UK visit visa: guide to supporting documents

The Home Office have recently issued guidance on supporting documents when visiting the UK.

Here’s what you need to know.

(Updated as of 01 December 2020)

What do I need to know before I apply for a UK visit visa?

“To visit the UK, you need to show that you’re a genuine visitor. You can do this by providing evidence that”:

  • you’re coming to do a permitted activity
  • you’ll leave the UK at the end of your visit
  • you’re able to support yourself and any dependants for the duration of your trip
  • you’re able to pay for your return or onward journey and any other costs relating to your visit

What documents do I need for a UK visit visa?

When making an application, your passport or other valid travel identification will be required. All documents, apart from passports, can be originals, scans or photocopies. If you submit a document that is not in English or Welsh, it must be accompanied by a full translation that can be independently verified by the Home Office. Each translation must contain:

  • confirmation from the translator that it is an accurate translation of the original document
  • the date of translation
  • the translator’s full name and signature
  • the translator’s contact details

Where do I send my supporting documents for my UK visit visa?

Supporting documents with proof of payment and GOV.UK checklist (necessary for linking the documents to your visa application) by Postal Route Only to the following address:

TLScontact UK Settlement Scanning Hub,

18 Ryeland Boulevard,



SW18 1UN

Please be advised that the above information is not exhaustive as there are more requirements and points to consider.

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