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Moving to the UK From Zambia

All Zambian citizens need a visa to enter the United Kingdom. The type of visa you will need depends on the purpose and duration of your stay.

If you’re planning to visit the UK for tourism or business, you’ll need to apply for a Standard Visitor visa and meet the UK visa requirements for Zambians.

The process of obtaining a visa can be complex and time-consuming. You need to know how to apply for UK visa in Zambia. Starting your application as early as possible is important.

We are a team of skilled UK immigration attorneys with a London office, and we’re ready to help you with your immigration worries. If you require immediate assistance, contact our London immigration attorneys at 020 4502 8582.

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    What Are the Required Documents for a UK Visa?

    To apply for a UK visa, you must provide the following paperwork:

    • Your Current Passport: It must be valid for three more months after the day you intend to depart the UK. Additionally, it must have a minimum of one blank page for the visa.
    • You may need to fill out the online form at the Visa4UK website or the physical application form, depending on the UK visa you’re applying for.
    • Proof that you can afford your living expenses in the UK. This might be your pay stubs from the previous six months or your bank statements.
    • Two pictures: These colour images must have been taken within the last six months.
    • A thorough trip schedule: Send a travel itinerary detailing how and what you intend to do while visiting the UK. Include your travel dates, the locations you’ll be visiting, meeting times, scheduled excursions, festival schedule, etc.
    • Evidence of accommodation: A document indicating your accommodations while visiting the UK must be presented. Remember that obtaining such a document does not require payment in full for a hotel or hostel in the UK before receiving the visa.
    • Biometric data: Your biometric data must be submitted if you seek a visa to stay in the UK for longer than six months. You must also provide your fingerprints and a digital photo taken at the proper application centre.
    • Proof of paid UK Visa: You must provide the receipt proving you have paid the necessary visa fee.
    • Test for Tuberculosis: If you are a resident of Zambia and wish to travel to the UK for a period longer than six months, you must undergo a test for tuberculosis (TB).
    • Request letter for a UK visa (If applicable): A letter of invitation should be provided if you plan to stay with friends or family. Your host must be a citizen of the UK government or legally residing in the UK.
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    What are the UK visas for Zambians?

    There are several UK visas for Zambians, depending on your purpose for travel.

    • Work Visas: If you are looking to work in the UK, there are several different visas that you can apply for. These include the Tier 2 General visa, the Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme visa, and the Tier 5 Temporary Worker – Government Authorised Exchange visa.
    • Business Visas: If you travel to the UK for business purposes, you must apply for a Business Visa. This visa allows you to enter the UK for meetings, conferences, and other business-related.
    • Student Visas: If you are a Zambian citizen wishing to study in the UK, you must apply for a Student Visa. Student visas for up to six months allow you to study at a UK institution for up to six months.
    • Visitor Visas: If you travel urgently to the UK as a tourist or to visit family and friends, you must apply for a visa. This visa allows you to stay in the UK for up to six months.
    • Transit Visas: If you are transiting through the UK, you must apply for a Transit Visa. This visa allows you to pass through the UK to travel to another destination. For people who must switch planes while in the UK but do not want to leave the airport, a Direct Airside Transit Visa (DATV) is available.
    • Visitor in Transit Visas is available to foreign nationals who must leave the airport and use another mode of transportation as part of their journey across the country. This visa has a maximum 4-day validity period.
    • Family Visas: To visit family in the UK, one must obtain a UK Family Visa. This visa is for persons who want to stay with working and living relatives in the UK for more than six months as their dependents. The dependents may include your spouse, partner, fiancé, fiancée, prospective civil partner, children, parents, and other family members.

    For more information on UK visa application Zambia, please get in touch with our immigration attorneys.

    You can ask us to help determine which visa is right for you and make your travel/working overseas easy.

    What is the Points-Based System (PBS)?

    The United Kingdom’s Point-Based System (PBS) to control immigration to the United Kingdom from outside, visas were introduced by the British embassy to replace the previous, considerably more complicated and difficult-to-understand system.
    The PBS system rates visa applicants according to the points they can earn by fulfilling visa requirements. Each visa requirement has a set amount of points the applicant must reach to be granted a visa.

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    How Zambians can apply for UK Permanent Residency

    Applying for a UK Permanent Residency can be long and complicated, but Zambians can do so. A few requirements must be met to be eligible, and the process can take many months. However, once you have permanent residency, you will be able to live and work in the UK indefinitely.
    If you are a Zambian citizen interested in applying for permanent residency in the UK, there are a few things you need to know.

    1. Check if you meet the eligibility requirements. To apply for permanent residency, you must have lived in the UK for a certain period. The requirements vary depending on your circumstances, but you must have lived in the UK for at least 5 years. Additionally, you must not have any criminal convictions and demonstrate that you are financially self-sufficient.
    2. Gather the required documents. You will need to provide various documents for your application, including proof of identity, evidence of your UK residence, and financial statements. You must gather all the required documents before starting the application process, which can be very time-consuming.
    3. Start the application process. You can begin the application process online or by post. If you apply online, you must create an account and provide your details. Once you have started the application, you will be asked to pay the application fee.
    4. Wait for a decision by the British high commission. The processing time for permanent residency applications can vary, but it typically takes several months. You will be informed of the outcome. A successful application will result in you being granted permanent residency status.

    Eligibility of Skilled Work Visas and Immigration UKVI

    A skilled worker visa requires that you:

    • Possess a “certificate of sponsorship” from your employer detailing the job offer you received in the UK
    • Receive a minimum wage; the amount depends on the work you accomplish.
    • Work for a UK employer who has received Home Office approval
    • Perform a work that is listed among the qualifying professions

    Understanding of English

    You need to be able to read, write, speak, and comprehend English. Therefore, when you apply, you’ll typically be asked to demonstrate your proficiency in English.

    Length of your stay

    Before extending your visa, it may be valid for up to five years. When your visa expires, if you move employment or employers, or it expires, you must apply to renew or amend it.

    In case the Stay is Overstretched

    If you continue to meet the requirements, you may seek to extend your visa as often as possible.

    You could be able to apply for “indefinite leave to remain” in the UK after five years. So you now have the freedom to stay in this country as long as you wish, work here, study here, and, if you qualify, ask for benefits.

    If you have any questions about applying to move to the UK From Zambia, our team is happy to assist you. Contact us

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      Zambian Business people Visiting the UK

      Entrepreneurs from Zambia who want to visit the UK can apply for a Tier 1 Visa as “high-value migrants.” These licenses fall under this category:
      Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa: For highly skilled individuals in science, engineering, medicine, digital technology or the arts.

      Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa: For foreign nationals who want to set up a business in the UK.

      Tier 1 (Investor) visa: For foreign nationals who want to invest at least £2 million in the UK.

      Applying for a Tier 1 Visa can be long and complicated, but Zambian entrepreneurs can do so. A few requirements must be met to be eligible, and the process can take many months. However, once you have a Tier 1 Visa, you will be able to live and work in the UK indefinitely.

      If you are a Zambian entrepreneur interested in applying for a Tier 1 Visa, there are a few things you need to know.

      1. You must meet certain requirements. For example, you must have a minimum of £50,000 to invest in a UK business, or a recognised organisation must endorse you as an exceptional talent in your field.
      2. Gather the required documents. You will need to provide various documents for your application, including proof of identity, evidence of your investment funds, and a business plan. You must gather all the required documents before starting the application process, which can be very time-consuming.
      3. Start the application process. You can begin the application process online or by post. If you apply online, you must create an account and provide your details. Once you have started the application, you will be asked to pay the application fee.
      4. Wait for a decision. The processing time for Tier 1 Visa applications can vary, but it typically takes several months. You will be given a Tier 1 Visa; if your application goes through,
      5. Prepare for your arrival in the UK. Once you have your Tier 1 Visa, you can start planning to move to the UK. You will need to arrange accommodation, employment, and other aspects of your life in the UK.

      With a Tier 1 Visa, Zambian entrepreneurs can live and work in the UK indefinitely. This visa allows entrepreneurs to set up and invest in existing businesses.

      UK Spouse Visa for Zambians

      If you are a Zambian citizen and want to bring your spouse to live with you in the UK, you can apply for a UK Spouse Visa. This visa gives you the mandate to live and work in the UK with your spouse for up to 2 years. After this, you can apply for a permanent residency visa.
      You must meet certain requirements to be eligible for a UK Spouse Visa:

      • Before getting married, you must have at least one personal encounter.
      • For the previous two years, you must have shared a residence.
      • Your sponsoring partner must be a British citizen or a resident of the United Kingdom.
      • You must be in a marital relationship or part of an official civil union in the UK.
      • You and your companion are both at least 18 years old.

      You can apply for a spouse Visa if you two haven’t been married but have plans to after you get to the UK from Zambia.

      If you are moving to the UK from Zambia or any other country, it is important to contact an immigration attorney. Our attorneys can help you with every step of the visa application process, from getting a visa to finding work and settling into your new home.

      Our attorneys offer both remote and physical services concerning UK visas and immigration. We understand that moving can be difficult, but with our help, you can make your move as smooth as possible.

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