Do you need a UK Visitor Visa?

If you are from the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA), or Switzerland, you can visit the UK for up to 6 months without a visa, but you must engage in permitted activities and may be questioned about the purpose of your visit. 

If you are from outside these regions, a Visitor Visa is required for entering the UK, allowing for various purposes such as family visits, tourism, business, and studying courses for up to 6 months, while non-visa nationals may need to apply for entry clearance based on nationality.

Types of UK Visitor Visas

There are various types of Visitor Visas available for visiting the UK, each with its own permitted activities and conditions based on the purpose of your visit.

You can make an application for the following types of UK Visitor Visas:

  • Standard Visitor Visa
  • Business Visitor Visa
  • Family Visitor Visa UK
  • Marriage Visitor Visa
  • Student Visitor Visa
  • Visitor In Transit Visa
  • Permitted Paid Engagement Visitor Visa

If you need guidance, support, or further information regarding any of these visa types, reach out to us. We can provide valuable assistance and insights to help you navigate the visa application process effectively.

UK Visitor Visa requirements

You must meet certain eligibility requirements to be granted a Visitor Visa. You will need to provide the following evidence to support your application for a Visitor Visa:

You must meet certain eligibility requirements to be granted a Visitor Visa. You will need to provide the following evidence to support your application for a Visitor Visa:

  • Evidence that you will leave the UK at the end of your visit.
  • Evidence that you can support yourself and your dependents during your stay in the UK.
  • Evidence that you can fund your onward journey.
  • Evidence that you will not use the Visitor Visa to live in the UK by making successive visits.

Note: You may need to meet other eligibility requirements if you are coming to the UK to study or for medical treatment.

UK Visitor Visa duration 

A Visitor Visa typically grants a stay of up to 6 months in the UK. However, extensions are possible for medical treatment (up to 11 months) or as an academic visitor (up to 12 months). It’s important to note that a Visitor Visa allows a maximum stay of 6 months within a 12-month period.

Conditions of a Standard UK Visitor Visa

During your visit to the UK, you are not permitted to:

  • Undertake paid or unpaid work for a UK company or as a self-employed person.
  • Claim public funds.
  • Live in the UK by making successive visits.
  • Marry or register a civil partnership or give notice of marriage or a civil partnership.

UK Visitor Visa fees

A standard UK Visitor Visa costs approximately £100.00. However, the fees do change, so it is best to check this before you apply. If you are applying for a Visitor Visa with a longer duration, the fees may vary.

How to apply for a UK Visitor Visa

To obtain a Visitor Visa, you must apply online from outside the UK, up to 3 months before your intended travel date. An appointment at a visa application centre is required, and it is crucial to receive confirmation of your visitor visa before making any travel arrangements.

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UK Visitor Visa FAQs

  • What is the difference between a UK Visitor Visa and Tourist Visa UK?

    You can visit the UK with a Standard Visitor Visa if you are travelling to the UK as a tourist. A tourist visa is another term for a visitor visa, it is not a different type of visa.

  • How long does a UK Visitor Visa take for the outcome?

    The Home Office currently estimate a visitor visa application will be processed within 3 weeks.

  • Can I switch to another visa whilst visiting the UK?

    With a Visitor Visa in the UK, it’s important to note that you cannot switch to another visa category while in the country. For instance, if you receive a job offer, you would need to leave the UK and apply for the relevant visa, such as the Skilled Worker visa, from outside the country. It is crucial to engage only in permitted activities during your visit to avoid breaching visa conditions, as this could have consequences for future UK applications.

  • Why might a UK Visitor Visa be denied?

    There are various reasons why a UK Visitor Visa may be denied, such as not being perceived as a genuine visitor, not meeting suitability requirements, lacking sufficient funds or accommodation for the visit, and inadequate evidence of ties to the home country. Providing ample evidence of the purpose of the visit, ties to the home country, and sufficient funds are crucial to avoid refusal.

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