UK Visa Information

New visa information for BCCP members


Are you planning a trip to the UK? This is how you apply for your visa…


Step one: Decide which visa is most appropriate for your stay in the UK.
The UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI, formerly UKBA) website provides comprehensive information on different visa categories and requirements.


Step two: Complete and submit the online application form and pay your visa fee online.
You will need to print out a copy of your form once you have filled it in.


Step three: Book an appointment to visit a Visa Application Centre (VAC) to submit your application and enrol biometric, these are run by VFS Global, UKVI’s commercial partner in the region.


Step four: Gather your supporting documents
To assist you, supporting document guidance is available on the UKVI website detailing the types of documents that you may wish to submit in support of your application. The guidance is not prescriptive and it is your responsibility to decide which documents are most relevant to your application. The guidance can be found in the UKVI website (the link at step one) within the page for each visa category, for instance for documents for business visitors please see:  You may also refer to:


Processing times
You can apply for a visa up to three months before you intend to travel, so apply in good time. Unless you have opted for ourpriority visa service, please allow 15 working days for non-settlement applications and 12 weeks for settlement applications.  We strongly advise that you do not confirm your travel arrangements until you have received your visa.


Priority and additional services
There are a number of optional services that are offered, these include the priority visa service which provides a 3 to 5 working day service, a VIP premium lounge and prime time appointment service.  To use them you will need to pay an extra fee in addition to the visa application fee when you attend the VAC, please see for further details.


Where can I find more information?
Local information about how to apply for a UK visa in the Philippines and how to make a visa enquiry can be found onthe Philippines pages of the UK Visas and Immigration website.