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UK visa In Pakistan

This page explains how you can apply for a visa to come to the UK if you are currently in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

If you currently have temporary permission to stay in Pakistan and Afghanistan (for example, as a student or a visitor), you can only apply for some types of UK visa - see 'More information' below. Afghans can apply for any category in Pakistan and India, regardless of their status.

When to apply
You can apply for a visa up to 3 months before your date of travel to the UK. We strongly advise you not to confirm your travel arrangements until you have received your visa. To find out how long we usually take to process your type of visa, see the Visa processing times page.

Before you apply
Before you apply, you must:

prepare the supporting documents that you will need;
be tested to show that you do not have tuberculosis (if you want to come to the UK for more than 6 months);
be ready to enrol your fingerprints and photograph (known as biometric information) at one of our visa application centres in Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore or Mirpur; and
be able to pay the visa application fee. The Visa application fees and guides pages explain how much your visa application will cost.
If you do not know which supporting documents to provide, the Visa application fees and guides page will help you to find guidance for your visa category.
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New immigration fees proposed

Today, 3 February 2014, the government announced proposals to change the fees charged for visas, immigration and nationality applications and associated premium services.

New customer satisfaction survey

From 16 December 2013, if you are applying for a visa from outside the UK, you will be asked to fill in a new customer satisfaction survey.

Online payment to become mandatory in Pakistan

From 16 December 2013 all UK visa applications made in Pakistan must be paid for online.

Immigration Rule changes - Armed Forces

Changes to the Immigration Rules will affect members of HM Forces and their families

New visa application customer satisfaction survey

If you are making a visa application in the UK you now have the opportunity to tell us about your experience through a new customer satisfaction survey.

Our application forms are changing

We are publishing new versions of the following application forms for use on or after 28 October 2013

Immigration Bill introduced

The government has announced the introduction of the Immigration Bill on Thursday 10 October 2013.

New commercial partner contracts announced

Global contracts have been awarded for our visa application centres overseas

Immigration Rule changes

Rule changes which come into effect on 1 October 2013 will mean greater flexibility for businesses and workers

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