I am Filipino. I have a friend that is a citizen in UK. He told me that I will visit him and he will cover all of my expenses when I am in his country. So what kind of visa should I apply for? And what are the requirements?

  • Why does he want to do that? It could be expensive for him.
    – Gayot Fow
    Aug 18, 2015 at 18:58
  • he wants to see me personaly. if we will realy attracted to each other. he will cover anything when im in uk. and iam unemployed. what requirements should i get?
    – farrah
    Aug 18, 2015 at 19:11
  • and we dont know what kind of visa is applicable in our situation.his requirements and my requirements.
    – farrah
    Aug 18, 2015 at 19:13
  • do u have a better suggestion sir.? what should i need to do? please answer my question sir. thanks for ur time..
    – farrah
    Aug 18, 2015 at 19:29
  • see this: gov.uk/check-uk-visa
    – Him
    Aug 18, 2015 at 21:31

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Note: the bulk of this answer is applicable to any visa-national who wants to come the UK as a visitor.

Based upon the information you gave, you should go to Visa4UK and create an account. Then fill out the second page of the application like this...

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The programme will know what to do after that. It means you are applying as a 'Standard Visitor' and your application will be assessed under Appendix V of the rules.

Both you and your bf should study those rules before starting and determine if you can qualify. If he is to act as your sponsor, he will need to submit all of the evidence that the applicant would normally submit (in addition to all the evidence the applicant should submit).

Also, it is critically important to read the guidance notes before starting. After reading those, you may have more questions.

Once you finish the application you will see some screens asking you to print out your application and take it to their commercial partner to get your biometrics.

As I understand it, you are unemployed and reliant upon a sponsor that you haven't met in person before. You are also a Philippine national which is a high risk nationality. In the absence of a really spectacular application, I would expect a refusal on V 4.2 (a) will leave the UK at the end of their visit; and V 4.2 (e) must have sufficient funds to cover all reasonable costs in relation to their visit without working or accessing public funds.

Additionally, I would expect them to disqualify your bf on V 4.3 (a) have a genuine professional or personal relationship with the visitor;

You may wish to get your sponsor to instruct a UK solicitor for a consultation.

General notes about Manilla The British embassy in Manilla operates a big, BIG visa section. Among all the various descriptors you could apply to the visa section, 'lenient' is not one of them. They will decide an application within 60 days with a median at around 15 days. Beware of scam artists and bogus visa agents.

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    Great tip re: scam artists as they are particularly prevalent in SEA. Nov 25, 2015 at 12:09

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