UK standard visitor visa is for those who want to visit the UK for a short period (up to 6 Months) for a holiday, business or to see family & friends, etc. One of the key factors in the visitor visa entry clearance applications is to satisfy the Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) that the applicant has strong family, financial and social ties to the country of origin and therefore on the balance of probabilities it is more likely that the applicant will return to the country of origin upon visiting the UK. Visitors cannot work or study in the UK unless this is allowed by the permitted activities that are set out in these Visitor Rules.

The visitor visa can act as a short-term business visa, a tourist visa for UK holidays, an academic visit visa, and much more. If you are coming to the UK for travel, tourism, leisure, short-term business needs, or private medical treatment, then the standard visit visa (UK) will permit you to come to the UK to do so.

Each visitor must meet the requirements of Appendix V of the Immigration Rules, even if they are travelling as, for example, a family group, a tour group, or a school party. All visitor visa applications are decided based on the information provided by the applicant and any other relevant circumstances at the date of the decision.

It is not possible to switch to become a visitor while in the UK where a person is in the UK in breach of immigration laws or has entry clearance or leave to enter or remain for another purpose.

What are the requirements to apply for a Standard Visitor visa UK?

You must meet the basic eligibility requirements to visit the UK and you must show that:

  • you'll leave the UK at the end of your visit;
  • you're able to support yourself and your dependants during your trip (or have funding from someone else to support you);
  • you're able to pay for your return or onward journey (or have funding from someone else to pay for the journey);
  • you'll not live in the UK for extended periods through frequent or successive visits, or make the UK your main home.

You must also meet all the other eligibility requirements. Please contact us for an initial assessment to determine your eligibility, and to discuss the options.