English blog – Apply TO and Apply FOR

Should I say Apply to or Apply for?



One of my students asked me the difference between  Apply TO and Apply FOR. It’s a good question so I thought I would write a post for my blog readers. I hope it’s helpful! 😀

Apply FOR…


We usually apply for a thing we want to get.

Apply for a job/bank loan etc.

I’m going to apply for a credit card today.
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Apply TO…

We usually apply to a place we want to go (a school) or a place we would like to work 

Apply to a location/university
I applied to the University of Toronto. I hope I get accepted!

When I first came to Japan I had to apply for a visa so I could stay in the country for more than 3 months.


Steve: What’s your plan after graduation?
Allen: First I will travel, then when I get back home I will start applying for jobs.

I applied to work in Dubai this autumn, my company is opening a new office there.

I got accepted to Harvard! I applied to 4 schools but Harvard is my first choice!
Helpful web support from:

https://www.dailywritingtips.com/apply-to-apply-for-and-apply-with/

https://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/definition/english/apply?q=apply

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