In Japan


Important information for applications

Settlement application - All customers applying for UK settlement, including Priority Visa applicants, must send their supporting documentation directly to UKVI in Sheffield, UK by post. Prior to sending any documentation to UKVI, applicants should make sure that the courier company they are planning to use will deliver to Post Office (PO) Box addresses in the UK. Please click here to view the details.

Effect from 10 March 2017, a scanning process for supporting documents in the UK Visa Application Centre Tokyo and Osaka has been introduced for all categories. Before you visit the Visa Application Centre please click here to view the details.

Follow these steps to apply for a visa to the UK.

Step 1

Visit the UK government website for visas and immigration in Japan and apply for a visa here - AccessUK.

Step 2

To complete the application process, you must book and attend an appointment at the visa application centre in Japan. All UK visa applicants are required to book an appointment prior to submission.

You can find more information on the ‘book an appointment’ page.

Step 3

On the day of your appointment, plan to arrive 5 minutes early at the visa application centre. Bring your appointment letter and application pack and your passport. If you are not a Japanese national, please ensure you provide proof of your immigration status in Japan. Children less than 18 years need to be accompanied by an adult and this cannot be a member of VFS staff.

When you arrive at the visa application centre you will collect a token. Wait until your token is called to make your application.

Please hold on to your receipt as you will need this later to collect your documents.

Important note: You will not be able to submit further documents once your application has been submitted at the visa application centre. The documents that you submitted at the time you made your application will be the only documents that are considered.

Step 4

Enrol your fingerprints and photograph (known as biometric information collection) at the visa application centre. This includes a digital finger scan (all 10 digits) and a digital photograph. The finger scan procedure uses an electronic scanner. No ink, liquid or chemical. You should ensure that your fingertips are free from any forms of decoration (for example, henna), cuts, abrasions or other markings as these may affect your ability to provide acceptable finger scans. Your digital photograph must be taken with full face and without sunglasses or tinted spectacles, or head covering unless it is worn for religious or medical reasons. Your face should be clearly visible with no hair across the eyes. We cannot process your visa if you do not submit your biometric information.

Step 5

Choose whether you would prefer to collect your documents in person at the visa application centre or have them delivered to you by post.

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