Frequently Asked Questions
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1. Are consulates open on the weekend?
No, they are only open Monday to Friday but please check the applicable published operating times for each consular office represented for that country you wish to visit, as each Embassy/ Consulate has different operating times.
2. Can I submit my application through an agent, like 4UKvisas or would I have to appear in person when I lodge my visa application at the consular offices?
Due to the Biometrics, which most consular offices are requesting, submission has to be in person but check with 4UKvisas for the latest update.
3. Do I require to book and pay for my air ticket prior to my visa application?
Certain consular offices request that you DO NOT book flight tickets before your visa is approved but should you be applying for a Schengen visa, then yes, you do need to book and pay prior to your visa submission.
4. Do I need to make an appointment with one of the consultants at 4UKvisas to lodge my application?
Depending on the visa application it is not essential to make an appointment to see our consultants but on more difficult visa types it is recommended.
5. What is the difference between a single entry and multiple entry visa?
A single entry visa allows the traveller to enter the country, only once while the visa is valid. Once the traveller has exited the visited country, the visa is no longer valid, even if there are still valid days left on the visa details.
If your travel plans require you to re enter the same country more than once, you must ask for a multiple entry visa and provide evidence per your travel itinerary.
6. What is the meaning of a “business” visa?
A businessman would be applying for such a visa when he shall be entering into negotiations with potential new clients abroad, or when he has meetings to attend, or projects to review, or to attend conference or exhibition.
7. Is a visa guaranteed?
A visa is an entry in a passport or other travel document made by a consular official of a government to indicate that the bearer of the passport has been granted authority to enter or re enter the country concerned. On entering a country the customs official at the border gate can still refuse you entry into the country.
8. Should my visa be not approved will I get my visa money back?
Unfortunately, the consular offices do not refund any visa fees, regardless of the outcome of your visa application.
9. Documents submitted to the consulate will I get them back?
Please make copies of your application and supporting documents and keep for your filing. The documents you submit to the required consulate does get returned to you but there are certain consulates that do not return documents. Even if they are original ones, unless you specifically request their return per letter, the consular offices will keep them. If the application is such where your original birth or marriage certificates will be sent, make certified copies and send the originals, with a letter requesting the original documents/certificates be returned.
10. What if I need a passport urgently and home affairs do not issue temporary passports any longer?
Temporary passports are no longer being issued by Department of Home Affairs since 1 September 2014.
11. What is a Schengen visa?
A Schengen Visa is the document issued by the appropriate authorities to the interested party for visiting/travelling to and within the Schengen Area. The Schengen Area is comprised of 26 European countries that have agreed to allow free movement of their citizens within this area as a single country.