The Application Process:
Step 1 – Online Application Form
The first step is to fill an online application form using the UK government website for visas and immigration in India here. You will be asked to create an account and fill a comprehensive online form. You can fill the form in installments, but remember to save often, because the website is rather unstable and also logs you out for inactivity after a certain duration.
Step 2 – Book an Appointment & Make Payment
Once you’ve completed all sections of the application form, all buttons on the panel on the left will turn green and you can submit your form – be sure to re-check though, since you cannot make edits post submission; you WILL be forced to repeat the whole process again.
Once you’ve submitted the form, you can make an appointment with a VFS centre of your choice to submit your supporting documents and biometric evidence (a fancier word for recording your finger-prints, retina scans and ugly-looking photographs, that make you wonder if you’re a criminal-in-disguise). Once you book an appointment slot, you will in most cases be required to make an online payment for your processing fee – please ensure you are in a position to make the payment within 3 hours of booking an appointment, failing which your appointment will be automatically cancelled.