If you intend to apply for a UK visa, the UK Home Office warns that the online website (Visa4UK) “will be temporarily unavailable from 08:00 GMT on Thursday 14 November 2013”, while the site is being upgraded.

The announcement also says that “the service may be unavailable for up to 48 hours, however the outage will be shorter for most locations.”  The UK Home Office provides the following reminders as well:

When to apply - up to 3 months before your date of travel to the UK.  Confirming your travel arrangements is not recommended until you have received your visa.  It is, therefore, important that you are aware how long visa processing (for Point-based system and other applications) take to better plan your trip.

Before you apply, you must: have the supporting documents ready for the specific visa you intend to apply for. For those visiting the UK for more than 6 months,  TB tests will be required. Once the online application is back, you may complete the application form, book your appointment before going to one of the UK Home Office visa application centers for biometrics (fingerprinting).

Since you are not going to be interviewed in person, it is critical that you provide documents that would clearly spell out your reason for going, when you intend to visit, how long is the intended trip, how much money you have for the visit and evidence that you are sufficiently settled in the Philippine.

Points-based System Applicants - should provide all the documents specified in the guidance for the specific visa category. Include the original and a photocopy (this includes copy of your passport bio-data page. Proof of funds must come from a duly recognized financial institution.

Bank Certificate Verification System (BCVS) – is a required procedure if you want to request bank certificates to support your visa application, for example to show that you will not avail of public funds. The participating bank will then confirm the information on the BCVS, allowing UK Border Agency staff at the British Embassy to verify the certificates' authenticity.

Paying your visa application fee – may be done online, but fees must only be in US dollars, using either a Visa card or MasterCard. In addition to credit cards, a debit card or pre-paid card bearing the Visa or MasterCard logos are also accepted. Other methods of payment will not be accepted.

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