It should be noted that the Home Office will only accept original documents. If no original is available, photocopied documents must be a stamped certified true copy of the original.
Where a document is not in English or Welsh, the original must be accompanied by a fully certified translation by a professional translator. This translation must include details of the translator’s credentials and confirmation that it is an accurate translation of the original document. It must also be dated and include the original signature of the translator.
Please note that documents listed are carefully explained whether they are mandatory or optional. You should collect as many documents as possible and use it as a checklist to ensure all documents where possible have been sent as soon as possible. Where you are unable to provide the original documents, please explain the reasons to us.
Stage 1 – Application for Endorsement
|Three letters of support – from an arts or cultural organisation, institution or company which is well-established nationally and/or internationally and widely acknowledged as possessing expertise in its field||One must be from a UK based organisation. The other two can be UK-based or overseas (one of the two can be from an eminent individual with internationally recognised expertise in the applicant’s specialist field).||Mandatory|
|Two or more examples of media recognition such as articles and/or reviews from national publications or broadcasting companies in at least one country other than in your country of residence. Event listings or advertisements are not acceptable.||Mandatory|
|Proof of having won or been nominated or shortlisted for international awards for excellence, for example the Booker Prize, a Grammy Award; or domestic awards in another country, for example a Tony Award.||Mandatory|
|Proof of appearances, performances, publications or exhibitions in the past three years in contexts which are internationally recognised in the applicant’s field or evidence of international distribution and audiences for the applicant’s work.||Mandatory|
Stage 2 – Visa Application
|Current Passport||scan bio-data page and all stamped pages||Mandatory|
|Previous Passports||scan bio-data page and all stamped pages||Mandatory|
|Vsisa/Biometric Card||If any||Mandatory|
|Recent Passport Photographs (x2)||(Photo Guidance)||Mandatory|
|Tuberculosis test certificate from the UKVI approved clinic in your country of residence||For more info: Tuberculosis Test Centres||Mandatory|
|Evidence of Finances|
|Letter of Employment/Contract of Employment||Mandatory|
|Proof of self-employment eg business registration, tax payment etc||if applies||Mandatory|
|Bank Statements for the past six months||Mandatory|
|Remittances receipts||If any||Mandatory|
|Evidence of Accommodation||if any|
|Tenancy Agreement/Mortgage Statements||Mandatory|
|Hotel Reservation||if applies||Mandatory|
|Home Office Letters||if any||Mandatory|
|Spouse’s and Children’s Passport||if any||Mandatory|
|Travel date spreadsheet – please list all your travels abroad for the last 10 years.||Travel Date Spreadsheet Template||Mandatory|
All documents should be posted or scanned and emailed to us to make sure they meet the requirements.
Please let us know if you cannot provide anything from the document list and we can discuss alternative documents you may provide. Once we have received the documents, we will inform you via e-mail and update your application in our records.