Not everyone who is coming for a short holiday or to visit friends or family requires a visa; whether or not you do will depend upon your country of origin. EU nationals and their family members currently benefit from different arrangements, and those nationals from countries such as Australia, Canada and the USA similarly do not require a visa when visiting for 6 months or less. If you are unsure whether you require a visa to visit the UK, our Immigration team are here to assist you.
The Standard Visitor visa introduced in April 2015 replaced the previous range of visas:
In order to obtain a visit visa an applicant will need to show they are a genuine visitor.
In order to be eligible to qualify for a Visit visa to come to the UK, prospective applicants must be able to show evidence that:
If you wish to apply for a long term Standard Visitor Visa (for those who may need to visit regularly over a long period) you must prove that:
You may be given a visa for a shorter period than requested if you don’t do this. You won’t get a refund of the application fee if you get a shorter visa or your application is refused.
Those who obtain a Visit visa to come to the UK can:
Those who obtain a Visit Visa to come to the UK cannot:
For further expert and professional advice and assistance in relation to Visitor Visa applications, including with regards to fees and charges, application methods and possibilities to extend, processing times and permitted activities whilst visiting the UK, please do not hesitate to contact our immigration team who are ready and able to help you.
Please be advised that Immigration Rules are always changing. Contact us for the latest help, advice and information with regards to your query.