My husband and I are planning a trip to Scotland to visit our family and friends this summer, it will be the first trip to my home for my husband in the 7 years we have been together.
You would think it would be just be a simple matter of booking the flights and making sure your passport is up to date, but unfortunately it is not.
Article >> Visa to the UK for Turks Application Process
If you are a Turkish national to visit the UK you must apply for a visitors visa, for the UK before you travel and there are no guarantees that it will be granted.
After going through the process of gathering all the necessary paper work and details required to apply for a UK Visitors Visa I now appreciate my status as a British Citizen and our freedom of travel.
For most countries we turn up at the door, we either get free entry or a small fee payable on arrival for which every country we are visiting. If you visit Turkey regularly you just pay £10 sterling and walk into the country.
If you are a Turk travel is a whole different matter, you can’t just board a plane and arrive at your destination and walk through the door, for most countries you need to apply for a visa.
Being married to a Turk and wanting just to fly home for a couple of weeks with my other half and not being able just to travel when we want, makes you feel the injustice in the world, you get annoyed and upset that you have to go through this demeaning procedure of applying for a visitors visa.
For me personally I feel guilty that I can travel almost anywhere I want in the world and yet my husband can’t just because of his nationality.
We decided to apply for a UK Visitor Visa General, this allows my husband to visit the UK for up to 6 months, he can not work or settle in the UK on this visa. It’s purely for someone wishing to holiday in the UK.
The process is fairly simple but tedious, you have to gather a lot of paper work together as evidence that you can support your stay in the UK, that you are suitable to be allowed entry and that you will return to Turkey at the end of your stay.
Once you have all your documents together you can either apply online or go to an agency in Turkey and they will for fee do the application on your behalf, we were quoted in the region between 500 and 800 lira per application.
You will also have to get various documents translated into English and copies of all passports, marriage certificates and any other documents.
Once you have filled out the online form you are then requested to make an appointment to go and give your biometric details at one of the Consulate Generals in Turkey, either in Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir, Bursa or Gaziantep.
Its worthwhile checking from the UK Border agency website how long each office is currently taking to process applications as some take longer than others.
When you go to your biometric appointment you will give all your paper work and documents including a print out of the form you filled out online. This with all your biometric details will be sent for processing and for a decision to be made if you will or will not be granted a visa.
It may be if they are not happy with something or require further information that you will be requested to attended an interview.
There are no magic wands for getting a visa to the UK, there are of course many theories as to who and why they get a visa, but in reality it’s a matter of if your details are accurate, you are able to support yourself financially and they agree you will return to the UK after your visit.
On Friday this week my husband will attend his biometric appointment and then we will wait with baited breath to see if we will be granted a visa. I will let you all know what the outcome is. Next week I will write an article about what paper work and how to go about applying for a UK Visitors Visa.
Do you know someone who has gone through the UK Visa application process? Have you done the process how did it go? What’s your thoughts on the UK Visa process is it fair or not??
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