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Visas and Nationality

This section is designed to answer out most frequently asked questions. Please click on the blue cross symbol to reveal the answer.

What is the Visas and Nationality service for?

UK NARIC Visas and Nationality is the designated service supporting individuals applying for UK visas or for settlement in the UK, provided on behalf of the Home Office, United Kingdom Visas and Immigration (UKVI).

An online application system has been specifically developed and will provide official UK NARIC Visas and Nationality statements, custom-designed for immigration purposes. These statements confirm your academic qualification level and/or English language proficiency – as appropriate for your personal circumstances and immigration route. The security-enhanced statements present clearly all the key information regarding your qualification(s) required by UKVI immigration case workers.

How do I apply for the Visas and Nationality service?

There are full details about how to apply, and the documents you need to send us, on our how to apply page.

You can apply online or, if you have limited internet access or are unable to apply online, you can also apply by post.

Which Tiers and Routes does the service cover?

The Visas and Nationality service supports applications made through the following PBS (Points-Based System) routes:

  • Tier 1 Entrepreneur
  • Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur
  • Tier 2 General
  • Tier 2 Ministry of Religion
  • Tier 2 Sportsperson
  • Representative of an Overseas Business visa

The service also supports family, settlement and citizenship/naturalisation applications.

Other visa routes do not require UK NARIC Visas and Nationality documentation as supporting evidence. Please visit the Home Office UK Visa & Immigration website to check the particular requirements for each of the immigration routes.

If you have questions about the Immigration Rules or about your particular circumstances in relation to them, you should contact UKVI or talk to a registered immigration adviser.

Are there different services? Which service do I need?

The Visas and Nationality service features an intelligent application process that guides you towards the UK NARIC Visas and Nationality statements you need for your circumstances. UK NARIC qualification evaluators assess carefully the certificates and documents you send to us and produce the qualifications and/or English language statements that are relevant to your particular situation.

The Visas and Nationality online application process asks you all the relevant questions and keeps you on the right route to help ensure you get the correct paperwork to support your immigration application.

You can submit multiple qualifications to us at the time you apply, if you wish, and if you do you will receive multiple qualification level statements – one for each qualification.

The price of the service is the same no matter the number of statements issued. You pay per application, not per statement.

The red coloured UK NARIC Visas and Nationality statements have enhanced security features and present clearly to the Home Office case worker the information regarding your qualification(s) that they need (about your qualifications, country of study etc) to make a decision about your immigration, settlement or visa application.

Fast Track 24-hour and 48-hour services are available. There is an additional charge for Fast Track.

The red coloured UK NARIC Visas and Nationality statements have enhanced security features and present clearly to the Home Office case worker the information regarding your qualification(s) they need (about your qualifications, country of study etc.) to make a decision about your immigration, settlement or visa application.

We can offer the following postage and delivery options:

UK

  • First class post £2.00
  • Royal Mail Signed For™ £4.00
  • Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed™ £8.50

International

  • Standard Airmail £4.00
  • International Signed For™ £8.50
  • DHL Courier Service £80.00

These will be available for you to select during the online checkout process.

Fast Track 24-hour and 48-hour services are available. You select Fast Track as an option in the application process. There is an additional charge for Fast Track – this is shown in your order details at the Checkout stage. When you select Fast Track, there are no further delivery charges – delivery is all included in Fast Track.

How much does the service cost and how long does it take?

To streamline the service and to make it as simple and efficient as possible, we offer a simple one price structure – you pay one price for your application and for your use of the service – the price is the same regardless of the number and type of statements produced. You pay per service use, not per statement.

You can submit multiple qualifications at the time of application. Again, you pay per application, not per qualification.

The price for an individual application is £125 + VAT + delivery.

For immigration advisers, solicitors and other organisations looking to process multiple applications, we offer a corporate bundle service. Information on this is available from visas@naric.org.uk

The standard Visas and Nationality service offers a faster 10 day turnround time – quicker than our UK NARIC services for work and study which operate to 15 day timeframes.

Fast Track services are suitable for urgent applications. Fast Track 24-hour or 48-hour services are available, at an additional charge.

For immigration advisers, solicitors and other organisations looking to process applications on behalf of individuals or multiple applications, we offer a corporate service. Information on this is available from jo.creter@naric.org.uk.

If you have deadlines on your application to UKVI, do allow enough time for your application to be processed. Make sure you send us all the documents we need and also your payment as we cannot begin processing your application until we have that.

A range of delivery options are available, including next working day and, for international deliveries, fast and secure courier by DHL (delivery is charged extra, according to the option you choose). The Fast Track service includes delivery at no extra charge.

What documents do I need to send?

We need ALL the following documentation to process your application:

  • a photocopy or scanned version of your final certificate(s) together with final transcript(s)
  • a photocopy or scanned version of a certified translation in English if necessary
  • payment for the service

If you are using our service to provide evidence of your English language proficiency, then we will ALSO need:

  • evidence of the medium of instruction of your study.

What is a final certificate?

The final certificate tends to be an elaborate or more decorative document awarded by your institution or a relevant authority, and is presented to you, usually at a graduation ceremony, following the successful completion of your course.

What is a final transcript?

The final transcript is an official document issued by the awarding institute providing a breakdown of the subjects/modules covered within your qualification, and the marks/scores obtained in each of those subjects. This document provides us with information on the duration of your study, subject matter and detailed information on the nature of your study which is vital in the process of evaluating and comparing qualifications.

What is a certified translation?

If your documents are not in English, you will need to submit a photocopy or scan of a certified English translation of your documents.

A certified translation must be completed by a qualified translator. They need to sign or stamp the translation and add a declaration to state that they have completed a true and accurate translation of the original document.

What is a Medium of Instruction letter?

A Medium of Instruction letter is a document that confirms the language of instruction used throughout your degree programme.

It should be issued by a central administration unit / the registry at your university rather than a lecturer who may have taught you. Typically, they look like this.

I do not want to pay online, what are the other payment options?

a. Payment by phone:

Please contact UK NARIC on (0044) (0)871 330 7033 between 9am and 5pm (UK time) Monday to Friday and supply your credit / debit card details over the phone to one of our Information Advisers. Please ensure you have already submitted your documentation to us, and allowed 24 working hours if faxing your documents, or sufficient postage time.

b. Payment by post:

Cheque or postal order - please make your cheque or postal order payable to ECCTIS LIMITED

c. Credit / debit card payment:

You may wish to supply your credit / debit card details by post
Card type: e.g.: visa / master card
Long card number on front of card:
Expiry date:
Valid from date:
Last 3 digits on the back of the card:
Person’s name as spelt on front of the card:
Address that the card is registered to:
Amount you wish us to deduct:

What are the postage and delivery options?

We can offer the following postage and delivery options:

UK

  • First class post £2.00
  • Royal Mail Signed For™ £4.00
  • Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed™ £8.50

International

  • Standard Airmail £4.00
  • International Signed For™ £8.50
  • DHL Courier Service £80.00

Note: we are receiving reports that Standard Airmail can be very slow; also, there is no tracking with this service. Therefore we recommend using International Signed For or DHL – these are faster and trackable.

These will be available for you to select during the online checkout process.

How do I contact the Home Office UK Visas and Immigration?

You can contact UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) through their website.

They have sections which can provide information and help for those already in the UK and for those not yet here.

Where can I find out more information about the immigration routes to the UK?

UK NARIC VisasAndNationality is not able to help with enquiries about the UK’s immigration system or how the Immigration Rules might apply to your individual circumstances.

You can find out more information about the various immigration routes and requirements on the Home Office UK Visas and Immigration website.

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