UK visa application: 10 things you need to know

By Karen Flores,

Posted at Feb 20 2015 12:40 PM | Updated as of Jul 22 2016 02:13 PM

MANILA – Planning to visit the United Kingdom? It is not as difficult as many Filipinos think.

British Ambassador to the Philippines Asif Ahmad and the rest of the British Embassy Manila held a media briefing recently to show that applying for a visa in the UK is quick and convenient.

Here are 10 things that you need to know about the UK visa application process here in the Philippines.

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Ahmad and other members of British Embassy Manila answer questions from the media regarding the process of applying for a visa in the UK. Photo by Karen Flores,


1. Most UK visa applications from Filipino nationals are successful.

According to the latest data from British Embassy Manila, 89% of Filipino applicants were granted UK visas. In the year ending September 2014, over 53,000 UK visas were issued to Filipino nationals.

Here are the most common reasons why some Filipinos fail to get a UK visa: factual errors in the documents they submitted, adverse immigration history, and applying for the wrong type of visa, which brings us to number two.