I have read a few articles online on how to apply for a UK Visa in Cebu and I thought I’d make an updated one since I just applied for my boyfriend’s tourist visa to the UK last April 7, 2016.
My boyfriend and I will be travelling to the UK to watch the World Ultimate & Guts Championships 2016 this June and being the busy man that he is (as if I’m not busy), I became his instant travel agent.
I searched online and found out that we can apply for his tourist visa here in Cebu through VFS Global in Keppel Center. We went there to inquire but their staff won’t accommodate inquiries. They will only accommodate you if you have an appointment to submit your documents. They’ll just tell you to go online so don’t bother going there to inquire. Also, make an appointment only when your travel date is in three months or less.
How to Start the Application
- Register an account at – UK Online Application
- Create an application and fill up the online form thoroughly. You will be asked to fill out information about your:
- Passport & Travel Information
- Personal Details & Travel History
- Family Details
- Employment & Income
- Family and Friends in the UK
- Review everything before submitting your application because once you have clicked “confirm” and have digitally signed your application, you may no longer edit it. So double check everything!
- Pick your appointment schedule and pay for the visa fee via credit card or bank deposit.
- Visa Fee Breakdown: (For Cebu applicants only)
- Visa Fee – USD 123.60
- User Pay Fee – USD 75.40
- Total – USD 199
- Visa Fee Breakdown: (For Cebu applicants only)
- Print your appointment confirmation and prepare your documents. You may also prepare your documents first before making an appointment. In our case, I scheduled his appointment 2 weeks before so that I’ll have enough time to prepare.
- Valid Passport
- One Passport Sized Photo with white background (45mmx35mm)
- VFS Appointment letter – sent to your email
- Printed Application Form
- Previous travel documents/passports
- Financial Documents
- Bank Certificate with six months bank statement or passbook – You may request this from your bank. We got it an hour after requesting it from BDO Gorordo
- Credit Card Statements
- Property Titles – I just attached the receipt of our car under my boyfriend’s name and its registration.
- Proof of Earnings
- Income Tax Return
- Payslips, if employed
- Details of Employment or Studies
- Student – A letter from your school or education provider, on headed paper, confirming your enrolment and leave of absence.
- Employee – A letter from your employer, on headed paper, detailing your role, salary, length of employment, and confirming leave of absence.
- Business Owner – Business registration documents confirming the business owner’s name and date the business started trading. This may include DTI/SEC Registration, BIR Registration, Mayor’s Permit (A photocopy would be okay. My boyfriend brought all the original documents but VFS only got the photocopy).
- Travel Details
- Supporting documents of family or friends in the UK
- Invitation letter from family or friend – We had an invitation letter from the UK Ultimate Ltd. as guests to the Team Philippines delegation during the tournament. We attached this on the application.
- Financial Documents of your family or friend
Appointment at VFS Cebu (as narrated by my boyfriend)
We arrived 30 minutes before my boyfriend’s appointment time and they just let him in. Cellphones are not allowed inside. Please also bring a ballpen just in case. I had to go back to our car to get a ballpen.
The staff there arranged his documents. Make sure to put everything in a brown envelope. I have read that the documents should be put on a plastic envelope but they didn’t allow this. They instead asked for the documents to be put on a brown envelope. Also, separate the original documents from the other documents because the only original document they got was my boyfriend’s NSO. They just took the photocopy of the other documents.
After sorting all his documents, he went into a tiny room with a staff who asked him to state his name and asked him the countries he has visited in the past 5 years. He had his photo taken and his fingerprints as well. The whole process took less than 2 hours to complete.
We were told to wait 15 working days to receive the verdict. My boyfriend signed up for the text service for an additional fee of Php 200 (from what he recalled) but it didn’t help too much since they will also email you once there has been a decision on your application.
My boyfriend’s visa was approved!! The whole wait took only around 10 working days. His appointment was on April 7th and we received his passport on April 21st through 2GO. You may also choose to pick up your passport at VFS but the staff said it’s faster if we have it shipped through 2GO. Sorry can’t share at the moment a picture of his visa because his passport is still at the Italian Embassy.
It was a fast process and this is way easier than applying for a US Tourist Visa since there’s no interview and it’s available in Cebu thanks to VFS!
VFS Global Services Philippines Private Inc.,
9th Floor, Keppel Center, Unit 905, Samar Loop
cor. Cardinal Rosales Avenue,
Cebu Business Park, Cebu City 6000
They are open Monday to Friday during the following times: (Based on the VFS Website)
Application Submission (with prior appointment) – 7:00-13:00
Pick Up Time – 14:00-16:00
Hopefully my post has helped you in preparing for your visa application. lol Still crossing our fingers that my boyfriend’s Schengen Tourist Visa will be approved. We just submitted his documents yesterday. For more questions about our UK Tourist Visa Application experience, just leave a comment below! 🙂
Good luck on your application and safe travels!
6/22/2017: Adding a photo of my boyfriend’s visa to add color to this post. 😉