After your interview, your documents and certificates after verification will be returned to you. You need to be careful that you collect all your documents as they are important proofs for you to travel to the UK. The private facility VFS Global who assists the Embassy takes care of your documents and you will be collecting your documents back from them. All the documents that you have provided as proof are important for you while you are in the UK as these documents authenticate you and will help you get part time work or benefits that are entitled to you.
How to Collect the Documents Back?
VFS will inform you when your documents are ready for collection, then you can collect your documents and your visa from the visa application centre where you made your application and to collect your documents you will need to bring your receipt. A third party cannot collect the documents on your behalf, except in the following cases:
- A parent/guardian collecting for a child
- A member of a family collecting the passports for the whole family
- A government ministry representative; or
- Business Express Programme company representative
UK Visa Procedure – Collecting your Visa and Supporting Documents
If you are unable to collect your documents in person and whose documents, you should select return delivery by courier at the time you fill your visa application online. If there is a discrepancy in your visa, you should contact the VFS call centre immediately.
What to Check in a Visa?
On Receiving a Visa
You need to check the information on your visa for any errors, check your journey to the UK is delayed, or if your reason for going to the UK has been changed, check your entitlements as a visa holder, check items that are allowed and not allowed in the UK, instructions for you when arrive to the UK and advice when your passport and visa are lost or stolen, or when your passport expires.
Your visa contains:
- Valid from – to date. You can stay in the UK only within those dates.
- You cannot stay in the UK after the expiry date unless you have applied for permission to extend. It is better to apply for your visa extension at least 4 weeks before your visa's expiry date.
- Length of stay is the maximum length of your stay in the UK and if you have a multiple-entry visit visa, it will be the maximum length of stay in the UK on any 1 occasion.
- Entry terms are the mentions of times you can enter the UK. If your visa says 01, you may use it to enter the UK only once and 02 to return twice while the visa is valid. For entry terms that says “MULT" (multiple), you can enter the UK a number of times while the visa is valid.
- Visa categories are your immigration requirements meant for you while you are in the UK.
- Specific conditions/requirements are mentioned in your visa for you to adhere. For example, your visa may not allow you to work. If your visa says 'No recourse to public funds', you will not claim benefits, tax credits and housing assistance that are paid by the UK government. If your visa says that you are in the UK as a visitor, you won’t avail the National Health Service except during medical emergencies.
Your visa allows you to enter the UK for a specific reason. You must adhere to the regulations of your visa. If you work when you are not authorized to in the UK, you will be fined, deported from the country and banned from returning here for up to 10 years. Your employer will be liable to a fine of up to £10,000 - remember that even if you work for a family business, they will be liable to. If you work illegally, you will not be protected by the UK employment law and may face dangerous working conditions.
As soon as you receive your visa, check immediately your:
- Correct personal details
- The reason why you are leaving to the UK; and
- Valid date of travel
If you discover discrepancies in your visa, you must immediately contact the visa application centre that issued your visa.
Changes to Your Circumstances
If your plans are delayed, you cannot adjust the expiry date of your visa unless there are persuasive circumstances. At the discretion of a visa officer, the Embassy will extend the expiry date of your visa for up to 3 months, if there are no changes in your circumstances you should apply for another visa.
When your reasons for travelling to the UK changes, you should inform the visa application centre
where you applied for your visa before your travel. A visa is usually meant for a specific purpose and you will be asked to apply for another visa. You should inform the Embassy of your situation change while you are in the UK, as this may affect your right to stay. Failing to inform the Embassy may lead to a future ban for breach of conditions.
All the Best.
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