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People from certain countries, known as visa nationals, need a visa to enter the UK for any reason.

Entry clearance is the formal term to describe the application process for visa nationals who wish to travel to the United Kingdom and for non-visa nationals who intend a longer stay or to settle in the UK. The entry clearance certificate, more commonly called a visa, is put into your passport or travel document.

An entry clearance (visa) officer at a British mission overseas will decide if you qualify for entry before you travel to the United Kingdom. Entry clearance officers work to strict rules and procedures - Diplomatic Service Procedures (DSPs) - which you can read more about on the UKvisas website: www.ukvisa.gov.uk

You will need a visa if you:

  • are not a UK/EU national
  • are stateless (you do not have a nationality)
  • hold a non-national travel document (a travel document which does not give you the nationality of the country that issued it), or
  • hold a passport issued by an authority that is not recognised in the UK

Generally, you should apply for an entry clearance at the UK Mission in the country where you are normally and legally a resident. This is particularly important if you are applying to come to stay in the UK for a long time, or for settlement. If you are staying only temporarily in the country where you apply, the visa office may not accept your application, or there may be a long delay before a decision on your application is made.

UK visa requirements all applicants

Not all of the below are required. Please visit the UK Visas website for an up to date list of prescribed document requirements.

  • A fully completed application form
  • A valid passport (six months minimum validity)
  • A recent photograph (Very Recent and on White background)
  • A sponsorship form, or letter if you have relatives or friends in the UK
  • Work and Salary Certificates plus CNSS Slips / Leave Certificate / Business Registration Certificate / School Certificate, as appropriate
  • Bank statements (e.g. last three months)
  • Payslips (e.g. last three months)
  • Marriage certificate, family book

Tourist visa

  • Letter of invitation from the sponsor in the UK
  • Copy of sponsor's passport showing his status in the UK / hotel reservation
  • Sponsor's latest bank statements (3 months)

Click here to Download Visa application forms

Business visa

  • Work Certificate, if the applicant is the President Director General, to be signed by the company manager
  • Written letter of undertaking from the company
  • Letter from employer explaining reasons for the trip
  • Fax or letter from the company in the UK

Click here to Download Visa application forms

Student visa

  • School Certificate from Morocco or the country of residence
  • Certificate of enrolment from the school or college in the UK
  • Details of tuition fees and living expenses. Where fees have been paid, proof of payment
  • Proof of previous studies and evidence of qualifications plus a good knowledge of English
  • The fees for a student visa application is DH 630,00 regardless of course length

Click here to Download Visa application forms

Medical Treatment visa

  • Local doctor's medical report recommending treatment in the United Kingdom
  • Proof of doctor's appointment in the UK giving details of costs of treatment / per appointment
  • Proof of funds

Click here to Download Visa application forms

Transit Visa

Visa for country of destination / confirmation of travel arrangements

Visa fees:(To be paid in cash)

Price correct as of November 2006.

  • Standard Multiple Entry (6 months) - £50.00
  • Longer Term Validities - £85.00
  • Settlement - £260.00
  • Overseas Territories (inc Gibraltar) - £30.00
  • Commonwealth Visas - £30.00
  • DATV - £30.00


More advice and information

For more advice and information about visas contact:

London SW1A 2AH
General enquiries: 0

Please note that this number may not work from overseas

Important Notice

  • Please make sure you have exact money
  • Please bear in mind that the Visa Officer reserves the right to ask for any further documents that he/she may deem necessary after an interview
  • Please supply original and photocopies of all documents
  • Payment of the visa fee and production of the above documents does not guarantee the issue of a visa. The Entry Clearance Officer reserves the right to request further documentary evidence as necessary
  • All applications for entry clearance should be made in person from 8.00 to 10.30 a.m. from Monday to Friday. Please be aware that we are only able to accept a maximum of 50 applications from Monday to Thursday and a maximum of 40 applications on Fridays. We normally operate a 'same-day' service but during the busy summer months you may be asked to come back at a later date
  • Fees are not refunded if application is refused

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