The insane process of filling out the online UK Visa Application Form

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I have to travel to London next month, and started the usual visa application process. I’ve grown accustomed to filling these out, as I usually go through the visa process of some country every few months. The Schengen visa application is a two-page affair and is not too bad. The US application application isn’t that bad either. But then I filled out the UK online form just now – 93 questions scattered across 27 pages of an online-form!

One section was about “You stated that you had made an application to the Home Office to remain in the UK in the last 10 years. “, and requesting for more information. Under the “Granted or Refused” field, I entered “Granted”, but was then surprised to see that the form refused to proceed, instead marking the “Reason (if refused)” field as a required field. Brilliant.

Other compulsory questions:

  • Your total monthly income from all sources of work or employment after tax
  • Do you receive income from any other sources‚ including friends or family?
  • Do you have savings‚ properties or other income‚ for example‚ from stocks and shares?
  • How much of your monthly income is used to support your family member’s?
  • How much do you spend each month on living costs?
  • You stated that you have savings‚ property or income. Please give details

Then there were the usual “Are you a terrorist” type questions which are also on the US visa and entry forms. The last question in that block: “Have you engaged in any other activities that might indicate that you may not be considered a person of good character?”

Definitely the most intrusive and convoluted visa form I’ve come across.