UK visa from UAE: FAQs, application fees and processing time!

UK visitor visa processing time from Dubai, Abu Dhabi and SharjahThis guidance aims at providing an overview of the UK visa from UAE in 2019 for all types of entry clearance applications, especially for UAE nationals and residents applying for the electronic visa waiver (EVW), UK tourist, family and business visitor visa for the very first time. Accordingly, the post provides the details of all types of UK visa application fees and cost from UAE in Emirati Dirham (AED) and US$. In fact, the post also tries to answer faqs relating to the UK visa requirements for UAE citizens and residents, processing time and refusal rates from UAE. And also explain the usefulness of UK visa priority and VFS Global user-pay services from Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah, UAE. Therefore, the post covers the following topics:

  1. How many UAE Nationals apply for a British visa every year?
  2. UK visitor visa application fees and processing time from UAE
  3. UK spouse visa fees and processing from UAE
  4. Tier 1 applications from the UAE
  5. Tier 2 applications from the UAE
  6. UK Tier 4 student visa cost and processing time from UAE
  7. Tier 5 applications from the UAE
  8. Applications for other types of UK work visa from the UAE
  9. FAQs: UK visa application fees and processing time from UAE
  10. What is the cost of VFS premium service packages in the UAE?
  11. How to apply for an Electronic Visa Waiver (EVW) online?

Furthermore, for case processing and representation contact specialist immigration solicitors.

1) How many UAE nationals apply for a British visa every year?

Perhaps, approximately more than 5-7K UAE citizens apply for UK visa every year. In fact, during 2018-19, the Emirati nationals have been granted a UK visa in all the broad categories i.e. temporary visits, spouse and family settlement, study and work.

Can UAE nationals apply for UK electronic visa?

Evidently, UAE nationals can apply for the Electronic visa waiver (EVW) (aka UK electronic or e-visa) for visiting the UK for up to 180 days. Therefore, a large number of UAE nationals use EVW instead of applying for a standard visa for visiting the UK. However, foreign residents (except for Kuwaiti, Omani and Qatari nationals) living and working in the UAE are not eligible to apply for a UK e-visa.

Can residents apply for UK visa application from UAE?

Yes, the foreign residents in the UAE, can apply for UK visa application from UKVAC Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. Perhaps, the total number of UK visa applications made in UAE far exceeds the number of applications made by UAE nationals because of a large number of foreign residents (i.e. Indian, Pakistani, Filipino, Bangladeshi etc. nationals) applying for a UK visa from UKVAC Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah, UAE. Therefore, the statistics presented in this post are only relevant to the UAE nationals. However, all the other information is relevant to both the UAE nationals and foreign residents- living and working in the UAE.

UK visa applications from UAE nationals in Jan-Mar 2019

During the Jan-March 2019 quarter, 891 UAE nationals applied for a UK entry clearance visa. Accordingly, 906 visa applications from UAE nationals resolved during the Jan-Mar 2019 quarter. And 887 visas granted and 6 applications refused. Moreover, 13 applications withdrawn by the applicants and no application lapsed during the quarter. Accordingly, so far the UK visa success and refusal rate for UAE nationals during 2019 has been 97.90% and 0.66%, respectively.

Furthermore, the number of grants during the 2019 Q1 (887) is lower than that for 2018 Q1 (1,202). Perhaps, this is due to a decrease in the number of applications. And also due to a decrease in the UK visa success rate from UAE in 2019 Q1.

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Total decisions during 2016-18

In fact, during 2016-18 the total number of decisions on the UK visa applications made by UAE nationals hovers in the range of 5.7-7.6K.

UK visa grants to UAE nationals 2016-18

Evidently, during 2016-18 the number of UK visa grants to UAE citizens hovers in the range of 5.6-7.5K.

UK visa success rate for UAE nationals during 2016-18

In fact, the UK visa success rate for UAE citizens remained quite stable during the 3 year period and is approx 99%.

No. of refused application during 2016-18

Evidently, during 2016-18 only a handful of applications from UAE nationals are refused. Therefore the UK visa refusal rate has remained less than 0.5% during the preceding 3 years.

UK visa applications from UAE nationals
Year 2016 2017 2018
UK visa refusal rate for UAE nationals 0.35% 0.58% 0.38%
UK Visa Applications made by UAE nationals 7,573 6,526 5,737
No. of decisions 7,626 6,525 5,717
UK visa grants to UAE nationals 7,571 6,432 5,674
No. of applications refused 27 38 22
No of applications withdrawn 28 55 21
Lapsed Nil
UK visa success rate for UAE nationals 99.28% 98.57% 99.25%

Types of UK visa grants to UAE nationals

In fact, during 2018, 5,674 UK visas were granted to UAE citizens in the following broad and sub-categories:

  1. Visitor Visa: 4,302
  2. Transit: 1
  3. Short-Term Study: 265
  4. Family Settlement: 2
  5. Dependant joining or accompanying: 13
  6. PBS Tier 1: 11
  7. PBS Tier 2: 33
  8. Tier 4 Student: 899
  9. PBS Tier 5: 26
  10. Certificate of entitlement to right of abode (Main apps): 21
  11. Other Settlement (indefinite leave): 1
  12. Other temporary visas: 100

2) UK visitor visa application fee and processing time from UAE

In fact, UAE citizens and residents applying for UK visa need to pay the online application charges in US Dollars. However, most of the applicants like to know an approximate equivalent in UAE Dirham (AED). Therefore, the following sections of the post provide the details of the latest UK visa fees from UAE in 2019: Price in UAE Dirham (AED) and US Dollars. And also the details of the UK visa processing time from Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah, UAE.

Please note the application charges are usually revised once every year. Therefore, the charges in GBP remain the same during the year. However, due to exchange rate fluctuations, the UK Visa Fees in UAE Dirham (د.إ) (AED) may vary during the year. Moreover, the exchanges rate used for computing application charges is AED3/67 to a US$.

UK standard visitor visa fees from UAE 2019

Apparently, UAE nationals and residents can apply for 6 months, 2, 5 and 10 years standard visitor visa from UKVAC Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. Perhaps, the most common and popular is the 6 months standard visitor visa. The fee for 6 months visa from UAE is AED444. Moreover, the UK visa fees from UAE for 2, 5 and 10 years applications are AED1,685, AED3,053 and AED3,835, respectively.

6 months visa charges with priority service

Evidently, the UK visa cost from UAE for 6 months with priority service is AED1,471 i.e. application cost AED444 plus the priority service AED1,027. Please note: the charges are non-refundable!

2-year visa application cost with priority service

Quite clearly, the UK visa fees from UAE for 2 years with priority service is AED2,712 i.e. application cost AED1,685 plus the priority service AED1,027.

5-year visa application charges with priority service

In fact, the UK visa price from UAE 2019 for 5 years with priority service is AED4,080 i.e. application cost AED3,053 plus the priority service AED1,027.

10-year visa application charges with priority service

Finally, the UK visa fees from UAE 2019 for 10 years with priority service is AED4,862 i.e. application cost AED3,835 plus the priority service AED1,027.

Private medical treatment

The UK visa application fees in UAE Dirham for more than 6 months but less than 11 months private medical treatment visa is AED885 ($241).

Visiting academics

Moreover, the application charges for visiting academic visa for more than 6 months but less than 12 months is AED885 ($241).

Marriage visitor visa

Quite clearly, the UK visa fees from UAE 2019 for the UK marriage visitor visa is AED444 i.e $121.

Permitted paid engagement

Furthermore, the application cost for permitted paid engagement (PPE) is AED444 (i.e. $121).

Approved Destination Scheme (ADS)

The application charges under Approved Destination Scheme (ADS) for visiting the United Kingdom in a Chinese tour group are AED444 (i.e. $121).

How many UAE nationals get the UK visitor visa in 2018?

In fact, 4,302 UAE citizens get the UK visitor visa during 2018 i.e. 4,273 Main and 29 Dependant applicants.

UK transit visa application fees from UAE 2019

Apparently, the UK transit visa fees in UAE Dirham for direct airside and landside transit visa are AED161 ($44) and AED297 ($81), respectively. And also AED297 ($81) for the purpose of joining a ship or aircraft as a member of the crew of that ship or aircraft.

How many Emirati citizens get a transit visa?

Quite clearly, only 1 UAE citizen get a transit visa during 2018. However, there could be many foreign residents, who might have got the UK transit visa from the UAE.

What is the UK transit visa processing time from UAE?

Perhaps, most of the UK transit visa applications from UAE usually processed within 10-15 working days. However, at times the decision-making process may take more time.

Short-term study visa

Furthermore, the UK visa fees from UAE for the short term student visa (aka student visitor visa) for up to six months in UAE Dirham is AED451 ($123). However, the charges for a short term study visa up to 11 months is AED867 ($236).

How many UAE nationals get the UK short-term study visa?

In fact, 265 UAE citizens get the short term study visa during 2018.

UK visitor visa fee in Emirati Dirham (AED) 2019

UK visitor visa fee in Emirati Dirham (AED) 2019

How to apply for the UK visit visa from UAE?

A UAE national or resident can apply online for any type of UK visitor visa and submit the application at UKVAC Dubai, Sharjah or Abu Dhabi. Perhaps, an applicant can read the questions in different languages. However, can answer only in English. Moreover, after selecting a language for reading the questions, one needs to select UAE as the country if an applicant is applying from inside UAE. Perhaps, if a UAE passport holder is applying for a UK visa from outside the UAE such as from Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Philippines, Pakistan, Russia, Turkey, Ghana, India, USA, Nigeria then needs to provide the details of the residence.

What are the additional requirements for UAE residents?

Quite clearly, a foreign resident needs to have a UAE residence visa for making a UK visa application from UKVAC Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi.

Where to submit UK visa application in UAE?

An applicant needs to attend an appointment at the following application centres in UAE:

  • Abu Dhabi – UK Visa Application Centre Shining Tower, Level 25, Mubarak Bin Mohammed Street, Adjacent to Khalidyah Mall, Abu Dhabi – UAE, P.O.Box 30023
  • Dubai – UK Visa Application Centre, WAFI Mall, Level 3, Falcon, Phase 2, Umm Hurair 2 – Dubai – UAE
  • Sharjah – UK Premium Visa Application Centre, 3rd Level, Regus 2XL Building, Near Mega Mall, Central Sharjah Al Qasimya – UAE

When can I apply for a UK visitor visa from the UAE?

In fact, a UAE national or resident can apply for a UK visitor visa application 3 months prior to the intended visit. For instance, if an Indian, Pakistani or Russian resident in the UAE wish to visit the UK for tourism from December 20, 2019, to Jan 3, 2020, for Christmas and New Year then can submit an application at the UKVAC in Dubai, Sharjah or Abu Dhabi from Sept 20, 2019, onwards. However, UAE nationals or residents usually submit a UK visitor visa application 3-5 weeks prior to the scheduled visit as the processing time for most of the applications submitted at VFS Sharjah, Dubai and Abu Dhabi is 5-15 working days.

Do applicants really require to submit any photographs?

No, applicants don’t need to submit any photographs with their UK visa application in the UAE. Certainly, the UK visa application procedure has changed during the last few years. Therefore, the information relating to the requirement of submitting a photograph with the UK visa application form and supporting documents is misleading and outdated.

So, what is the new procedure for the photograph?

In fact, the staff of the UK visa application centre (UKVAC) in Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi, UAE, takes an electronic photo of the applicant at the time of application submission. Moreover, the staff of UKVAC also takes an applicant’s biometrics i.e. scanning of fingers + thumbs. Therefore, in case of a successful assessment/decision, the British HC or Embassy use the electronic photo for visa vignette.

What are the UK visitor visa documents requirements from UAE?

Quite clearly, the requirements for submitting supporting documents with the UK visa application form is slightly different for UAE nationals and residents. However, by and large, the requirements for UK visa supporting documents are the same for the UAE nationals and residents. Therefore, an applicant applying for UK visa from UAE needs to submit the following types of documents at the UKVAC:

  1. Print out of the UK visa online application form
  2. Current valid passport
  3. Previous passport, if applicable
  4. Translation of documents, which are not in English/Welsh
  5. A valid UAE residence visa (for foreign residents applying from UAE)
  6. Invitation letter, if applicable
  7. Business/Employer details
  8. Tax registration certificate
  9. Tax returns
  10. Bank statements
  11. Salary slips (for employed persons)
  12. Marriage certificate, if applicable
  13. Family certificate, if applicable
  14. Residential address in the UAE
  15. Conveyance/Mortgage Deed or Rental Agreement of the address in the UAE
  16. A UK address for staying during the visit
  17. UAE telephone or mobile number
  18. Ownership of assets in the UAE (and also in the Home Country)

What is the UK visitor visa processing time from UAE?

Perhaps, all the short and long-term visitor visa from UAE usually processed within 15-30 days i.e. 3 to 6 weeks. Here it is important to note that UKVI’s service standard is to process all visitor visa applications within 12 weeks, respectively. Therefore, if an applicant intends to apply for UK visa from Dubai, Abu Dhabi or Sharjah then may expect a decision within 1 week with priority service or 3-6 weeks with standard service.

How to fast track UK visitor visa from UAE?

An applicant can fast track a UK visitor visa application from the UAE by purchasing the priority service. In fact, the additional cost of the priority service is AED1,027 (US$280). Apparently, the UKVI’s service standard for priority non-settlement visa is 5 working days or 1 week for applications from UAE.

Who can use the priority service?

Perhaps, the priority service is usually for a straightforward case. However, even if you don’t have a straightforward case then no one is going to stop you from not purchasing the service!

How popular is UK priority visa service in UAE?

Apparently, more than 30% of the business and long term visitor visa applications from UAE decide within 1 week or 5 working days. Therefore, a large number of foreign residents, especially businesspersons and corporate executive, in the UAE opt for UK visitor visa priority service and other option user-pay services offered by VFS Global in Dubai and Abu-Dhabi.

Does the priority service guarantee anything?

No, certainly the priority service does not guarantee a favourable result. Moreover, payment for priority service does not even guarantee a quick decision. However, the UKVI usually expedite the processing of priority applications. Moreover, UKVI also inform an applicant via email, if the priority visa does process within 5 working days!

What if you experience delays in processing?

Perhaps, at times only a fraction of the applications from UAE might experience delays in processing. Apparently, there could be a number of different reasons for delays in UK visa processing. However, usually, 98-99% of the applicants get a decision within 15 working days!

What if the UK visa application gets refused from UAE?

Certainly, there is no right of appeal against the refusal of a UK visitor visa application from UAE. However, a UAE national or resident has the option of either re-applying or filing an immigration judicial review against the refusal.

3) UK settlement visa fee and timelines from UAE

The details of the UK settlement visa application cost and processing time from UAE for family settlement applications and also for dependant family members joining are as under:

UK spouse visa fees from UAE

The UK spouse, civil, unmarried and same-sex partner visa fees from UAE is AED7,101 ($1,935). And the fee is also the same for a fiancé(e) and proposed civil partner visa. In fact, the UK settlement visa fees for parent and dependant child visa under Appendix FM are also AED7,101 ($1,935).

UK spouse visa priority service fees from UAE

Quite clearly, the UK spouse visa fees with priority service in UAE Dirham is AED9,772 i.e. UK spouse visa fees AED7,101 plus the settlement priority service charges of AED2,671 ($728).

Who should use the priority service?

Furthermore, the settlement priority visa service is for a straightforward case. Therefore, applicants with past refusals, adverse immigration history and complex circumstances may not opt for the priority service. However, if your case is not straightforward, you can purchase the priority service at your own risk and cost!

What is the UK spouse visa processing time from UAE?

Quite clearly, the service standard of UKVI for settlement or spouse visa processing from UAE is to decide 95% and 100% of the applications within 12 and 24 weeks, respectively. However, the service standard for priority visa is to process a settlement application within 30 working days or 6 weeks.

What is the UK spouse visa average processing time from UAE?

Perhaps, a few spouse visa applications from UAE conclude even within 15-30 working days i.e. 3 to 6 weeks. However, for most of the settlement applications, the UK visa processing time from UAE is usually 12 weeks or 60 working days. Nevertheless, some applications even remain outstanding after 120 working days!

Other dependant family members

Moreover, the UK visa fees from UAE for an Adult Dependant Relative is AED15,157 ($4,130). In fact, the dependant family member means an applicant, who requires care, such as a parent, grandparent, brother or sister and son or daughter aged 18 years or over.

Returning residents

Apparently, the UK visa fees from UAE for returning resident applications is AED2,407 ($656).

Refugee dependant relative

Furthermore, the UK visa fees from UAE for settlement application for a refugee dependant relative is AED1,809 ($493).

Application fee: family reunion for asylum seekers

Apparently, there is no fee for Family reunion, under Part 11 of Asylum, Immigration Rules (pre-flight dependants). However, the UK visa fees from UAE 2019 for the post-flight non-settled person is AED7,101 ($1,935). Moreover, the application charges for the family reunion – other dependent relatives – are AED1,809 ($493).

Settlement for current and former members of HM armed forces

Furthermore, the application charges from UAE for settlement of current and former members of HM armed forces and their dependants are AED7,101 ($1,935) for:

  1. Former UK Armed Forces
  2. Pre 1997 Gurkhas (outside immigration rules)
  3. Overage dependant children of pre-1997 Gurkhas
  4. HM Forces dependants applying under part 4,5,7 or 8 of Appendix Armed Forces

Family Members of EEA and Swiss nationals

Please note there are no application charges for a family member of an EEA/Swiss national for applying EEA family permit and EUSS family.

4) UK Tier 1 visa application charges and processing time

The details of UK Tier 1 visa application fees and processing time from UAE are as under:

Tier 1 Investor

Indeed, the UK Tier 1 Investor visa application fees from UAE is AED7,567 ($2,062) for main applicants and dependants.

Tier 1 Entrepreneur

Quite clearly, the UK visa fees from UAE for Tier 1 Entrepreneur entry clearance applications is AED4,760 ($1,297). However, from March 29, 2019, the Innovator visa has replaced PBS Tier 1 entrepreneur.

Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur

Furthermore, the UK Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur entry clearance visa fees for UAE nationals and residents are AED1,691 ($461). Evidently, the start-up visa under Appendix W has replaced the Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur for fresh applications from July 6, 2019.

Tier 1 Exceptional Talent

Apparently, the charges for Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Stage 1 – endorsement application – main applicant for the UAE passport holders and residents are AED2,125 ($579).

Stage 2 Tier 1 exceptional talent application

Moreover, Tier 1 exceptional talent Stage 2 entry clearance application for the main applicant costs AED708 (US$193).

Subsequent application

Furthermore, the UK visa fees from UAE for Tier 1 exceptional talent subsequent and dependants applications are AED2,837 ($773).

Tier 1 General and PSW – dependant applicants only

Apparently, the UK visa fees from UAE for Tier 1 General and PSW dependant applicants are AED4,760 ($1,297) and AED2,819 ($768), respectively. Please note both these routes are closed for main applicants.

How many UAE nationals get the Tier 1 visa?

Evidently, only 11 UAE citizens get the Tier 1 visa during 2018 i.e. Investors (8) and Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneurs (3). However, this does not include the number of foreign residents applying for a UK Tier 1 visa from Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi, UAE.

What is the processing time for a Tier 1 visa from UAE?

Perhaps, UK Tier 1 visa processing time from Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi, UAE, is usually 3-6 weeks. However, at times an applicant can get a decision even within 2 weeks.

5) Tier 2 application charges and processing time from UAE

The details of UK Tier 2 visa application fees and processing time from UAE are as under:

What is the UK embassy work visa fees in UAE?

Perhaps, the Tier 2 visa application cost is generally referred to as UK embassy work visa fees in Emirati Dirham. Moreover, the Tier 2 visa application fees from UAE is also erroneously referred to as UK work permit fees in UAE Dirham. Please note: PBS Tier 2 replaced the UK work permit route in 2008. Moreover, the Points-based system (PBS) Tier 2 and Tier 5 application charges are also applicable to the Isle of Man. And the Council of Europe Social Charter (CESC) discount of US$70/- (£55) applies to PBS main applicants.

Tier 2 General

Quite clearly, the UK visa fees from UAE for Tier 2 General, ICT – LT Staff, Sportsperson and Minister of Religion, where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for a period of three years or less is AED2,845 ($775).

Fees for CoS for more than 3 years

Moreover, the UK visa fees from UAE for Tier 2 General and ICT – Long Term Staff, where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for a period of more than three years are AED5,690 ($1,550).

Tier 2 ICT Graduate Trainee

Apparently, the UK work visa fees from UAE for Tier 2 ICT Graduate Trainee is AED2,250 ($613) for the main and dependant applicants.

Tier 2 General Shortage Occupation

The UK work visa fees for UAE passport holders and residents for Tier 2 General shortage occupation is AED2,165 ($590) for main and dependant applicants, where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for a period of three years or less.

Fees for CoS for more than 3 years

The UK work visa fees for UAE nationals and residents for Tier 2 General shortage occupation is AED4,327 ($1,179) where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for a period of 3 years or more, respectively.

How many UAE nationals get the Tier 2 work visa?

Evidently, 33 UAE nationals get Tier 2 (Pre-PBS equivalent) work visa during 2018 i.e. Tier 2 General (4), Intracompany transfers – long-term (18) and Tier 2 Deps (11). However, this does not include the number of Tier 2 grants to UAE residents applying from UKVAC Sharjah, Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

What is the Tier 2 visa processing time from UAE?

Perhaps, the UK visa processing time from Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi is usually within 15 working days for applicants from UAE. However, some of the applications conclude within 5-10 working days. Moreover, all the Tier 2 applications from UAE usually decide within 60 working days. Please refer: Tier 2 priority service for details.

6) UK Tier 4 student visa fee and processing time from UAE

The details of UK Tier 4 visa application fees and processing time from UAE are as under:

Tier 4 student visa fee

The charges for Tier 4 students and their dependants are AED1,622 ($442). Moreover, the UK application fees from UAE is the same for entry clearance as a student to enter the Bailiwick of Gurnsey or Bailiwick of Jersey.

Tier 4 student priority service

The UK visa fees from UAE 2019 for a Tier 4 student application with priority service is AED2,649 ($722) i.e. application charges AED1,622 ($442) plus the priority service cost AED1,027 ($280).

Parent of a Tier 4 child visa

Moreover, the UK visa fees from UAE for Parent of a Tier 4 child visa application (up to 12 months) is AED2,407 ($656).

How many UAE nationals get the Tier 4 student visa?

Evidently, 899 UAE citizens get the Tier 4 student visa during 2018 i.e. PBS – Tier 4 General student (Main apps) (833), Tier 4 Child Student (Main apps) (10) and PBS – Tier 4 General student (Deps) (56). However, this does not include the number of foreign residents applying for a UK Tier 2 student visa from UKVAC Sharjah, Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

What is the UK Tier 4 student visa processing time from UAE?

Apparently, the UK visa processing time from UAE is normally 10-15 working days for the applications submitted at UKVAC Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi. In fact, a number of Tier 4 visa applications are also decided even within 5-7 working days. However, a fraction of the applications may take more time due to verification and interview. Perhaps, such applications are also usually decided within 6 weeks i.e. 30 working days.

7) Tier 5 work visa applications from UAE

The details of UK Tier 5 visa application fees and processing time from UAE are as under:

PBS Tier 5 applications

The UK visa application fees from UAE for Tier 5 main applicant and dependants is AED1,137 ($310) for Charity Worker, Creative and sporting, Government Authorised Exchange, Religious Worker, Youth Mobility Scheme and International Agreement.

How many UAE nationals get the Tier 5 work visa?

Evidently, 26 UAE citizens the Tier 5 temporary worker visa during 2018 i.e. Creative and Sporting (4), Government Authorised Exchange (18) and International Agreement (4).

What is the UK Tier 5 visa processing time from UAE?

In fact, the UK visa processing time from UAE for most of the Tier 5 applications submitted at UKVAC Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi is usually within 10-15 working days. Perhaps, more than 25% of the Tier 5 applications even conclude within 10 working days. Moreover, only a small fraction of the Tier 5 applications from Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi takes more than 3-6 weeks to decide.

8) Applications for other work categories from UAE

The details of the charges for other work categories are as under:

Startup and Innovator

Apparently, the application charges for the UK innovator visa are AED4,760 ($1,297). However, the cost of applying for a start-up visa is AED1,691 ($461). Furthermore, if applicable, the charges are subject to a CESC discount of £55 for the main applicant.

Ancestry visa

Moreover, the UK ancestry visa fees from UAE Dirham is AED2,407 ($656).

Representative of an overseas business

Furthermore, the cost of a representative of overseas business and dependants application is AED2,845 ($775)Moreover, the application cost is the same for an employee of an overseas newspaper, news agency or broadcasting organisation.

Domestic worker in private household

Apparently, the charges for an overseas domestic worker in a private household is AED2,407 ($656).

Exemptions

Furthermore, there is no application fee for

  1. Turkish businessperson visa
  2. Diplomatic Posting to the UK
  3. Diplomatic Posting to the UK (Dependant)
  4. Members of International Organisations on Official Visits
  5. Official Transit through the UK
  6. Official Visit to the UK

Right of abode – certificate of entitlement

The UK visa fees in UAE Dirham 2019 for the Right of abode – certificate of entitlement is AED1,809 ($493).

Transfer of conditions (vignette transfer)

Moreover, the charges for vignette transfer (transfer of a valid visa vignette to a new passport or replace a lost/stolen document) are AED719 ($196).

Single-entry visa to replace BRP

Apparently, the UK visa fees in UAE Dirham for Single entry visa to replace a biometric residence permit are AED719 ($196).

Enquiry service charges

Additionally, the cost of UK visa enquiry service for knowing the application status from UAE is AED26 ($7) and AED7/34 ($2) for International Contact Centre Email Service (per query) and Telephone Helpline (per minute), respectively.

Registered traveller

Quite clearly, the cost of registered travellers is AED235 ($64) and AED110 ($30) for an adult and child, respectively. Moreover, the cost of registration of new documents is AED91 ($25).

9) UK visa from UAE 2019 FAQs

This covers a few faqs relating to application charges and premium services from UAE, especially for the first time tourist and family visitor visa applicants.

What is the UK child visitors visa fees from UAE?

Apparently, the application fee for infants and children is the same as that for adults. Therefore, the application charges for 6 months, 2, 5 and 10 years visitor visa application for infants and children are also AED444, AED1,685, AED3,053 and AED3,835, respectively.

What is the UK tourist visa fees from UAE?

Certainly, a fresh applicant needs to apply for the 6 months multiple-entry visitor visa for tourism or family visit. Apparently, the UK tourist visa fees in UAE Dirhams for UAE nationals and residents are AED444 ($121) for application submission at UKVAC Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi. Moreover, at times applicants also refer to the UK 6 months visitor visa as England or London visit visa from UAE. Perhaps, a repeat visitor can also apply for a long-term visitor visa for tourism and family purpose. Furthermore, the UK tourist visa fees from UAE for 2, 5 and 10 years visa application are AED1,685 ($459), AED3,053 ($832) and AED3,835 ($1,045), respectively.

How much is the UK business visa fees from UAE?

Furthermore, apart from tourism and family, visiting the UK for a business purpose is quite frequent from UAE. Indeed, the UK business visa fee from UAE for 6-months, 2, 5 and 10 years applications is AED444 ($121), AED1,685 ($459), AED3,053 ($832) and AED3,835 ($1,045), respectively.

What is the UK priority visa fees from UAE?

Quite clearly, the UK visa fees for Priority non-settlement and settlement (spouse) service in UAE are AED1,027 ($280) and AED2,671 ($728), respectively. If an application is straightforward and the applicant can afford the priority visa charges to fast-track settlement or non-settlement application then it is advisable to opt for the priority or super-priority service from UAE. However, the priority service does not affect or influence the outcome of the decision.

10) What is the cost of VFS premium service packages in the UAE?

In order to facilitate applications from UAE, VFS offers 4 premium packages and also Platinum Lounge facility. And depending on the service features, the cost of the VFS premium service packages varies from US$37/17 to US$615/38. Accordingly, the VFS Global premium service packages in the UAE are:

  1. Gold Premium Package for US$165/55
  2. Silver Premium Package for US$142/95
  3. Bronze Premium Package for US$37/17
  4. Student Premium Package for US$152/24
  5. Platinum Lounge Service for US$615/38

1) VFS Global’s Gold Premium Package in UAE

Apparently, the Gold premium package is a bundle offer available to the UK visa applicants in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Moreover, the VFS Global Gold Premium Package includes the following services:

  1. Walk-in Without Appointment (US$122/53) – to apply for the visa without making a booking in advance
  2. Application and Document Checks (US$40.84) – to ensure that supporting documents are appropriate
  3. Courier Service (US$13.61) – passport delivery at an applicant’s home or office address
  4. SMS Service (US$2.86) – instant updates on mobile
  5. Premium Lounge (US$122.53 – 142.95) – for comfort and convenience, a separate lounge with personalised service from dedicated staff
  6. Printing (US$1.39) – of the visa application and a max of ten pages of additional documents
  7. Photocopying (US$1.36) – of passport and documents

So is the Gold Premium Package a good bargain?

Yes, apparently, the price of 7 services offered in the VFS Global Gold Premium Package amounts to approx US$305-325. Therefore, the Gold Premium Package saves an applicant approx US$140-160. Moreover, nearly all the services included in the Gold Premium Package has some utility. Therefore, if an applicant can afford spending an extra buck for peace of mind and convenience then Gold Premium Package seems to be a good bargain.

2) VFS Global’s Silver Premium Package in UAE

Apparently, the Silver premium package is a bundle offer available to UK visa applicants in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The price of the Silver premium package is US$142/95. And the package includes the following  services:

  1. Walk-in Without Appointment (US$122/53) – to apply for the visa without making a booking in advance
  2. Courier Service (US$13.61) – passport delivery at an applicant’s home or office address
  3. SMS Service (US$2.86) – instant updates on mobile
  4. Application and Document Checks (US$40.84) – to ensure that supporting documents are appropriate
  5. Printing (US$1.39) – of the visa application and a max of ten pages of additional documents
  6. Photocopying (US$1.36) – of passport and documents
  7. Premium Courier 500 (US$2.86) – insurance (with a courier service), covering compensation up to US$500.

3) VFS Global’s Bronze Premium Package in UAE

Apparently, the Bronze premium package is a bundle offer. The price of the Bronze premium package is US$37/17. And the package includes the following  3 services:

  1. Application and Document Checks (US$40.84) – to ensure that supporting documents are appropriate
  2. Courier Service (US$13.61) – passport delivery at an applicant’s home or office address
  3. SMS Service (US$2.86) – instant updates on mobile

So is the Bronze Premium Package a good bargain?

Yes, apparently, the price of 3 services offered in the VFS Global Gold Premium Package amounts to approx US$57. Therefore, the Bronze Premium Package saves an applicant approx US$20.

4) VFS Global’s Student Premium Package in UAE

Apparently, the Student premium package is a bundle offer. The price of the Student premium package is US$152/24. And the package includes the following 6 services:

  1. Application and Document Checks (US$40.84) – to ensure that supporting documents are appropriate
  2. Courier Service (US$13.61) – passport delivery at an applicant’s home or office address
  3. SMS Service (US$2.86) – instant updates on mobile
  4. Premium Lounge (US$122.53 – 142.95) – for comfort and convenience, a separate lounge with personalised service from dedicated staff
  5. Printing (US$1.39) – of the visa application and a max of ten pages of additional documents
  6. Photocopying (US$1.36) – of passport and documents

So is the Student Premium Package a good bargain?

Yes, apparently, the price of 6 services offered in the VFS Global Student Premium Package amounts to approx US$183. Therefore, the Student Premium Package saves an applicant approx US$30.

5) Platinum Lounge only in Dubai, UAE

Apparently, for UK visa applicants in Dubai, the VFS Global has an exclusive Platinum Lounge. In fact, the Platinum lounge is away from the main visa application centre and aims at providing luxury, privacy and comfort to the applicants. The price of the Platinum Lounge service is US$615/38. And the Platinum Lounge includes the following services/features:

  1. Non-settlement Priority Visa Service (US$280) – to enable UK visa processing from UAE within 3-5 working days
  2. Chauffeur Service –pick-up and drop-off from anywhere in Dubai
  3. Secure Wi-Fi connectivity, not available anywhere else within the visa application centre
  4. Assistance with filling in application forms and making online payments
  5. SMS updates at every stage of the visa application and decision process
  6. Courier for direct return of passports and documents
  7. Drinks and snacks
  8. A free Oyster Card to top up and use on the London public transport system

So is it expedient to use the Platinum Lounge?

Apparently, if you intend to use the Priority Service (US$280) then you will be paying an additional US$371/- for other services and features of the Platinum Lounge. Therefore, it may be expedient to use the Platinum Lounge. However, if you don’t intend to use the priority service then there is no point in spending an additional amount of US$615/38 for the Platinum Lounge.

11) How to apply for an Electronic Visa Waiver (EVW) online?

In term of Appendix V for Visitors, instead of applying for a UK visa, nationals of Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and the UAE can get an electronic visa waiver (EVW) for visiting the UK up to 6 months for tourism, business, study and private medical treatment.

Is EVW (e-visa) for single or multiple entries?

In fact, the EVW is only for a single entry. Therefore, an applicant needs a new EVW for every visit to the UK. Moreover, an EVW does not entitle a visitor to do work or get married or enter into a civil partnership in the United Kingdom.

Furthermore, for getting EVW, each applicant, including children, needs to make a separate online EVW application.

Do I need to visit the UKVAC for EVW?

No, the procedure to apply for an EVW is quite different from applying for a regular UK visa application. Therefore, an applicant doesn’t need to visit a UK visa application centre for getting the EVW. Instead, an applicant needs to complete the online application form.

Is there any fee for EVW?

Yes, there is a non-refundable fee of 30 GBP payable by a debit or credit card.

What are the requirements for e-visa from UAE?

Apparently, the requirements of EVW for UAE citizens are quite simple and upfront.

An applicant only needs to complete the online EVW application form at least 48 hours before the trip to the UK. However, before starting to fill the form, a UAE national must ensure that he/she has:

  • a current passport
  • an address in the United Kingdom for staying during the visit
  • details of the journey to and from the UK (including departure and arrival dates and times)

How to fill the EVW application form?

In fact, it is not much difficult to fill in the details of the EVW form. However, an applicant must ensure that the details on the EVW application form must exactly match the details in an applicant’s passport. Moreover, the applicant must ensure that he/she is only entering the correct travel details. If an applicant fails to provide the correct travel details then there is a risk that the applicant will not be allowed to travel.

Furthermore, in addition to passport and travel details, an applicant also needs to upload an image of his/her passport photo

When I will get the UK e-visa in UAE?

In fact, once UKVI receives a request for e-visa then within 24 hours sends an email (to the applicant) with a link to download the UK e-visa i.e. electronic visa waiver (EVW). Therefore, after downloading the UK e-visa, it is important to check it for any possible corrections. If the details on the e-visa (EVW) are correct then an applicant needs to take a printout of the EVW. And if possible also to save the UK e-visa on mobile phone or tablet. However, if the details on EVW are not correct then the applicant needs to contact the UKVI at least 48 hours before travelling for any possible changes.

Is it necessary to bring UK e-visa (EVW) for travelling?

Yes, an applicant needs to bring a hard/soft copy of the UK e-visa for travel.

Can someone else fill in the EVW application form?

Yes, it is quite fine if someone else fills the UK e-visa (EVW) application form on behalf of an applicant. However, in such cases, an applicant needs to provide the contact details of himself/herself and also that of the person, who filled the EVW application form.

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