Booking an appointment in India
This page explains how you can book an appointment at a visa application centre in India.
All UK visa applicants and dependants need to complete the visa application form online. Paper applications will no longer be accepted under the points-based system.
At the same time, you are also required to make an online appointment to attend a visa application centre to submit your visa application. The only exception is if you would like to make an appointment to use the premium lounge, fast track or prime time facilities.
You may do so by separately requesting an appointment. Please see the VFS additional services page on this website for further information.
Please print a hard copy of your visa application form on good quality paper and bring this, together with all supporting documentation, to your appointment at the visa application centre.
Once you have completed your application form online, only small manual alterations to this form will be accepted for submission at the visa application centre.
Tier 4 student interviews
From 20 May 2013, if you apply for a Tier 4 student visa you may have to sit a short interview when you attend the visa application centre to submit your application and biometric information. The interview will focus on your reasons for coming to the UK; this is known as a credibility interview. A report of the interview will be sent to the visa officer who will consider it alongside your visa application and supporting documents. You may be called for a further interview if the visa officer needs more information.
To apply for a visa and schedule an appointment online, please see 'Do it online' on the right side of this page.
General information for all appointments
Please print the email confirming the details of your appointment, and bring this with you to the visa application centre you have chosen to attend.
You should reach the visa application centre 5 minutes before your appointment time.
The appointment must be made in your name. Another person cannot attend your scheduled appointment.
When you attend the visa application centre, you will need to provide your biometric information, which includes a photograph and a digital scan of your fingerprints. If you have temporary injuries on your fingers, please wait until the injuries heal before your appointment date. You should also remove any henna on your fingertips,or allow it to fade, as this may prevent us from getting a clear scan.
Every applicant who is submitting a visa application must attend the visa application centre in person. Children under 5 years need to attend, but are not required to provide their biometric data. Children under 16 years need to be accompanied by an adult and this cannot be a member of VFS staff.
You cannot book an appointment by visiting or telephoning the visa application centres, unless you are applying to use the Fast Track, Prime Time or Premium Lounge facilities .