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1. Documents you must provide – all visitors

  • Valid travel document (national passport or other document that allows the holder to travel internationally).

2. Other documents you may want to provide – all visitors

  • This section provides guidance on the types of documents that you may want to provide to help us consider your application against the Immigration Rules.

  • previous travel documents/passports, which show previous travel.

  • financial documents showing that you have sufficient funds available. These must clearly show that you have access to the funds, such as:

  • bank statements

  • building society book

  • proof of earnings such as a letter from employer confirming employment details (start date of employment, salary, role, company contact details)

  • where a third party (who is either in the UK or who will be legally in the UK at the time of your visit) is providing financial support to you e.g. a business, a friend or a relative, documents to show they have sufficient resources to support you in addition to themselves and any dependant family should be provided

  • confirmation of legal residence, if you are not a national of the country in which you are applying or your right to reside there is not included in your passport

  • details of employment or studies where you have stated in your application that you are either employed or in full-time studies. This could include:

  • a letter from your employer on company headed paper, detailing your role, salary and length of employment

  • a letter from your education provider, on headed paper, confirming your enrolment and leave of absence

  • if self employed: business registration documents confirming the business owner’s name and the date the business started trading

  • business activities – where you are coming to the UK in order to undertake activities relating to your occupation/employment outside the UK you should submit documents showing what you will be doing in the UK, including any letters from inviting organizations. For example:

  • any business activities, e.g. letter from your employer outlining the reason for your visit, who you will be meeting and details of any payment/expenses

  • for performances and entertainment visitors, whether you work in this area as a professional or amateur , and what and where you will be performing

  • under 18s – we strongly recommend you submit the following information otherwise it may delay consideration of your application

  • a Birth Certificate or legal document (such as adoption papers) showing the relationship between you and your parent or guardian

  • if travelling unaccompanied or with someone other than your parent or guardian you should provide:

  • a signed letter from your parent(s) confirming details of anyone accompanying you, and details of care and accommodation arranged in the UK

  • a copy of your parent(s) or legal guardian’s biographical page of their passport, which includes their signature and passport number if your parent(s) do not have a passport then you must provide another official document which bears their signature