How to Apply for a U.K Visa in Zambia [Step-by-Step]

This article contains complete information on how to apply for the United Kingdom (U.K Visa) in Zambia & the application requirements.

Before you’re able to travel to the United Kingdom, U.K as a Zambian, you need a valid U.K Visa.

How To Apply for a U.K Visa in Zambia [Step-by-Step]

What is a U.K Visa?

A U.K Visa is a valid document that allows you to visit the U.K either on short stay or long stay. U.K Visa in Zambia are of various categories depending on your purpose of visit.

Being ahead in technology, education, defense, health care, U.K welcomes thousands of Zambians into the country yearly.

Visiting the U.K is easy if you have a genuine reason(s) for you to travel. Interviews are conducted before being issued the Visa.

In this article, we’ll explain the steps and the procedure on how to apply for U.K Visa in Zambia and the application requirements.

U.K Application Requirements

You should submit the following documents to apply for a UK visa:

  • UK visa application form. According to the UK visa type you are applying for, you may have to complete the form online at the Visa4UK website, or the manual application form.
  • Two photographs. These photos should be taken within the past six months and in color.
  • Your Valid Passport. It must be valid for three more months beyond the date you plan to leave the UK after your trip. It must also have at least one blank page for the visa.
  • Proof you have the financial means to cover the living costs while in the UK. This may be your bank statements for the last six months, or pay slips for the same period.
  • Proof of accommodation. You will need to present a document that shows where you will be accommodated while in the UK. Note that you do not have to fully pay a hotel/hostel in UK before getting the visa, just to get such a document.
  • Detailed travel itinerary. Submit a travel plan that gives all the information regarding how and what you are planning to do in the UK. Include the travel dates, places you will visit, meeting agenda, booked tour, festival agenda, etc.
  • Tuberculosis Test Results. Nationals of several world countries will need to submit the requests of a Tuberculosis Test in order to be eligible for a UK Visa.
  • Biometric information. If you are applying for a visa that lets you stay in UK for more than 6 months, you will need to submit your biometric information. This includes giving your fingerprints and a digital photograph taken at the appropriate application center.
  • UK visa invitation letter. (If applicable). If you will be staying over at a friend or a family member, then you should submit a letter of invitation. Your host must be a UK national or a legal resident.
  • Paid UK visa fees. You should submit the receipt that confirms you have paid the visa fee as required.
  • Certified translations of any document that is not in either English or Welsh.

Additional Requirements According to Your Employment Status

You will need to submit extra documents according to your working status, as follows:

  • If you are employed:
    • A letter from your employer. This letter should confirm your position at work, your salary and the length of employment.
  • If you are self-employed:
    • Business registration documents. They should confirm the business owner’s name and the date the business started trading.
  • If you are a student:
    • A letter from your education provider. The letter should be confirming your enrolment and leave of absence.

Additional Requirements for Applicants Under the age of 18

Applicants under the age of 18 shall submit some several additional documents. These documents are as following:

  • Birth Certificate.
  • Adoption papers (if applicable).
  • If travelling unaccompanied or with someone other than a parent(s):
    • A signed letter from the parent(s) confirming details of anyone accompanying the minor.
    • A copy of the parent(s) or legal guardians biographical page of their passport.

How To Apply for U.K Visa in Zambia

Zambians wishing to migrate to the U.K either on a short or long term basis should follow the steps below to apply for U.K Visa.

Step 1. Choose a visa

At this point, you’ll have to choose the type of Visa you’re applying for. This is dependent on the purpose you want to travel to the U.K. Example include Work Visa, Study Visa, Family Visa & Visit Visa.

Step 2. Prepare your application

You can apply and pay for most visas online. CLICK HERE TO APPLY

If you have dependants who want to come to the UK with you, each person will need to apply and pay separately.

When to apply?

The earliest you can apply is usually 3 months before your:

  • planned travel date for visit visas
  • course start date for study visas
  • employment start date for most work visas.

Step 3. Attend an appointment

When you apply, you’ll be asked to make an appointment at a visa application centre to provide your biometric information (your fingerprints and a photograph).

At the appointment, you’ll need to submit documents that show your eligibility. The document checklist in your application explains what to provide.

Some visa application centres may need to keep your passport and documents while they process your application.

Step 4. Getting a decision on your application

You’ll get a letter with the result of your application. The letter will explain what you need to do next.

If your application is successful

You’ll be given a sticker (called a vignette) that goes in your passport.

This shows:

  • what you’ve been granted (for example, a Standard Visitor visa)
  • the dates your visa is valid (start date and end date)
  • the conditions you need to meet

Your visa conditions

A condition is a rule that states what you can and cannot do in the UK. For example, it might say:

  • ‘No access to public funds’ – you cannot claim benefits
  • ‘No work’ – you cannot take paid or unpaid work in the UK
  • ‘Restricted work’ – you can only work for your sponsor

You’ll also be told if you need to register your personal details with the UK police.

Contact Information

5210 Independence Avenue, P.O.Box 50050
15101 Ridgeway


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For inquiries that are not about consular issues, email: [email protected].

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