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Visitor Visa

Visit the UK under Appendix V of the Immigration Rules

Apply for a UK Visitor Visa

Millions of people apply for a UK Visitor Visa for different reasons every year. Some visit the UK for a holiday, to attend a business meeting, to meet their family or attend a function in the UK. It is a Visitor Visa that allows you to enter the UK. A lot of people apply for a Visit Visa and many are refused simply because the Entry Clearance Officer does not believe that they intend to return to their home country after their visit to the UK, but we can help you get it right the first time around! Or if you have been refused once, twice or even thrice get in touch and we can still help.

You can apply for a Visit visa from your home country or country of your residence as long as you intend to return back to your home or residence’s country and understand that you will not have the right to work in the UK and you will not have access to free healthcare either but  you can get Travel Insurance to cover your visit.

Reasons to Apply for a UK Visitor Visa

There are many reasons you may want to apply for a Visitor visa such as the following:

  • Family Visitor visa UK
  • General Visitor visa UK
  • Child Visitor visa
  • Business Visitor visa, including visas for academics, doctors and dentists
  • Sports Visitor visa
  • Entertainer Visitor visa
  • Prospective Entrepreneur visa
  • Private Medical Treatment Visitor visa

The most common type of visa is the Family Visitor visa UK.

Migrants who are “non-visa nationals” (eg nationals of the US, Japan, Brazil) generally do not need a visa to visit the UK, but “visa nationals” (eg nationals of India, Pakistan, China) do need a visa. But a non-visa national can apply for a visitor visa if they want to. This might be appropriate where the applicant has adverse historical issues and they are thus worried that they might be refused leave to enter the UK if they turn up at the border. If they successfully apply for a visitor visa they can be relatively confident that they will be admitted to the UK. 

Visitor visas can be granted for six months, two years, five years or ten years but there is an overarching rule in this connection which applies to both non-visa nationals and visa nationals: a visitor should not spend more than 180 days per 12 months in the UK. If they do, they are in breach of immigration conditions.

You can only apply for a Visit visa 3 months before you intend to visit the UK. Usually the Visit visa applications takes 3 weeks to process after submission, depending on which country you apply from.


Visit Visa Requirements

The visa requirements mainly focus on your ties to your home country; your sponsor can play a role in your application if you have one but it is not mandatory to have a Sponsor. Below are the requirements that you may need to meet depending on your circumstances:

  • Evidence to support your reason to visit the UK e.g invitation card to attend a marriage function in the UK
  • Evidence showing your relationship with your family, if visiting family
  • Ties to your home country showing the reason for return from the UK
  • Source of income and supporting evidence to show your stated income
  • If you have been refused in the UK you will need to explain the reasons stated in your previous refusals 

An applicant applying for a visitor visa needs to demonstrate that they are a genuine visitor and that they intend to return to their home country at the end of the visit. The decision-makers at the British diplomatic post are alert to the fact that visitors sometimes overstay their visit. 

They must also demonstrate that they do not intend to carry out any non-permitted activities in the UK. With just a couple of exceptions (business visitor visa, prospective entrepreneur visitor visa) visitors are not allowed to carry out any work in the UK, and those who are allowed to work are only allowed to carry out strictly limited activities. 

Applicants must show that they have sufficient financial resources for their visit. If you do not then the ECO is likely to refuse the application, because they suspect that the applicant is intending to work. They must also show that they have, or that they will be able to obtain, appropriate accommodation. 

Your application depends on your circumstances 

The evidential requirements for a visitor visa application vary, depending on the type of visitor visa. In all cases the applicant must provide evidence that there will be sufficient finance available for the visit, from whatever source. 

For migrant’s intending to visit family members,  details of those family members should be provided and, where appropriate, details of the accommodation that the family member(s) will offer. 

Where the visit is by invitation for business purposes or a business (eg business visitor visa, permitted paid engagement visitor visa) evidence about this should be provided. 

If the visit is for the purpose of marriage, then you can provide evidence of the marriage.

It is generally important to show that the applicant has got a life to return to in their home country, which could be a family life or economic life, or both. 

There are no English language requirements for visitors. 

What we can do for you for a successful UK Visitor Visa

We can initially advise you about the strength of your Visitor Visa application. If there are likely to be any difficult issues we will advise you on these.

We can advise you about submitting the right documents so that you have the best possible application. 

It is our job to complete your application forms and also submit the application. This also includes advice on the Biometrics appointment. 

Our aim is to submit your appliaction smoothly and in addition provide up to date information at all times. This way you do not need to keep up to date with the UKVI changes.

We remain available during and after the submission of your application and until a decision comes through.

A legal representation letter is vital and will also support your application.

We will work hard and digligently and advise you fully on your application. This ensures you have the best chance of success.

Contact us to apply for a UK Visitor Visa

Many applicants come to us with a refused a Visitor visa, some even have had 3 consecutive refusals, we provide immigration advice and work diligently to secure their visa. By preparing an efficient application we can clarify the reason for refusal in previous applications and obtain a positive decision.

Why not give us a call and discover that we are the best Immigration Lawyers in London. We can look after your UK Visitor Visa application. Our clients come from all over the world. So if you are not in London do not worry, we can assist you wherever you are in the world. GSN Immigration has helped clients for UK Visas from all over the world. The country list includes Russia, Saudi Arabia, UAE, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Ghana, Tanzania, Morocco, Iran, Egypt, USA, Canada, Italy, Nigeria, Brazil, Columbia, Sri Lanka, Iraq, Vietnam, China to name a few.

We have assisted many clients with a UK visitor Visa application. We can assist you also

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