UK Visit Visa Applications Forms, Supporting Documents and Immigration Rules

This page provides a practical overview, per UK visit/transit visa category, of the UK visa application form (and, where applicable, Appendices), to be completed; links to relevant UKBA Visa Guidance on how to complete your form, UKBA Supporting Documents Guidance for your visit/transit category, and the relevant UK Immigration Rule for that visa category. All the links for your visit/transit visa category in one quick glance! If you are not sure which visit/transit visa to apply for, please read our ‘Overview of different UK visit/transit visa categories’ first.

Please note that, in terms of application forms, in most countries (but not all!), you must apply for your visa online using UKBA’s Visa4UK system. The Visa4UK online application system can be found here. Please do not forget to print out your online application form, and to sign and date it. Even though your application form is submitted online, you will still need to provide a printed, signed and dated copy at the time of your appointment at the visa application centre! In some countries, you must complete the form by hand on a printed application form. To find out whether you need to complete an online form or a handwritten form, you should always check UKBA’s country finder here. The country finder will tell you which type of form to complete (online or handwritten) and what the application procedures are in your country.

An online form automatically generates the correct application form for you after you have completed a few questions concerning your application. You will find that you do not have to choose from any particular application form; you simply answer a few questions about the purpose of your application and the system automatically generates the correct form for you. If you have to complete a handwritten form, you will need to know which form to complete. Using the country finder on the UKBA website will tell you which form to complete. You will find the country finder here.

UKBA’s country finder will advise you where to apply, how to apply, which type of form to submit, how to book an appointment and how you can pay the visa processing fees.

UK Visit and Transit Visas: UK Visa Application Forms, UK Visa Guidance, and UK Immigration Rules

Visit and Transit
Visa Category Application Form Guidance to complete form Supporting Documents Guidance PBS Policy Guidance Additional form (Appendix) to be completed Paragraph Immigration Rules
General visit/Tourist VAF1A Click here Click here Not applicable Not applicable 41-46
Family Visit VAF1B Click here Click here Not applicable Not applicable 41-46
Business Visit VAF1C Click here Click here Not applicable Not applicable 46G-46L
Permitted Paid Engagements VAF1C Click here Click here Not applicable Not applicable 56X-56Z
Prospective Entrepreneur VAF1C Click here Click here Not applicable Not applicable 56N-56Q
ADS Visitor VAF1A Click here Click here Not applicable Not applicable 56G-56J
Student Visitor VAF1D Click here Click here Not applicable Not applicable 56K-56M
Prospective Student VAF3A Click here Click here Not applicable Not applicable Para 82-87
Parents of Children at School VAF1A Click here Click here and here Not applicable Not applicable 56A-56C
Academic Visitor VAF1E Click here Click here Not applicable Not applicable 46G
Marriage/Civil Partnership Visitor VAF1F Click here Click here Not applicable Not applicable 56D-F
Medical Visitor VAF1G Click here Click here Not applicable Not applicable 51-56
Visitor in Transit VAF1H Click here Click here Not applicable Not applicable 47-50
Direct Airside Transit VAF6 Click here Click here Not applicable Not applicable Note1 – see below
Sports Visitor VAFJ Click here Click here Not applicable Not applicable 46M-46R
Entertainment Visitor VAFK Click here Click here Not applicable Not applicable 46S-46X
Child Visitor Note 2 Note 2 Note 2 Not applicable Not applicable 46A-46F
Note 1: Direct Airside Transit visa. Technically, this is not a visa. It is a requirement under the Asylum and Immigration Act 1993 and the subsequent Immigration Transit Visa Order 1993 for certain nationals to hold transit visas even when they transit airside, that is, change aircraft without passing through UK immigration controls at a UK airport. The Transit Visa Order 1993 can be found here.

Note 2: Child Visitors. Child Visitors complete the form in the relevant Visit Category (e.g. General Visitor, Family Visitor etc.). They should also read the corresponding Guidance Notes and Supporting Documents. Child Visitors can also come to the UK to study if they are under 18 years old and want to come for studies in the UK for up to 6 months. While they are in the UK as a child visitor, they cannot ‘switch’ and apply to extend their stay as a Tier 4 (Child) student. If they want to study under Tier 4 (Child), they will need to leave the UK and apply from the country where they are resident.

Please note that UK visa application forms, guidance and rules are subject to frequent change. Before applying for a visa, you should always check the UKBA website for correct and up-to-date. The information contained in this page is purely for informative purposes and its use is at your own risk.

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