UK Visa

Odyssey Tours and Travels has an experienced documentation team to assist clients with processing tourist and business visa applications for almost all countries in the world including UK. We assist clients looking to visit the UK for varied reasons including tourism, visiting friends and family, attend business meetings, trainings or conferences and more.

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range of visa consultancy services that we offer our clients.

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Odyssey can assist with the UK visa applications for travellers visiting the UK for the following purposes:

  • Tourism
  • Visiting Friends / Family
  • Visiting to give any exam or attend workshop
  • Attend Business Meetings or Negotiations
  • Attend Business Trainings
  • Attend Conferences or Exhibitions

Jurisdiction: : UK Embassy or Consulate allows applications to be lodged at the nearest Embassy or Consulate which is located across 12 cities in India namely Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai, Pune, Jalandhar, Chandigarh, Kochi, Goa, Ahmedabad, Kolkata and Hyderabad irrespective of which city & state the passport is issued.

UK Visa Eligibility

The eligibility requirements for securing a short-term UK Standard Visitor Visa are as follows:

  • You must show that you will leave the UK at the end of your trip;
  • You must be able to support yourself (and any dependents applying with you) for the duration of your trip;
  • You must be able to pay for your return or onward journey;
  • to prove that you have a frequent and on-going need to come to the UK;
  • You must be able to provide proof of any business or other activities you want to do in the UK (if you are not coming to the UK for a holiday).

The eligibility requirements for securing a long-term UK Standard Visitor Visa are as follows:

  • You must be able to justify that the reason why you need to come frequently to the UK is not likely to change while your UK Standard Visitor Visa is valid
  • You must be able to prove that you plan on leaving the UK at the end of each visit

Checklist of documents required:

Here are the basic documents required to submit with a UK visa application (based on the purpose of travel):

  • Valid + Expired Original Passports
  • Visa Application to be filled online (which we do on behalf of clients based on the information provided)
  • Covering Letter
  • Bank Statement for last 6 months showing sufficient funds
  • Last 3 years Income Tax Returns
  • Occupational Proof (Business Registration / Leave & Salary certificate / Retirement documents / Student Bonafide or relevant document)
  • Investments (if any)
  • Property Document
  • Invitation Letter along with Invitee details & documents
  • Exam/ Workshop/ Exhibition or Conference Registration
  • Business Invitation along with other details
  • Employer Cover letter along with other financial documents

For more details, we request you to kindly get in touch with us.

UK Validity & Visa Fees:

Applicant has an option to choose the visa duration from 6 months to 10 years and the visa fees and conditions vary as per the duration applied - longer duration visas have additional conditions:

6 Months: Rs.10,183/-
2 Years: Rs.38,695/-
5 Years: Rs.70,208/-
10 years: Rs.88,108/-

Odyssey Service Charges is Rs.2950/- (Incl. 18% of GST) per person.

Note: Visa & VFS Fee are subject to change without any prior notice. The above visa fee information is updated as on 1st June ‘21

UK Priority Visas:

Super Priority Visa:

Get a visa decision by the end of the next working day. Additional conditions apply with this service.
Cost: Additional cost of Rs. 1,02,244 & available at selected Visa application centres

Priority Visa - Non-Settlement:

If you need your visa in a hurry, you can use UK Visas and Immigration’s Priority Visa - Non-Settlement for your visit, work or study application.

This will put your application at the front of the queue at every stage of the decision-making process. Additional Conditions apply with this service.
Cost: Additional cost of Rs.23,590 & available at selected Visa application centres

VFS Additional Services & Charges:

Document Scanning Assistance: (Recommended)

Speedy scanning preparation to save you time. VFS Global will help with preparing, sorting and arranging your supporting documents for your visa application. Your documents will be arranged using the required barcode separators, saving you precious time as they are scanned for submission.

Cost: Rs 1000 per person

Bronze Package: (Recommended)

This is VFS Global’s most frequently asked-for services, all in one great-value package that includes:

  • Automated Call Back Service
  • Courier Service
  • Application & Document Check

Cost: Rs 1400 per person

Gold Package:

This is VFS Global's deluxe service package, offering you the highest levels of service, comfort and speed when applying for a visa. The following services are included:

  • Premium Lounge
  • Document Scanning Assistance
  • Automated Call Back Service
  • Application & Document Check
  • Courier Plus
  • SMS Service
In addition, Travel Medical Insurance is included (Valid for 7 days from your departure date).

Cost: Rs 5450 per person

Retain passport when applying:

UK Consulate offers a facility where you can retain your passport while your visa is being processed which can take anywhere between 2 to 3 weeks. This is useful if you need to apply for another visa at the same time or for travel to a visa-on-arrival country or for any other purpose. You will be able to keep your passport while your application is being initially assessed, and only submit your passport once a visa decision has been reached.

To use this service, you must submit a photocopy of your entire passport when you attend your appointment at the visa application centre. For a small extra cost, your passport can be copied for you at the visa application centre, or you can bring your own copy to be verified against your original passport.

If you choose to bring your own copy, it must meet certain standards which is that a copy of the entire passport in either colour or black and white, on white paper min 60 gsm, photocopied 600 dpi minimum, actual size without any reduction or magnification, and orientated in landscape.

Cost: Additional cost of Rs 5750 per person & available at select locations

Note: This service is not available to anyone applying for a Super Priority Visa (SPV), Priority Visa (PV)

Premium Lounge:

Treat yourself to a more relaxed, more convenient experience when you visit the VFS Centre.
The Premium Lounge service includes:

  • A separate lobby with personalised service from dedicated staff
  • Refreshments
  • Complimentary application and document check service
  • A photocopying service for your documents
  • SMS alert on the status of your visa application
  • Travel Medical Insurance (Valid for 7 days from your departure date)

Cost: Additional cost of Rs 3500 per person & available at select locations

Note: Using the Premium Lounge service does not guarantee the success of your visa application or affect the service standard.

UK Visa FAQ’s:

How many months prior to the travel should I apply for a UK Visa?Open or Close

It is ideal to apply for a UK visa at least 3 months prior to the date of travel.

How long does my passport have to be valid in order to apply for a UK visa?Open or Close

You must possess a passport valid for travel to the UK with a validity date at least six months beyond your intended period of stay in the UK and you should have minimum 2 pages blank on both sides

Is UK Visit Visa also called as UK Standard Visitor Visa?Open or Close

Yes. The Standard Visitor Visa allows people to enter the UK for several reasons. This includes travel, tourism, and leisure purposes, visiting friends or relatives; as well as short term business appointments, academic conferences, participating in sporting events or creative/artistic work, and receiving private medical treatment in the UK. The Standard Visitor Visa has replaced the following types of UK Visas:
  • Family Visitor visa
  • General Visitor visa
  • Child Visitor visa
  • Business Visitor visa, including visas for academics, doctors and dentists
  • Sports Visitor visa
  • Entertainer Visitor visa
  • Prospective Entrepreneur visa
  • Private Medical Treatment Visitor visa
  • Approved Destination Status (ADS) visa

How long can I stay in the UK on a Standard Visitor Visa?Open or Close

A UK Standard Visitor Visa is usually valid for 6 months and allows multiple entries to the UK. You can stay for maximum up to 6 months only. You can apply for a longer-term UK Visa if you travel regularly to the UK. These UK Visas are valid for 2, 5 or 10 years and allow multiple entries for up to 6 months on each trip.

Do I need to purchase flight tickets for my UK Visa application?Open or Close

No. Confirmed return tickets are not required for the UK Visa application and you do not need to purchase flights or confirm travel arrangements until your UK Visa decision has been received.

Do I need to show my old passport when I apply?Open or Close

It is highly advisable to submit your old passports (if any) especially if your old passport contains visas showing previous foreign travels (eg Schengen, USA, Canada etc.). It is extremely useful for the UK Embassy to see such direct evidence of previous travels abroad and seeing an old passport with good travel history can often enable them to process your UK Visa application much quicker.

What is 'biometric' information?Open or Close

All UK Visa applicants are required to provide biometric data (10-digit finger scans and a digital photograph) as part of the UK Visa application process.You will have to go to your nearest UK visa application centre in person to provide your biometrics. The finger scans are electronic so the staff do not need to use any ink, liquid or chemicals. You will have your digital photograph taken at the same time and the whole procedure should take no more than five minutes to complete. You should make sure that you do not have any decoration (such as henna), or any cuts or other markings on your fingertips before having your finger scans. You should also make sure that if you have any cuts and bruises on your face, they have healed or disappeared before you have your photograph taken. Digital photographs must be of your full face and you should not wear sunglasses, a hat or any other head covering (unless you wear it for cultural or religious reasons but the face must not be covered).

If I had been issued a UK Visa earlier, do I still need to go for Biometrics again this time as well?Open or Close

For UK Visa every time you enroll for a fresh visa application (Apply for a UK Visa), it is necessary for applicant to submit his/her Biometrics.

Should children visit the Visa application Centre for applying for a UK Visa?Open or Close

Every applicant who is submitting the UK Visa application must attend the Visa Application Centre in person. Children less than 5 years need to attend, but are not required to provide their biometric data. Children less than 18 years need to be accompanied by any family member or guardian.

How do you track the UK Visa status?Open or Close

Online UK Visa application tracking is not available on UK Visas and Immigration website. To track UK Visa application status, you must use the UK Visas and Immigration’s email or phone service, which is chargeable.

For assistance with your UK visa application please call us on 020-664429214 or mail us at [email protected]

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Meet our visa team:

  • Abhijeet Jagdale

    Mr. Abhijeet Jagdale

    Abhijit started his career with Odyssey in 2006 after completing his Diploma in Travel and Tourism as well as IATA Consultant level. He started Odyssey’s visa department and now manages a team focused on handling our clients visa and overseas travel insurance requirements. He is a warehouse of information on all things visa related and is amazingly quick at his work. He works very well under stress, which in the visa department is often! This also makes him the best man for the job. His hobbies include playing cricket, travelling, music and dancing.

  • Nilesh Gosal

    Mr. Nilesh Gosal

    Nilesh has over 13 years of work experience in the travel industry including over 7 years with Odyssey. He manages the passport department and handles all passport related matters for our clients. Nilesh is the ‘chuppa rustum’ of the team – a silent, diligent worker in the office who transforms into a dude outside of it.

  • Varun Pandit

    Mr. Varun Pandit

    Varun has recently joined the Odyssey team and brings with him close to 5 years of work experience in visas with a focus on USA , UK & Schengen countries. He has completed his Diploma in Travel and Tourism and is currently pursuing his B.A. Degree in History. His hobbies include playing cricket, travelling , reading , photography and learning about new destinations.

  • Sourabh Dalvi

    Mr. Sourabh Dalvi

    Sourabh is the youngest member of our team and had started his career with Odyssey in December 2018 after completing his Diploma in Travel and Tourism. He is a part of the visa team and handles USA visas, other online visas and overseas travel insurance for clients. He loves photography and he is the official photographer at all Odyssey events. He loves pets and is also fond of dancing and travelling.

  • Rajesh Gantelu

    Mr. Rajesh Gantelu

    Rajesh has worked in the travel industry for over 3 years and his role is to assist clients at VFS at the time of submission of Schengen visas. He enjoys travelling, listening to music and playing football.

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