This guidance aims at providing an overview of all types of UK entry clearance visa applications from the Philippines in 2021 Accordingly, the post provides the details of all types of UK visa application fees and cost in Philippine Peso (₱) and US$ from the Philippines, especially for Filipino 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 the Philippines. And also explains the usefulness of UK visa priority and VFS Global user-pay premium services from Manila and Cebu application centres in the Philippines.
UK Visa from the Philippines for Filipino Nationals 2020
Indeed, approximately every year more than 71-78K Filipinos apply for a UK visa from the Philippines. As a matter of fact, usually, more than 60% of applicants apply for the UK visit visa from the Philippines. For instance, in 2018 the share of UK visitor visas was 82.68% in the total visas issued to Filipino nations. However, empirically, the UK visa refusal rate from the Philippines is less than 10%.
UK Visa Fees from the Philippines 2020
Indeed, the fees for Filipino citizens is different for different types of applications. During the year, Home Office normally revises the application charges only once. Therefore, the Home Office Fees in GBP usually remain the same during the year. Nevertheless, due to exchange rate fluctuations, the charges in Philippine Peso (₱) may vary from time to time. Furthermore, the exchanges rate used for computing application charges in this post is ₱50/- to a US$.
In fact, Filipino nationals 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 Philippine Peso (₱). Therefore, this post provides the details of the latest UK visa cost from the Philippines in 2020: Price in Philippine Peso and US Dollars.
UK Standard Visitor Visa Fees from the Philippines
Apparently, Filipino nationals can apply for 6 months, 2, 5 and 10 years standard visitor visa from the Philippines. 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 UK tourist visa fees in Philippine Peso is ₱6,200 ($124). Moreover, at times applicants also refer the UK 6 months visa as England or London visit visa from the Philippines. Perhaps, a repeat visitor can also apply for a long-term visitor visa for tourism and family purpose. Accordingly, the UK tourist visa fees from Philippines for 2, 5 and 10 years visa application is ₱23,500, ₱42,650 and ₱53,500, respectively. Moreover, the UK visa price from the Philippines for infants under 5 and children under 18 are same as that for adults.
Furthermore, the additional charges for priority service from the Philippines are ₱14,300. Therefore the UK visitor visa fees from the Philippines for 6 months, 2, 5 and 10 years applications are ₱20,500, ₱37,800, ₱56,950 and ₱67,800, respectively.
In terms with UKVI’s service standard for the UK visitor visa processing time from the Philippines is to decide 90%, 98% and 100% within 15, 30 and 60 working days. However, the UK visa Philippines priority timeline is 5-7 days for a straightforward case. Perhaps, only a very few visit visa applications from the Philippines take more than 15-30 working days (or 3-6 weeks) for a decision.
Perhaps, at times only a fraction of the applications from the Philippines 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 Philippines?
Empirically, the UK visa refusal rate from the Philippines is moderately low i.e. 10-12%. However, 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, a Philippines passport holder has the option of either re-applying or filing an immigration judicial review against the refusal.
UK Visa Processing Time during Coronavirus (Covid-19)
In fact, due to the ongoing global impact of Coronavirus (Covid-19), disruptions to local travel and courier routes have increased UK visa processing time in some regions and countries. These delays mean that it may take longer than usual for UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) to assess entry clearance applications. Accordingly, the UK non-settlement visa (such as visit, tourist, work, student) processing time after biometrics during coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic may take more than 15 working days (3 weeks). Moreover, the settlement visa (spouse or family under Appendix FM) processing time after biometrics for applications from outside the UK may take more than 60 working days (12 weeks).
UK Visa Statistics and Success Rate from the Philippines
During 2017-18 the total number of decisions made on the applications from the Philippines hovers in the range of 71-77K. In fact, the UK visa success rate for Filipino nationals is approx 89%. Moreover, the number of applications refused for the Filipino nationals hovers in the range of 7.5K per year. Accordingly, the average UK visa refusal rate from the Philippines is approximately 10%.
UK Visa Types from the Philippines
During 2018, 70,076 Filipino nationals granted a visa in the following categories:
- Visitor Visa: 43,925
- Transit: 8,503
- Short-Term Study: 249
- Family Settlement: 1,493
- Dependant joining or accompanying: 51
- EEA Family Permit: 638
- PBS Tier 1: 7
- PBS Tier 2: 3,966
- Tier 4 Student: 396
- PBS Tier 5: 158
- Non-PBS Domestic workers in private households: 10,270
- Non-PBS Other permit-free employment: 20
- Other permit-free employment not allocated: 23
- Certificate of entitlement to right of abode (Main apps): 131
- Other Settlement (indefinite leave): 12
- Other temporary visas: 234
UK Visitor Visa Application from the Philippines
During 2018, 43,925 Filipino citizens get the UK visitor visa. Moreover, 8,503 and 249 Filipino nationals get the transit and short-term study visa, including English Language. Please note, the visa processing time for visitors, transit passengers and short-terms students from the Philippines is usually within 10-15 working days. However, at times the decision-making process may take more time.
|Visit Visa Fees for 6 months||₱6,200 (US$124, £95)|
|2 Year Visit Visa Cost||₱23,500 (US$470, £361)|
|5 Year Visit Visa||₱42,650 (US$853, £655)|
|10 Year UK Visa Fees||₱53,500 (US$1,070, £822)|
|Visiting Academic – more than 6 months but no more than 12 months||₱12,350 (US$247, £190)|
|Private Medical Treatment – more than 6 months but not more than 11 months||₱12,350 (US$247, £190)|
|Marriage Visitor Visa||₱6,200 (US$124, £95)|
|UK Permitted Paid Engagement Visa 30 days||₱6,200 (US$124, £95)|
|Chinese Tour Group (ADS)||₱6,200 (US$124, £95)|
|Short-Term Study (up to 6 months) for adult and child||₱6,300 (US$126, £97)|
|Short Term Student studying English language for more than 6 months but not more than 11 months||₱12,100 (US$242, £186)|
|Direct Airside Transit (DATV)||₱2,300 (US$46, £35)|
|Visitor in Transit visa||₱4,150 (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)||₱4,150 (US$83, £64)|
|Parent of a Tier 4 child visa (up to 12 months)||₱33,600 (US$672, £516)|
UK Spouse Visa from the Philippines
Evidently, the UK visa fees from the Philippines in 2020 is ₱99,100 for a spouse, civil, unmarried and same-sex partner settlement applications. Moreover, the UK embassy visa fees in the Philippines are same for a fiancé(e) and proposed civil partner. However, the UK priority settlement visa fees for Filipino Citizens 2020 are ₱37,300 for fast tracking spouse applications within 30 working days or 6 weeks instead of 12-24 weeks from the Philippines. Accordingly, the UK spouse visa fees from the Philippines with priority settlement service is ₱136,400.
UK Spouse visa processing time from the Philippines
Perhaps, the spouse and family settlement visa processing time for applications submitted at VFS Manila and Cebu centres, Philippines, is usually 60-90 days. In fact, the priority settlement visa processing time for most of the straightforward cases is within 30 working days or 6 weeks. For instance, in Sept 2019, 35%, 89% and 100% of the spouse visa applications from Manila, Philippines, processed within 30, 60 and 90 working days, respectively. However, at times, some complex settlement visa applications may take more than 90-120 working days.
UK Family Settlement Visa from the Philippines
During 2018, 1,493 Filipino nationals get the UK family visa. Moreover, 51 Filipino nationals get a visa to join or accompany their family members. Moreover, the family settlement visa processing time from the Philippines is usually 12 weeks.
|Family visas – partner, parent, proposed civil partner or child||₱99,100 (US$1,982, £1,523)|
|Settlement – other dependant relative||₱211,500 (US$4,230, £3,250)|
|Adult who needs to be looked after by a relative||₱211,500 (US$4,230, £3,250)|
|Settlement – refugee dependant relative||₱25,250 (US$505, £388)|
|Former UK Armed Forces||₱99,100 (US$1,982, £1,523)|
|Pre 1997 Gurkhas (outside immigration rules)||₱99,100 (US$1,982, £1,523)|
|Overage dependant children of pre 1997 Gurkhas||₱99,100 (US$1,982, £1,523)|
|HM Forces dependants applying under part 4,5,7 or 8 of Appendix Armed Forces||₱99,100 (US$1,982, £1,523)|
|Returning residents||₱33,600 (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)||₱99,100 (US$1,982, £1,523)|
|Family reunion – other dependent relatives (Family reunion for asylum seekers)||₱25,250 (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|
EEA Family Permit from the Philippines
During 2018, 638 Filipino nationals get the EEA family permits. Moreover, the EEA family permit processing time from the Philippines is usually 10-30 working days. For instance, in Jan 2020, 93% of the EEA family permit application from Manila processed within 30 working days. Moreover, in some instances, the EEA family permit processing time from the Philippines may take up to 6-12 weeks.
UK Work Visa Fees in the Philippines
In March 2019, the Home Office has introduced new work visa categories. The Start-up and Innovator categories introduced on 29 March 2019 and the Global Talent visa was introduced on 20 February 2020. Accordingly, these new 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 Visa||₱23,600 (US$472, £363)|
|Innovator Visa||₱66,450 (US$1,329, £1,021)|
|Global Talent – Stage 1 – endorsement application – main applicant||₱29,700 (US$594, £456)|
|Global Talent – Stage 2 – entry clearance application – main applicant||₱9,900 (US$198, £152)|
|Global Talent – subsequent application||₱39,550 (US$791, £608)|
|Global Talent – dependants||₱39,550 (US$791, £608)|
Tier 1 High Value Migrants
During 2018, 7 Filipino nationals get the Tier 1 visa. Moreover, the Tier 1 visa processing time from the Philippines is usually 15-30 working days.
|Tier 1 Investor – main applicant and dependants||₱105,600 (US$2,112, £1,623)|
|Tier 1 Entrepreneur – main applicant and each dependants||₱66,450 (US$1,329, £1,021)|
|Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur – dependants only||₱23,600 (US$472, £363)|
|Tier 1 Exceptional Talent – dependants only||₱39,550 (US$791, £608)|
|Tier 1 General – dependants only||₱66,450 (US$1,329, £1,021)|
|Post Study Work (PSW) – dependants only||₱39,300 (US$786, £604)|
Tier 2 Skilled Workers
During 2018, 3,966 Filipino nationals get Tier 2 and pre-PBS equivalent work visa. Moreover, the Tier 2 visa processing time from Philippines is normally 2-3 weeks. However, a few applications conclude even within 5 working days or 1 week. Moreover, the Tier 2 visa application cost is generally referred to as UK embassy work visa fees in Philippine Peso. In fact, the Tier 2 visa application fees from the Philippines is also erroneously referred to as UK work permit fees in Philippine Peso. 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 fee is also applicable to the Isle of Man. And Council of Europe Social Charter (CESC) discount of US$70/- (£55) applies to PBS main applicants.
|Tier 2 General where a (CoS) Certificate of Sponsorship is for a period of 3 years or less||₱39,700 (US$794, £610)|
|Tier 2 General if the CoS is for a period of 3 years or more||₱79,400 (US$1,588, £1,220)|
|Shortage Occupation if CoS for Tier 2 General is for 3 years or less||₱30,200 (US$604, £464)|
|Shortage Occupation if CoS for Tier 2 General is for 3 years or more||₱60,400 (US$1,208, £928)|
|Tier 2 Intra-company Transfer (ICT) if CoS is for 3 years or less||₱39,700 (US$794, £610)|
|Tier 2 Intra-company Transfer (ICT) if CoS is for 3 years or more||₱79,400 (US$1,588, £1,220)|
|Graduate Trainee (Tier 2 ICT)||₱31,350 (US$627, £482)|
|Tier 2 Minister of Religion||₱39,700 (US$794, £610)|
|Tier-2 Sportsperson||₱39,700 (US$794, £610)|
Tier 4 Student Visa from the Philippines
During 2018, 396 Filipino nationals get the Tier 4 student visa. Moreover, the Tier 4 student visa fees from the Philippines are ₱22,100 ($442). In fact, the UK visa fee Philippines 2019 for a Tier 4 student application with priority service is ₱36,400 ($728) i.e. application charges ₱22,100 ($442) plus the priority service cost of ₱14,300 ($286). Indeed, the UK Tier 4 visa processing time from Philippines is fairly quick as nearly all the applications normally decide within 10-15 working days. Moreover, UK student priority visa processing time from the Philippines is usually within 5-7 working days.
Tier 5 Temporary Workers
During 2018, 158 Filipino nationals get the Tier 5 Temporary Worker Visa. Indeed, the Tier 5 visa fee from the Philippines are ₱15,500 for:
- Charity Worker
- Creative and sporting
- Government Authorised Exchange
- Religious Worker
- Youth Mobility Scheme
- International Agreement
Moreover, the Tier 5 visa processing time from the Philippines is mostly within 15-30 working days. However, a significant number of applications conclude within 5 working days.
Other Non-PBS Work Visa Fees from the Philippines
The details of Non-PBS work visa cost in the Philippines are as under:
|Representatives of overseas businesses||₱33,600 (US$672, £516)|
|An employee of an overseas newspaper, news agency or broadcasting organisation||₱33,600 (US$672, £516)|
|UK Ancestry Visa||₱33,600 (US$672, £516)|
|Turkish businessperson and dependants||Free of Charge|
|Overseas domestic worker in a private household||₱33,600 (US$672, £516)|
|Offshore worker||₱33,600 (US$672, £516)|
|Fisherman operating inside UK waters||₱33,600 (US$672, £516)|
|Sheep Shearer||₱33,600 (US$672, £516)|
UK Visa Priority and Premium Service from the Philippines
Indeed, an applicant can fast track a visa application from the Philippines by purchasing the priority service. The cost of priority non-settlement and settlement (spouse) visa service in the Philippines is ₱14,300 ($286) and ₱37,300 ($746), respectively. Moreover, the price of 24-hour same-day super-priority service in the Philippines is ₱62,200 ($1,244). However, the super-priority service is yet to initiate in the Philippines. Please note: a great majority of applicants erroneously refer to priority service as premium or express visa.
Who can use the priority service from the Philippines?
If an application is straightforward and the applicant can afford the additional charges then it is advisable to opt for the priority services. Indeed, the priority service does not affect or influence the outcome of the decision. Therefore, if you are purchasing the fast track service for merely influencing the decision then please don’t do so!
Please note, a straightforward application means that the credentials of the applicant are immaculate, without any past refusals and adverse immigration history. Moreover, a few years ago, the UK visa online application form does not have the option for payment of priority service. Accordingly, an applicant needed to purchase the priority service separately. However, presently, most of the applicants pay for the priority and super-priority visa fee at the time of finalising the online application form. Therefore, only a few applicants opt for paying the priority and super service fee separately at the UKVACs in the Philippines.
How popular is UK priority visa service in the Philippines?
In fact, depending on the type of the application from Manila, Philippines, during the month of May 2019 approx 16-55% of the visitor visa applications processed within 5 working days. Nevertheless, the UK priority visa service is more popular for business visitor visa than for any other types of visit visa applications from the Philippines.
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. And also inform an applicant via email, if a non-settlement or settlement priority visa does not process within 5 or 30 working days, respectively.
|Priority service for settlement applications||₱37,300 (US$746, £573)|
|Priority service for non-settlement||₱14,300 (US$286, £220)|
|Super Priority Service||₱47,800 (US$1,244 (£956)|
|International contact centre – via telephone (per minute)||₱100 (US$2, £1.37)|
|International contact centre – via email (per query)||₱350 (US$7, £5.48)|
|Registered Traveller Service – Adult||₱3,250 (US$65, £50)|
|Registered Traveller Service – Child||₱1,550 (US$31, £24)|
|Registration of new documents||₱1,300 (US$26, £20)|
Charges for other visas and services
The charges for other visas and services for Filipino 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)||₱33,600 (US$672, £516)|
|FCO Strategic performance fund and bilateral projects||Free of charge|
|Receiving/handling/ forwarding applications on behalf of Commonwealth Countries/Overseas Territories||₱9,200 (US$184, £141)|
|Vignette Transfer (transfer of a valid visa vignette to a new passport)||₱10,000 (US$200, £154)|
|Single-entry visa application for replacing a lost Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)||₱10,000 (US$200, £154)|
|User Pays Visa Application Centre (VAC)||₱3,600 (US$72, £55)|
|Certificate of entitlement (Right of Abode)||₱25,250 (US$505, £388)|
|Call out/ out of hours fee (per hour/part hour)||₱9,250 (US$185, £142)|
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
How to apply for the UK visit visa from the Philippines?
The UK visitor visa application process from the Philippines usually consists of the following steps:
- Specify the Purpose of Visiting the UK
- 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 UK Visitor Visa Purpose
In most of the instances, the purpose of visiting the UK from the Philippines is tourism, meeting family members, business. Therefore, the first step is to specify the purpose of visiting and start gathering supporting documents.
2. Fill the UK Visa Online Application Form
A Filipino national can apply online for any type of visitor visa application online, therefore, no paper application is required. Indeed, applicants can read questions in languages other than English. However, can only fill the application form in English. Moreover, after selecting a language for reading the questions, an applicant needs to select the Philippines, as the country of application if an applicant is applying from inside the Philippines. Perhaps, if a Philippines 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 that country.
3. Schedule a UK Visa Appointment in the Philippines
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 the Philippines.
4. Pay the UK Visa Application Fees in the Philippines
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 the Filipino citizens is the same as that for any other visa national. Therefore, an applicant applying for a UK visa from the Philippines needs to upload/submit the required supporting documents.
6. UK Visa Biometrics Requirements from the Philippines
An applicant needs to attend an appointment at UKVAC in the Philippines 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
Perhaps, the UK visa processing time from the Philippines for all the short and long-term visitor visa application is usually within 10-15 working days i.e. 2 to 3 weeks. However, the UK priority visa processing time from the Philippines is normally within 5-7 working days. Here it is important to note that UKVI’s service standard for UK tourist visa processing from the Philippines is to conclude 100% of the applications within 12 weeks.
8. Passport Collection
Once the UKVI makes the decision on the application then the UKVAC will inform the applicant for passport collection. However, if your application remains unresolved even after 12 weeks or 60 working days then you need to contact the UKVI.
UK Visitor Visa Supporting Documents Checklist
Quite clearly, the requirements for submitting supporting documents with the UK visa application for Filipino citizens is the same as that for any other visa national. Therefore, an applicant applying for UK visa from the Philippines needs to submit the following types of documents at the visa application centre:
- Print out of the UK visa online application form
- Current valid Philippines passport
- Previous Philippines passport, if applicable
- Translation of documents, which are not in English/Welsh
- Invitation letter, if applicable
- A UK address for staying during the visit
- Residential address in the Philippines
- Telephone or mobile number
- Business/Employment 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 the Philippines
- Evidence of assets
Please note, a foreign resident living in Philippines can also apply if he/she holds a valid residence permit.
Indeed, the Filipino nationals don’t need to submit any photographs as the procedure has changed. Therefore, the information relating to the requirement of submitting a photograph is misleading and outdated. In fact, the staff of the VFS Global takes an electronic photo and biometrics at the time of application submission. Accordingly, in case of a successful decision, the British HC or Embassy uses the electronic photo for visa vignette.
UK Visa Application Centres in the Philippines
An applicant needs to attend an appointment at the following application centres in the Philippines for submitting the application form with supporting documents:
- VFS Global Services Philippines Private Inc., Mezzanine Floor Unit M01, Ecoplaza Building, 2305 Chino Roces Avenue Extension Makati City, Metro Manila 1231
- VFS Global Services Philippines Private Inc., 9th Floor, Keppel Center, Unit 905, Samar Loop, cor. Cardinal Rosales Avenue, Cebu Business Park, Cebu City 6000
UK Visa Gold Premium Package in the Philippines
Evidently, the cost of the VFS Global Gold Premium Package in the Philippines is PHP8,862 ($172). And the package includes the following services:
- Walk-in Without Appointment for applying for a visa without advance appointment booking
- Courier Service for getting passport delivered directly at home or office after processing
- Premium Lounge for comfort and convenience at the time of submitting the application
- SMS Service for getting instant visa application updates on the mobile
- Get free Vodafone Sim Card at the VFS Global application centre
- Document Scanning Assistance for speedy scanning of the application and supporting documents
UK Visa Silver Premium Package in the Philippines
Furthermore, the Silver premium package cost PHP6,093. And includes all the services that Gold Package includes, apart from the Premium Lounge. Therefore, it is a cheaper replacement for the Gold Premium Package!
UK Visa Bronze Premium Package in the Philippines
Indeed, the Bronze Premium Package PHP1,283 and includes the following services:
- Courier Service
- SMS Service
- Document Scanning Assistance
In fact, the Personalized Service cost PHP5,400 and includes the following services:
- Application and Documents Check
- Walk-in Without Appointment
- Document Scanning Assistance
Please note, the personalize service package is for those applicants who are not very sure of their documents. Therefore, most of the regular applicants may not need this premium package.