Contact Address Details:
British High Commission
Atlantic Road (Boulevard)
P.O. Box 507,
Gambia, West Africa
The High Commissioner in Fajara, His Excellency, is the British Government's officially
corps' permanent mission in Gambia.
Mission Opening Hours:
By appointment only.
Government of the United Kingdom has introduced a system for student
visa applications. It's called the Points Based System. Before
filling in your form you will need to assess your application online
in order to see if you qualify.
To be successful you need 40
points to pass. 30 points will be awarded for a Certificate of
Acceptance for studies from a licensed sponsor which will be your UK
university or college.
10 points will be given if you show
that you have enough money for 1 year to cover your living
expenses and tuition fees. The bank statement must be your own
or in a joint account showing your name and must be an
original, i.e. not a copy.
Application For Visas:
section of the
British High Commission,
Fajara, tries to provide an effective & timely service to all applicants. Their overriding objective is to
issue entry permits quickly to genuine visitors, decide applications from those
wishing to settle in the UK and to prevent the admission of those who are
They presently receive over 8,200 visa applications for
the UK each year. As a result, they have systems in place to
ensure that each application is dealt with on its own strengths
and in accordance with their service objective as stated above.
Explanations of these systems, and information on all aspects of
applying for a an entry permit to the UK, are given on their
Who Needs a Visa?:
You may need entry clearance to enter the United Kingdom if you are not either
a citizen of Britain or the the European Economic Area.
Individuals from certain countries, known as visa nationals, need
an entry to enter. Certain other categories of travellers may need clearance only for some reasons:
for example to live as the husband or wife of a British
Entry clearance is the application process. The clearance
certificate is put into your passport or
An immigration officer will decide if you qualify to enter. Clearance Officers work
according to the requirements of the Immigration Rules.
If you have a valid permit you will not normally be refused
admission unless your circumstances have changed, or you gave false
information, presented false documentation or did not tell them
crucial facts when you applied.
The endorsement tells the immigration officer at a UK port of arrival:
the purpose of your travel;
how long you can stay;
the latest date that you can enter;
Normally, you can enter and leave the United Kingdom as many times as you like
during the validity of your permit.
All applications from Gambia are to be done online at
www.visa4uk.fco.gov.uk. Customers must bring along a
printed copy of the form and supporting documentation to their
appointment at the commission in Fajara.
The only exceptions
for the online process are for customers who are
applying from Overseas Territories or Commonwealth countries.
Summarised From the site of:
British High Commission, Banjul