I will apply for Standard Visit Visa to the UK. I translated all my Arabic and French documents to English. Should I upload the English + Arabic or French versions? Or I can upload only the English versions (the translation)?

  • If you only upload the translations, how will UKVI know that an original ever existed?
    – Traveller
    Commented Dec 15, 2022 at 9:17

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You need to upload both the translated and the original documents to in order to prove the existence of the original document.

Per the GOV.UK guide to supporting documents:

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
  • So the translation doesn't need to be notarised? Does the translator need to be certified in any way? Could it be a foreign translator? If a document contains just a little bit of text in a foreign language but is otherwise in English (a bit of metadata on a bank printout), does this kind of document need to be translated too (if all the relevant information is already in English)? Many thanks in advance
    – rudolfovic
    Commented Mar 18 at 12:18

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