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You need to apply for a visitor visa to travel to the UK for tourism, business meetings, or to see family and friends for a short period (up to six months).

To apply for a UK Visitor Visa, you must meet certain eligibility criteria. The primary purpose of this visa is to ensure that individuals coming to the UK as visitors have genuine intentions and will comply with the visa conditions.

If you need advice or help with a UK visitor visa application, call us at 0203 959 7755 or fill in our online contact form to schedule a consultation.

Table of Contents

  1. What is a visitor visa UK?
  2. UK visitor visa applications
  3. Key points about the UK Visitor visa
  4. Documents required for UK visitor visa
  5. How to apply for a UK visitor visa?
  6. UK visitor visa processing time
  7. How can our immigration solicitors help with your UK visa applications?
  8. How much does an immigration solicitor charge for a UK visa application?
  9. Frequently asked questions
  10. Contact immigration solicitors in London

What is a visitor visa UK?

A UK Visitor Visa is a temporary visa that allows individuals to travel to the UK for tourism, business meetings, or to visit family and friends. It is a non-immigrant visa, which means that it does not grant the holder the right to live or work in the UK.

Generally, visitors can stay in the UK for a maximum of 6 months. However, the duration of stay can vary depending on the purpose of the visit and individual circumstances.

UK visitor visa applications

There are several types of UK Visitor visas, depending on the purpose and length of the visit. The most common types of UK Visitor visas are:

  • Standard Visitor Visa UK
  • Family Visitor Visa UK
  • Marriage Visitor Visa UK
  • Business Visitor Visa UK
  • Child Visitor Visa UK
  • Student Visitor Visa UK

Key points about the UK Visitor visa

  • Purposes: A UK Visitor visa is designed for various purposes, including tourism, visiting family and friends, business meetings, attending conferences, receiving private medical treatment, and participating in academic courses that are less than six months in duration.
  • Duration: Visitor visas are usually issued for short durations, typically ranging from 6 months to 10 years, depending on the specific circumstances and the applicant's history of compliance with visa conditions. The actual duration will be determined by the Home Office.
  • Conditions: While in the UK on a Visitor visa, individuals are expected to adhere to certain conditions, such as not working or studying for extended periods and maintaining appropriate financial support during their stay.
  • Biometric Information: Applicants may be required to provide biometric information, including fingerprints and photographs, as part of the application process.
  • Visa Application: To apply for a UK Visitor visa, applicants must complete the appropriate application form, provide supporting documents to demonstrate their purpose for visiting, and pay the required visa fee. They may also need to attend a visa application centre to submit biometric information.
  • Financial Requirements: Applicants are generally required to demonstrate that they have sufficient funds to cover their stay in the UK without relying on public funds.
  • Sponsorship: If someone in the UK is sponsoring your visit, they may need to provide a sponsorship letter and financial evidence.
  • Refusal and Appeals: If your Visitor visa application is refused, you have the right to appeal the decision in some cases. However, it's essential to carefully review the refusal letter and follow the appeal process as specified.

Immigration rules and requirements for a UK Visitor Visa can change, so it's important to consult with a qualified immigration solicitor for the most up-to-date information and guidance on applying for this visa.

Documents required for UK visitor visa

When applying for a UK visitor visa, it is important to submit supporting documents along with your application form. These documents serve to strengthen your visa application and provide evidence of your intentions and eligibility to visit the UK. Failing to include the required supporting documents may result in delays or even refusal of your visa application.

To ensure a smooth and successful application process, here is a list of essential supporting documents that you should include:

  • Passport: A valid passport with at least six months' validity beyond your planned stay in the UK.
  • Proof of Accommodation: Documents such as hotel reservations or a letter of invitation if you will be staying with friends or family.
  • Proof of Financial Capability: Bank statements, pay slips, or any other evidence to demonstrate that you have sufficient funds to cover your expenses during your stay in the UK.
  • Travel Itinerary: A comprehensive schedule outlining your planned activities and destinations in the UK.
  • Letter of Employment: If you are employed, a letter from your employer stating your job position, salary, and permission for leave of absence.
  • Proof of Ties to Your Home Country: Documents such as property ownership, business ownership, or family ties that prove your strong connections to your home country and intention to return after your visit.
  • Travel Insurance: It is advisable to have travel insurance that covers medical expenses, trip cancellations, and other unforeseen events during your visit to the UK.

Remember, the document checklist provided above is not exhaustive, and additional documents may be required based on your personal circumstances. Properly preparing your documentation is key to the success of your application. Contact us today to get a comprehensive list of supporting documents.

How to apply for a UK visitor visa?

Step 1: Determine Your Eligibility

Ensure that you are eligible for a Standard Visitor Visa. This visa is typically for short visits to the UK for tourism, business, visiting family and friends, or other specific purposes. Make sure your intended visit aligns with the visa's purposes.

Step 2: Gather Required Documents

Collect the necessary documentation to support your application such as a valid passport, passport-sized photograph, and proof of your financial means etc.

Step 3: Online Application

Visit the UK government's official visa application website and create an account. Complete the online visa application form, providing accurate and detailed information.

Step 4: Pay the Visa Fee

Pay the visa application fee, which will depend on the duration of your visa and your nationality. The fee can be paid online as part of the application process.

Step 5: Biometric Information

You may be required to provide biometric information, including fingerprints and photographs, at a local visa application centre. If biometric information is required, schedule an appointment at a visa application centre to provide the necessary biometrics.

Step 6: Submit Your Application

After completing the application form, attaching the necessary documents, and attending any required appointments, submit your application. You can do this through the online application system.

Step 7:  Wait for a Decision

Processing times can vary, so you should check the processing times for your specific location. You will receive a decision letter indicating whether your application has been approved.

The specific requirements and procedures for a UK Standard Visitor Visa may change, and the processing times can vary. Always consult with an immigration solicitor if needed.

UK visitor visa processing time

UK Visitor visa applications are currently taking an average of 3 weeks to process. However, some applications may take longer to process, especially if they require additional administrative processing or if the applicant has a complex case.

The processing time for a UK visa application can vary depending on several factors, including the type of visa application, the country from which you are applying, and the volume of applications being processed by the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI).

All the applicants are advised to check the latest information about UK visa application processing time on the official UK government website.

How can our immigration solicitors help with your UK visa applications?

Navigating the UK visa application process can be complex and stressful, especially if English is not your first language or if you are unfamiliar with UK immigration laws. Hiring an immigration solicitor provides peace of mind, knowing that you have professional support to guide you through every step of the process.

Here are some ways in which our team of highly experienced UK immigration solicitors can assist:

  • Legal Expertise: Our immigration solicitors have in-depth knowledge of UK immigration laws, policies, and procedures. We can assess your eligibility for different types of visas, advise you on the most suitable visa option, and ensure that your application complies with all relevant legal requirements.
  • Consultation and Advice: If you are uncertain about the visa type that best suits your needs or require guidance on the application process, we offer consultations to answer your questions.
  • Application Preparation: Our immigration solicitors will fill in your UK visa application forms accurately and submit them.
  • Supporting Documents: We will advise you on the required documents to be submitted in support of your visa application and ensure that they meet the specific requirements of the visa category you are applying for.
  • Legal Representation: We can represent you in communications with the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) department, embassy, or consulate handling your application. We can correspond with immigration authorities on your behalf, respond to requests for additional information, and address any concerns or queries raised during the processing of your application.
  • Appeals and Administrative Reviews: If your visa application is refused, our immigration solicitors can help you explore options for appealing the decision or requesting an administrative review. We can prepare and submit appeal or review applications, gather additional evidence to support your case and represent you at appeal hearings or review proceedings.

If you have any questions or want assistance with your UK visa application, please call our expert immigration solicitors based in London at 0203 959 7755. Alternatively, fill in our online contact form, and one of our UK immigration experts will get back in touch with you soon!

How much does an immigration solicitor charge for a UK visa application?

At Moeen & Co. Solicitors, our immigration solicitors in London charge an affordable fixed fee for complete legal services for your UK visa application. The agreed fixed fee will depend on the type of visa application and the complexity of the matter. Learn more about our legal fees.

Frequently asked questions

Anyone who intends to visit the UK for a short period can apply for a UK Visitor Visa. The eligibility criteria vary depending on the purpose of the visit and the specific requirements set by the UK government.

The duration of stay varies depending on the type of visitor visa granted. Typically, visitors can stay for up to 6 months, with some exceptions.

No, visitors are generally not allowed to work or study with a visitor visa. They are expected to adhere to the purpose of their visit as stated in their visa application.

In most cases, visitor visas cannot be extended. If you wish to stay in the UK beyond the permitted duration, you will need to apply for a different type of visa or leave the UK and reapply for a new visa from your home country.

No, a UK visitor visa does not grant you entry to other countries in the Schengen Area. If you plan to visit multiple countries, you may need to apply for separate visas for each country, depending on their entry requirements.

Contact Immigration Solicitors in London

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