Most Shipping Companies want the mariner to apply for UK VISA for spouse. So I too was ordered to apply for my Spouse UK Visa. Previously I applied for US VISA for spouse which could be found at www.jahajee.com/US-VISA-FOR-SPOUSE-US-B1-B2-VISA/191/0.html
This post intends to help the Merchant navy Indian mariners to apply for UK Visa for spouse. For other types of Visa you can check UK Visa relevant Site www.visa4uk.fco.gov.uk/
I will try to give the details and experience of applying for UK VISA for my spouse, till my wife receive/rejection of UK Visa. I applied for UK Visa online for my spouse. Since we stay at Dhanbad, Jharkhand, we chose the nearest UK VISA Application centre at Kolkata for submission of documents required for UK Visa.
Of the various types of Visa in UK, VISA for spouse of Maritime people is "General Visitor Visa" e.g. the wife of a mariner needs to apply for General Visitor UK Visa. Interestingly my Friend's wife too had the UK Visa of 6 month duration but it does not have any UK Visa type clearly mentioned on it. UK Visa granted mentions "Type of Visa : C" which does not appear in the options while filliing the UK Visa Application form.
>> I will be filling Online UK Visa Application form at www.visa4uk.fco.gov.uk/
>> The Online UK Visa Application form consists of different sections including :
# ABOUT YOU
# TRAVEL DATES AND PURPOSE OF TRAVEL
# PASSPORT INFORMATION
# Contact details
# YOUR FAMILY > MOTHER AND FATHER SPOUSE / PARTNER CHILDREN
# EMPLOYMENT AND FINANCES > SUPPORTED INCOME AND EXPENDITURE
# PREVIOUS APPLICATIONS AND TRAVEL HISTORY
# YOUR VISIT > GENERAL VISITOR YOUR STAY IN THE UK FRIENDS AND FAMILY
# ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
>> Each section has set of details to be filled (self explanatory) with explanations/tips available.
>> Of all the sections "EMPLOYMENT AND FINANCES" was the most confusing to me. My spouse is a home-maker/house-wife and following were the details which we filled pertaining to our case for certain Online UK Visa Application form questions :
# WHAT ARE YOUR CURRENT PERSONAL CIRCUMSTANCES : SUPPORTED BY SPOUSE/PARTNER OR OTHER FAMILY MEMBER
# YOU STATED THAT YOU ARE SUPPORTED BY SPOUSE/PARTNER OR OTHER FAMILY MEMBER, GIVE DETAILS : SUPPORTED BY HUSBAND, NAME OF HUSBAND - XYZ (replace XYZ with husband name)
# TOTAL MONTHLY INCOME : 0
# INCOME FROM ANY OTHER SOURCE : YES
# DO YOU HAVE SAVING, PROPERTIES .. : NO
# HOW MUCH OF YOUR MONTHLY INCOME IS USED TO SUPPORT YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS... : 0
# HOW MUCH DO YOU SPEND EACH MONTH ON LIVING COST : XYZ (replace XYZ with any figure in USD)
# HOW MUCH MONEY IS AVAILABLE FOR YOUR VISIT : 10,000 USD
# WHO WILL PAY FOR YOUR EXPENSES.. : MARINE COMPANY - XYZ (replace XYZ with your Company name)
# IF SOMEONE OTHER THAN YOURSELF IS PAYING ... : 0
# WHAT IS THE COST TO YOU PERSONALLY OF YOUR STAY IN THE UK : 0
# YOU STATED THAT YOU RECEIVE INCOME FROM OTHER SOURCE..DETAILS... : MONTHLY RECEIVES USD XYZ FOR LIVING EXPENSE FROM SPOUSE - XYZ (replace XYZ as per your need).
>> Once you start filling the form, each form is assigned a unique UK VISA Application Number. Please note this UK VISA Application Number for retrieval of incomplete but saved online UK Visa Application form.
>> With each "Next"click the data is saved and the incomplete online UK Visa Application form can be later retrieved from the said above link.
>> Keep your documents handy specially the Passport while filling the UK Visa online.
>> Before submitting the completed UK Visa Application form you will be asked to revise the same and then confirm. In the end a confirmation page with the Barcode of your UK VISA Application Number will be generated.
>> If there is still an error in filling UK Visa Application form online, please do not panic !!! Once you have confirmed and submitted the form you cannot edit the same filled form. However, you can always fill a fresh UK Visa Application form online and resubmit it.
>> On submission an auto generated email will be send to your email Id given during filling of UK VISA online. This mail is also a confirmation of successful application form filling and submission. You can also use the link in the mail for later retrieval of the filled online UK VISA application form for download and printing.
>> Print the filled UK Visa Application form and stick your Spouse photograph. Your spouse needs to sign and date twice in the declaration section of the printed UK VISA application form.
>> While it is possible to fill the form in breaks and save for later recovery I highly recommend it filling it in one go, if possible.
You need to affix a colour photograph to the first page of the printed UK Visa Application form. The Photo needs to be of a particular specification e.g.
> photo size to be 45 mm height and 35 mm width.
> photo should be coloured taken against a light grey or cream background
> taken withing last 6 months
> your face should be between 29 mm to 34 mm in the photo
Other details related with the head position and acceptable/unacceptable photographs can be found at
Once the Online UK Visa Application form is submitted successfully you need to book your spouse UK VISA Interview appointment. Theoretically this is more of documents submission along with the biometric tests of the spouse fingers and eyes retina scan. You can book the UK VISA Interview appointment date at www.visa4uk.fco.gov.uk/ under the "Existing Application Login here". Just a reminder that this can only be done once the Online UK Visa Application form is duly filled, submitted and have received the Confirmation Page.
On successful booking of the UK VISA Interview date you will be assigned a unique UK VISA appointment booking reference number. You will receive the Confirmation on the screen as well as on your registered e-mail id. Remember that modification/change of your booked UK VISA Interview appointment date can be done at the above link only with the said unique UK VISA appointment booking reference number. You will need the printout of this UK VISA Interview Appointment Letter.
I will quote from the VFS website itself which makes it very clear :
"VFS Global is a commercial company, working in partnership with the UK Border Agency at the British High Commission and Deputy High Commissions here in India providing services to help people apply for a visa to enter the United Kingdom (UK)"
"VFS Global manages visa application centers for the UK Border Agency here in India, where you should submit your completed visa application form, supporting documents and biometric data."
"Your visa application will be processed and decided by UK Border Agency staff. VFS staff does not, play any part in or influence the outcome of your visa application."
So in short, VFS has collaborated with UK Border Agency to setup the Visa Application Centers in India, to collect the application form, supporting documents and biometric data of the applicant and just forward it to the UK Border Agency staff.
Determine your Consular district from
Since we are from Jharkhand , for us it is Kolkata. The documents in printed format as suggested by the UK Border Agency are :
1. DULY FILLED UK VISA FORM
2. UK VISA INTERVIEW APPOINTMENT LETTER
3. YOUR MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE
4. 6 MONTH PREVIOUS BANK STATEMENT
5. PASSPORT OF YOUR SPOUSE
6. JOINING LETTER FROM THE COMPANY
Please request your comply to include the following in the joining letter :
> Name of the Ship
> Your Rank on-board the ship
> Name of your company
> Port in UK from which you may be joining.
> Tentative joining date
> Name and address of the agent
> Statement that the expenses of joining will be borne by the Company.
For more details please refer
When you book for UK Visa Interview appointment, the confirmation page shows the fees charged for your UK Visa for spouse. Presently it is INR 7050. Complete list of Visa Application fees in India can be obtained from www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/countries/india/fees1/?langname=UK%20English
There are 3 ways to pay the UK VISA Fees :
> Payment at Standard Chartered Bank
> Demand draft from a nationalized or foreign bank
> Payment at the visa application center
Since we had to go to the VFS Office to submit the documents anyway, I chose to pay at the Visa Application center itself.The fees for 6 months validity of UK Visa is INR 7050.
1. VFS will provide you with a acknowledgment receipt after submission of the documents and biometric tests of your Spouse.
2. It Takes almost 10 days for the application to be processed and your Spouse Passport returned.
3. You can check the application status at www.vfs-uk-in.com . Login and click "Track Your Passport". Enter the reference number in your acknowledgment receipt.
4. VFS will send the Spouse Passport with Courier service if requested. Blue Dart is used for returning the Passport. If the Blue Dart does not cover your area then you will be required to collect the Passport from VFS.
For collecting the Passport do not forget to carry :
# Spouse Passport Copy
# Acknowledgment Slip
# Authorizing Letter (if not collected personally)
# Original Govt. ID proof of the Person collecting (if not collected personally).