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 Standard Visitor Visa UK that allows you to enter the UK for short periods of time. 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.
According to the Visit Britain website, Millions of tourists visit the UK every year. A UK Tourist Visa allows the tourists to come to the UK, do most wonderful sightseeing, shop at one of the best shopping centers, eat at the world’s most renowned restaurants and enjoy what Great Britain has to offer.
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 / Standard 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 application takes 3 weeks to process after submission, depending on which country you apply from.
UK 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. UK Tourist Visa holders need to meet UK tourist visa application requirements, whose only purpose is to visit the UK to spend some quality time in the UK and can do a lot of activities in the UK.
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 application 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 diligently and advise you fully on your application. This ensures you have the best chance of success.
Contact us now to apply for a UK Visitor Visa
Why not give us a call to discover that we are the best UK Visitor Visa Immigration Lawyers in London, and Harrow. We work with clients from all over the world, so if you are not in London or Harrow do not worry, we can assist you wherever you are. We provide the best immigration advice in London at OISC Level 3 for a Family Visitor Visa UK to clients from all over the UK, including, Harrow, Wembley, Ealing, Birmingham, Oxford, Slough, High Wycombe, Milton Keynes, Bristol and even Scotland.
Many applicants come to us who have received 3-4 consecutive refusals on their visit visa applications but we have managed to assist these clients to successfully apply for a visa to visit the UK.
Our clients come from all over the world including 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.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How much is the UK Visit Visa fees?
A Standard Visitor Visa fee is £95 per applicant
Once we are married in the UK can I apply to remain in the UK?
Yes, you can. Fiancee visa is valid for 6 months and once you are married within this time in the UK you can apply to switch to Spouse visa to remain in the UK with your spouse.
I have a 5 years UK visit visa, can I stay in the UK for 5 years continuously?
Although your visa is valid for 5 years but you can stay 6 months in the UK in a year, remember the visit visa is only for visit purposes. If you want to stay longer or settlement permanently you should consider applying for other relevant visa
How to apply for a UK Tourism visa?
You can apply online and submit your passport at a designated visa centre near to where you live
I was due to travel to the UK but due to Covid-19 could not travel and now my visa has expired, can I get a new visa?
Yes, you can. You or your Immigration Lawyer should contact the UKVI Coronavirus helpline to request a new vignette for you
My standard visit visa for UK has been refused saying “I might not return to my home country” how to satisfy the UKVI that I will?
Each applicant has it’s unique circumstances and evidence required to produce to show to the UKVI caseworker that you will return to your home country vary, you should get some Immigration Advice before you apply again
I have travelled many countries including America, Canada and Europe. Is it easy for me to get UK family visit visa?
Not necessarily, it’s to your advantage that you have good travel history but each case is assessed on its merits by the Home Office caseworker and there is no guarantee that your application will be successful just based on your previous travel history
I am a businessman/businesswomen and wish to explore business opportunities in the UK, what visa should I apply for?
You should apply for Business visitor visa, do not forget to mention your reasons for the visit in the additional information box of the application form!
What is UK visa processing time?
General visit visa applications are usually processed in 3 to 4 weeks
Can I study in the UK on visit visa?
You can apply and come to the UK on a Student Visitor visa, this allows you to study on short term basis
I am in the UK on a student visa, can I apply for my parents to visit me?
Yes, you can. Your parents or other family members can apply for family visit visa to visit you in the UK