applying for a visa

  21. Hi I would like to apply for a London visa, I want to go visit but intend to look for a job. I am base in South Africa North West province. Where do I go

    • I am british born, married to s a african, our son lives and works in england and has a 3 bedroomed home, which we can move into.My son halso has a british passport.We would like to join him in england, which visa does my husband have to apply for.Alternatively who can I contact in south africa to find out.
      Regards
      Sandra

    • Hi Sandra,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      For this you would need to contact the Embassy direct. They will be able to advise what visa he needs to apply for. If its a tourist visa, spousal visa etc.

  22. I am going to London for business and planning to visit a friend in Switzerland for a weekend and then a holiday in Greece. It is so much cheaper flying from London to Zurich and back to London to fly to Athens from there, than Switzerland to Athens.
    Will the UK authorities give me a hard time doing this? And would I require to apply for the UK visa before applying for the Swiss schengen visa, and then only the Greek schengen?

  23. I apply visa mother s take long time 4 process why

  24. Goodmorning …
    I need help..im 19 years old ,just matriculated last year , i have family in the UK and they would love for me to study there i do not know the procedures or whats required .. Is it possible …please help

  25. Hi there I want to apply for a visiting visa to visit a friend in the UK, I am planning to register as a nurse at the UK Nursing Council and can I still go ahead with the steps at the UK Nursing Council or will it hamper my visiting visa

  26. Hi I’m cedi I’m married with 2kids from congo with a sa resident permit wanna how I’m going to do to make my wife and kids visit their grandpa in uk for 6month only

  27. I want to work in londeka i do have passport were can i get a great agency

  28. Hey Nick Paul
    Am in Port Elizabeth Eastern Cape I want to apply for UK VISA and work permit. The is an office in P.E for applying UK VISA?

  29. I’m victor,I am using a nigeria passport with a study permit,how does the process go!

  30. I wish to go with my nigeria passport ,how is the processgoing to be!

  31. Hi
    I would like to send my mom to the Uk for about 2 weeks. She will be staying with a friend. I will obviously be paying for everything. I’m not sure on what exactly she needs for her visa, concerning the funds to suport her and so on. I too would like to go with her, but not sure. My mom is divorce and unemployed, I suport her. Please advise me what I should do.
    Thank you in advance

    • I have a similar situation. And would appreciate an answer. This also really baffels me

    • Hi Ellen,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      To get the most up to date information or for any queries please contact the British Embassy or official visa handling agency Teleperformance direct.

      They will be able to assist in any queries you might have.

  32. Hi I’m a khan .I like know .I am using a Bangladesh passport i just wanted to find out the requires that I need go have to qualify for a visit to UK .my Bangladesh passport have a working permit of south Africa and I have business with ck thanks

  33. Can I use my Zambian passport to apply for a visa in South Africa

  34. How long in advance should one apply for a UK Visa? We want to go there on holiday in March/April 2014. I need to buy my airline tickets soon.

    Is it difficult to get a Visa for adult children who have proof of being full time students at university?

  35. I there. I have been offered the opportunity to work for a family as a tutor for 3 years and travel. I have a south african passport and am needing a greece, EU and UK visa. Will be spending about 3 months in each country for 3 years in total. Please let me know what forms I need to fill in. Very confused!!

  36. Am a Ghanaian who stays in south africa and want to go to london for a visit and want the price involve visa and ticket and the documents needed … i really need this information … thanks

  37. Hi, Thank you for the useful information.

    I am South African, currently working in Amsterdam. Can I apply for a transit visa to the UK in Amsterdam?

  38. What is the current visa-cost for a 5 year visitor’s visa to the UK ? What will happen if my passport expires during the time of my 5 year visitor visa? thank you.

  39. Hie l am a zimbabwean who is currently staying in capetown .l would like to find out how l should apply for the uk general visitor .The same way as south africans of applying on line or its different ?thank you

  40. my son want to play cricket in England but the club he can go and play for does not pay him so he need to get a part time work – can he go and apply for a tourist visa or do he need to apply for a sporting visa

  41. Hello, I Am A Congolese Living Here In S.A, Is It Possible To Me To Apply For A Uk Visitor Visa With My D.R Of Congo Passport?

  42. I am travelling to UK in July and am in the process of applying for visa’s. I am visiting family(my wife’s brother, who has UK citizenship) therefore I am applying for a family visit visa.

    The confusion comes in with my children who are both under 18, and according the the UK Visa Guidelines, I should apply for the child Visa. When doing an on-line application, I get a warning because I chose ‘yes’ to the question “Is the main purpose of your trip to visit/stay with a close family relative who is settled in the UK?”

    Do I continue with the Child Visa, or must I submit aa Family Visa.

    Thanks
    Hemant

  43. I am Thai, and a resident of Spain. I will be travelling via Gatwick to Heathrow, Will I need a visa. And will my baggage be transfered from Gatwick to Heathrow for me

  44. hi
    im a 32 yr old south african would like to go and work in the UK.now im confused please help where do I start?

  45. My husband and I would like to visit our new granddaughter in the uk this december. Is there an reason we would be rejected. This worries us as tickets areexpensive and u can only get your visa closer to the time. We would like to book now.

  46. A quick one please, about buying a ticket to St. Kitts from Nigeria. Will I be needing a London visa to transit from Heatrow to Gatwick, if yes how do I go about it and how long will it take because am on student visa to St. Kitts and have to be in St. Kitts before Monday 12th may. Thank you. Quick reply plsssss.

  47. Plsss I wana know how to get a transit visa from Heatrow to Gatwick, my kid sister is on a student visa to St. Kitts and needs to be in school by Monday 12th may. She will be coming from Nigeria and the link is Lagos- Heatrow- Gatwick- Robert L Bradshaw. Thanks.

  48. Hi i am a south african and want to live in the uk i have 2 kids 11 and 6 my mum in-law lives there and what to know if and how i do this?

  49. I have been trying to find out online and everywhere the process for applying for a visa for my 17 month old daughter, to no avail!

    I am South African and so is my daughter. My wife has an Italian passport and is coming with. I know I need a visa, but how do I apply for the visa for my daughter? Is it a separate application? It seems strange because I cant use my login details for her application, and the application would be treated separately, not ideal! During my application I selected that she was travelling with me and didnt have a visa, but nowhere does it indicate this application would be for her as well. So confused, help appreciated.

    • Sorry forgot to mention its just a tourist holiday visa for 1 week

  50. Hi i am looking to work in the uk and im south african, is a work visa the same as a normal visa and do i need o get a visa for my kids that are between 10 yrs and 9 months old

  51. How would be the best way to immegrate? How would it work if i was seeking assylum?

  52. Im a Zimbabwean guy working and studying in South Africa using a Zimbabwean passport with a work permit and I would love to work in Britain so what are the requirements needed for me to qualify for a work visa

  53. Hi,my dream is to gate a work permit in UK,please help me I’m really want to be in United Kingdom,I got different Jobs that i got,but for now I’m really looking a position of doing a,Mobile Crane Opareta eish i like this position! Olso i got valid qualifications of this Job with code 14 drives license.Please

  54. Hye I am a Zimbabwean and I have a passport with a South African work permit. I want to visit my uncle in UK.So its possible for me to apply a visitor’s visa from South Africa.thank you

    • Hi there,

      The best thing to do is to contact the visa application centre directly:

      https://ukvi-international.faq-help.com/

      South African local telephone opening times 09h00-17h00
      021 300 3758 or 00 44 1243 218 173
      Please note! The above numbers are 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.

      – Liam

  55. I would like to go to England to visit my family

  56. Hey. Wats up pls I need ur help I we like 2 apply 4 a uk student visa and Also a working permit. I rely need ur help dis my number u can inbox or text even call me tank. U so much we I wetting

  57. I am applying for a general visitor’s visa to go to London in September. I just want to know what the daily amount is (in pounds)needed for my trip that needs to be in my account for the visa application? I am going for 5 days.

  58. Pse may u ad vise me what requirements I need as a zimbabwean to apply for a visa. Thank you

  59. we are planning to visit UK end Aug and back 10days later – going on a barge/narrow boat from Leicester and back. what is required for visas for myself and my husband?

  60. Please advise,I obtained a UK Ancestry visa in September 2013 and have yet to travel to the UK,however I will be travelling next month and would like to know if there are any rules about the entry period after receiving the visa i.e. within a certain time?

  61. Hi There,
    I have tried the links or the VFS with no joy. I need to get my family from SA to visit me in the UK and need to get the visas sorted.
    Please can you help or point me in the right direction.
    Regards
    Simon

  62. The links to VFS are ‘broken’ 🙁

  63. Try avoiding to fly British Airways, or Transits through London. You now require a special transit visa when going through London.

    Better to fly with another airline .. through Frankfurt, Zurich, Amsterdam or Paris.

  64. Why are the multiple yr UK visas more expensive than the single one ??

  65. l am a Zimbabwean with south african spouse permit but l want to visit at Uk London , is it possible? and wat a the requrements

  66. I want to get my British passport . As both my mom and dad are from Scotland . How do I do it and where can I go . I stay in Johannesburg south africa ..

  67. To whom it may concern, I was married to a UK citizen, I have an apartment in the UK, 2 of my sisters live, and work there, one is in fact a Prosecutor, my son and his wife live there, and I have a ten year Visa.
    What happens when I have to reapply??
    Besides have my own apartment there, I am completely independant,
    Kind regards,
    Sylvia Ireland

  68. What about renewing British passports in South Africa. I believe we can’t do that anymore. Why???

    • Have just renewed my sons passport and it was back with me in 3 weeks. Very simple and easy. Website http://www.uk.gov. Online application, signed off page, proof of address, old passport, Postnet courier to UK and the normal fee ( paid online with credit card). Hope this helps.

  69. I am currently in the UK and have a visiting visa… How can I change it to a working visa without returning back to southafrica?

    • Hello Qualen, thank you for contacting us! As far as we are aware, it is not possible. However, you can contact 1stcontact – you will be able to find more details here – http://www.1stcontact.com/

      They will definately be able to give you more details and information about this – Almene

  70. Good day

    After I matriculated I received a two year working holiday visa. I matriculated in 2003. I have seen on some sites they state a working holiday visa is still available and on other sites it does not seem available. The information is not consistent. Can you ps advise if this type of visa is still available or not.

    Regarding

  71. Uk and usa visa

  72. Hi there, I have a friend in England and he said there are lot’s of diving work going on. All I have to do is to get a work permit or work visa and a job is secured for me. I only want to work for 6 moths. How do I get a working visa? please help me

    • Hello Emile, unfortunately we cannot assist with work visas – we can only advise on Tourist Visas as well as assist with flights, packages, car hire. You will need to contact the embassy direct for this, Almene

  73. I want a visa to visit Northen Ireland for a month in first week of December 2014 returning first week of January 2015. Please help with all requirements, I stay in South Africa, Durban, province of KwaZulu Natal.

    Kindly expecting to hear from you soon.

    Email: Delani.Gumede@gmail.com
    Telephone:+27 84 363 1365

    • Hello Delani, thank you for contacting us! One of our agents will be in contact with you within the next 24 -48 hours with a quotation for this holiday of yours 🙂

  74. hi am Lolo from Mpumalanga since am far from jhb how can I apply for my visa and how much will it cost me for a month ?

  75. Good day,

    Please could someone let me know if I require an unabridged marriage certificate or if the “standard” abridged certificate will suffice for the spousal visa application?

    Thank you.

  76. Hi

    I am travelling from Thailand to South America via UK. Please advise me accordingly.

    • Hi Shaway! If you’re on a South African passport and you’re not travelling via the USA or Canada on this journey, you’ll need a transit visa to travel via the UK.

  77. Can i apply for a UK Visa with a temp South African passport

    • Hi Danie, unfortunately the UK don’t accept temporary South African passports. Also Home Affairs have reported that they will no longer be issuing these.

  78. Hello i am british born but have lived in South Africa for almost 30 years. I have adopted a south african child and we are going back to England permently asap. I had planned on applying to register my daughter as british before we leave and travel on British passports. but i have found out that registration can take up to 6 months. what then are our options to move back as quickly as possiable? i will have a British passport so i’m no problem. my daughter would have to travel on a South African passport with a visa? what visa? and will it be long enough to get the British registration through? thank you.

  79. Hi, I have a UK study visa that is still valid for another year, however, I’m through with my studies and have been out of the UK for over a year. Would I need new visa as I’m planning a visit to the UK soon.

  80. Hi,

    We are traveling to USA in December. Flight lands at Heathrow, but our connecting flight is from Gatwick, so we’ll have to travel there by shuttle. Do we need as visa, even though we’ll only be in the country for approx 6 hours? Thank you

  81. Please help!

    – My application form has been completed but I cannot print it.
    – I cannot get into a site to book an appointment
    – I cannot get into a site to pay for my Visa

    Would really appreciate your kind assistance.
    Regards, Charmaine

  82. I need to travel to the UK for a short (10 day) course and to see my brother who lives there. My problem is that I work abroad and thus am unable to leave my passport with them while they process my visa….I have tried to find a contact email address on the web pages provided, but you can not get in contact with anyone before you apply, and I can not apply till I get in touch with someone who can tell me if I can apply without handing over my passport…. Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated

    • Hi Ian,

      try this link for contact details. You need to speak to the UK govt official for more info on this. There is a contact form and telephone number available here: https://ukvi-international.faq-help.com/ Unfortunately I don’t know if it’s possible to apply without sending your passport in – I’ve never heard of this being done before.

  83. Hi
    I am a British citizen and looking to get my children visa as their British passports have not arrived . Can I apply for a child visa , and let them enter the UK on their south African passports with a child visa ? Can we enter on a child visa with a one way ticket ? How long are they allowed to stay in The UK on these visa ?

    • Hi Danielle, the visa they apply for depends on the duration of the stay. If it’s a short stay (6 months or less) they apply for a family visit visa. If they’re going to be staying there indefinitely (moving to the UK), they’ll apply for that specific visa. Neither visa requires that you have purchased travel before your trip, though I am sure that with the former, you will need to have a return trip back to SA to be allowed in to the UK. The latter, because they would be moving to the UK, they would not need a return ticket, to my knowledge. You can check this with the handling agent when making your application.

      The family visit visa takes about 3 weeks and costs about R1500 and upwards depending on the length of validity of the visa (6 months is the minimum). The visa for moving to the UK costs around R15,700 and takes around 12 weeks to complete. For more information visit: https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa/y/south-africa/family

      Or contact the handling agency Teleperformance: http://www.ge2za.tpcontact.co.uk/visa-enquiries

  84. Hi
    I have a study permit in south africa.now i getting married in u.k.my girlfriend is comeing to visit south africa and after that we get married as a south African marriage system.
    So is it possible i can apply for a u.k visa from south africa? If yes then what is the requirements for visa?

    • Hi Sufain, unfortunately I don’t have any info for you on this as your situation is quite complicated. I would suggest contacting a visa agent for assistance, they may charge you a service fee though: ROSE visas: 0210014440 or visa express: http://visaexpress.co.za/

  85. i am going for 10 days for chrismas holiday with my two thaugter! to visit mysister familly, when can upply for the.visas? i m johannesburg! the visas fees.is desame whit the miners?

    • Hi Gaby! You can apply now already if you’re travelling in December. The visa takes about 2 weeks to process usually, obviously at busier times it can take longer though.

      The visa fee is the same for adults as it is for minors currently.

  86. can one apply for a visa with a temp passport?

    • Hi Liza, the UK doesn’t recognise South African temporary passports. Home affairs has also said they will stop producing them as a permanent passport only takes a few days to produce (usually). You will have to apply with a permanent South African passport with at least 6 months validity beyond your intended date of return to SA.

  87. We are going to the UK in Dec, my sister lives there and is UK citizen / passport holder, next year there is a family wedding there, can I get a 2 year multiple entry visa for the UK for my family, we have been before but not with the kids age 15 and 11, the UK Visa website only shows a 6 month option, so can we get longer visa with multiple entries, as we are going to Europe in in Dec too but fly back out of London to SA, thanks hope you can help with advice

    • Hi Roland, there is a long stay version of the visa, it’s just a lot more expensive. A 2 year validity will cost around R5300 per person and you may need to provide evidence as to why you need such a long validity on your visa (eg family over there). You would need to double-check with the handling agency what documents they’d want you to bring along to prove that though.

  88. HELLO, I’VE BEEN TRYING TO BOOK AN APPOINTMENT FOR MY MOTHER AND I BUT I COULD ONLY GET PASS THROUGH THE SIGNING OF THE DECLARATION, AS ITS SAYS ‘ERROR’ WHEN I TRY BOOK AN APPOINTMENT. I HAVE CONTACTED THEM VIA EMAIL AND THEY SAY ITS BECAUSE OF THE BROWSER I,M USING AND THAT I SHOULD USE INTERNET EXPLORER 10,9 OR 8, FIREFOX 25, CHROME 29, 30. I URGENTLY NEED A GENERAL VISITOR VISA

    • Hi Abigail! Thanks for reaching out. I wish there was something I could do for you, but this is the only channel you can use to apply for a visa. If it won’t work on your computer, perhaps try using someone else’s to access the site? Unfortunately we have no control over how their site works and can’t fix it for you as they are in no way affiliated with Travelstart.

  89. Hi Paul , I am going to aplly for an Ancestral visa , for which I qualify, I know it has to be activated within 3 months of issue, my question is , once activated , how long can you be out of the UK in year 1 ?, The max you can be out of the UK in the 5 years is 450 days?

    • Hi Richard! That’s a really good question and I actually don’t know the answer to it off hand. I am going to suggest that you contact a visa handling agent to get this answer as quite frankly I don’t know. One of the most reputable (and I know for a fact he’s dealt with these sorts of visas before) is Jan at ROSE Visas. Give him/them a call on 0210014440 or the Joburg office on 0100015060

  90. Hi, I am trying to find out a bit more about the Ancestral Visa option for us to live and work in the UK. We qualify for this visa through my husband’s grandfather who was born in Kent, Uk in 1895. It seems as though the companies are not keen to interview you if you are not already in possession of a visa that qualifies you to live and work in the UK. We would therefore like to apply for the visa and then activate it by visiting family there and getting a job before resigning in SA. What we need to find out is how long you are allowed to be out of the UK in your first year?

    • Hi Ilse! I’m not sure if your query is related to Richard’s query earlier as it’s the exact same question.

      I’m going to have to refer you to one of the big visa experts, Jan at ROSE visas. Reach him/them on 0210014440 or the Joburg office on 0100015060

  91. Hi
    My husband and I both have UK Passports, our two children aged 5 and 10 have South African passports. My husband is an artist and we are wanting to go to the UK for at least 6 months, hoping to make good contacts and hoping to stay longer if possible, working and living. We are not wanting to emigrate though.
    1. Which is the best visa to apply for for our children?

    We would prefer not to have to come back to SA to reapply for new visas if things are going well.

    2. Would they be able to get the visa for “joining a family member” (which would be us, although travelling together)? What do you advise? And what are the costs?

    3. When the Visa officials want bank statements showing enough money to support dependents on visas, how much do they want to see there?

    Thank you.

    • Hi Carol, thanks for the really interesting question!

      To be 100% honest, I don’t know the answer to your question precisely. I would think they apply to join a family member, you can find more information here: https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa/y/south-africa/family It should cost around R1450 and upwards depending on the length of stay. As far as I know they need to make the application from SA, so they wouldn’t be able to reapply from the UK. It may be different because you have UK passports, but I’m not sure.

      As for the amount you need per day, the EU usually recommends around 40 Euros per person per day for a tourist stay, but the UK doesn’t specify.

      I might suggest that you contact a visa agency to ask their advice and assistance as any slip-up can end up with you losing a lot of money and not getting a visa. We usually recommend ROSE visas who have plenty of experience in this field, you’ll still need to pay the official handling agent too for their service if you go this route – unfortunately not much comes for free these days!

      ROSE visas: 0100015060 (Joburg), 0210014440 (Cape Town)

      Best of luck!

  92. Also wondering about the possibility of “Right of Abode” for our children? Our UK passports are by descent.

  93. Hi Nick

    I am trying to find out how much money will be enough to take to the UK? for my ancestry visa, i a solid job offer as well?

    Hope you can assist me

    Thanks
    Claire

    • Hi Claire,

      Thanks for getting in touch with Travelstart!

      There is no hard and fast rule but rather Ancestry Visa applications are reviewed on a case by case basis. In general, the UK government does not want to admit people who don’t have enough money to support themselves (and any dependents) until they get a job.

      You mentioned you have have a solid job to go to which is great and stands in your favor, so they will not likely concern themselves greatly with your financial situation.

      As a rule of thumb, for a single person (no dependents) they currently want to see proof of £1700 in savings for the Tier 5 — Youth Mobility Visa. Therefore, if you had at least this amount (though ideally a little more) and can show that you have a solid job offer (by providing a legal contract, email address and contact person for example), you should have a good chance of success.

      Best of luck and enjoy working abroad!

      Marcelle

  94. Could you please advise me as I have not been successful in getting my UK Visa and was looking for legal advise in this regard.

    Your assistance will be appreciated.

    • Hi Coral,

      Thanks for reaching out!

      Sorry to hear that you were not successful in getting your visa.

      If your application has been refused and you still wish to travel to the UK you may either appeal the decision or a new application can be made.

      If you decide to make a new application your previous immigration history will be taken into account.

      If you believe that the decision made was incorrect you should appeal this decision to the Appeals Officer.

      In some cases not all aspects of an application will have been checked before arriving at the initial decision. During the appeal process the entire application will be re-examined in full.

      We suggest that you contact them directly to see the way forward with regards to this.

      Please see the link below, this should also give one further information

      https://www.gov.uk/browse/visas-immigration/immigration-appeals

      Best of luck!

  95. Hey All,

    Please may I have your help here. I am going to the UK next week and I am flying with my BRITISH PASSPORT. As a South African I know I don’t need a Visa, but some people have been telling me about some letter of permission I need to do so?

    Anyone else heard of this ?? Please help..

    I have a valid SA and British Passports.

    • Hi James,

      Thanks for getting in touch!

      I have not heard any news of this, however I would strongly advise that you contact the British Consulate, see details below.

      And they will be able to advise accordingly if any letter or further information will need to be provided when wanting to depart South Africa.

      British Consulate in Cape Town
      Address: 15th Floor Southern Life Centre 8 Riebeeck Street , 8001 Cape Town
      Tel: 27 (0) 21 405 2400

      Best of luck!

    • Thanks Marcelle Fenix

      I have chatted around and I have heard its actually a requirement to RETURN to South Africa as a “British Citizen” . When returning to South Africa, can I not just use my SA Passport?

      I will call the British Consulate now.

      Thanks!

    • Hi James,

      Thanks for your reply.

      To my knowledge when departing the UK you will do so on your British passport. When flying into South Africa, you will present your South African passport at Immigration’s.

      Yes I think its best that you contact the Consulate just to make double sure. As one does not want any unpleasant surprises at the airport.

      You welcome to let us know, what they have advised. It would be interesting to know.

      Have a great day!

  96. Hi there ,
    I am currently applying for a settlement visa, my husband is British by birth, we have a 3 month old baby boy , we’ve applied for his British passport and just received it last week. I have 2 children from a previous relationship. I have gone to the high courts seeking permission to take them with . I have been granted permission. I have done my TB tests and have the certificate, I have also completed the IELTS and I’m awaiting my certificate. We meet the financial requirements and have our own house. I have a few issues though ,I hope you can help. Firstly I would like to know if i need to have the TB tests done for my kids aged 3 and 6 yrs. Secondly what supporting documents should i send with their application. Thirdly I have come to sign the declaration of the visa just before booking an appointment and I am unable to do this , I am stuck can you help with telling me how I should go about doing this for the kids and myself’s application. Fourthly , if the kids need the tb test done should I send the certificate with?

    Your help will be highly appreciated.

    This is a very stressful time for me and my husband

    Thank you

    • Hi Accia,

      Thanks for getting in touch!

      As we do not specialize in this area of one wanting to Immigrate to the UK I would advise you contact the British Consulate for all quires relating to the above, (Medical and special documents) needed.

      Any person regardless of their age immigrating to the UK might need medical clearance, but I would just double check. You welcome to contact a Travel Clinic or the Embassy.

      Rosebank Travel Clinic: 011 880 5349

      I have provided two links below which should be quite useful, when needing further information.

      https://www.gov.uk/browse/visas-immigration/immigration-appeals

      and

      http://www.ge2za.tpcontact.co.uk/visa-centres

      Alternatively you are welcome to contact Rose (Republic of Service Excellence) they specialize in visa and can advise what all is required.

      Johannesburg Regional Office

      Tel: 0100015060
      Email: jean@visaservice.co.za

      DirectWeb: http://www.rosejnb.co.za
      Regional Manager: Jean Bothma

      Cape Town Regional Office

      Tel: 0210014440
      Email: carl@visaservice.co.za
      DirectWeb: http://www.rosecpt.co.za
      Manager: Carl Reynolds

      Durban Regional Office
      Tel: 031 001 3590

      Best of luck and hope all works out.

  97. On 29/10/2014 I submitted my visa application and did my biometric.
    According to their website ‘track my application’ a decision was made
    07/11/2014. 32 Days later and no emai/ movement on web or Visa yet.
    I heard 12 – 24 months, is this true?
    Thank you.

    • Hi Vienna,

      Great to hear from you!

      There’s no official time-frame mentioned anywhere how long it takes to process a UK visa application but its usually about 2 weeks.

      You can apply for a visa up to 3 months before your date of travel to the UK. The processing time should NOT take 3 months. The Embassy gives one enough time to apply in advance so should the application not be successful, one can re-apply.

      If you have waited over 6 weeks I would recommend you contact the British Embassy directly, to see where the hold up is.

      Best of luck!

  98. Oops!
    Meant 12 – 24 weeks not months

  99. My wife & I intend retiring to N Ireland at the end of next year. I am South African and my wife is British. Would I be able to apply for National Health benefits. We are both active and healthy, but as we age, could need the facility.

  100. Gud day sir

    i want to visit London DEC 29 can i still apply now..this is the only week am free to apply am just going for 15days, to see my friends over there

  101. Hi! My family and I (Me, wife and two boys age 12 and 15 will be visiting England at the end of April. I am trying to complete the online applications. Do i need to fill in a seperate application for each ot my two boys? If yes, what do I fill in at the employment and income sections for each of them as they are still underage and dependant. propably the most confusing process I’ve ever had to go through!

    • Hi Philip, yes, it is confusing. I would suggest that you simply fill in “scholar” or something like that in that field. Alternatively, double-check with the official handling agents: http://www.ge2za.tpcontact.co.uk/

      Good luck with your applications!

    • Hi Philip, was anyone able to assist you? I’m going through the same process with my family now. It seems ridiculous that they don’t have a single application for a family travelling together such as the SHENGEN states do. When we travelled to Italy there was one joint application.

    • Hi Lawrence

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I see Nick replied to Philip saying he would need to complete a separate application form for each person.

      To my knowledge the same applies when completing the application form for a Schengen visa.

      You welcome to contact the official visa agency or Embassy direct to confirm this.

  102. Hi there,

    I have cousin who is a citizen of the UK and I’m am a South African and I want to stay and work the for at least 5 years.Which type of Visa may I have to apply for and the cost currently or what is the process that needs to be followed.

    • Hi Kenny, you will need to apply for a work permit and for that you will need to have been offered formal employment by a UK company. It is not possible to simply apply for a work visa and arrive in the UK and look for work, they are very strict about giving employment to UK citizens first, EU citizens second and the rest of the world after that. You can find more information here: https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa/y/south-africa/work/longer_than_six_months

      The cost is around R9200 for that visa, once you’ve been offered employment in the UK and both yourself and the company you’re working for have followed the necessary steps.

  103. I can’t believe it, after 2 months, numerous calls/ emails I got a call from Teleperformance
    Sandton on Monday 05/01/2015 to collect my passport/s
    Pretoria issued the visa 05/11/2014 but according to Teleperformance, Pretoria
    couldn’t forward my passports because they misplaced them.
    Because of their negligence, I now only have 4 months remaining on a 6 month
    multiple visa.
    No apology, nothing !!
    They caused me so much stress and inconvenience. I could have gone to my 2nd
    home/ country in Canada over the Festive Season.

  104. Hi Nick. I have a current and valid 10 year UK visa of which 5 years is still to come. But my passport has now been stolen. How do I go about getting a new Visa stamp for the remaining 5 years in the new passport that I have applied for?

    • Hi Eugene, thanks for getting in touch! Sorry to hear for this unfortunate situation of your passport being stolen. I would recommend you contact the UK Embassy and they should have your details on record of your 10 year visa on file. They will be able to advise you accordingly on the way forward and assist accordingly by given the necessary documents / stamp. Best of luck!

  105. I have received my sponsor certificate for my tier5 visa and have begun the application process but cannot find info with regard how to apply online for my wife as a dependent on my tier 5 visa. Must i first complete my application and do hers once mine has been awarded? Is it sufficient to just complete my application with her details under the family section and include her passport when applying? Or must i complete a seperate application for her, if so what visa must she apply for? This is rather urgent as administrative bungling in the uk has meant we have to complete the process and arrive for work before 1 march

    • Hi Paul, thanks for getting in touch! For this query I would advise you contact the British Embassy who can give you all the most up to date information and correct procedures to follow. Especially if you are pushed for time, one wants to do the necessary application correct, first time around. Their contact details are:

      Phone:
      Enquiries: +27 (0) 12 421 7500
      Passport Enquiries: +44 (0) 208 082 4743
      Visa Enquiries from within South Africa: 0861 837 221
      Visa Enquiries from outside South Africa: +27 (0) 11 3996373

      I hope the above helps and best of luck!

  106. HI PAUL I WANT TO APPLY FOR A ANCESTERAL VISA MY DAD AND MY STEP MUM AND ALL MY SIBLINGS
    ARE BRITISH HOW DO I APPLY AND WHAT DO I NEED AND DO I GO TO THE EMBASSY TO APPLY?

    • Hi Zunaid, Thanks for getting in touch! Check the link for further information:

      http://www.ge2za.tpcontact.co.uk/visa-centres

      or

      https://www.visa4uk.fco.gov.uk/

      There you will be able to do the necessary online application. It should also advise the the correct procedure to follow and what documents are required.

      You are also welcome to contact them direct on:

      British Consulate in Cape Town
      Address: 15th Floor Southern Life Centre 8 Riebeeck Street , 8001 Cape Town
      Tel: 27 (0) 21 405 2400

      British Consulate in Pretoria
      Address: 255 Hill Street, Arcadia, 2 Pretoria
      Tel: 27 (0) 12 421 7500
      Fax: 27 (0) 12 421 7555

      Best of Luck!

  107. Hi I am a South African and would like to apply for a UK holiday working Visa, I am clueless as to how I can go about it.
    Can you recommend an agent or company that can help me with the entire process?

    • Hi Khodani,

      Great to hear from you! We recommend you check out the following UK Visa and Immigration website:

      http://www.ge2za.tpcontact.co.uk/visa-centres this should give all the information you need.

      You also welcome to contact Rose (Republic of Service Excellence) who specializes in visa’s and should also be able to assist or the British Embassy direct. Contact details below are:

      British Consulate in Pretoria
      Address: 255 Hill Street, Arcadia, 2 Pretoria
      Tel: 27 (0) 12 421 7500

      and

      Rose – Republic Of Service Excellence

      Johannesburg Regional Office

      Tel: 0100015060
      Email: jean@visaservice.co.za
      MainWeb: http://www.visaservice.co.za
      DirectWeb: http://www.rosejnb.co.za

  108. My mother is visiting us soon (for 6months) here in the UK. She will be staying with us, no expenses etc apart from spending money. How much money does she need to show in her account? Do we need to send a letter as proof of her staying here? I’m settled and husband is British. Thanks.

    • Hi Sam,

      Great to hear from you.

      The British Consulate will need to see a letter of invitation along with a few other documents (bank statements, letter of employment etc) however they will be able to give all this information

      I would suggest you go to the following link to get the most up to date information and procedures to follow

      http://www.ge2za.tpcontact.co.uk/visa-centres

      or contact them directly on:

      British Consulate in Pretoria
      Address: 255 Hill Street, Arcadia, 2 Pretoria
      Tel: 27 (0) 12 421 7500

      Best of luck!

  109. My eldest daughter married and living in UK with her British husband and she has ILR Visa and my youngest daughter and her family have applied through her husband ancestral visa to go to UK.
    How can we as parents join them in UK but able to work as we still young enough to work and not be dependants.
    Please advise as both our daughters and grandchildren are all in the UK and we want to join them.
    Many Thanks

    • Hi Anna,

      Thanks for getting in touch!

      For this I recommend you contact the British Consultant directly and they will be able to advise accordingly.

      You also welcome to go onto the following link insert the necessary inforamtion requested, and it should also be able to advise if you can apply for indefinite leave to remain.

      https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa

      British Consulate in Cape Town
      Address: 15th Floor Southern Life Centre 8 Riebeeck Street , 8001 Cape Town
      Tel: 27 (0) 21 405 2400

      British Consulate in Pretoria
      Address: 255 Hill Street, Arcadia, 2 Pretoria
      Tel: 27 (0) 12 421 7500

      Best of Luck!

  110. I’ve started the process of applying for a UK visa (tourist) as I’d like to go on holiday to England for a week (first time). I’m travelling on SA passport. I’ve completed the online application, but can go no further than the SIGN DECLARATION page as there are no means of signing electronically. I have contacted several institutions including British Embassy, but have no luck so far. I have a reference number. Any suggestions?

    • Hi Jackie,

      Thanks for reaching out.

      This is an interesting one, as we have never had this query with regards to someone having problems signing electronically. You might be having technical issues.

      I would suggest you contact

      Visa Box 021 551 8829

      They assist with UK applications and might be able to shed some light. You can ask to speak to Emilio or Andrea.

      Best of Luck and have an amazing time in the UK

  111. Hi There. if you are going to the Uk from South Africa!!!!!. My son is in matric and is 17 at the moment , so we have to have our paperwork in before he turns 18 but in fact we would prefer to only leave at the end of the year. Is this possible or do you need to leave within a certain amount of time after receiving your ancestral visa?
    Thank you for your time.

    • Hi Sherryl,

      For this visa query I would suggest you contact the British Consulate directly to get the most up to date information and correct procedures to follow. They would be able to advise accordingly.

      British Consulate in Cape Town
      Address: 15th Floor Southern Life Centre 8 Riebeeck Street , 8001 Cape Town
      Tel: 27 (0) 21 405 2400

      British Consulate in Pretoria
      Address: 255 Hill Street, Arcadia, 2 Pretoria
      Tel: 27 (0) 12 421 7500

      Best of Luck!

  112. Hi Marcelle
    I have completed all the necessary documentation for my husband’s visa but they want him to sign the online document- not sure how that works?

    • Hi Mrs Crawford,

      Thanks for reaching out.

      Are you having problems signing electronically? We had a query like this the other day. It could be technical issues.

      I would suggest contacting a Visa Box, and hopefully they would be able to shed some light. Their contact details are as follows:

      Visa Box 021 551 8829

      They assist with UK applications, one can ask to speak to Emilio or Andrea.

      Best of Luck

  113. Hello
    We’re planning to travel to London end of March with our baby. He’ll be 4 months then. Does he need a tourist visa or will his passport (which we still need to get!) suffice?
    Thanks

    • Hi Danelle,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      Yes any South African passport holder regardless of age will need to obtain a visa in order to enter the UK.

  114. hi

    I would like to visit some old school friends in london. I was in uk on holiday visa from aug 2005
    to sept 2007 which means I overstayed for 3 weeks. will i be able to enter? where can I apply
    for visitor visa? looking to go for 3weeks. Which is best time and off peak summer time.

    thanks
    Jaco

    • Hi Jaco,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      This really depends on the British Embassy if they will grant a visa as well as the immigration officials as all this information (if one has overstayed) is kept on record.

      You are welcome to contact the British Consulate in Cape Town

      Tel: 27 (0) 21 405 2400

      Alternatively you may contact Visa Box on 021 551 8829

      They assist with UK applications and might be able to shed some light

      Best of Luck!

  115. i’m a British Citizen. My two kids are SA Citizens, both under 18. Do they need visas?

    • Hi Glenn,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      If your children are flying on SA passports they would need a visa to enter the UK.

      You are welcome to contact the British Embassy to get further information.

      British Consulate in Cape Town
      Address: 15th Floor Southern Life Centre 8 Riebeeck Street , 8001 Cape Town
      Tel: 27 (0) 21 405 2400

      British Consulate in Pretoria
      Address: 255 Hill Street, Arcadia, 2 Pretoria
      Tel: 27 (0) 12 421 7500

  116. thank you, will do

  117. I always understood that there were no visa costs for a minor with an SA passport if both parents have UK passports. Our 15 year old son is going on a high school exchange from April to June and the visa cost is over R5000. What type of visa would he need to get?

    • Hi Joanne,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      A high school exchange, sounds like a great opportunity 🙂

      For this visa query I would suggest you contact the British Consulate and they should be able to give you the most up to date information.

      British Consulate in Cape Town
      Address: 15th Floor Southern Life Centre 8 Riebeeck Street , 8001 Cape Town
      Tel: 27 (0) 21 405 2400

      British Consulate in Pretoria
      Address: 255 Hill Street, Arcadia, 2 Pretoria
      Tel: 27 (0) 12 421 7500

      Alternatively contact Contact Visa Box, they assist with UK visa applications and might be able to shed some light

      You can ask to speak to Emilio or Andrea.

      Their contact number is: 021 551 8829

      Best of Luck!

  118. Thanks so much for this incredibly helpful post. It’s certainly gone a way to demystifying the visa application process.

    I did have one query though.

    I’m applying for a six month paid internship in London, starting in August this year. What visa would I need?

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Best wishes.

    • Hi Insaaf,

      Thanks for the interesting question.

      For this visa query I would suggest you contact the British Consulate and they would be able to shed more light on what visa is required when applying for a six month internship.

      British Consulate in Cape Town
      Address: 15th Floor Southern Life Centre 8 Riebeeck Street , 8001 Cape Town
      Tel: 27 (0) 21 405 2400

      British Consulate in Pretoria
      Address: 255 Hill Street, Arcadia, 2 Pretoria
      Tel: 27 (0) 12 421 7500
      Fax: 27 (0) 12 421 7555

      Sounds like a great experience and offer!

      Best of luck!

  119. Hi

    My husband is a British citizen living in South Africa.
    We will be doing quite a bit of travelling to the UK and Europe over the next 2 years.

    Will the fact that I am married to a British citizen make any difference to the Visitors Visa application process?

    • Hi Jasmin,

      Thank you for the interesting question.

      I have heard different answers to this, where some people say it does help in some cases others have said no.

      It is best to contact the consulates direct where you are applying for a visa to see what information they would provide.

      Best of Luck!

  120. My mother-in-law is coming over to the UK from SA for about 3 weeks and she has just sent me an email saying that she needs a Letter of Invitation, is that right? I thought you only needed that if you were coming to the UK to live. Can anyone help, many thanks Sara

    • Hi Sara,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      This is correct, your mother in law does need a letter of invitation. When applying for a UK or Schengen Visa, any visa for that matter, a letter of invitation of proof of paid accommodation is one of the required documents that needs to be presented at the time of applying for a visa.

  121. Hi there. After doing the online application, do you know approximately how long after that the appointment for payment will be booked? is it quite shortly after the online application? We are planning on going to the uk in just over a month and are just waiting to confirm our accommodation to do the online application, I just hope theres enough time. Thanks.

    • Hi Clare,

      Thanks for reaching out.

      These really depends on the availability / time slots the Consulate has at the time. Approaching school holidays it could be a busy season and could be a back log.

      I would suggest contacting the British Consulate direct and they should be able to give the most up to date information.

      British Consulate in Cape Town
      Address: 15th Floor Southern Life Centre 8 Riebeeck Street , 8001 Cape Town
      Tel: 27 (0) 21 405 2400

      British Consulate in Pretoria
      Address: 255 Hill Street, Arcadia, 2 Pretoria
      Tel: 27 (0) 12 421 7500
      Fax: 27 (0) 12 421 7555

      Best of Luck!

  122. Hi, Wondering if you could be any help. My mother (a UK citizen through ancestry) is relocating to the UK, and has a job offer there. I am a single, full-time mother of two small children (1 and 3 years) and we are largely dependent on my mother’s income. I qualify for a UK Ancestry visa through my grandfather and would like to relocate to the UK with my mother (my daughter’s grandmother is an extremely important person in their lives). I am an independent artist (so my earnings are erratic and I have no real ’employment history’ as such) and I do hope to work in the UK (whatever work is necessary). I would like to know how much money (even a ballpark figure) I would need to have for myself and my two children to prove that we can sustain ourselves until I can find work?

    Many thanks

    • Hi Ruth,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      Unfortunately we do not specialize in this area and for this I would suggest you contact the British Consulate who might be able to assist with any queries you might have. They should be able to give the most up to date information on people wanting to immigrate to the UK.

      British Consulate in Cape Town
      Address: 15th Floor Southern Life Centre 8 Riebeeck Street , 8001 Cape Town
      Tel: 27 (0) 21 405 2400

      British Consulate in Pretoria
      Address: 255 Hill Street, Arcadia, 2 Pretoria
      Tel: 27 (0) 12 421 7500
      Fax: 27 (0) 12 421 7555

      Best of Luck!

  123. i applied for a settlement visa to be with my wife in UK, i got an email stating that my visa application as been resolved, but i do not know where i have to pick up my passport and documents. also i dont know if my application as been resolved means my visa has been granted, i am nervous so is my wife

    • Hi Yinka,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      For this you would either need to contact the company who you applied through or the British Embassy direct.

      They should be able to answer any queries you might have about where to collect your documents and if your visa has been granted.

      Best of Luck!

  124. Hi

    when i go into the uk government website , what selections do i make to book an appointment for an ancestry visa to the uk. i know i qualify, i am just confused about which selections to make .

    Thanks

    • Hi Jeanette,

      Thanks for reaching out.

      For this you would need to contact the British Consulate, they would be able to assist on where to go on the website to make an appointment.

      Their contact details are:

      British Consulate in Cape Town
      Address: 15th Floor Southern Life Centre 8 Riebeeck Street , 8001 Cape Town
      Tel: 27 (0) 21 405 2400

      British Consulate in Pretoria
      Address: 255 Hill Street, Arcadia, 2 Pretoria
      Tel: 27 (0) 12 421 7500
      Fax: 27 (0) 12 421 7555

  125. Good day

    I’m a south African who is interested to work in London, what must i do? which agencies should i contact to get the Visa and work?

    • Hi there,

      Thanks for reaching out.

      You welcome to contact Rose (Republic of Service Excellence) on: 0100015060 who specialize in visas or Visa Box: 021 551 8829
      they might also be able to shed some light and assist with further information on who can assist you with a working visa for the UK.

      Best of Luck!

  126. I’m looking for general workers in London. i tried to call this no. but they are offering professional work.

    • Hi there,

      As we do not specialize in this I am not able to recommend any companies which we would know are reputable.

      Maybe if you go online (Google) to search. However I would suggest doing back ground search to make sure the company you contact is reputable.

      Best of Luck!

  127. I currently hold a 6 month visitors visa and will not be able to apply for another one within the same year. Am I able to apply to have the 6 months visa changed to 1 year visa? Any feedback will appreciated.

    • Hi Michelle,

      Thanks for getting in touch and the interesting question.

      I am not sure, I have heard that one can extend a visa. But I am not sure if this was a Schengen visa or UK visa, and this was sometime back.

      I suggest you contact the British Embassy and they would be able to give the most up to date information if this is permitted or not.

      British Consulate in Cape Town
      Address: 15th Floor Southern Life Centre 8 Riebeeck Street , 8001 Cape Town
      Tel: 27 (0) 21 405 2400

      British Consulate in Pretoria
      Address: 255 Hill Street, Arcadia, 2 Pretoria
      Tel: 27 (0) 12 421 7500
      Fax: 27 (0) 12 421 7555

      Best of Luck!

  128. Hi, i am a South African living in Johannesburg and im planning to study in Uk, Coventry.

    The University suggested that i should get a tier-4 visa, however i do not know where to apply and the prices involved. Please help.

    Thanks.

    • Hi Tebogo,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      The following link should help with visa costs: https://visa-fees.homeoffice.gov.uk/

      Alternatively you are welcome to contact the British Embassy direct to get the necessary information required.

      British Consulate in Cape Town
      Address: 15th Floor Southern Life Centre 8 Riebeeck Street , 8001 Cape Town
      Tel: 27 (0) 21 405 2400

      British Consulate in Pretoria
      Address: 255 Hill Street, Arcadia, 2 Pretoria
      Tel: 27 (0) 12 421 7500
      Fax: 27 (0) 12 421 7555

      Best of Luck!

  129. Hi I would like to knw if I can qualifier to apply an UK visa in SA as I have an SA work permit and which kind of visa should I apply for as I want to go and stay and get a job in UK am an Zimbabwean

    • Hi Audrey,

      Thanks for getting in touch. If you would like to get a work visa for the UK you will need to have a job there before applying for the visa and this company will need to vouch for you.

      As we are a South African based company we specialize in people holding South African passports.

      I would suggest you contact the British Embassy for further information with regards to your query, they should be able to assist.

      British Consulate in Cape Town
      Address: 15th Floor Southern Life Centre 8 Riebeeck Street , 8001 Cape Town
      Tel: 27 (0) 21 405 2400

      British Consulate in Pretoria
      Address: 255 Hill Street, Arcadia, 2 Pretoria
      Tel: 27 (0) 12 421 7500
      Fax: 27 (0) 12 421 7555

      Best of Luck!

  130. UK visa application for a minor with SA passport – both parents have UK passports. What are the fees involved, if any? I think at one stage there were no fees, but has that scenario changed now? I can’t seem find a clear answer anywhere.

    • Hi Joanne,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      The below website might be able to assist with your query one what the visa fees would cost.

      https://visa-fees.homeoffice.gov.uk/

      If you do not come right, I would suggest contacting the Embassy direct and they should be able to give the most up to date information.

      British Consulate in Cape Town
      Address: 15th Floor Southern Life Centre 8 Riebeeck Street , 8001 Cape Town
      Tel: 27 (0) 21 405 2400

      British Consulate in Pretoria
      Address: 255 Hill Street, Arcadia, 2 Pretoria
      Tel: 27 (0) 12 421 7500
      Fax: 27 (0) 12 421 7555

      Best of Luck!

  131. Hi there. We are dual nationals… SA and UK with both passports planning to visit UK this year. I have lived in SA since 1970, visiting UK once in March 2014. I left OR Tambo on my British Passport and returned on the same. My daughter, lived in UK for a number of years and travelled to SA on her UK passport. MY QUESTIONS: 1) Does either of us need any visa to go to UK this year if we travel on our SA passports? 2) As we are both SA citizens, if we use our UK passports we shouldn’t have needed an Extended Stay Visa for SA should we? NOTE: I couldn’t get a UK visa on my SA passport, as I was not born in SA, therefore I had to apply for my UK passport in order to travel there. My daughter was born in SA and has UK citizenship by Naturalisation.

    • Hi Gina,

      Thanks for reaching out.

      If passengers are holding dual citizenship, both have a valid SA and UK passport, they will not require a visa to enter the UK.

      When you depart South Africa you leave on your SA passport, and enter the UK on your British Passport. When departing the UK you leave on your British passport and enter back into SA on your South African passport.

      No visa would be required to my knowledge. However as we do not specialize in visa’s I would suggest you contact the British Embassy and they should be able to assist with any queries you might have.

      British Consulate in Cape Town
      Address: 15th Floor Southern Life Centre 8 Riebeeck Street , 8001 Cape Town
      Tel: 27 (0) 21 405 2400

      British Consulate in Pretoria
      Address: 255 Hill Street, Arcadia, 2 Pretoria
      Tel: 27 (0) 12 421 7500
      Fax: 27 (0) 12 421 7555

  132. Would it be possible to go to the UK and have my baby there? Then reurn to SA. I hold a UK passport and currently living in SA. Would it also be possible to take my son with who’s 5 years old on a 6 month holiday visa? Currently 25 weeks pregnant.

    • Hi Sam, thanks for getting in touch. As a UK citizen, you should be entitled to medical care there, so you could have the baby there to the best of my knowledge. As to whether that baby would be registered as a UK citizen, I have no idea. Unfortunately I cannot say for sure and I would suggest you contact the home office in the UK for clarity: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/home-office

      With regards to the visa for your kids, that should be possible, though you will need to provide certain documentation, but a child visitor visa should be possible. You’ll probably need to provide proof of how they’ll be supported and where they’ll be staying there. You have to make enquiries and apply through the official handling agency Teleperformance: https://uk.tlscontact.com/za/cpt/splash.php

  133. Hi Marcelle

    2 of my performers are suppose to be travelling tonight for a concert in the UK however they where told their visa’s was not ready at Sandton Consulate, the application was still in Pretoria thou we have applied since 12 March 2015. The travel date was mentioned on the application and as a sponsor I need to find out what is causing the delay as they consulate in Sandton could not specify.

    How do I find out about their Visa as I need to make arrangements for the travel,

    Urgent assistance will be appreciated.

    Kind regards
    Morongwa

    • Hi Morongwa, thanks for reaching out. Sorry to hear about your very difficult situation. The people you should contact is the official handling agency Teleperformance as they handle all queries and the applications for visas. You can also try using the numbers on this page to get hold of the UK immigration services: https://ukvi-international.faq-help.com/

  134. hi, i would like to know if there is a form i can download for third party collection and if so where can i get it from?
    thanks
    regards

    • Hi Lerato, as far as I am aware, you would simply inform the visa application centre that you’d like someone to collect. The visa handling agency Teleperformance does offer a courier service where they’ll send your passport back to you for a fee though. I’m not aware of an online form in which you can specify who will collect though. You could try contacting UK immigration to see if they have any information on this, but I’m not sure they would: https://ukvi-international.faq-help.com/

  135. hi, thanks for the info,do you perhaps have the visa application centre’s contact details in johannesburg

  136. thanks

  137. Hi Nick.
    I needed UK and Schengen visas simultaneously but I am having one passport. My days to travel in on 25th April. Earlier, I have made two appointments for UK (13th April) and Denmark (15th April). on 13th April appointment, a consultant at the Teleperformance advised that first submit my passport to VFS-Denmark, and then collect it back (from Denmark embassy), for re-booking of UK visa appointment. I did that. Denmark embassy has replied me and willing to give back the passport but, getting UK visa handling agency– the Teleperformance (https://uk.tlscontact.com/za/pry/inquiry.php) is a big issue now. Their feedback/email not working. I do not know how to re-book another appointment with Teleperformance. Pls. Don’t they (Teleperformance) have, a call center or email to deal appropriately with this challenging scenario, as mine. Thank you.

    • Hi Bello, as far as I know there is only that contact form (I don’t have a number for them directly). There is a UK Visa contact number, though I think this goes directly to the UK home office but maybe they can help you with more details: https://ukvi-international.faq-help.com/

  138. On 8 May I will fly to Germany and then to Italy (business trip) on British Airways via London. I will leave Rome on 24 May to come back to the UK and stay in Coventry for Business meetings. I am planning to apply for a Business visa. Will it cover me for the in-transit pass on 8 May? Or do I need to have a transit visa for the 8th AND a business visa for the stay in Coventry? Can a business visa be processed as Priority if I pay the extra amount?

    • Hi Happy, the visa should be valid for travel up to 3 months, so as long as it’s valid for that period, I don’t see them making you have 2 visas for this travel. But, I would still double-check these facts with the visa handling agency.

  139. Hi there, my great grandfather (my moms dad’s dad) & great grandmother (my mom’s mom)were born in County Cork Ireland & my grandmothers dad was born born in England & my grandfathers parents come from Germany but changed spelling of there surname due to 2nd World War – Am I, my kids & my husband eligible for a Irish / British passport – residency & how do I go about applying for one here in Cape Town?

    thanks for the help!

    • Hi Bianca, you’d need to check directly with the Irish, British and German Embassies but to my knowledge you won’t be eligible. Usually you’re only eligible when your grandparent or parent was born there. Usually there’s a cut-off age as well by when you need to apply and often the relative needs to be alive too.

  140. Hi , i want to apply for tourist visa to U.K and my wife is holding south africa passport and am only using temporary permit but we are married in civil marriage at home affairs. but i my wife is working but am self employ. but i want to know if its possible for us to book our hotel and flight before we apply so that we can add it with documents. please assist or if you can help in what documents i will need.. thanks

    • Hi Emmy, it’s possible to book a flight and hotel, though the UK doesn’t usually require it before you apply. I would check with teleperformance: https://uk.tlscontact.com/ about this, but I don’t think you need to purchase this before travelling.

  141. I am trying to track my visa application through teleperformance website http://www.ge2za.tpcontact.co.uk but this website has been down since the 24 March 2015. It says site under maintenance to this date. The UK site for South Africa I did register on it when I noticed this one was not coming back but it does not pick up anything concerning how far I had gone all the buttons remain red when I know I handed in. I wrote to Teleperformance through their contact page its now a month no response. I wonder if UKVI know that replaced VFS with crap. How can I now know if it is out or not? The Pretoria number will not even take you to a human being you can ask.

    • Hi Manxaba, it seems Teleperformance has changed that website URL, please use this one: https://uk.tlscontact.com/

      We have updated the post above now!

  142. Hi

    I tried reading other people’s question to avoid asking the question that are probably aready answered to other before. I am travelling to London with my husband and then we will also take a tour through Europe of which we will need a Italian Schengen visa for. My question is whether we need to each apply for a visa or do we need only one application?

    I have started the online application for the uk visa using https://ukvi-international.faq-help.com/ website. Its however not clear if i need to submit a separate application for my hubby or not.

    Please help.

    Khululwa

    • Hi Khululwa,

      Thanks for reaching out.

      You and your husband will each need to apply for a UK visa and a Schengen visa.

      Each person travelling to the UK needs to complete their own application form. The same procedure applies for a Schengen visa.

  143. My daughter has applied for the working UK visa and is struggling with the payment of the 200 pounds for the health insurance. It keeps telling her that her card has been declined which is not possible as it has a positive bank balance. Have you had this problem before ?

    • Hi Lynda,

      Thanks for getting in touch!

      We have not received other queries of people experiencing this.

      I suggest you contact the UK Embassy as there might be a problem on their website. They should be able to shed more light on what the problem is and assist accordingly.

      Best of Luck!

  144. Do i have to pay for the application fees on the teleperformance website after i make my application or do i have to do that there

    • Hi there,

      Thanks for getting in touch!

      The application fee needs to be paid on the website at the time of doing the application.

  145. Hi. I have applied for a UK visa via the Teleperformance centre, and received an email the says ‘Visa application has been resolved.’
    what does this mean? It seems very vague… When I track my application online, it says that it is with the Immigrations/Visa centre for a decision?
    So confusing.

    • Hi Colette,

      Thanks for the interesting question. To be honest I am not sure either as to what they been by “Visa application has been resolved” We have never received a query like this before.

      You mentioned when tracking your visa application online is says its under review, it should be with the visa officials who will get back to you once a decision has been made.

    • Hi Maketo,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I am not sure what you need to assistance with. If you are wanting to apply for a UK visa you can apply on the following website:

      https://uk.tlscontact.com/

      Best of Luck!

  146. Hi could you please advise what to do if the organization that has invited me for conference paper presentation is not based in the UK. For instance the organization is an academic research journal that is based in the Czech Republic. What do I do? Where I must fill in – it says UK organisation. I can proceed to the next section but then it remains black and not green.

    • Hi Andrew,

      Thanks for the interesting question.

      I am not entirely sure on this one, and would be best to contact the visa company you are applying through. They should be able to answer any queries you might have.

      If you are applying through Teleperformance you can contact them on the following number:

      Contact UK Visas and Immigration from outside the UK

      South Africa Telephone

      Opening times: 8.00am – 4.00pm (South Africa time)

      You can call on:

      27-21-3003758

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

      +00 44 1243 218 173

  147. Hi

    We have made an appointment with the UK embassy online for the 14th May whilst we are only departing on 21st of Aug. Is the fact that our appointment is a week more than three month prior to departure going to be a problem at the embassy?

    • Hi Khululwa,

      Thanks for reaching out. One can only apply for a visa maximum 3 months prior to departure.

      If they have already confirmed your appointment then best to contact them direct to double check if this is ok, applying more then 3 months prior to departure.

  148. Hi there, I am sponsoring my aunt to visit us for 3 weeks in the UK on a family visitor visa. We are British Citizens through Ancestral Visa. My question is, approximately how much money do we have to have in our bank accounts? Would they refuse visa if we dont have Thousands of £’s? We have a active current account and just over £1100.00 in our savings account and Im just worried because I know how strict they are now! 🙁

    • Hi Tanq,

      Thanks for contacting us. I would suggest you contact the British Consulate to see what they suggest. To my knowledge the passenger needs to show they have sufficient funds when applying for their visa.

      Best to contact the consulate and they should be able to answer any queries you might have.

  149. Hi, I have applied for a UK Ancestry Visa, paid all fees and just need to complete the process on the Teleperformance website. I received a confirmation email from them but when I got to complete their form, I have to select the Visa I am applying for, their automated drop down list of options does not give an option for the “UK Ancestry Visa” therefore I cannot complete the form or move forward. Can someone please advise me on what I should do?

    • Hi Michelle,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      I am not sure if they do assist with UK Ancestry Visa’s

      It is best to contact them direct as they should be able to point you in the right direction.

      I’ve been onto their website to get the contact details:

      Contact UK Visas and Immigration from outside the UK

      South Africa Telephone

      Opening times: 8.00am – 4.00pm (South Africa time)

      You can call on:

      27-21-3003758

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

      00 44 1243 218 173

      Best of Luck!

  150. Good day, I would like to go to the BPL game before the season ends. Liverpool is my team and would to see off my captain Steven Gerard. how long will I have to wait to get my visa. I am a South African Passport holder.

    • Hi Ntombi,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      There’s no official time-frame mentioned anywhere but it usually takes about 2 – 3 weeks. For Christmas and the British summer months, we advise applying a little longer in advance. We suggest applying between 1 and 2 months before you depart to ensure your application proceeds smoothly with all the correct documents and you get it back in time for your trip.

  151. hi, my dad is in the uk for the past 20 years now, he already has his citizenship and all that stuff, my sister is there for almost 11 years, married to a brittish guy. Do I still need a working visa if I want to go and work in th uk? Or what is the easiest way for me to get there. Im 30 years old.

    • Hi Lourens,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      To my knowledge if you not a British Citizen you would need legal documentation proving you are able to go work in the UK. I suggest you contact the British Embassy and they should be able to answer any queries you might have.

      British Consulate in Cape Town
      Address: 15th Floor Southern Life Centre 8 Riebeeck Street , 8001 Cape Town
      Tel: 27 (0) 21 405 2400

      British Consulate in Pretoria
      Address: 255 Hill Street, Arcadia, 2 Pretoria
      Tel: 27 (0) 12 421 7500
      Fax: 27 (0) 12 421 7555

  152. I am a South African citizen. I have received my UK Visitors visa. Can I purchase a one way ticket from SA as I don’t know when I will return to SA (the visa is valid for 6 months)

    • Hi Sue,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      Unfortunately you will not be allowed to enter into the UK on a one way ticket. The UK immigration officials will not permit this.

      You will need to purchase a return ticket and then do a date change once you know your exact dates of travel.

      Before purchasing a ticket, you need to ask for the rules to see if changes are permitted.

  153. I have an indefinite leave to remain visa. I returned initially on contract back to SA in Oct 2012 ; I have since been back to the UK annually. However I have now been away for more than 2 years – Should I just apply for a new visa or ask for permission on my existing ILR?

    • Hi Sean,

      Thanks for the interesting question.

      I am afraid I am not sure on this and suggest it is best to contact the British Consulate direct. They should be able to answer any queries you might have, if you need to apply for a new visa or extend your existing one.

      British Consulate in Cape Town
      Address: 15th Floor Southern Life Centre 8 Riebeeck Street , 8001 Cape Town
      Tel: 27 (0) 21 405 2400

      British Consulate in Pretoria
      Address: 255 Hill Street, Arcadia, 2 Pretoria
      Tel: 27 (0) 12 421 7500
      Fax: 27 (0) 12 421 7555

  154. Hi
    So heres my story…
    I have brittish passport but i was born in south africa my mother was born in england.
    Myself, my husband and my son want to immagrate to the uk where most of my famile are but we are having the hardest time to get visas sorted!!! Please help us¡¡¡¡¡

    • Hi Tammy,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      Unfortunately we do not specialize in immigration visas.

      I suggest you contact the official visa handling agency and they should be able to assist with any queries you might have.

      Please find link below:

      https://uk.tlscontact.com/

      Best of Luck in your new adventures for moving to the UK.

  155. Hi there, I am planning to go travelling for a few months and intend on going to London for about 2 months too visit family and friends in London and Scotland. I have family that I can stay with during my time there. My question is how much do I need in my account? I understand that it is calculated per day. What is the cost per day? I seem to get different answers from visa agencies here in Cape-Town.

    Thank you 🙂

    • Hi Tim,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      There is no given amount on the website on how much one should have per day.

      The only thing it states is: “You should also provide evidence that you can support yourself during your trip, eg bank statements or payslips for the last 6 months.”

      I’d say around GBP50 – GBP60 per day.

      It’s best you contact the Embassy direct to say what they say, as they are the ones who will be granting the visa or not.

      British Consulate in Cape Town
      Address: 15th Floor Southern Life Centre 8 Riebeeck Street , 8001 Cape Town
      Tel: 27 (0) 21 405 2400

      British Consulate in Pretoria
      Address: 255 Hill Street, Arcadia, 2 Pretoria
      Tel: 27 (0) 12 421 7500
      Fax: 27 (0) 12 421 7555

  156. My 24 year daughter is looking for advice re the UK visitor’s visa and what documents they will require regarding funding of her stay.
    She will be staying with friends and family, wanting to visit France and Germany as well, where she also has host families.
    She would be sponsored in part by her parents as she doesn’t have enough of her own funds. She would have access to our UK pounds account.
    She has heard that she needs the relevant funds in HER account and proof that we have funds to assist her with is not sufficient?
    There doesn’t seem to be anybody at the embassy that will take a phone call.
    Would appreciate your advice.

    Appreciate your assistance.

    • Hi Belinda,

      Thanks for reaching out.

      I have gone onto the website to see what they request when applying for a UK visa, it mentions the following:

      “You should also provide evidence that you can support yourself during your trip, eg bank statements or payslips for the last 6 months.”

      It is best to try contact the British Embassy again as they are the issuing authorities for visa’s and they would be able to assist accordingly on any documents they request when applying for a UK visa.

      British Consulate in Cape Town
      Address: 15th Floor Southern Life Centre 8 Riebeeck Street , 8001 Cape Town
      Tel: 27 (0) 21 405 2400

      British Consulate in Pretoria
      Address: 255 Hill Street, Arcadia, 2 Pretoria
      Tel: 27 (0) 12 421 7500
      Fax: 27 (0) 12 421 7555

  157. Good day,

    I am a South African, working as SAP Consultant, and would like to go and work in UK, where do I start? My boss worked in the UK for many years, and I mentioned to him that I would like to go and work in UK, and he said ” work on your work permit”. Is it possible to get a work permit without a letter confirming employment?

    Thank you.

    • Hi Khaya,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      To my knowledge you would need to have a secure job and documents proving this when applying for a UK work visa.

      However as we do not specialise in this area you would need to contact the British Embassy and they would be able to assist and shed more light on any queries you might have.

      British Consulate in Cape Town
      Address: 15th Floor Southern Life Centre 8 Riebeeck Street , 8001 Cape Town
      Tel: 27 (0) 21 405 2400

      British Consulate in Pretoria
      Address: 255 Hill Street, Arcadia, 2 Pretoria
      Tel: 27 (0) 12 421 7500
      Fax: 27 (0) 12 421 7555

  158. Good Morning

    We are a singing group composed of 7 young members we are all still in college, we will be travelling with 2 adults so that make the 9 of us.
    We have been invited to the UK for this coming December 2015 by the people who have organized the concerts in various places that the group would performing at. Kindly let us know the procedure on how to apply for a visa for the 9 of us.
    Thank you!

    • Hi Ken,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      Sounds like it’s going to be a great experience for all.

      Below are the following requirements and procedures.

      South African passport holders require a visa in order to visit or transit the United Kingdom.

      A company called TELEPERFORMANCE LTD has been awarded the contract. The website address is : http://www.tpcontact.co.uk.
      Tel: (021) 300 3758 or 00 44 1243 218 173. These numbers are a paid service so there is a charge of £1.37 per minute over and above your network charges. It is therefore necessary to have a valid credit/debit card ready to process payment.
      Office hours for the Application centres are: 0900-1700 Mon-Fri

      REQUIREMENTS:
      • Valid passport (make sure there are 2 blank pages in the passport – these pages do not have to be consecutive)
      • Completed and signed visa application form
      • Supporting documents (It is recommended to submit originals along with photocopies of all supporting documents)
      • Proof of payment of the visa fee as per the purpose of travel
      • Two clear, passport sized (45mmX35mm), colour photographs.

      Applying for the visa is a simple 6 stage process:

      1. Make the application online through http://www.visa4uk.fco.gov.uk
      2. Make an appointment online to give your biometrics
      3. Submit your visa application and pay your visa application fee
      4. Visit the visa application centre to submit your application and biometrics
      5. Wait for a decision
      6. Collect your passport
      PLEASE NOTE: You should complete and submit the visa application form online and then schedule your online appointment before you visit the visa application centre. All applicants are required to come in person to submit their visa application and biometrics. We cannot accept the visa application if the applicant has not applied online, or if the applicant does not come into the visa application centre personally. Please note that the appointment dates are computer generated. The applicant may select the available date on the website as per his/her convenience.

      This service does not imply or guarantee in any way that applicants using the Priority Service will be successful in their visa application. All visa applicants must meet the requirements of the UK immigration rules.
      Applicants should be aware that they may experience extended processing times if any of the following factors apply:
      1. Have previously been refused a visa for the UK, and/or;
      2. Have previously been refused leave to enter the UK, and/or;
      3. Have previously been deported, removed, or otherwise required to leave the UK, and/or;
      4. Have overstayed a period of leave in the UK, and/or;
      5. Have been refused leave to remain in the UK by the Home Office, and/or;
      6. Have previously been refused a visa for Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United States of America or the Schengen countries.
      7. Have been convicted of a criminal offence in any country.
      UK Border Agency’s published global customer service target for processing visit visa applications is 15 working days. Applicants in South Africa generally receive a quicker service with most application processed in around 5 working days. The Priority Visa Service will offer an even faster service, though a specific turnaround time will not be guaranteed

      NOTE: A South African passport holder who has a valid common format Category D visa for entry to an EEA state or a valid common format residence permit issued by an EEA state can transit the UK without a visa, provided they have a confirmed onward booking and are transiting within 24 hours. If they have a Category C Schengen visa, they need a UK transit visa.

      COST :
      The fee is approx R1320.00 for a tourist visa for up to 6 months.

      SA REPRESENTATIVE:
      South African High Commission
      South Africa House, 9 Duncannon Street,
      Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DP
      Tel: (0044-207) 451-7299
      E-mail: london.general@dirco.gov.za
      Web: http://www.southafricahouse.com

  159. Hi – 4 part question if you can assist pls:

    My husband has been offered a job in the UK – would the appropriate visas be tier 2?
    I am a British citizen -what is a bridge visa?
    How long would it take for my husband to become a British citizen?
    My son is 19 a S.A Citizen how can i get him a British passport? he would like to join the British air force.

  160. Hi

    Could you please help. My wife and myself will be travelling with our two children (ages 1 and four) to the U.K. Do we need apply online for visas for the two children?

    • Hi Nick,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      I have found the following information on: http://www.thegsa.co.za/index.php?nav=visa_passport

      This information should be used as a guide only. Please confirm requirements with the consulate or embassy.

      South African passport holders require a visa in order to visit or transit the United Kingdom.

      Customers will no longer be able to submit their UK visa application and biometrics through VFS. A company called TELEPERFORMANCE LTD has been awarded the contract. The website address is : http://www.tpcontact.co.uk.
      Tel: (021) 300 3758 or 00 44 1243 218 173. These numbers are a paid service so there is a charge of £1.37 per minute over and above your network charges. It is therefore necessary to have a valid credit/debit card ready to process payment.
      Office hours for the Application centres are: 0900-1700 Mon-Fri

      With immediate effect, children under the age of 5 years old are now required to attend the Visa Application Centre to complete the application process. It is now mandatory for them to have their photo taken at the VAC. These changes do not affect applications that have already been submitted.

      I do suggest you contact the Embassy for the most up to date information as this could change at anytime.

      British Consulate in Cape Town
      Address: 15th Floor Southern Life Centre 8 Riebeeck Street , 8001 Cape Town
      Tel: 27 (0) 21 405 2400

      British Consulate in Pretoria
      Address: 255 Hill Street, Arcadia, 2 Pretoria
      Tel: 27 (0) 12 421 7500
      Fax: 27 (0) 12 421 7555

  161. Hi
    I submitted my passport today, 3rd of June. My flight leaves on the 20th of June, which leaves me with 12 working days. I do however know it can take up to 15 days. How much do I need to stress? I am doomed if I don’t get it in time.
    How reliable is the tracking number provided? And if I don’t have it back by the 19th of June, is the possibly anything to do?
    Regards

    • Hi ilzé-Dene,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      This really depends if Home Affairs have a backlog or not. Once can’t really say how long the processing time will be for a passports. Some have only waited 6 days others much longer more that a month.

      The tracking numbers are pretty reliable, I would call and do a follow up to see. Maybe make 2 or 3 calls, and see if you get the same feedback on the processing time they have.

      If you do not receive your passport within the required time you will need to do a date change on your air ticket. Changes are subject to the rules of the ticket, if changes are permitted.

      Best of luck, hope you get it soonest.

    • Thank you for your help Marcelle. Much appreciated. I will try my best to follow up and track my passport.
      Regards

  162. Hi
    I need a transit visa to go through Heathrow. .. is there a faster way to get the transit visa without paying R11 000

  163. Hi there – I lived in the UK from January 2001 to June 2006. I had “right of abode” as my husband is a UK passport holder. My passport has expired, which held the “Right of abode”. Do I still need a visitors visa or can I re-apply for a new right of abode certificate.

    • Hi Charlotte,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      You should still be able to use that visa as long as it has not expired. They will be able to see this when handing your expired passport to them when applying for your new one.

      In saying this, I suggest you contact the Embassy direct as they will be able to give you the most up to date information.

  164. i was in uk 4 2yrs dan i came back coz it was 2yr working holiday.how can i go back there my man is there nd i miss da lyf there.can u help me?i was there 2005-2006

    • Hi Selina,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      You will need to find a company that will hire and sponsor you. They will need to assist you with the paper work for a UK work permit.

      You are welcome to contact the official visa handling agency should you have any further queries.

      A company is called Teleperformance LTD
      The website address is : https://ukvi-international.faq-help.com/
      Tel: (021) 300 3758 or 00 44 1243 218 173. These numbers are a paid service so there is a charge of £1.37 per minute over and above your network charges. It is therefore necessary to have a valid credit/debit card ready to process payment.
      Office hours for the Application centres are: 0900-1700 Mon-Fri

      Best of Luck!

  165. I am a qualified electrician who is looking for an agency to help me to work overseas especially in uk with all the requirements for as it will be my first time

    • Hi Lordreck,

      Thanks for reaching out.

      You can try the following visa agencies they might be able to assist with your query.

      Visa Express then – 0219113273 / 0123467528
      Visa Box 0215518829

      Best of Luck!

  166. Hi there. I have a britsh and sa passwort. My girlfriend of 5 years and i would like to move to the uk for a year or two to see if its a better life for us. She only has an SA passport and is currently obtaining a full deploma for her studdies. Is it impossible for us to try move to the uk?

    • Sorry about that spelling. I was typing on my phone and did not see the mistakes.

    • Hi Brad,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      Your girlfriend would not be able to move to the UK on a South African passport unless she had a secure job there before moving. The company employing her would need to assist her in getting a work permit.

      I suggest you contact a visa company who specializes in this and they should be able to assist with any queries you might have.

  167. My husband and I are travelling from South Africa, both on South African passports. First to France for 2 days, then UK for 7 days, then Croatia for 10 days. We went to the Croatian embassy – they said to apply for a multi-entry Shengen visa and that would cover us for Croatia. Do we apply for a UK visa first, and then our Shengen visa, or can we apply for a Schengen visa and then our UK visa – we have made an appointment for our Shengen visa already. I have just read on the South Africa to website that ‘if you are travelling elsewhere before returning to South Africa, you’ll need to get the visas of the country you’re leaving the Shengen countries for, before you apply for the Shengen visa. We will be leaving a Shengen area, first to the UK and then to Croatia, which the embassy in saying is now a Schengen area. I am so worried that we are not being given the right advice. I would appreciate your help.

    • Hi Sue,

      Thanks for getting in touch and the interesting question.

      I would suggest applying for the UK visa first as when submitting your application they don’t need to see an air ticket.

      There after apply for your Schengen visa as it does help your submission that you already have your UK visa.

      In saying this as we do not specialise in visa’s we recommend you contact the Consulates direct to see what they suggest if it’s best to apply for your UK or Schengen first.

  168. Hi,

    Can my south african boyfriend apply for a UK visa while he is visiting me in the Netherlands?

    • Hi Anna,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      To my knowledge it might be possible however I suggest you contact the UK Embassy direct and they will be able to give the most up to date information and how long the process will take from that side.

  169. Hi. My daughter and family live in UK. I would like a 10 year visa. Do I apply for(1) a visitor or family visa and (2) if they refuse the 10 year visa( up to now I apply for 6 monthly visas ) do I loose my application fee which is approx. 730 pounds.

    • Hi Neville,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      You get a few options when applying for a UK visa. 2 of them being:

      Tourism, including visiting friends or family
      and
      Join partner or family for a long stay

      If you are planning to join them for a long stay you would select the 2nd option when applying for your UK visa. If you’re visiting family or partner for 6 months or less, you’ll need a family visit visa.

      To my knowledge if your visa is denied one does loose their application fee.

      I suggest you contact the Embassy direct and they would be able to answer any queries you might have.

      British Consulate in Cape Town
      Address: 15th Floor Southern Life Centre 8 Riebeeck Street , 8001 Cape Town
      Tel: 27 (0) 21 405 2400

      British Consulate in Pretoria
      Address: 255 Hill Street, Arcadia, 2 Pretoria
      Tel: 27 (0) 12 421 7500
      Fax: 27 (0) 12 421 7555

  170. My husband has a work visa for the UK and I am planning on joining him later. Do I need to join him within the three months after the visa was issued or will it still be fine after four months?

    • Hi Annmari,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      If the Embassy have stated you need to travel within 3 months of it being issued this would be the case.

      I suggest you contact the Embassy direct, explain what visa you are holding and they will be able to answer any questions you might have.

      British Consulate in Cape Town
      Address: 15th Floor Southern Life Centre 8 Riebeeck Street , 8001 Cape Town
      Tel: 27 (0) 21 405 2400

      British Consulate in Pretoria
      Address: 255 Hill Street, Arcadia, 2 Pretoria
      Tel: 27 (0) 12 421 7500
      Fax: 27 (0) 12 421 7555

  171. Hi I recently got work in Liverpool and I want to make sure everything goes smoothly. I am set to start on the 5th of July 2015 and I am from South Africa. I am a qualified electrician voted as student of the year and have 5 years Business experience. I am in the 18-30 years of age and I have a A+ medical report .

    It’s my dream to move to the UK permanently. Can anyone help me take the right steps?

    • Hi Richard,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      I am afraid we do not specilise in work visa’s. To my knowledge if a company in the UK has already employed you, they would need to assist you in applying for your UK work permit.

      I suggest you contact the British Consulate and see what documents are required from you and the company when applying for your UK visa.

      British Consulate in Cape Town
      Address: 15th Floor Southern Life Centre 8 Riebeeck Street , 8001 Cape Town
      Tel: 27 (0) 21 405 2400

      British Consulate in Pretoria
      Address: 255 Hill Street, Arcadia, 2 Pretoria
      Tel: 27 (0) 12 421 7500
      Fax: 27 (0) 12 421 7555

      Best of luck in your new adventure in the UK.

  172. Hi, please can you advise on the following scenario, if someone is issued a visitor’s visa (maximum stay for 6 months to visit close family) on a 10 year multiple entry visa for the UK, how soon can they visit the UK after their first 6 month visit? Can they come back to SA (or go to Europe) for a week and then come back again for 6 months? And then proceed to do this for the duration of the 10 year multiple entry visa? They will be travelling on a South African passport. Thanks.

    • Hi Sasha,

      Thanks for getting in touch..

      I don’t think that is possible.

      You will need to see how many days per year you are allowed to stay in the country.

      Even if its a 10 year multiple entry visa they usually only allow you in for a certain amount of days per year. This should be stated on the visa.

      However I suggest you contact the Embassy direct and they should be able to answer any queries you might have.

  173. Hi, I am currently in Greece and wish to apply for a UK visa from either here or France in October. Do you know what the procedures are for applying for a UK visa from the Schengen area and how long they might have my passport for? As I could obviously not travel around Europe during that time without my passport.

    • Hi Alex,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      As we don’t specialise in people applying for visa’s abroad I am afraid I am not sure on the procedures and waiting time.

      For this you will need to contact the British Consulate direct and see what information they can provide.

      Best of Luck!

  174. hi I have south African work permit and Russian visiting visa on my Pakistani passport how I can apply for UK visit visa from south Africa can you my help pls +27843466155

    • Hi Maqsud,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for a Pakistani passports as we specialise in South African travellers.

      I suggest you Teleperformance LTD direct as they are the official handling agency and will be able to assist accordingly.

      https://ukvi-international.faq-help.com/

      Tel: (021) 300 3758 or 00 44 1243 218 173. These numbers are a paid service so there is a charge of £1.37 per minute over and above your network charges. It is therefore necessary to have a valid credit/debit card ready to process payment.
      Office hours for the Application centres are: 0900-1700 Mon-Fri

      Or the British Consulate direct:

      British Consulate in Cape Town
      Address: 15th Floor Southern Life Centre 8 Riebeeck Street , 8001 Cape Town
      Tel: 27 (0) 21 405 2400

      British Consulate in Pretoria
      Address: 255 Hill Street, Arcadia, 2 Pretoria
      Tel: 27 (0) 12 421 7500
      Fax: 27 (0) 12 421 7555

  175. I posted a comment on here. Where has it gone and there was no reply.

    • Hi Blanche,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      Yes you sent us a query on the 2015/06/26 at 9:51 am with regards to your brother.

      A reply was given, please see below I have copied and pasted it with the time stamp:

      Submitted on 2015/06/28 at 10:08 am | In reply to Blanche.
      Hi Blanche,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      That does sound strange. However unfortunately we will not be able to advise as to why the Embassy denied him his visa or why they have requested him to apply for a UK visa even if only in transit.

      You will need to go back to the official visa handling agency or contact the Embassy direct only they will be able to answer your queries as to why they have asked him to apply for a UK visa.

  176. my wife and i will be traveling to UK in December and would like to take our 5year old granddaughter with us. WHAT REQUIREMENTS would i need to make this happen

    • Hi Ken,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      If you’re traveling on South African passport the following documents are required, however we do suggest contacting the official visa agency or Embassy direct as the below is just a guideline.

      * Valid passport please make sure there are 2 blank pages in the passport – these pages do not have to be consecutive
      * passport must be valid for 3 months from date of return
      * valid visa

      REQUIREMENTS when applying for a UK visa:

      • Valid passport (make sure there are 2 blank pages in the passport – these pages do not have to be consecutive)
      • Completed and signed visa application form
      • Supporting documents (It is recommended to submit originals along with photocopies of all supporting documents)
      • Proof of payment of the visa fee as per the purpose of travel
      • Two clear, passport sized (45mmX35mm), colour photographs.
      Applying for the visa is a simple 6 stage process:
      1. Make the application online through http://www.visa4uk.fco.gov.uk
      2. Make an appointment online to give your biometrics
      3. Submit your visa application and pay your visa application fee
      4. Visit the visa application centre to submit your application and biometrics
      5. Wait for a decision
      6. Collect your passport
      PLEASE NOTE: You should complete and submit the visa application form online and then schedule your online appointment before you visit the visa application centre. All applicants are required to come in person to submit their visa application and biometrics. We cannot accept the visa application if the applicant has not applied online, or if the applicant does not come into the visa application centre personally. Please note that the appointment dates are computer generated. The applicant may select the available date on the website as per his/her convenience.

      This service does not imply or guarantee in any way that applicants using the Priority Service will be successful in their visa application. All visa applicants must meet the requirements of the UK immigration rules.
      Applicants should be aware that they may experience extended processing times if any of the following factors apply:
      1. Have previously been refused a visa for the UK, and/or;
      2. Have previously been refused leave to enter the UK, and/or;
      3. Have previously been deported, removed, or otherwise required to leave the UK, and/or;
      4. Have overstayed a period of leave in the UK, and/or;
      5. Have been refused leave to remain in the UK by the Home Office, and/or;
      6. Have previously been refused a visa for Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United States of America or the Schengen countries.
      7. Have been convicted of a criminal offence in any country.
      UK Border Agency’s published global customer service target for processing visit visa applications is 15 working days. Applicants in South Africa generally receive a quicker service with most application processed in around 5 working days. The Priority Visa Service will offer an even faster service, though a specific turnaround time will not be guaranteed

      NOTE: A South African passport holder who has a valid common format Category D visa for entry to an EEA state or a valid common format residence permit issued by an EEA state can transit the UK without a visa, provided they have a confirmed onward booking and are transiting within 24 hours. If they have a Category C Schengen visa, they need a UK transit visa.

      COST :
      The fee is approx R1320.00 for a tourist visa for up to 6 months.

      SA REPRESENTATIVE:
      South African High Commission
      South Africa House, 9 Duncannon Street,
      Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DP
      Tel: (0044-207) 451-7299
      E-mail: london.general@dirco.gov.za
      Web: http://www.southafricahouse.com

      With regards to the Unabridged birth certificate, Minor accompanied by both parents require:

      Valid Passport; Valid visa, if required; and UBC or Equivalent Document.

  177. I am a UK citizen travelling to the UK with my 17 year old son who has a SA passport. Are the visa requirements any different for him if he is a minor travelling with a UK citizen?

    • Hi Mike,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      To my knowledge he would still need to apply for a UK visa as per normal. Same requirements would apply.

      The below link should provide you with information you require:

      http://www.thegsa.co.za/index.php?nav=destination_country&view=110

      In saying this I suggest you contact the official visa agency Teleperformance LTD they should be able to answer any queries.

  178. I would like to apply for a 1 year UK visa? there is no mention of the cost, help?

    • Hi Neronie,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      You welcome to search for visa costs on the following link:

      https://visa-fees.homeoffice.gov.uk/

      You contact Teleperformance who are the official visa agency they will also be able to provide you with this info.

      https://ukvi-international.faq-help.com/

      Tel: (021) 300 3758 or 00 44 1243 218 173. These numbers are a paid service so there is a charge of £1.37 per minute over and above your network charges. It is therefore necessary to have a valid credit/debit card ready to process payment.
      Office hours for the Application centres are: 0900-1700 Mon-Fri

  179. Good day,
    Thank you for all the info you are providing to people with travel issues.My issue is that I have been offered a job as an au pair in UK and this guy I am communicating with says in order to expedite my application I have to send my documents to a travel agency (london travel agency) & he sent me their email address (londontravelagency1989@outlook.com).He said the visa will cost £800 & I need to pay £400 & he will pay the balance of £400.What has made me suspicious is the 1989 on the email and I cannot seem to go through the londontravelagency website.He said my visa will take 5 – 6 working days. Please can you find for me if is legit.Thank you in advance.

    • Hi Ntando,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      Fortunately we will not able able to assist you to see if this is legit or not, as we specialise in flights, accommodation and car hire.

      My best advise is you with your gutt feeling as this doesn’t sound 100% correct.

      I suggest you contact legit agencies, to see what questions you should ask and things to look out for before handing this sum of money over.

  180. Hi my name is Ernest Khumalo my issue is I want to study in England next year I have been to England for a week on a school exchange trip my question is what do I have to do to be accepted and what bursaries or scholarships do they have for international students

    • Hi Ernest,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I’m afraid we do not specialize in study permits for this you would need to contact the British Embassy or Teleperformance LTD who are the offical visa handling agency. They should be able to assist with any quereis you might have and point you in the right direction.

      Please find below contact details:

      British Consulate in Cape Town
      Address: 15th Floor Southern Life Centre 8 Riebeeck Street , 8001 Cape Town
      Tel: 27 (0) 21 405 2400

      British Consulate in Pretoria
      Address: 255 Hill Street, Arcadia, 2 Pretoria
      Tel: 27 (0) 12 421 7500
      Fax: 27 (0) 12 421 7555

      Teleperformance LTD

      https://ukvi-international.faq-help.com/

      Tel: (021) 300 3758 or 00 44 1243 218 173. These numbers are a paid service so there is a charge of £1.37 per minute over and above your network charges. It is therefore necessary to have a valid credit/debit card ready to process payment.
      Office hours for the Application centres are: 0900-1700 Mon-Fri

  181. I’m from South Africa by the way

  182. Does the UK make any distinction in visa fees for researchers of the third-world countries (i.e. South Africa) travelling for the purpose of scientific research?

    • Hi Nicky,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      To my knowledge they do not.

      You welcome to contact Teleperformance LTD who are the official visa handling agency and they will be able to give the most up to date information.

      https://ukvi-international.faq-help.com/
      Tel: (021) 300 3758 or 00 44 1243 218 173. These numbers are a paid service so there is a charge of £1.37 per minute over and above your network charges. It is therefore necessary to have a valid credit/debit card ready to process payment.
      Office hours for the Application centres are: 0900-1700 Mon-Fri

  183. Good Afternoon

    I’m not sure if you’ve answered a similar post above, apologies if you have.
    My wife and I will be travelling to the UK in December to visit my family who are living there. I have dual citizenship (RSA and British) she only has South African. Is there a travel visa similar to EEA Family Member for British Passport holders or is it only applicable to Passports of the European Union? We are not looking to settle in the UK so the Settlement would not apply and is much more expensive than a normal tourist visa? Could you help ?
    Thank you

    • Hi Matthew,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      To my knowledge your wife will still need to apply for a UK visa.

      I suggest you contact Teleperformance LTD as they are the official visa handling agency. They will be able to answer any queries you might have if a visa is required.

      The website address is : https://ukvi-international.faq-help.com/ where you e-mail them or contact them on

      Tel: (021) 300 3758 or 00 44 1243 218 173. These numbers are a paid service so there is a charge of £1.37 per minute over and above your network charges. It is therefore necessary to have a valid credit/debit card ready to process payment.

      Have a lovely day.

  184. Good day,

    I am plannig to travel to the uk in september, I had a British passport that is now expired for over 10 years, I am a south African and hold a South African passport, will the fact that I did have a britisj passport affect my chances of getting a uk visa on my south African passport?

    • Hi Shannon,

      Thanks for the interesting question.

      To my knowledge it should not effect your chances of getting a UK visa.

      However I suggest you contact the British Embassy they should be able to shed a bid more light or answer any queries you might have.

      British Consulate in Cape Town
      Address: 15th Floor Southern Life Centre 8 Riebeeck Street , 8001 Cape Town
      Tel: 27 (0) 21 405 2400

      British Consulate in Pretoria
      Address: 255 Hill Street, Arcadia, 2 Pretoria
      Tel: 27 (0) 12 421 7500
      Fax: 27 (0) 12 421 7555

  185. Hi guys,

    I’d like to apply for a UK visa within the next few days, do I need to provide a plane ticket to do so?

    • Hi Phil,

      Thanks for reaching out.

      This information should be used as a guide only. Please confirm requirements with the consulate or embassy.

      Please find below requirements for a South African passport holder applying for a UK visa:

      REQUIREMENTS:
      • Valid passport (make sure there are 2 blank pages in the passport – these pages do not have to be consecutive)
      • Completed and signed visa application form
      • Supporting documents (It is recommended to submit originals along with photocopies of all supporting documents)
      • Proof of payment of the visa fee as per the purpose of travel
      • Two clear, passport sized (45mmX35mm), colour photographs.
      Applying for the visa is a simple 6 stage process:
      1. Make the application online through http://www.visa4uk.fco.gov.uk
      2. Make an appointment online to give your biometrics
      3. Submit your visa application and pay your visa application fee
      4. Visit the visa application centre to submit your application and biometrics
      5. Wait for a decision
      6. Collect your passport
      PLEASE NOTE: You should complete and submit the visa application form online and then schedule your online appointment before you visit the visa application centre. All applicants are required to come in person to submit their visa application and biometrics. We cannot accept the visa application if the applicant has not applied online, or if the applicant does not come into the visa application centre personally. Please note that the appointment dates are computer generated. The applicant may select the available date on the website as per his/her convenience.

      Below is a link that should give further information if required:

      http://www.thegsa.co.za/index.php?nav=destination_country&view=110

  186. Hie I want to apply for a uk work permit I’m using zim passport with w/permit now working in sa so what particulars do u need

    • Hi Shelton,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the work permit requirements for Zimbabwean passport holder as we do not specialize in work permits

      You will need to contact the Embassy direct or the official visa handling agency Teleperformance who should be able to assist with any queries you might have.

      The website address is : https://ukvi-international.faq-help.com/
      Tel: (021) 300 3758 or 00 44 1243 218 173. These numbers are a paid service so there is a charge of £1.37 per minute over and above your network charges. It is therefore necessary to have a valid credit/debit card ready to process payment.
      Office hours for the Application centres are: 0900-1700 Mon-Fri

      ISSUING AUTHORITY:
      British High Commission, Visa Section
      PRY Liberty Life Place, Block B,
      Ground Floor Glyn Street,
      between Pretorius & Schoeman Sts,
      Hatfield, PRETORIA, 0083.
      PO Box 13611, Hatfield, 0028
      Tel: (012) 421-7500
      Fax: (012) 421-7888

  187. I have a British passport and I may have to work in the UK for up to a year with my present company (transfer from one division to another). My wife who is South African, has a 10year UK visa. How does she extend her stay from 6months to one year? Would it be better to apply when we get there?, since I do not know our new address in the UK.

    • Hi Roddy,

      I think she may need to apply from SA and she would need to apply for a spousal visa to be able to extend her stay as the 10 year visa you have may only cover for tourist visits.

      See this link for a guide on this type of visa: https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa/y/south-africa/family

  188. Hello,

    I want to apply for my ancestry visa, but they say you are required to then stay in the UK for a minimum of 6 months, which is fine since I intend to move there, but does this mean I can not visit home at all during the first 6 months? After the 6 months however, am I able to visit home and return to the UK without renewing the visa?

    Also, application of this visa requires proof of intention to work there. How do I prove this or prove that I intend to get there and look for work?

    • Hi Megan, thanks for reaching out. I’m afraid I’m not an expert on ancestry visas but I can give you my best educated guess. I would say you would not be allowed to leave the UK in the first 6 months, this is usually to root out people who apply for this type of visa and then just use it to come and go instead of what it is intentioned for. After that 6 months, my guess is that it would be fine to leave the UK, you’re going to have to check this with the application centre though.

      Regarding the intention to work there, as I understand it, they like to see that you have some sort of prospective employment (or even an interview) lined up. They want to see that you will be contributing to society, rather than moving there without being able to earn an income.

  189. Please leave your comment…hi am expected to go work in UK by early september so i don’t know where to start. Would you care to advice me how to get a work permit or visa as fast as i can please?

    • Hi Christina, thanks for reaching out. I’m not an expert on work permits for the UK I’m afraid, but I can tell you what I do know. You will need to have been formally offered employment in the UK and the employer will have to have satisfied a number of criteria in offering you the job. These are things like ensuring that they advertised the job in the EU and found no suitable candidate and that they can prove you’re the right person for the job (qualifications/experience etc), also they need to ensure that they pay you enough.

      I would suggest you contact a company like First Contact who specialise in UK immigration for South Africans: http://www.1stcontactsa.co.za/ They can advise you further.

  190. Hi there,

    I would like to find out how long it takes to get a UK visitors visa? I have bought my ticket and depart on the 17th September and return on the 29th September. I am going for a wedding and will be staying with family.

    Please could you kindly advise how long it takes for me to get the visa and how much would I need for a 11 day stay?

    Is there a delay in getting the visa with the world cup rugby taking place? I would like to apply on Monday 24th. Will I have sufficent time to get visa or do I need to pay for expensive fast service?

    Thank you for your help 🙂

    Kind Regards
    Tim

    • Hi Tim, currently it takes around 10 days for most visa applications. One can also pay a rush fee to get the visa done quicker. You’ll need to enquire with Teleperformance for the current pricing on this.

  191. I applied for my UK visa and booked the interview. When printing out the documents I noticed that my name on my application is correct but my name on the declaration and interview confirmation is spelled INCORRECTLY. Is there going to be an issue? How can i rectify this as the declaration cannot be altered on the visa application website once the application has been submitted? I’ve already paid for the application fee.

  192. Hi. We’re South African and considering flying BA to Portugal next year (2016). Wanting to check if we still require visas (the flights would be BA with the connection to Lisbon via Heathrow). If so approx what is the cost of a Transit visa … vs the cost of a normal visa ? Thanks !

    • Scratched a bit more … seems we would need because our destination is Portugal and we’ve not a “long stay” Schengen Visa ?

    • Hi Carol, thanks for reaching out. If you’re flying BA to Portugal via the UK, you will definitely need a transit visa for the UK. Currently a direct airside transit visa costs R600, if you’re applying for a visitor in transit visa (one for where you’re leaving the transit area of the airport, such as when you land in Heathrow but continue on from Gatwick) you’ll need to pay R1120 currently. The prices fluctuate with the exchange rates.

  193. who can I contact about my visa Application given in at visa centre Sandton on 26 aug and still no news

    • Hi Heater,

      You will need to contact Teleperformance direct as they are the official visa handling agency. They should be able to let you know roughly on the waiting time. However sometimes there is a back log.

      The website address is : https://uk.tlscontact.com

      Tel: (021) 300 3758 or 00 44 1243 218 173. These numbers are a paid service so there is a charge of £1.37 per minute over and above your network charges. It is therefore necessary to have a valid credit/debit card ready to process payment.
      Office hours for the Application centers are: 0900-1700 Mon-Fri

  194. Hi
    I’m from South Africa, I’m going for an Assessment in UK on the 15th October , what kind of a visa do I need to apply for and where can i apply?

  195. I am a south african citizen visiting the uk, can I apply for a visitors visa to Australia from the UK or do I have to do it from SA ( like the schengen visa)
    thank you

    • Hi Pat,

      Thanks for the interesting question.

      If you on a visitors visa in the UK you will need to come back to South Africa to apply for an Australian visa.

      Just double check with the Australian consulate they should be able to answer any questions you might have.

  196. Hello. I’m going to be applying for a UK visa for the first time in a few weeks. Besides the documents listed, what other requirements are there? For instance, is there a particular amount you must have in your bank account?

    • Hi Ya’eesh,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      Please find below the most up to date information.

      This information should be used as a guide only. Please confirm requirements with the consulate or embassy.

      They don’t have a specific amount you need to have in your bank account. But they do need to see you have a regular steady income. However I suggest you contact them, as they should be able to give further info on this.

      REQUIREMENTS:
      • Valid passport (make sure there are 2 blank pages in the passport – these pages do not have to be consecutive)
      • Completed and signed visa application form
      • Supporting documents (It is recommended to submit originals along with photocopies of all supporting documents)
      • Proof of payment of the visa fee as per the purpose of travel
      • Two clear, passport sized (45mmX35mm), colour photographs.

      Applying for the visa is a simple 6 stage process:
      1. Make the application online through http://www.visa4uk.fco.gov.uk
      2. Make an appointment online to give your biometrics
      3. Submit your visa application and pay your visa application fee
      4. Visit the visa application centre to submit your application and biometrics
      5. Wait for a decision
      6. Collect your passport
      PLEASE NOTE: You should complete and submit the visa application form online and then schedule your online appointment before you visit the visa application centre. All applicants are required to come in person to submit their visa application and biometrics. We cannot accept the visa application if the applicant has not applied online, or if the applicant does not come into the visa application centre personally. Please note that the appointment dates are computer generated. The applicant may select the available date on the website as per his/her convenience.

      This service does not imply or guarantee in any way that applicants using the Priority Service will be successful in their visa application. All visa applicants must meet the requirements of the UK immigration rules.
      Applicants should be aware that they may experience extended processing times if any of the following factors apply:
      1. Have previously been refused a visa for the UK, and/or;
      2. Have previously been refused leave to enter the UK, and/or;
      3. Have previously been deported, removed, or otherwise required to leave the UK, and/or;
      4. Have overstayed a period of leave in the UK, and/or;
      5. Have been refused leave to remain in the UK by the Home Office, and/or;
      6. Have previously been refused a visa for Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United States of America or the Schengen countries.
      7. Have been convicted of a criminal offence in any country.
      UK Border Agency’s published global customer service target for processing visit visa applications is 15 working days. Applicants in South Africa generally receive a quicker service with most application processed in around 5 working days. The Priority Visa Service will offer an even faster service, though a specific turnaround time will not be guaranteed

      South African passport holders require a visa in order to visit or transit the United Kingdom.

      Customers will no longer be able to submit their UK visa application and biometrics through VFS. A company called TELEPERFORMANCE LTD has been awarded the contract. The website address is : https://uk.tlscontact.com
      Tel: (021) 300 3758 or 00 44 1243 218 173. These numbers are a paid service so there is a charge of £1.37 per minute over and above your network charges. It is therefore necessary to have a valid credit/debit card ready to process payment.
      Office hours for the Application centers are: 0900-1700 Mon-Fri

  197. I’m traveling with my wife to the USA in December returning in of January. Because of a medical condition we will be staying over night at a hotel near Heathrow leaving the next day. We arrive at Heathrow on Wednesday at 07:30 and depart the next day at 12:35. On our return we will be diverting to Amsterdam for a week and then returning to Heathrow to connect to Cape Town the same day. My reading of the gov site is that a transit or visitors visa is not required as thisisall part of a journey to and from the USA. Am I correct. Thank you

    • Hi Rodney,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      If you pass immigration in the UK, you will need a UK visitors visa.

      The American visa only covers you while you are in transit in the UK for less then 24 hours.

      You are welcome to contact the British Embassy as they will be able to answer any queries you might have.

  198. lol want a visa to UK Ltd have my fiance who has been there for years so I wanna visit her . How do like go about it , what are the requirements.

    • Hi Manasa,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      South African passport holders will need to apply for their visa through Teleperformance who are the official visa handling agency.

      The website address is : https://uk.tlscontact.com
      Tel: (021) 300 3758 or 00 44 1243 218 173. These numbers are a paid service so there is a charge of £1.37 per minute over and above your network charges. It is therefore necessary to have a valid credit/debit card ready to process payment.
      Office hours for the Application centers are: 0900-1700 Mon-Fri

      REQUIREMENTS:
      • Valid passport (make sure there are 2 blank pages in the passport – these pages do not have to be consecutive)
      • Completed and signed visa application form
      • Supporting documents (It is recommended to submit originals along with photocopies of all supporting documents)
      • Proof of payment of the visa fee as per the purpose of travel
      • Two clear, passport sized (45mmX35mm), colour photographs.
      Applying for the visa is a simple 6 stage process:
      1. Make the application online through http://www.visa4uk.fco.gov.uk
      2. Make an appointment online to give your biometrics
      3. Submit your visa application and pay your visa application fee
      4. Visit the visa application centre to submit your application and biometrics
      5. Wait for a decision
      6. Collect your passport
      PLEASE NOTE: You should complete and submit the visa application form online and then schedule your online appointment before you visit the visa application centre. All applicants are required to come in person to submit their visa application and biometrics. We cannot accept the visa application if the applicant has not applied online, or if the applicant does not come into the visa application centre personally. Please note that the appointment dates are computer generated. The applicant may select the available date on the website as per his/her convenience.

      This service does not imply or guarantee in any way that applicants using the Priority Service will be successful in their visa application. All visa applicants must meet the requirements of the UK immigration rules.
      Applicants should be aware that they may experience extended processing times if any of the following factors apply:
      1. Have previously been refused a visa for the UK, and/or;
      2. Have previously been refused leave to enter the UK, and/or;
      3. Have previously been deported, removed, or otherwise required to leave the UK, and/or;
      4. Have overstayed a period of leave in the UK, and/or;
      5. Have been refused leave to remain in the UK by the Home Office, and/or;
      6. Have previously been refused a visa for Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United States of America or the Schengen countries.
      7. Have been convicted of a criminal offence in any country.
      UK Border Agency’s published global customer service target for processing visit visa applications is 15 working days. Applicants in South Africa generally receive a quicker service with most application processed in around 5 working days. The Priority Visa Service will offer an even faster service, though a specific turnaround time will not be guaranteed

      NOTE: A South African passport holder who has a valid common format Category D visa for entry to an EEA state or a valid common format residence permit issued by an EEA state can transit the UK without a visa, provided they have a confirmed onward booking and are transiting within 24 hours. If they have a Category C Schengen visa, they need a UK transit visa.

      COST :
      The fee is approx R1785.00 for a tourist visa for up to 6 months.

  199. Hi there, has anyone else had a problem with getting there passport back from Cape Town. I had my appointment on the 13th August 2015, was sent an email to say it had been resolved and that they would send my passport back in a few days. Im still waiting. Have sent emails, phoned and payed the £1.37 per minute fee, lady was helpful, but I was not told if its still in Pretoria or sitting in Cape Town. Was told to wait another 3- 5 working days. I hope it hasn’t been lost or misplaced?? Any suggestions please..

    • Hi Janine,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      Unfortunately we do not have access to their records and would not be able to say where exactly your passport is currently at.

      My best suggestion would be to wait the 3 – 5 working days and then do a follow up, or you can go back to the official visa handling agency you applied through where you had your appointment and they should be able to shed more light.

      Fingers crossed you receive your passport soon.

  200. Forgot to add to this. Can I just pitch at the office where I applied in Cape Town without an email stating they have my passport ready for collection??? I await your answer. Thanking you in advance

    • Hi Janine,

      You would need this letter as confirmation stating you have received a letter from them saying your passport is ready for collection.

  201. Hi I am a UK resident and
    I have a brother who is studying in south Africa with a Congolese passport and would like to visit me in the uk what are the requirement for a short stay visit and where to apply in south africa.
    Thank you

    • Hi Theresa,

      Thanks for reaching out.

      Unfortunately I am not able to advise you on the requirements for Congolese passport holder as we specialise in South African travellers.

      I suggest he contacts the official visa handling agency Teleperformance on:

      The website address is : https://uk.tlscontact.com
      Tel: (021) 300 3758 or 00 44 1243 218 173. These numbers are a paid service so there is a charge of £1.37 per minute over and above your network charges. It is therefore necessary to have a valid credit/debit card ready to process payment.
      Office hours for the Application centers are: 0900-1700 Mon-Fri

      And they should be able to assist with any queries you might have on applying for a UK visa.

      Alternatively you welcome to contact the British Embassy direct.

      British Consulate in Cape Town
      Address: 15th Floor Southern Life Centre 8 Riebeeck Street , 8001 Cape Town
      Tel: 27 (0) 21 405 2400

      British Consulate in Pretoria
      Address: 255 Hill Street, Arcadia, 2 Pretoria
      Tel: 27 (0) 12 421 7500
      Fax: 27 (0) 12 421 7555

  202. Hi Marcelle,

    I need some assistance. I have applied for a Tier 2 Visa. I have a COS and my wife and child will be joining me. I forgot to add the marriage certificate as well as my daughters birth certificate. I this going to cause their Visa’s to be refused? how can I add the documents? will this also affect my documents?

    thank you,

    Eugene.

    • Hi Eugene,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      If all required documents are not attached this could effect the your visa application.

      You will need to get in contact with the official visa handling agency to see if there is anyway of trying to send the additional documents through.

      Only they will be able to confirm if this is possible.

  203. Hi,

    I have invited a friend to come and watch the Springboks vs USA game on Wednesday 7 October 16:45hrs UK time. He had to apply for a new passport which he received today Tuesday 29th Sept. Would he be able to apply for his visa tomorrow Thursday 30Sept and have it in time for a flight on Tuesday 6th? Your site states 3-5 days but this is cutting it fine so is there any way of ensuring it is less than 5 days for him to make his flight for this trip….

    • Hi Jot,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      Unfortunately there is no way of saying how long the visa processing time is.

      If they have a back log it could take up to a week or two. Only they would be able to give a guideline.

      There is an additional fee of R2000 (excluding the visa cost) to speed up the visa process but this still does not guarantee if he will get the visa within the required time.

      He is welcome to contact Teleperformance direct to see what information they can provide.

      Tel: (021) 300 3758 or 00 44 1243 218 173. These numbers are a paid service so there is a charge of £1.37 per minute over and above your network charges. It is therefore necessary to have a valid credit/debit card ready to process payment.
      Office hours for the Application centers are: 0900-1700 Mon-Fri

  204. Hi Marcelle,

    Thank you for your response, I have been mailed to submit these… They did not say where to though….?

    Thanks for your response anyways,

    Eugene

  205. Hi
    Im a south african married to an italian man who lives in South Africa with me but has an EU passport. I have applied for a teaching job in the UK through TimePlan teacher recruiters and was advised to apply for a visa in order to proceed with my job application. I would like to know if im elligible to apply for a EEA family permit and if so how do i get an agency to help with the requirements near me in Durban?

    • Hi there,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      Unfortunately we do not specialize in this area. I suggest you contact the official visa handling agency CAPAGO and they should be able to assist with any queries you might with regards to being eligible for a EEA family permit and how you go about applying for it.

      The contact details are:

      To get more information, you can visit the website http://www.capago.eu

      Office hours: Mon-Fri 0800-1700 by appointment only.

      Entrance into the premises is only permitted 15 minutes prior to appointment.

      Passport collection: Mon-Fri 1200-1630

      Call Centre Tel: 087 231 0313

  206. If I couldn’t entry in my visa time then what happened if I will try to another visitor visa they give me a another visa or not

    Because I’m too busy in my business and now I’m free and now we are going to the UK

    • Hi Naman,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      I am not to sure what exactly your question is.

      If you are a South African passport holder I suggest you contact the official visa handling agency direct Teleperformance they should be able to answer any questions you might have.

      https://uk.tlscontact.com
      Tel: (021) 300 3758 or 00 44 1243 218 173. These numbers are a paid service so there is a charge of £1.37 per minute over and above your network charges. It is therefore necessary to have a valid credit/debit card ready to process payment.
      Office hours for the Application centers are: 0900-1700 Mon-Fri

  207. Me and my boyfriend stay together here in south Africa for 6 years and we hare a baby she is 3 years old now and he went to London to stay there now we want to go to him she is on his surname and we want to get married is is better to get married in London for me and my baby to stay with him or must he come back and get married here in south Africa and then must I palay for a visa or must I go visit him for 6 month or what must I do and how match will it be

    • Hi Anneri,

      thanks for the interesting question.

      This is quite a complex one and think its best to contact the British Embassy direct to see what information they can provide you with.

      They will be able to advise you on the correct procedures to follow.

  208. I have read there is no border between Ireland and Northern Ireland. I am planning on going to Belfast via Dublin this December. I do not want to risk getting caught with no UK visa but if there are no immigration checkpoints, is it necessary to get one?

    • Hi Cindy,

      Should you get stopped for any reason and they ask to see identification and you are not able to show you have the correct documentation you will get deported and black listed.

      We recommend you have all the necessary documents however it will be up to your discretion if you decide not to apply for a UK visa.

  209. Hi There. I am a British Citizen with Permanent SA residence, we reside in Cape Town. My wife, who is South African and I have just had a son, in Cape Town and would like to take him back home to see the British side of the family.

    We have obtained an SA passport for my son, however I wanted to confirm whether I still need to go through the whole British VISA application process for him that my wife needs to go through?

    Thanks for the help

    Regards

    • Hi Andy,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      Every passenger no matter the age needs to travel on their own passport. To my knowledge your son will need to apply for a UK visa if he is travelling on a South African passport. You welcome to contact the British Embassy to clarify this.

      Teleperformance the official visa handling agency mentions with immediate effect, children under the age of 5 years old are now required to attend the Visa Application Center to complete the application process. It is now mandatory for them to have their photo taken at the VAC. These changes do not affect applications that have already been submitted.

      Their contact details are:

      https://uk.tlscontact.com
      Tel: (021) 300 3758 or 00 44 1243 218 173. These numbers are a paid service so there is a charge of £1.37 per minute over and above your network charges. It is therefore necessary to have a valid credit/debit card ready to process payment.
      Office hours for the Application centers are: 0900-1700 Mon-Fri

  210. I will be travelling to the UK, on business, so will be applying for a business visa. I then plan to stay longer in the UK and then travel to a schengen state (already have a valid schengen visa) and back to the UK for my flight back home. Will my business visa for the UK suffice?

    • Hi Nat,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      To my knowledge is should be fine, but I do suggest you contact the the official visa handling agency Teleperformance they should be able to give the correct information.

  211. my grandfather and my uncle and his family they live in london they have permant recidancy but they born in South Africa and i would love to live and work there as well, my question is what kind of visa do i need and how much money must have in my bank account?

    hope to hear from you

    regards

    • Hi Melittah,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I’m afraid we do not specials in visas and if one is wanting to immigrate to the UK. For this you would need to contact the official visa handling agency Teleperformance they should be able to answer any questions you might have on what documentation is required and funds needed.

  212. I was in London in October 2015 for 14 days now I need to go there again in March 2016. I am leaving on the 7 March 2016 but my visa will expire on the 10 March 2016, do I apply for a new visa while still here or I will have to renew it in UK?

    • Hi Nomusa,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I think you would need to apply for an extension in South Africa before you depart for the UK.

      I suggest you contact the official visa handling agency Teleperformance, they will be able to advise accordingly.

  213. How can I bring my husbands son to live in uk. I’m British. He is in spousal visa. His son is 19. Not my blood.

    • Hi Belinda,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      I’m afraid we do not specialize in this with wanting to bring relatives to live in the UK.

      For this you would need to contact the official visa handling agency Teleperformance or the UK Embassy. They will be able to assist with any queries you might have, advise if this is possible, what the correct procedures to follow and what documentation are needed.

  214. I have refuge south africa passport travel document and I want go uk can I get visa or not

    • Hi Ali,

      As per my reply to your query for applying for the Austrian visa the same applies here.

      I’m afraid we do not process the visa it will be up to the British Embassy if they will grant a visa or not, to the person applying.

      You will need to have all the relevant documentation when applying. You welcome to contact the Embassy or official visa handling agency direct who specialize in this, they will be able to advise on the correct procedure to follow and what all requirements are needed when applying.

  215. Hi,
    I want to apply for a visit visa to the UK to visit my wife, but i do not have a job in South Africa.
    Will this be a problem for me if i apply without having a job?
    If so, what can i do?

    • Hi Sammy,

      Not have a job could stand against you when applying for a UK visa. It is up to the discretion of the Embassy if they grant you a visa or not. You will need all required documents when applying before they will even consider look at your visa application.

  216. Hi there,
    I am British but my child was born in South Africa. I am trying to go back but I’m not quite sure what visa to apply for, for my child and the costs. I am also not sure if she would need a return ticket. She is only 2 months old. Could u please help me out?

    • Hi Mary-Ann,

      If your daughter is a South African passport holder she would need to fly on a return ticket.

      If you are a British Passport holder she could probably get a British Passport through you, which would make things a lot easier long term.

      With regards to applying for a visa, its best you contact the official visa handling agency: Teleperformance they should be able to answer any queries you might have.

  217. i have a British passport but was not born there i would like to move to the UK with my wife and children who are all south African PLEASE HELP ME.

    • Hi Mark,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I’m afraid we do not specilize in people wanting to immergrate. For this you will need to contact the Embassy direct or official visa handling agency. They will be able to answer any questions you might have and advise on the correct procedures to follow.

  218. Hi Marcelle
    do you have any numbers for them all the ones i tried don’t work.

    • Hi Mark,

      A company called TELEPERFORMANCE LTD has been awarded the contract for passengers applying for UK visa’s. The website address is : https://uk.tlscontact.com
      Tel: (021) 300 3758 or 00 44 1243 218 173. These numbers are a paid service so there is a charge of £1.37 per minute over and above your network charges. It is therefore necessary to have a valid credit/debit card ready to process payment.
      Office hours for the Application centers are: 0900-1700 Mon-Fri

      Alternatively best to contact the the UK Embassy direct you can google them to see which one is closest to you.

  219. Hi Marcelle
    Thank you so much for your help.

  220. hi I’m a south African citizen nd I haven’t seen my aunt for almost 17years she isn’t to we’ll so I am going to visit her but I wanna stay there for like 2years,and she is a UK citizen can I apply for a Ancestral visa (2year working holiday visa)so while I’m on holiday it’s gna be a while I’m there so I can also work in the 2years

    • Hi Renaldo,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      To my knowledge this would not be possible. You can only apply for an ancestral through your grandparent. You not able to apply through aunts and uncles etc.

      You welcome to contact the Embassy or official visa handling agency direct they will be able to give the most up to date information.

  221. Hi im john me and my wife wanted to apply for a visa to uk we are visiting for 9days it’s my sister’s wedding so we are invited to attend a wedding thanks

    • Hi John,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      How may we assist you. If you are wanting to apply for a visa you will need to apply through Teleperformance who are the official visa handling agency for a UK visa.

  222. Does a South African Passport holder with a Non immigrant Visa to work in the US who is traveling from South Africa to the US via London ( transit only ) need a U K Visa ?

    • Hi Lisa,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      South African passport holders transiting the UK as part of their flight en-route to the United States of America, Canada, New Zealand or Australia may travel to the UK under the “Transit without a Visa” (TWOV) concession. This will allow passengers to connect to the next leg of their route without a visa provided that the passenger:
      * Has a confirmed flight to the next destination (USA, Canada, New Zealand or Australia)
      * Has the correct documents to enter their next destination (i.e. a valid visa to the US, Canada, New Zealand or Australia)
      * Will be leaving the UK within 24 hours of arrival.
      The TWOV concession allows passengers to connect to onward flights both airside or at an alternative airport as long as the connecting flight to the onward destination is taken within 24 hours

      As we do not specialize in visa’s I do suggest you contact the US Embassy direct to get the most up to date information as this could have changed at anytime.

  223. Hi
    My Mom will be visiting friends in UK in June, and I need to apply for a visa, is it necessary to apply first then buy airticket, or is an airticket necessary for the visa app. (she has previously had a UK visa)

    • Hi Rozanna,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      This blog was written on: 4 October 2010 so the information could have changed since then.

      As we do not specialize in visa’s I suggest you contact the official visa handling agency or Embassy direct to get the most up to date information on what documents are required when applying for a UK visa.

  224. Hi,I was planning to go to UK to stay there how do i apply visa.thanks.

    • Hi Rachel,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      You will need to contact the official visa handling agency Teleperformance they assist with all visa applications and will be able to assist accordingly.

  225. Hi, I’m looking to visit the UK around mid- August for about 2 months. I’d be staying with a cousin, and have other relative there. I’ve filled out the application for a general tourist visa on the visa4UK site and signed the declaration. When it comes to making payment for the appointment booking, it only has Mastercard, Visa and Maestro as a payment options. Is there any other way to pay like with an EFT maybe? I only have a Nedbank debit card, which I was told won’t work. Thanks for any advice.

    • Hi Mikhail,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      You will need to contact the official visa handling agency you applying through direct for this query. Only they will be able to advise you on their payment methods of what will be accepted or not.

  226. I am a South African citizen with a SA passport and currently in Netherlands on a 6 week holiday. I have. Shengen visa but would like to visit the UK if I’m able to apply for a visa from here. Is that possible at all?

    • Hi Miranda,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      You will need to contact the nearest UK Embassy direct and see what they advise, if this would be possible. As they are the ones who would be granting the visa they will be able to give you the most up to day information.

  227. Hi

    I am currently doing a research masters in Cape Town and have received funding to travel to England to do a month of research at the University of York. I will be working with a collaborator over there for the month. I wont be enrolling in any courses at the university, only using their facilities and then returning to Cape Town to continue with my masters. What type of visa would you recommend I get? I will also be travelling around the UK for about three weeks after doing the research.

    Thanks

    • Hi Lee,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      It’s best you contact the Embassy direct as they specialize in this area and will be able to give you the most up to date information on what visa you would need to apply for as they are the ones who would be granting it.

  228. Hi there, would like to know how much is an Australian visa?

  229. Hi, I am a for foreigner living and working in South Africa with a working permit. I want to spend spent my next leave in UK. I have a family member who lives in UK and wants to send me invitation letter. I would like to know what other documents needed to apply?

    • Hi Solomon,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for an foreign passport holder as we specialise in South African travellers.

      For this you will need to contact the Embassy direct or official visa handling agency.

      They will be able to advise on the cost, correct procedures to follow and what documentation will be required.

  230. Hie! My name is Thabiso a holder of Zimbabwean passport with a work permit here in South Africa. Would like to apply for a visitor’s visa. How long can this take,? Is it true that it can take longer than 15 working days ( maximum 30 working days) since its a Zimbabwean passport.

    • Hi Thabiso,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements and waiting period for a UK visa as we do not specialize in this area. Also we do not have access to their data base and not able to advise how long the waiting time is. Sometimes they have a back log however only they are able to advise on this information. I suggest you contact the Embassy or official visa handling agency Teleperformance direct. They will be able to provide you with the most up to date information

  231. Hie, my name is Fortune. I applied for a visa and on my enquiry was told that my visa has been processed and decision has been made. Its almost a close to two weeks now. Am I in a position to go and collect directly instead of waiting for them to send to the visa application centre? What could be the meaning of further delays when decision has been already done?

    • Hi Fortune,

      Thanks for contacting us. When your visa is ready for collection they will let you know. However we do suggest you contact them direct they will be able to provide you with the correct and most up to date information.

  232. Hi,
    Thank you for all this really helpful information!
    My grandmother was a UK citizen and most of my family live in the UK. I am however a South African as is my mom…Im not sure if she has a British passport… I am currently working in South Korea but will be home in SA for two months from June to July. I wanted to take my mom on a trip to England to visit our family, but I am really surprised at how much effort you have to go through just to have a week long visit in the UK… Anyway, how do I arrange a UK visa out of Korea for the UK in July…traveling from SA to the UK? I cant believe it takes so long to get one! My Korean visa took three days(although it is a working visa)…anyway, sorry to gripe so much, it certainly isn’t your fault! 🙂

  233. My husband i and will be visiting the United States traveling British Airways via Heathrow from South Africa to San Diego USA. We have American Visas in our Passports. We have an 8 hour layover at Heathrow., Can we leave Terminal 5 to meet friends at a restaurant in the Airport and do we need a visa for this. Many thanks Isobel

    • Hi Isobel,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      No you will not be permitted to leave the terminal if you do not have a visa.

      If you wish pass through immigration you will need to apply for a tourist visa.

  234. Hi i would like to visit UK fo a month or 2 to see my mom who is sick in UK and im in Capetown .wha must i do or what steps should i take

    • Hi Fanasei,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      A New online visa application service called Access UK has been launched for South Africans. See http://www.gov.uk/apply-uk-visa

      Please log onto that website and you will be able to find all the information required.

  235. If an error has been made on the application form and it cannot be altered should a refund be requested and a new process begun?

    • Hi Sandra,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      You will need to contact the official visa handling agency. They will be able to advise accordingly on the correct procedure to follow.

  236. Hi there
    My son is turning 21 and would like to go to the UK on holiday to spend his 21st with his brother who lives and works in the UK.
    One of the visa requirements is evidence that you can support yourself during your trip, example bank statements or payslips from last 6 months. Unfortunately my son does not have a steady income. He just has menial part time jobs occasionally. We will be paying for his flight and for his stay whilst there on holiday. Would his visa get rejected because of this?

    • Hi Maria,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      As we do not grant the visa’s we are not at liberty to advise this.

      You would need to contact the Embassy direct.

      To my knowledge if the passenger is able to provide proof of sufficient funds for their entire stay as well as all the other relevant documentation, it should be fine. But again this is up to the Embassy’s discretion.

  237. Hi
    If travelling as a family does each suit an application or one person applies and includes everyone’s details is it one person per application forms online .and submit documents separately.?

    • HI Danai,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      To my knowledge every person applying for a visa will need to fill out their own application form. However I would suggest you contact the Embassy or official visa handling agency direct as they will be able to provide you with the most up to date information and correct procedures to follow when applying.

  238. Hi
    I’m born in pakistan but long time been in south Africa and I got south African passport I want to visit in uk just for holiday so what decoment I need for apply a visa

    • Hi there,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      Please contact the Embassy or official visa handling agency direct.

      They will be able to provide you with the most up to date information on all the documents required when applying for a UK visa.

  239. Good Day Marcelle,
    I need to travel to the UK ( Cornwall ) to receive training on a machine I sold in S.A.
    While I am in the area, My Parent Company ( Denmark ) wants me to make a visit at head office.
    How should I proceed?
    Many Thanks.

    • Hi Leslie,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      You would need to apply for a UK visa as well as a Schengen visa. Personally I would apply for the UK visa first as that usually does take the longest. However one can never say how long to get a visa from any Embassy as it depends if they have a back log.

      So you would need to contact the Embassy for each country of the offical visa handling agency. For the UK it is Teleperformance.

  240. Hi there…

    I have been trying for 3 days now to pay for my UK visa online on the UK.gov website and it keeps on telling me that the page cannot be displayed.

    I have tried from Qatar and have asked my mom to try for me from South Africa…but nothing works…do you know if their website is down…Please help

  241. Hi
    Have just heard rumours that South Africans (Commonwealth countries) might not have to apply for a visa to visit the UK if less than 3 months. Is there any truth in this, we are travelling in November and I was hoping that visas would be waived.

    • Hi Joyce,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      We have not heard any such news. Would be great if it were true. I would suggest contacting the British Embassy direct, they will be able to provide you with the most up to date information.

  242. We are traveling as a family to the UK in a few months, and already done our visa applications, however i am concerned if my 19 year old daughter needs a unabridged birth certificate along with her passport for her visa application?

  243. I am in the process of applying for UK Tier 5 visas for 7 entertainers. They will also be traveling to other european countries. While completing the applications online I notice that there is a button for schengen visa application. Does the UK now also issue schengen visas or would I have to apply through one of the other countries?

    • Hi Niki,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      To my knowledge you will need to apply for the visa at the Embassy you are wanting a visa for. Example if you wanting a visa for France you will need to apply for a Schengen visa through the French Embassy.

  244. Please need help, I applied for the tier 4 student visa, it was refused because my financial statement did not show enough fund. I FIX that and reapplied it is been more than three weeks now that I have been waiting for a response on my application. What might be happening? Could any one help?

    • Hi there,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I’m afraid we do not have access to the UK visa data base as we are not the ones who are granting the visa’s. You will need to contact the UK Embassy direct or official visa handling agency you applied through. Hopefully they should be able to give you some feedback.

  245. Hello there, please I need a solution to this big problem. Please am having two identity in uk embassy but am in need to rectify it to one please what can I do? Thanks.

    • Hi Franck,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I am not understanding your question. However I’m afraid we do not specialize with visa related queries. For this you will need to contact the Embassy direct or official visa handling agency. They will need to assist with any questions you might have and will be able to advise accordingly.

  246. Hi

    i am trying to apply for an appointment to apply for UK visa, however the system is asking for GWB number.Where do you find this number?
    Please assist.

    • Hi there,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I did a search online and went onto the following website: https://uk.tlscontact.com/it/rom/page.php?pid=procedure

      One of the things our found was:

      After completing and paying for your application on the UK Visas and Immigration website, you will receive a unique GWF Number – please make note of this as you will need it when registering to the TLScontact website.

      I would suggest contacting the Embassy direct as they specialize in visa related queries and would be able to shed more light and answer any questions you might have.

  247. Hi there
    We currently live in Durban. South Africa
    My wife and i have been married for 6 years, and had 1 child ,age now is 4. Recently my wife applied and received her british passport. We would like to immigrate to the uk soon.
    What id like to know is …
    what visas i would need or be able to get and any other information anyone can give us.
    Kind Regards

    • Hi there,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      For this you would need to contact the British Embassy, as they specialize in this area with people wanting to Immigrate to the UK. And would be able to provide you with the most up to date information.

  248. Does a South African citizen travelling with his spouse who is a British Citizen have to pay for a holiday visa?

    • Hi there Carol,

      Thanks for getting in touch. Please be advised that we do not advise on Visas however you may contact Visa box Tel : 021 551 8829 http://www.visa-box.co.za, for further information. -Stacey

    • Hi there Carol,

      Thanks for getting in touch, Please be advised that we do not advise on Visas however you may contact Visa box Tel : 021 551 8829 http://www.visa-box.co.za, for further information. -Stacey

  249. I am a britsh citizen on a UK passport. My Daughter was born in South Africa. What visa must I apply for in respect of my daughter when travelling for holidays to the UK?

    Thanks

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