The United Kingdom (UK) has launched a new online platform dubbed Access UK for use by Kenyans wishing to apply for visas to visit the country. The new online application service has now been rolled out worldwide and is available in over 200 countries including Kenya.
The new online visa application service will allow visitors to complete the application form quicker, with easy-to-follow checklists and online payment ability. A small number of customers will continue to use the existing Visa4UK service until all visa types are transferred to Access UK later this year.
To apply for a UK visa, visitors should do the following:
1. Visit the GOV.UK UK Visas and Immigration section
Visitors should go to gov.uk/apply-uk to start their journey of applying for the visa.
On the website, they will need to;
Find out what type of visa to apply for and the documents you will need to prepare;
Fill out an online application form, pay the visa fee and book your appointment at a Visa Application Centre;
Receive a unique GWF Number.
2. Book an appointment
You will then be redirected to the TLScontact website where you will be able to book and pay for an appointment to submit your biometrics and supporting evidence.
You can choose the Assisted Service where the visa application staff will help you scan and organize your supporting evidence. If you choose the self-upload service, you will have to organize and upload all your supporting evidence online, before attending your appointment.