This guidance aims at providing an overview of the UK visa from Egypt in 2020 for all types of entry clearance applications. Accordingly, the post provides the details of all types of UK visa application fees and cost from Egypt in Egyptian Pound (E£) and US$, especially for Egyptian citizens and nationals applying for the UK tourist, family and business visitor visa for the very first time. In fact, the post also tries to answer faqs relating to the UK visa requirements, processing time and refusal rates from Egypt. And also explain the usefulness of UK visa priority and TLS Connect added-value services from Cairo and Alexandria, Egypt.
UK Visa from Egypt 2020 for Egyptian Nationals
Indeed, every year more than 45K Egyptian nationals apply for a UK visa from Egypt. Perhaps, usually, more than 80% of Egyptians apply for the visit visa (aka London tourist visa!) from Egypt. Empirically, the UK visa refusal rate from Egypt is approx 20%. Therefore, 8 out of 10 applications by Egyptian citizens are usually successful!
UK Visa Fees from Egypt 2020
In fact, the UK visa fees from Egyptian nationals is different for different types of applications. Although, Egyptian nationals applying for a UK visa need to pay the online application charges in US Dollars; however, most of the applicants like to know an approximate equivalent in Egyptian Pound (E£). Therefore, the following sections of the post provide the details of the latest UK visa fee from Egypt in 2019: Price in Egyptian Pound (E£) and US Dollars. Please note the application charges are usually revised once every year. Therefore, the charges in GBP remain the same during the year. However, due to exchange rate fluctuations, the UK Visa Fees in Egyptian Pound may vary during the year. The exchanges rate used for computing application charges is E£16 to a US$.
UK standard visitor visa fee from Egypt
Apparently, Egyptian nationals can apply for 6 months, 2, 5 and 10 years standard visitor visa. Perhaps, the most common and popular application for tourism, family and business visits is for 6 months standard visitor visa. In fact, usually, a fresh applicant applies for the 6 months multi-entry visa for tourism or family visit. Accordingly, the 6 months tourist or visitor visa fees from Egypt is E£1,984 ($124). Moreover, at times applicants also refer the UK 6 months visa as England or London visit visa from Egypt. Indeed, a repeat visitor can also apply for a long-term visitor visa for tourism and family purpose. Accordingly, the UK tourist visa fees from Egypt for 2, 5 and 10 years visa application are E£7,573, E£13,728 and E£17,243, respectively. Moreover, the UK visa price for infants under 5 and children under 18 are same as that for adults.
Furthermore, the additional charges for priority service from Egypt are E£4,576 ($286) . Therefore the priority visitor visa fees from Egypt for 6 months, 2, 5 and 10 years applications are E£6,560, E£12,149, E£18,304 and E£21,819, respectively.
UK Visa Processing Time from Egypt
Apparently, the UK non-settlement visa processing time from Alexandria and Cairo, Egypt, is usually 10-15 working days – or 1 week with priority service. However, the UK spouse settlement visa timelines are normally 60 working days – or 6 weeks with the priority service.
Perhaps, at times a fraction of the applications from Egypt might experience delays in processing. Apparently, there could be a number of different reasons for delays in UK visa processing.
What if the UK visa application gets refused from Egypt?
Empirically, the UK visa refusal rate from Egypt is moderately low i.e. less than 20%. Therefore, more than 8 out of 10 applications are usually successful! Nevertheless, after a refusal decision, an applicant can either reapply or challenge a refusal decision by filing an appeal, administrative review or judicial review. Please note: there is no right of appeal against the refusal of visitor visa. However, an Egyptian passport holder has the option of either re-applying or filing an immigration judicial review against the refusal.
During 2019 Q2, a total of 14,212 applications made by Egyptian citizens. Evidently, 2,696 decisions made on the entry clearance applications from Egypt. And 10,136 visas granted during the 2019 Q2 and as many as 2,515 applications from Egyptian nationals refused. Moreover, 45 applications withdrawn and no application lapsed during the quarter. Therefore, during the second quarter of 2019, the UK visa success and refusal rate for Egyptian nationals is 79.84% and 19.81%, respectively.
During 2015-18 the number of grants to Egyptian nationals hovers in the range of 33-38K. However, during the period, the UK visa success rate from Egypt has decreased from 81.12% to 76.11%.
Moreover, 36,771 Egyptian citizens were granted a UK visa during 2018 in the following broad categories:
- Visitor Visa: 30,511
- Transit: 117
- Short-Term Study: 780
- Family Settlement: 333
- Dependant joining or accompanying: 104
- Other Settlement (indefinite leave): 5
- EEA Family Permit: 240
- PBS Tier 1: 165
- PBS Tier 2: 1,665
- Tier 4 Student: 1,749
- PBS Tier 5: 241
- Domestic Worker: 492
- Non-PBS Other permit-free employment (Main apps) – 62
- Other temporary visas – 307
During 2018, 30,511 Egyptian nationals get the visitor visa i.e. 27,532 Main Apps and 2,979 dependant visitors. Moreover, 780 and 117 Egytian nationals also get the short-term study and transit visa, respectively.
UK visitor visa processing time from Egypt 2020
Indeed, the UK visitor visa processing time from Egypt is usually within 5-15 days. Although, the service standard is up to 12 weeks; however, nearly all the applications from Egypt normally conclude within 30 working days. Moreover, an Egyptian national can fast track a UK visitor visa application within 5 working days by paying E£4,620 (US$280) for the priority service.
UK Visitor Visa Fees from Egypt 2020
|Visit Visa Fees for 6 months||E£1,984 (US$124, £95)|
|2 Year Visit Visa Cost||E£7,520 (US$470, £361)|
|5 Year Visit Visa||E£13,648 (US$853, £655)|
|10 Year UK Visa Fees||E£17,120 (US$1070, £822)|
|Visiting Academic – more than 6 months but no more than 12 months||E£3,952 (US$247, £190)|
|Private Medical Treatment – more than 6 months but not more than 11 months||E£3,952 (US$247, £190)|
|Marriage Visitor Visa||E£1,984 (US$124, £95)|
|UK Permitted Paid Engagement Visa 30 days||E£1,984 (US$124, £95)|
|Chinese Tour Group (ADS)||E£1,984 (US$124, £95)|
|Short-Term Study (up to 6 months) for adult and child||E£2,016 (US$126, £97)|
|Short Term Student studying English language for more than 6 months but not more than 11 months||E£3,872 (US$242, £186)|
|Direct Airside Transit (DATV)||E£736 (US$46, £35)|
|Visitor in Transit visa||E£1,328 (US$83, £64)|
|Visit purpose of joining a ship or aircraft as a member of crew of that ship or aircraft (fee also applicable to the Isle of Man)||E£1,328 (US$83, £64)|
|Parent of a Tier 4 child visa (up to 12 months)||E£10,752 (US$672, £516)|
Indeed, the UK visa fees from Egypt in 2020 is E£31,712 (US$1,982) for a spouse, civil, unmarried and same-sex partner settlement applications. Moreover, the UK embassy visa fees in Egypt are same for a fiancé(e) and proposed civil partner. However, the UK priority settlement visa fees for Egyptian nationals 2020 are E£11,936 ($746) for fast tracking spouse applications within 30 working days or 6 weeks instead of 12-24 weeks from Egypt. Accordingly, the UK spouse visa fees from Egypt with priority settlement service is E£43,648 ($2,728).
UK Spouse Visa Processing Time from Egypt
The service standard of UKVI for settlement or spouse visa processing from Egypt is to decide 98.5% and 100% of applications within 12 and 24 weeks, respectively. However, the service standard for spouse settlement priority visa processing is to decide an application within 30 working days or 6 weeks. Perhaps, quite a few applicants from Egypt are opting for settlement visa priority service. Therefore, usually, more than 30-50% of the spouse and family settlement applications from Egypt decide within 30 working days or 6 weeks. Moreover, usually, most of the standard (non-priority) spouse visa applications from Egypt conclude within 90 working days. And at the most within 120 working days. Nevertheless, in a very few instances, a settlement visa application from Egypt remains outstanding after 24 weeks or 120 working days!
During 2018, 333 Egyptian nationals get the UK family visa during 2018 with the following breakup:
- Partner – 262
- Child – 17
- Child for immediate settlement – 1
- Other – 52
- Other for immediate settlement – 1
Moreover, 104 Egyptian citizens get a visa as a dependant Partner (28) or Child (76) to join or accompany their family members in the UK during 2018. In 2018, 240 Egyptian nationals also get EEA family permits.
UK Family Settlement Visa Fees from Egypt 2020
|Family visas – partner, parent, proposed civil partner or child||E£31,712 (US$1,982, £1,523)|
|Settlement – other dependant relative||E£67,680 (US$4,230, £3,250)|
|Adult who needs to be looked after by a relative||E£67,680 (US$4,230, £3,250)|
|Settlement – refugee dependant relative||E£8,080 (US$505, £388)|
|Former UK Armed Forces||E£31,712 (US$1,982, £1,523)|
|Pre 1997 Gurkhas (outside immigration rules)||E£31,712 (US$1,982, £1,523)|
|Overage dependant children of pre 1997 Gurkhas||E£31,712 (US$1,982, £1,523)|
|HM Forces dependants applying under part 4,5,7 or 8 of Appendix Armed Forces||E£31,712 (US$1,982, £1,523)|
|Returning residents||E£10,752 (US$672, £516)|
|Family reunion, under Part 11 of Asylum, Immigration Rules (pre-flight dependants)||Free of Charge|
|Post flight- Non- Settled person (Family reunion for asylum seekers)||E£31,712 (US$1,982, £1,523)|
|Family reunion – other dependent relatives (Family reunion for asylum seekers)||E£8,080 (US$505, £388)|
|Family member of an EEA or Swiss national – EEA Family Permit||Free of Charge|
|Family member of an EEA or Swiss national – EUSS Family Permit||Free of Charge|
|Parent / primary carer of an EEA national child||Free of Charge|
As a matter of fact, since March 2019, the Home Office has introduced new work visa categories under Appendix W. Accordingly, these new Non-PBS work routes have replaced the following PBS visas:
- Innovator visa has replaced Tier 1 Entrepreneur
- Start-up visa has replaced Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur
- Global Talent visa has replaced Tier 1 Exceptional Talent
Moreover, a CESC discount of £55 is applicable for the main applicant.
Start-up and Innovator categories, which were introduced on 29 March 2019 and the Global Talent category which was introduced on 20 February 2020
|Start-up Visa||E£7,552 (US$472, £363)|
|Innovator Visa||E£21,264 (US$1,329, £1,021)|
|Global Talent – Stage 1 – endorsement application – main applicant||E£9,504 (US$594, £456)|
|Global Talent – Stage 2 – entry clearance application – main applicant||E£3,168 (US$198, £152)|
|Global Talent – subsequent application||E£12,656 (US$791, £608)|
|Global Talent – dependants||E£12,656 (US$791, £608)|
Tier 1 High Value Migrants
- Tier 1 Investors (Main Applicants and Dependants)- 4
- Tier 1 Entrepreneurs (Main Applicant and Dependants)- 147
- Graduate Entrepreneurs (Main Applicant and Dependants)- 6
- Exceptional Talent- 8
Moreover, most of the Tier 1 applications from Egypt usually conclude within 15-30 working days.
|Tier 1 Investor – main applicant and dependants||E£33,792 (US$2,112, £1,623)|
|Tier 1 Entrepreneur – main applicant and each dependants||E£21,264 (US$1,329, £1,021)|
|Graduate Entrepreneur – dependants only||E£7,552 (US$472, £363)|
|Tier 1 Exceptional Talent – dependants only||E£12,656 (US$791, £608)|
|Tier 1 General – dependants only||E£21,264 (US$1,329, £1,021)|
|Post Study Work (PSW) – dependants only||E£12,576 (US$786, £604)|
Tier 2 Skilled Workers
During 2018, 1,665 Egyptian nationals get Tier 2 (Pre-PBS equivalent) work visa under the following categories:
- Tier 2 General- 629
- Tier 2 Intracompany Transfers- 2
- Intracompany transfers – long-term- 73
- Tier 2 Ministers of religion- 3
- Work permit holders- 4
- Tier 2 (Deps)- 898
- Tier 2 Intracompany transfers – long-term (Deps)- 55
- Work permit holders (Deps) – 1
Indeed, most of the Tier 2 applications from Egypt are quite straightforward, therefore, processed within 15-30 working days.
UK Embassy Work Visa Fees in Egypt
Perhaps, the Tier 2 visa application cost is generally referred to UK embassy work visa fees in Egyptian Pound. Moreover, the Tier 2 visa application fees from Egypt is also erroneously referred to as fees in Egyptian Pound. In fact, quite a few years ago, PBS Tier 2 replaced the UK work permit route in 2008. Please note: a Council of Europe Social Charter (CESC) discount of US$70/- (£55) applies to PBS Tier-2 main applicants.
Tier 2 Visa Fees for Egyptian Nationals
|Tier 2 General where a (CoS) Certificate of Sponsorship is for a period of 3 years or less||E£12,704 (US$794, £610)|
|Tier 2 General if the CoS is for a period of 3 years or more||E£25,408 (US$1,588, £1,220)|
|Shortage Occupation if CoS for Tier 2 General is for 3 years or less||E£9,664 (US$604, £464)|
|Shortage Occupation if CoS for Tier 2 General is for 3 years or more||E£19,328 (US$1,208, £928)|
|Tier 2 Intra-company Transfer (ICT) if CoS is for 3 years or less||E£12,704 (US$794, £610)|
|Tier 2 Intra-company Transfer (ICT) if CoS is for 3 years or more||E£25,408 (US$1,588, £1,220)|
|Graduate Trainee (Tier 2 ICT)||E£10,032 (US$627, £482)|
|Tier 2 Minister of Religion||E£12,704 (US$794, £610)|
|Tier-2 Sportsperson||E£12,704 (US$794, £610)|
Tier 4 Students - FEES
During 2018, 1,749 Egyptian nationals get the Tier 4 student visa with the following breakup:
- Tier 4 General Student – 1,563
- Tier 4 Child Students – 46
- Dependants – 140
In fact, the UK visa fees Egypt 2020 for Tier 4 students intending to study in London or elsewhere in England or Britain is E£7,248 (US$453). Moreover, the UK student visa cost from Egypt for Tier 4 dependants is also E£7,248. However, the UK student visa cost 2020 for Tier 4 applications with priority service from Egypt are E£11,824 ($739). Moreover, the Tier 4 student visa processing time from Egypt is usually within 15-30 working days. However, a few applications also conclude within 5 or 10 working days.
Tier 5 Temporary Workers
During 2018, 241 Egyptian nationals get the Tier 5 temporary worker visa with the following breakup:
- Charity Workers- 5
- Creative and Sporting- 21
- Government Authorised Exchange- 113
- International Agreement- 4
- Religious Workers- 5
- Tier 5 Dependants- 93
Moreover, the Tier 5 visa fees from Egypt is E£4,960 ($310) and most of the applications decide within 10-15 working days.
Non-PBS Work Visas
The details of UK Non-PBS work visa cost in Egypt, except for applications under Appendix W, are as under:
|Representatives of overseas businesses||E£10,752 (US$672, £516)|
|An employee of an overseas newspaper, news agency or broadcasting organisation||E£10,752 (US$672, £516)|
|UK Ancestry Visa||E£10,752 (US$672, £516)|
|Turkish businessperson and dependants||Free of Charge|
|Overseas domestic worker in a private household||E£10,752 (US$672, £516)|
|Offshore worker||E£10,752 (US$672, £516)|
|Fisherman operating inside UK waters||E£10,752 (US$672, £516)|
|Sheep Shearer||E£10,752 (US$672, £516)|
Priority and Premium Services
Who should use the priority service?
Perhaps, the settlement priority visa service is only for a straightforward case. Therefore, Egyptian nationals applying for a spouse settlement visa with past refusals, adverse immigration history and complex circumstances may not opt for the priority service. However, if your case is not straightforward, you may still purchase the priority service at your own risk and cost!
How popular is UK priority visa service in Egypt?
Indeed, more than 50% of the UK visitor visa applications from Egypt decide within 1 week or 5 working days. Therefore, a large number of Egyptian citizens usually opt for UK visitor visa priority service.
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, also inform an applicant via email, if the priority visa does process within 5 working days!
|Priority service for settlement applications||E£11,936 (US$746, £573)|
|Priority service for non-settlement||E£4,576 (US$286, £220)|
|Super Priority Service||E£19,904 (US$1,244, £956)|
|International contact centre – via telephone (per minute)||E£32 (US$2, £1.37)|
|International contact centre – via email (per query)||E£112 (US$7, £5.48)|
|Registered Traveller Service – Adult||E£1,040 (US$65, £50)|
|Registered Traveller Service – Child||E£496 (US$31, £24)|
|Registration of new documents||E£416 (US$26, £20)|
Charges for Other Visas and Services
The charges for other visas and services for Egyptian nationals are as under:
|HM Forces personnel or Member of foreign armed force – exempt from immigration control (non-settlement)||Free of charge|
|Dependants of exempt international forces applying under Part 10 of Appendix Armed Forces (non-settlement)||E£10,752 (US$672, £516)|
|FCO Strategic performance fund and bilateral projects||Free of charge|
|Receiving/handling/ forwarding applications on behalf of Commonwealth Countries/Overseas Territories||E£2,944 (US$184, £141)|
|Vignette Transfer (transfer of a valid visa vignette to a new passport)||E£3,200 (US$200, £154)|
|Single-entry visa application for replacing a lost Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)||E£3,200 (US$200, £154)|
|User Pays Visa Application Centre (VAC)||E£1,152 (US$72, £55)|
|Certificate of entitlement (Right of Abode)||E£8,080 (US$505, £388)|
|Call out/ out of hours fee (per hour/part hour)||E£2,960 (US$185, £142)|
Furthermore, there is no application fee for
- Diplomatic Posting to the UK
- Diplomatic Posting to the UK (Dependant)
- Members of International Organisations on Official Visits
- Official Transit through the UK
- Official Visit to the UK
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How to apply for the UK visit visa from Egypt?
Quite clearly, an applicant can apply online for any type of UK visitor visa from Egypt. Therefore, no paper application form is required. Moreover, for the convenience of the applicants from Egypt, applicants have the option of reading the questions in Arabic. However, applicants can answer only in English. Moreover, after selecting a language for reading the questions, an applicant needs to select Egypt as the country of application if an applicant is applying from inside Egypt. Perhaps, if an Egyptian passport holder is applying from some other country then needs to select that particular country. And also need to provide the details of the permission to reside in the other country.
Furthermore, the UK visitor visa application process from Egyp usually consists of the following steps:
- Specify the Purpose of Visiting
- Fill the Online Application Form
- Schedule an Appointment
- Pay the Application Fees
- Upload/Prepare the Documents Bunch
- Biometrics at UKVAC
- Wait for the Decision
- Passport Collection from UKVAC
1. Specify the Purpose of Visiting
In most of the instances, the purpose of visiting the UK from Egypt is tourism, meeting family members, business. Therefore, the first step is to specify the purpose of visiting. And to start gathering supporting documents. Please note: a Egyptian national can apply 3 months prior to the intended visit. For instance, if an Egyptian passport holder wishes to visit for tourism from Feb 15, 2020, to 5 March 2020, then can submit an application at the UKVAC from Nov 15, 2019, onwards. However, Egyptian citizens usually submit an application 5-6 weeks prior to the scheduled visit as the processing time for most of the applications from Egypt is within 15-30 working days!
2. Fill the Online Application Form
An applicant can apply onlinefor any type of UK visitor visa application in Egypt. Therefore, no paper application form is required. Moreover, applicants can read questions in languages other than English. However, can only fill the UK visa online application form in English. Moreover, after selecting a language for reading the questions, an applicant needs to select Egypt as the country of application if an applicant is applying from inside Egypt. If an Egyptian passport holder is applying from some other country then needs to select that particular country. However, in such instances, also need to provide the details of the permission to reside in that country. Accordingly, after completing an application form, an applicant needs to attend an appointment at one of the UK Visa Application (UKVAC) in Egypt.
3. Schedule an Appointment
Once an applicant has reviewed and finalised the application then can select the service the service type (standard or priority). And accordingly can schedule an appointment at one of the UKVACs in Egypt.
4. Pay the Application Fees
Once an applicant has schedule the appointment and selected the service type then can proceed forward to make payment online. And may take a print out of the final online application form.
5. Upload/Prepare the Documents' Bunch
Quite clearly, the requirements for submitting supporting documents with the UK visa application for Egyptian nationals is the same as that for any other visa national. Therefore, an applicant applying for a UK visa from Egypt needs to upload/submit the required supporting documents.
An applicant needs to attend an appointment at UKVAC in Egypt for biometrics and passport/application submission. Accordingly, the staff of the VFS Global application centre 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 decision, the British HC or Embassy use the electronic photo for visa vignette.
7. Wait for the Decision
8. Passport Collection
Supporting Documents Checklist
Quite clearly, the requirements for submitting supporting documents with the UK visa application for Egyptian nationals is the same as that for any other visa nationals. Therefore, an applicant applying for UK visa from Egypt needs to submit the following types of documents at the TLSContact visa application centre:
- Print out of the UK visa online application form
- Current valid passport
- Previous passport, if applicable
- Translation of documents, which are not in English/Welsh
- Invitation letter, if applicable
- Residential address in the Egypt
- Telephone or mobile number
- Business/Employer details
- Tax registration certificate
- Tax returns
- Bank statements
- Salary slips (for employed persons)
- Marriage certificate, if applicable
- Family certificate, if applicable
- Conveyance/Mortgage Deed or Rental Agreement of the address in Egypt
- Ownership of assets such as residential, commercial, agricultural property
- A UK address for staying during the visit
Please note, a foreign resident living in Egypt can also apply for UK visitor visa if he/she holds a valid Egyptian residence permit.
In fact, applicants don’t need to submit any photographs with their UK visa application in Egypt. During the last few years, the UK visa application procedure has changed. Therefore, the information relating to the requirement of submitting a photograph with the UK visa application form and supporting documents is misleading and outdated. Indeed, the staff of the TLSContact 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.
At present, following UK visa application centres are operating in Egypt:
- Visa Application Center Alexandria, 3rd Floor, 2 Patrice Lumumba Street
- UK Visa Application Center Cairo, 13 Othman Ibn Effan, Gazirat Mit Oqbah
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