Applying for a UK visa is a primary consideration for any overseas partner coming to the UK. Follow the guidance below to make sure you include the right information.
Health Partnerships often decide to invite a member of an overseas partner to the UK for specialised, on-the-job training, and to gain a practical awareness of good practice. While the visit is valuable for the overseas visitor, often the most valuable aspect of these trips is the development of the partnership and individual relationships.
However, applying for a UK visa should be a primary consideration for any overseas partner coming to the UK. Please use the guidance below to make sure you include the right information.
It is essential that you have a valid passport, with at least one blank page and not less than 6 months before expiry. Other documents that your visa application centre may require from you, or that you may also wish to include to support your application, are as follows:
Please ensure that you have provided all requested documents. More guidance can be found at www.gov.uk/government/publications/visitor-visa-guide-to-supporting-documents
Helpful tips for securing your visa:
v If you have an old passport, include it as proof of travel history
v Ensure all documents are in English. If not, any translated documents must be certified
v Provide original documents (sometimes a copy of each document is also requested)
v Ensure all documents are ready before your visa appointment
v Apply at the right time. In many cases you can apply for your visa a minimum of 30 days and a maximum of 90 days before date of travel. It is strongly advised that you do not apply less than 30 days before travel, particularly as visa processing times can vary, and fast tracking options are not always available
v Ensure all documents are authentic and consistent in speaking to each other
v Re-read your application before sending, and ask a colleague to read it through for you too. If you know someone who has previously been successful in applying for a visa, ask for their advice too.
The letter of invitation from your sponsor (hosting UK partner) should include:
The letter of support from your overseas institution should include:
If you are an HPS or AGP grant holder, THET can also provide a personalised letter of support that contextualises the visit within the wider health partnership movement, on request.