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  1. 1. Guidance notes Visa Application FormPart 1 about You marital status e.g. marriage or civil partnership certificate, divorce certificate, death certificate.These guidance notes are to help you Single - You have never entered into a legallycomplete an application form to come to recognised marriage or civil partnership.the UK as a visitor. They cover the followingapplication forms: vaf1a, vaf1b, vaf1c, Married - You and your partner have enteredvaf1d, vaf1e, vaf1f, vaf1G, vaf1h, into a marriage, which is legally recognised andvaf1j, vaf1k. documented.Further guidance and information can be Civil partnership - You and your same sex partnerobtained from your local visa application have entered into a partnership, which is legallycentre or by visiting: recognised and Unmarried partner - You currently live in a marriage-like relationship with your partner without1.1 Given name(s) (as shown in your being legally married.passport) These must be the same as recorded inyour passport. They are normally all the names you Divorced/dissolved partnership - Your marriage/were given at birth, but not your family/surname civil partnership has been legally dissolved by legalwhich you should enter in 1.2. Please do not use authority, usually a family court, and you havetitles such as Mr, Snr or Esq. documentary evidence to this effect.1.2 family name (as shown in your passport) Widowed/surviving civil partner - Your partner,The name by which your family is known (also male or female, is deceased and, immediately priorknown as surname/last name) and must be as to their death, you were in a legal marriage/civilrecorded in your passport. Please do not use titles partnership.such as Snr. Separated - You and your partner/spouse no1.3 other names longer live as a married couple, and would normally(including any other names you are known by live apart, but you have not finalised divorceand/or any other names that you have been proceedings to terminate the marriage.known by) 1.6 date of birthAny other names by which you are or have been In DD/MM/YYYY format. As recorded in yourknown, for example, maiden name, name at birth, if passport.different. 1.7 Place of birth1.4 sex This must be the village/town/city and state/This should be your sex at time of application. province in which you were born.1.5 What is your marital status? 1.8 country of birthThis is your current marital status Enter the country of birth exactly as it appears onUnless single, please provide evidence of your the title page of your passport.1
  2. 2. 1.9 nationality Part 3 Your contact detaiLsThis must correspond with the authority that issuedyour travel document/passport. If you hold dual 3.1 Your full address and postal codenationality you should select the issuing country This is the address where you live rather thanof the passport/travel document you wish to your family home. You MUST include your fulltravel with. If ‘Stateless’ please enter this as your residential address details including house numbernationality and provide details of the country that or name/street/village/town/city/state/province/issued your travel document. postal or zip code/country.1.10 do you hold, or have you ever held, any 3.2 how long have you lived at thisother nationality or nationalities? address?Answer Yes/No. If ‘Yes’, please provide details of Give details as requestedwhich nationality or nationalities you hold or haveheld, along with details of your travel document or 3.3 home (landline) telephone numberpassport number if applicable/available. You should provide your home telephone number if you have one, including the area, city and countryPart 2 PassPort information codes. This should not be your mobile phone number. If you have no home telephone numberEnter details of the passport or travel document please enter ‘None’ and provide a mobile numberthat you will use to travel to the UK. in the following question. You must provide at least one telephone number you can be contacted on as2.1 current passport or travel document we may need to contact you if we need to discussnumber your application.The number should be entered as shown in yourpassport. If you hold a 1951 Convention travel 3.4 Your mobile telephone numberdocument please provide this number. Please provide your mobile/cellular telephone number, including the country code.2.2 Place of issuePlease include both the city and the country that 3.5 email addressissued the passport or travel document. Please provide a valid email address. If you have no email address please enter ‘None’.2.3 issuing authorityThis is the National Authority that issued the 3.6 contact details if different from thosepassport or travel document. Their details can be given in question 3.1found in your passport or travel document. You will be contacted at the address given in Question 3.1 unless you enter different details in2.4 date of issue this box. Please provide an alternative address, ifIn DD/MM/YYYY format. your contact details are different to those you have already given.2.5 date of expiryIn DD/MM/YYYY format. Part 4 Your famiLY2.6 is this your first passport? If known, please enter the details of your motherAnswer Yes/No and father, even if deceased. If you do not know the answer to any of these questions please state2.7 Please give details of any previous ‘Not known’.passports, covering the last 10 years,including where these passports are now. 4.1 father’s given name(s)Where the information is available, please provide These are all the names your father was given atfull details for each. birth, but not his family/surnameThis should include travel document or passport 4.2 father’s family namenumber, issue and expiry dates and place of issue. This should be the name by which your father’sPlease tell us where your previous passports are (for family is known.example if lost, stolen, expired or returned to theissuing authority and no longer with you).2
  3. 3. 4.3 father’s date of birth Answer Yes/No. If no please provide full details ofIn DD/MM/YYYY format. where your spouse/partner is currently living.4.4 father’s place and country of birth 4.15 Will your spouse/partner be travellingYou should give the village/town/city and state/ with you?province and country where he was born. Answer Yes/No. If yes, please note that he/she may also need a visa. If so they should complete a4.5 father’s nationality/nationalities separate application form.All nationalities your father holds now or held atthe time of your birth regardless of whether he 4.16 do you have any children?currently has a passport or travel document for any Answer Yes/Noof these nationalities. 4.17 Please provide full details for each of4.6 mother’s given name(s) your dependent childrenThese are all the names your mother was given at Provide details of all dependent children, includingbirth, but not her family/surname. those not travelling with you to the UK. For each child you should provide their full name, date and4.7 mother’s family name place of birth and passport number (if theyThis should be the name by which your mother’s possess one).family is known. If you require more space please provide additional4.8 mother’s date of birth details in Part 9 – Additional Information.In DD/MM/YYYY format. 4.18 do all your children currently live with4.9 mother’s nationality/nationalities you at the address given in question 3.1?All nationalities your mother holds now or held at Answer Yes/No. If no please provide full details ofthe time of your birth regardless of whether she where your children are currently living.currently has a passport or travel document for anyof these nationalities. 4.19 Please list any of your children who will be travelling with you to the uk?4.10 mother’s place and country of birth Please note that any children travelling with youYou should give the village/town/city and state/ may also need a visa.province and country where she was born If they need a visa, they will have to complete their4.11 full name of spouse/partner own application form.(if single go to 4.16)Please provide your spouse’s/partner’s given and 4.20 Will any other children be travellingfamily names as they appear in their passport. If with you?widowed, divorced or separated please provide the Answer Yes/No. This is any other children underfull name (given and family names) of your former 18 years of age, who are not your own children, butor deceased spouse/partner. If you have more than that will accompany you to the UK. Please note thatone spouse or partner please provide details in Part if they need a visa, they will have to complete their9 - Additional Information. own application form.4.12 spouse/partner’s nationality/ 4.21 if ‘Yes’ please provide full details aboutnationalities the child/childrenAll nationalities your spouse/partner holds now or For each child you should provide their full name,held at the time of their birth regardless of whether date of birth as recorded in their passport ins/he currently has a passport or travel document the DD/MM/YYYY format, passport number,for any of these nationalities. address, place of birth - this must be the state/ province and city/town/village in which they were4.13 spouse/partner’s date of birth born, nationality, your relationship to the childIn DD/MM/YYYY format and your relationship to their parents. For large school groups or similar please list the names of4.14 does your spouse/partner currently ALL accompanying children in Part 9-Additionallive with you at the address given in Information.question 3.1?3
  4. 4. Part 5 finances and emPLoYment income and exPenditure5.1 What are your current personal 5.10 What is your total monthly incomecircumstances? from all sources of employment orTo assist your application, you may want to occupation after tax?supply full, current, independent and verifiable Please state your total monthly income after taxesdocumentary evidence to support your statements. have been deducted. Please state which currency e.g. US Dollars or UK Pounds Sterling.emPLoYment 5.11 do you receive income from any other5.2 What is your present work or job sources, including friends or family?or occupation? Answer Yes/No. Please give details of all moneyPlease give details of your present job/occupation/ you receive from any/all source(s) includingemployment. To assist your application, you may amounts and frequency. Please state which currencywant to supply full, current, independent and e.g. US Dollars or UK Pounds Sterling.verifiable documentary evidence to support yourstatements. For students who work as well as 5.12 do you have savings, property orstudy, please provide details of your present job/ other income, for example, from stocks andoccupation/employment. For students that do not shares?work, please go to question 5.9. Answer Yes/No. Please give details. Please state which currency e.g. US Dollars or UK Pounds5.3 What is the name of the company or Sterling.organisation you work for?Please give the name of the company or 5.13 how much of your total monthlyorganisation you work for income is given to your family members and other dependants?5.4 When did you start this job? Please state how much of your monthly incomeIn DD/MM/YYYY format you spend on your family members and other dependants. Please state which currency e.g. US5.5 What is your work address? Dollars or UK Pounds Sterling.Please give the full address, including postal code,of where you work 5.14 how much do you spend each month on living costs?5.6 What are your employer’s This includes rent/mortgage/utility bills/loantelephone numbers? repayments etc.. Please state which currency e.g. USPlease give landline and mobile telephone numbers Dollars or UK Pounds Sterling.if available, including country and city codes. 5.15 What money is available to you for5.7 What is your employer’s email address? your trip?Include details of website if appropriate Please state which currency e.g. US Dollars or UK Pounds Sterling.5.8 Please give details of any additionaljob(s) or occupation you have 5.16 Who will pay for your travel to the uk?If employed in any other job(s) please provide This will be the person(s) paying the cost of yourfull details of these, including employer’s name, flight and any internal travel. Please give the fullfull address, landline telephone number and email name(s) of anyone providing funds for your travel.address for each. Please tell us the date you started If you personally are paying for your travel pleasein any other job(s). state ‘Myself ’.5.9 have you ever worked for any 5.17 Who will pay for your expenses such asorganisation of a type (state or non-state) accommodation and food?listed below? This will be the person(s) paying the cost of yourAnswer Yes/No for each career type. If you answer accommodation (e.g. hotel) and food. Please give‘Yes’ to any of these, please provide details in Part the full name(s) of anyone providing funds for your9 - Additional Information. accommodation and food. If you personally are4
  5. 5. paying for your accommodation and food please 6.5 have you been refused entry on arrivalstate ‘Myself ’. to the uk in the last 10 years? Answer Yes/No. This includes if you were refused5.18 if someone other than yourself is entry by a UK Immigration Officer prior to arrivalpaying for all or any part of this visit, how in the UK e.g. at Paris Gare du Nord or Brusselsmuch money will they give you? Midi etc. Please enter your reference number thatPlease also explain why they are paying for all or refers to the port or airport where you were refusedpart of your visit. Please state which currency e.g. entry e.g. LHR/TN4/123456 or DVE/123456.US Dollars or UK Pounds Sterling. (LHR/TN4/ is London Heathrow airport terminal 4 and DVE/ is Dover port). This can be found on5.19 What is the cost to you personally of your refusal notice.your stay in the uk?Please state how much money your trip to the UK 6.6 have you ever been deported, removedwill cost you in total. Please state which currency or otherwise required to leave any country,e.g. US Dollars or UK Pounds Sterling. including the uk in the last 10 years? Answer Yes/No. If ‘Yes’ please give detailsPart 6 Previous aPPLications and including the date the country you were removedtraveL historY from and to and the reason for your removal. If you were removed, deported or otherwise asked to6.1 have you travelled to the uk in the last leave the UK please give additional details including10 years? your Home Office reference number (which isAnswer Yes/No. This includes travel for any prefixed with the first letter of your family name,purpose (holidays, study, training, business trips e.g. Smith = S12345) and how you left the UK e.g.etc). When giving this information please provide voluntarily (paying for your own flight/transport),details of all your trips to the UK over the last at UK government expense (arrangements were10 years. made and paid for by the Home Office).6.2 have you travelled outside your country 6.7 have you made an application to theof residence, excluding to the uk, in the home office to remain in the uk in the lastlast 10 years?10 years? Answer Yes/No. Please enter your Home OfficeAnswer Yes/No. You should include travel for reference number which is prefixed with the firststudy, training, business trips etc. When giving this letter of your family name e.g. Smith = S123456. Ifinformation please provide details of all your trips this application was refused please give the reasonabroad that you have not described in answer to for this.question 6.1. 6.8 do you have a uk national6.3 have you ever been refused a visa for insurance number?any country, including the uk? Answer Yes/No. The National Insurance numberAnswer Yes/No. Please provide details of all allows you to work in the UK. The number isrefused visa applications. If you were refused a usually provided on a plastic card, which is issuedvisa for the UK please enter the reference number automatically when you first apply for a Nationalyou were given for the refusal, if known, in the Insurance number. Please explain why you werefollowing format XXX/123456 (the XXX is the issued with a National Insurance or post location abbreviation, for exampleNew York is NYC). 6.9 do you have any criminal convictions in any country (including traffic offences)?6.4 have you been granted any uk visas in Answer Yes/No. Please give details of the datethe last 10 years? and place (country) of the offence and what youAnswer Yes/No. Please give details of all UK visas were convicted of. Please state what sentence youyou have been granted in the last 10 years. Please received. To assist your application, you may wantenter the reference number(s), if known. This can to supply documentary evidence of the convictionbe found on the previous visa(s) in your passport. (e.g. the official record) detailing the crime you wereYou should enter details even if you did not use convicted of and the sentence you received.the visa(s).5
  6. 6. 6.10 have you ever been charged in any War crimescountry with a criminal offence for which you Grave breaches of the Geneva Conventionshave not yet been tried in court (including committed during an armed conflict. This includestraffic offences)? an internal armed conflict and an internationalAnswer Yes/No. If yes, please provide full details. armed conflict. The types of acts that may constitute a war crime include wilful killing, torture,6.11 in times of either peace or war have extensive destruction of property not justifiedyou ever been involved in, or suspected of by military necessity, unlawful deportation, theinvolvement in, war crimes, crimes against intentional targeting of civilians and the takinghumanity or genocide? Please see ‘definitions of hostages.for Questions 6.11 - 6.13’.Answer Yes/No. If ‘Yes’ please provide details in terrorism and terrorist actsPart 9, Additional Information. The use or threat of action (including action outside the United Kingdom) designed to influence6.12 have you ever been involved in, supported, the government or an international governmentalor encouraged terrorist activities in any organisation, or to intimidate the public or a sectioncountry? have you, ever been a member of, or of the public, which is made for the purpose ofgiven support to an organisation that has been advancing a political, religious or ideological causeconcerned in terrorism? Please see ‘definitions and involves serious violence against a person,for Questions 6.11 - 6.13’. serious damage to property, endangers anotherAnswer Yes/No. If ‘Yes’ please provide details in person’s life, creates a serious risk to the healthPart 9, Additional Information. or safety of the public or is designed seriously to interfere with or seriously disrupt an6.13 have you ever, by any means or medium, electronic system.expressed views that justify or glorify terroristviolence or that may encourage others to If the use or threat of action as described above,terrorist acts or other serious criminal acts? involves the use of firearms or explosives, it isPlease see ‘definitions for Questions terrorism whether or not it is designed to influence6.11 - 6.13’. the government, an international governmentalAnswer Yes/No. If ‘Yes’ please provide details in organisation or to intimidate the public or a sectionPart 9, Additional Information. of the public.6.14 have you engaged in any other activities organisations concerned in terrorismthat might indicate that you may not be An organisation is concerned in terrorism if it:considered a person of good character?Answer Yes/No. If ‘Yes’ please provide details in a. commits or participates in acts of terrorism,Part 9, Additional Information. You should tell usif you have been involved in anything illegal not b. prepares for terrorism,already covered in questions 6.9 - 6.13. c. promotes or encourages terrorism (including thedefinitions for Questions 6.11 – 6.13 unlawful glorification of terrorism), orGenocide d. is otherwise concerned in terrorismActs committed with intent to destroy, in whole orin part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group. This guidance is not exhaustive. The full definitions of war crimes, crimes against humanity andcrimes against humanity genocide can be found in Schedule 8 of theActs committed at any time (not just during armed International Criminal Court Act 2001 at theconflict) as part of a widespread or systematic following website:attack, directed against any civilian populationwith knowledge of the attack. This would include such as murder, torture, rape, severedeprivation of liberty in violation of fundamental if 18 or over please go to Part 8. if under 18rules of international law and enforced please complete Part 7, travellers under thedisappearance of persons. age of 18.6
  7. 7. Part 7 traveLLers under the aGe 7.6 if the person named in 7.5 is not aof 18 british citizen or a european economic area citizen, please give details about whatOnly to be completed by applicants under 18 (or permission they have to be in the uk.parent/guardian on behalf of applicant) To assist your application, you may want to supply documentary evidence of their permission to be7.1 Please provide full details about your in the UK; eg by supplying a copy of their bioparent(s)/guardian(s) in your home country. data page from their passport (the page with theirA guardian is a person who cares for you and your photograph) and their visa (if they have one) orinterests. This will usually be the person you live other permission to be in the UK. with in your home country, if not your parents. 7.7 how long will you stay with this person?The full details must include their name, address Please provide details as requested.including the house name or number/street/village/town/city/state/province/ postal or Part 8 visa sPecific sectionzip code/country, telephone number (includingcountry and area code), email address and your Please see the end of the Visa Application Formrelationship to them, i.e. father, mother or guardian. for guidance on completing the questions in this section.7.2 Will you be travelling to the uk alone?Answer Yes/No. Part 9 additionaL information7.3 if accompanied, please provide full Please provide any other information you wish todetails of up to two adults who will be considered as part of your application or use thisaccompany you, including their passport section if you require additional space to answernumbers and your exact relationship the questions on the form. If you require any moreto them. space please use additional sheets of paper.Please provide details of accompanying adult’s fullname, date of birth, passport number, address and Part 10 decLarationtelephone number. Up to two adults may be listedas accompanying you (the child). These details You must now read the declaration and sign it. Thiswill be recorded on your (the child’s) visa. If in the must be signed by the applicant personally and notfuture you (the child) want to travel without the by a representative or other person acting on his/named adult(s), or with different adults you (the her behalf. An application for a person under thechild) will need a new visa. If the adult(s) you are age of 18 may be completed and signed by theaccompanying to the UK already has a UK visa (or parent or legal guardian.does not require one), please provide the referencenumber / date of application / details of why they have you used an agent or representative todo not require a UK visa (eg they hold a British complete this application? answer Yes/no.passport, are exempt from immigration control etc). This could be a person or organisation, such as a travel agent, lawyer, friend or relative who7.4 is the address you will be staying at a completed this form on your behalf.private address?Answer Yes/No. A private address is one owned by if ‘Yes’ please give details of agent/individuals and is not a hotel or youth hostel. representative’s name and address. Please provide details as requested.7.5 Please provide full details about theperson you will be staying with What language did you communicate inThe full details should include their name, address, with the agent/representative to completenationality and your exact relationship to them, e.g. the form?father/mother’s sister/friend etc. Please provide details as requested.7
  8. 8. Part 11 suPPortinG documents Your photograph must be:Please ensure you submit all the relevant • Colouroriginal documents that you want the entryclearance officer to see when considering • Passport style and size (45mm high xyour application. the uk immigration rules 35mm wide)make it clear that it is your responsibilityto satisfy the entry clearance officer • A recent and true likeness, showing full face,that you are genuinely seeking entry to with no hat, helmet or sunglasses, although youthe uk for the purpose and duration that can wear everyday glassesyou have stated. submission of particulardocuments does not guarantee that your • Original - that is not digitally or optically alteredvisa will be issued. it is your decision how (for example it must not be ‘photoshopped’ oryou satisfy the entry clearance officer ‘touched-up’)that your intentions are as you state inyour application. it is your choice which • Taken against an off-white, cream or light greydocuments you submit. background so that your features are clearly distinguishable against the backgroundFurther guidance on supporting documents can befound in the visa information and guidance section • Printed on low-gloss, plain-white photo-qualityof the UK Border Agency website: paper (with no watermarks or embossing) Photographs that do not conform to these standards will be rejected and may cause aIt is better to explain why you do not have a delay in processing your application.document than to submit a false document. Yourapplication will be automatically refused and youmay be banned from coming to the UK for 10 yearsif you use a false document, lie or withhold relevantinformation. You may also be banned if you havebreached immigration laws in the UK.March 20118