About Us

Starting as an SEO project, this site has been compiled to give South Africans direction when it comes to applying for UK visas.

The Entry Clearance Officers that work on behalf of the department of UK Visas and Immigration in Pretoria make decisions based on supporting evidence provided by applicants like yourself.

This website aims “to give the basic information on how and where to apply“. When it comes to technical advice, dealing with your unique application, UK-V-4-SA recommends that applicants make use of Move Up’s professional service.

Move Up (www.moveup.co.za) are UK immigration consultants that give the needed Know How when it comes to submitting successful visa applications.

Please feel free to send us an email or contact us with your feedback regarding your experience with this site. Click here to find out more about how the UK visa system works. Popular visa options for South Africans.

Visitor Visas (non Employment category):

General or Business Visitor Visa’s
6 month, 2 year, 5 year or 10 year multi entry visitor visa. Each entry as a visitor into the UK has a 6 month restriction.
Direct Airside Transit Visa
Designed for South Africans stopping over to catch a connecting flight without having to leave the airport.
Visitor In Transit
Designed for South Africans staying less than 48 hours in the UK who need to catch a connecting flight at a differrent airport.

Employment Categories:

Settlement rights
Married or unmarried or child dependents on British passport holders.
UK Ancestry
Grand parents that were born in the United Kingdom (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales).
UK’s Tier 1 point based visa
Highly Skilled – Targeting Entrepreneurs, Investors or Exceptionally Talented.
UK’s Tier 2 point based visa
Skilled – Employment Sponsored route that has replaced the old work permit system.
Tier 5
Youth Mobility Scheme – replaced Working Holiday Maker and is not an option for South African passport holders.

Student categories:

UK’s Tier 4 point based visa
Full time students can apply under the Tier 4 category. This category of visa is under going several changes at present (2012) and is currently being most exploited by over populated non EU countries.

Where to apply for the visa?

South Africans have to first contact Move Up to confirm their eligibility, thereafter an online application is uploaded in order to secure an appointment at the applicant’s local VFS. Thereafter applicants have to submit their qualifying supporting documents with their passport in person at their local Teleperformance Application center. Move Up cannot bypass the need for applicants to submit visa applications in person.

More information about how to submit the UK visa application can be found the following page: How to apply



Step 1: Select UK Visa

*You are here 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 From the British governments perspective, South Africans are defined as non-EU citizens (based on the UK immigration legislation) and therefore South Africans are expected to apply for prior permission to be permitted to pass through the UK border (known as “entry clearance”). Permission to pass through the UK border is granted in the form of

Step 2: Travel Documents

*You are here 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 At this point, South Africans frequently make the mistake to beginning to prioritize flight costs. It is recommended that applicants not worry about flights though. Not until their visas are awarded. Based on our experience, we have witnessed that many neglect to consider the validity of the passports. If not the validity of their passport, the

Step 3: Initial Processing Times

*You are here 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 The Pretoria division of the department of UK Visas and Immigration has a team of Entry Clearance Officials that deal with visa applications lodged within southern Africa region. Their decision making system is efficient and reliable. Attached below is an annual average of the broad categories of visas (standard processing times): VISA PROCESSING IN SOUTH

Step 4: UK Visa Fees

*You are here 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Payment of the UK visa fees. The British government has setup a system where South Africans can only pay for their UK visas directly on the visa4uk.fco.gov.uk website. It is important to note that the British government does not accept any other form of payment. Therefore EFT, cash deposit or moneygram are not acceptable means

Step 5: Visa Qualifying Requirements

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 *You are here The next frequent hurdle that South Africans face relates to meeting the visa qualifying requirements. Selecting a visa – as detailed in step 1 (alone) is not the only hurdle that applicants need to address. The next challenge is to build a case of supporting documents that will meet the visa qualifying requirements. Different UK

Step 6: Where to apply

*You are here 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 For a free visa assessment (caters for South Africans nationally and internationally): Move Up – UK Visa Solutions Offers South African passport holders (throughout the country and around the world) free UK visa assessments over email or phone. Contact Move Up to assess which UK visa best suits your intent:   +27(0) 21 761 4608 info@moveup.co.za

Step 7: How to apply

*You are here 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 How to apply for UK visas This page serves to explain how the British government approaches UK visa administration and who you need to deal with to get your UK visa. South Africans can either make use of agency assistance or they can apply directly with the UKVI. Move Up offers expert agency assistance for

Step 8: Who to apply with

*You are here 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Who is Move Up? Move Up – UK Visa Solutions Besides sponsoring this website, Move Up (www.moveup.co.za) is a South African based immigration company that serves to help fellow South Africans in their UK visa applications. Move Up proudly specializes in all types of UK entry clearance applications for South Africans. Email: guru@moveup.co.za Website: www.moveup.co.za Phone:

Step 9: Supporting Documents

*You are here 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Documents needed for UK visa applications What supporting documents are needed? The best way to answer this question is to ask yourself “what is the Entry Clearance Officer looking for?” Basics – Passport and 2x passport photo’s – Flight bookings – UK accommodation arrangements Please note: Move Up takes no responsibility for applicants who only

Step 10: Visa Appointment

*You are here 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 ATTEND THE APPOINTMENT First and foremost, it is important to note that this is not an interview. You are not meeting with anyone that will be impacting the decision of your application. Therefore, you do not need to impress. You can relax and enjoy a friendly, efficient and well run visa submission process. The decision makers

Step 11: The Wait

*You are here 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 TRACKING OF THE PROCESS Now that you have handed in your application, this step in the application is where many get an uneasy feeling of “have I done it right?” Based on our experience, having helped thousands of families through this process, we highly recommend not worrying. We have witnessed clients who have worried and we

Step 12: Visa Collection

*You are here 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 This is the last step. 12 out of 12 steps now completed. Congrats on making it through the process. At this point, we trust that the UK visa has been processed and applicants have collected their whole application from the applicable Visa Application Centre. Assuming the visa has been issued, applicants will note that their