A UK Standard Visitor Visa has replaced several short-term visa categories: Business Visitor visa, Prospective Entrepreneur visa, Family Visitor visa, Child Visitor visa, Private Medical Treatment Visitor visa, Entertainer Visitor visa and Sports Visitor visa.
And this is precisely why the new visa is great: it covers a wide range of purposes previously spread out among separate categories.
UK Standard Visitor Visa combines many UK short-term visas, including a UK visitor visa for tourists, the most common one, which is why the two are often used interchangeably. You can apply for a UK Standard Visitor Visa if:
UK Standard Visitor visa is a good option for you if you are coming to the country on a short-term visit for holidays, business development, to participate in a conference or to receive medical treatment. Experts at Imperial & Legal will help you get a UK visa as a tourist or in any other capacity.
If you want to get a UK visitor visa, you must be able to show to the Home Office the following:
If you meet all the eligibility requirements, you will have to apply for a UK Standard Visitor visa online and pay an application fee (the service is accessible in almost any country, except North Korea).
If you apply for a Standard Visitor Visa to stay up to 6 months, the application fee will be £95 per person. If you can get a long-term Standard Visitor visa to stay up to 12 months, you will have to pay an application fee of £190.
If your family is coming with you to the UK, each member must file a separate application and pay the fee. All applicants must attend an appointment at a visa application centre to have their biometric information (photographs and fingerprints) taken.
It takes at least 15 days to get a UK visitor visa, but the earliest you can apply is 3 months before your visit, and it is highly recommended to do this as soon as possible – to make sure there is time to resolve problems, if any. It will save you time and money if you get support from qualified immigration advisers.
You must provide certified translations of any documents that are not in English.
Standard Visitor visa (up to 6 months, single or multiple entry)
Standard Visitor visa for medical reasons (up to 11 months)
Long-term Standard Visitor visa (2 years)
Long-term Standard Visitor visa (5 years)
Long-term Standard Visitor visa (10 years)
You can do paid work if you are coming to the UK to do certain permitted jobs: artist, musician, athlete, expert in some profession, etc.; however, you will need to get a special visa for this called Permitted Paid Engagement Visitor visa.
The Home Office is known to be very stringent and thorough while considering applications even for a UK Standard Visitor visa. The most common reasons for a visa to be refused are as follows:
As a rule, an applicant is the one to blame for the refusal if they did not bother to confirm their income or prove that they will leave the country before their UK Visitor visa expires. A refusal letter from the Home Office usually says why the application has been refused and what documents the applicant needs to provide to get a positive decision on the UK Standard Visitor Visa. If this is the case, the applicant may provide the necessary evidence and reapply.
However, if you have provided either intentionally or by mistake false information about yourself and that was revealed during background checks, you will be banned from entering the UK for 10 years.
How to avoid a UK Visitor visa refusal? The best you can do is to book a consultation with experienced immigration advisers who will consider the case taking into account your personal circumstances, help you fill in your visa application correctly, make a list of documents you will need to provide and write a cover letter to minimise the risk of getting a refusal.
Even if you have already received a visa refusal, do not despair. Immigration advisers at Imperial & Legal will tell you what documents or other evidence you will need to provide to prove your good character, will assist you in preparing and submitting another UK Visitor visa application.
It will be more difficult to get a UK visa if you have previously been banned from entering the UK for 10 years. If you think the ban is ungrounded and violates your civil rights, you can go to court. Our experts will provide you with legal support and represent you in an immigration tribunal.
Experts at Imperial & Legal are UK regulated immigration advisers. You can have a consultation with them at the office, over the phone or via Zoom/Skype video call. During the consultation, our adviser will determine whether your case fits into the UK Standard Visitor visa category, clarify your goals and purpose, answer all your questions. As soon as the service agreement is signed, our experts will start working on your case.
Immigration advisers at Imperial & Legal will be your official representatives until you obtain a decision on your visa application. Our experts will prepare a customised list of documents you need to submit to get a UK Visitor visa, arrange for certified translation of documents into English, prepare a detailed cover letter based on immigration rules that reflects your circumstances, fill in official online forms, pay a fee and submit the application on your behalf. They will then book an appointment at a UK visa application centre for you to submit biometric information and will upload all the necessary documents.
You will get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks. Once you receive a positive decision and obtain your UK Visitor visa, you can visit the UK while your visa is valid but you cannot stay for more than 180 days a year.
We do not only support applicants for the UK Standard Visitor visa, but over the years, we have also been providing comprehensive support in UK immigration matters, establishing a business in the UK, tax planning, property search, investment in reliable assets, studying at UK schools and universities.
Usually, your UK Standard Visitor visa is valid for six months only, but you may be permitted to stay longer in the following cases:
Besides, if you plan to have several short-term trips to the UK in the coming years, you should consider applying for a long-term UK Standard Visitor visa for two, five or even ten years. Note that if you visit the UK regularly and stay for long periods (longer than 6 months a year), the Home Office may consider this an attempt to settle in the country and will cancel your visa.
There are 3 categories of applicants for a UK Standard Visitor visa for medical purposes. Depending on the circumstances, you may get this visa if:
If you qualify under the first category, you will need to prove that:
It would be great to provide a letter from the receiving medical facility with details of the planned treatment, its duration and costs, as well as the location of the medical facility(-ies) where the applicant will be treated.
Those who are coming to have treatment at an NHS hospital under an international arrangement will have to submit an authorisation form issued by the government of their country officially confirming that the treatment will be paid for by this government, not the British one.
A donor must prove that they are donating their organ to a close relative, a partner or a friend. The main condition is that the recipient is a UK resident. All the evidence mentioned is provided in a letter from a lead nurse of the transplant team, also containing information on when and where the transplant (or tests for suitability as a donor match) will take place.
If you have a degree at the highest academic level (PhD or higher), you have been working in your field of expertise for a long time and are not going to occupy a permanent teaching post at a British university, you can apply for a UK Standard Visitor visa valid for up to 12 months.
However, an application fee will be higher:
As you can see, if you want to minimise costs, it will be a good idea to apply for a UK Visitor visa valid for up to 12 months before your visit, instead of paying extra costs for staying longer when you are already in the UK.
The following information must be provided in an online application for a UK Standard Visitor visa:
Depending on the circumstances, you might also be required to provide the following information to get a UK Standard Visitor visa:
We are OISC regulated immigration lawyers making applications on behalf of our clients for many years. Get in touch today to start your application.
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