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Visit Visa

The standard visitor visa is for those who wish to visit the UK for travel or holiday, see family and friends, for private medical treatment or for business purposes including attending conferences or taking part in sports or creative events.

Visit visa eligibility requirements

The applicants must satisfy the Home Office that they are a genuine visitor by meeting the below general requirements.

The UK Visit Visa allows individuals to meet family and friends, undertake permitted business activities, seek investment for proposed business, study up to 30 days, take part in exchange programmes or educational visits, pass through the UK in transit, get private medical treatment or convert civil partnership to a marriage.This visa however does not permit to undertake paid or unpaid work, live in the UK for long periods of time through frequent visits, enter into a marriage/civil partnership or give notice for the same or claim public funds. The standard visit visa can be applied for 6 months, 2, 5 or 10 years if the applicant wishes to visit the UK regularly;however can only stay a maximum of 6 months on each visit.

How can we assist?

Our Immigration lawyers at City Legal have immense experience in handling visit visa applications from all over the world. We have dealt with numerous visit visa refusals and obtained successful outcomes further to resubmissions. It is better to obtain legal assistance prior to the initial application. Our experience ranges from dealing with issues relating to ECO not being convinced that the applicant will return back to allegations of fraudulent documents submitted with the application. We are a multi award winning law firm and pride ourselves in being approachable, innovative and always going that extra mile to make sure our clients receive the individual attention they deserve. Our Immigration team maintains a high reputation and is committed to provide clear, transparent and reliable advice to our clients.

Frequently Asked Questions

The standard visitor visa does not permit individuals to give notice or register marriage in the UK. If the purpose is solely for marriage, the applicants must either apply for a Fiance visa or a Marriage visitor visa.

We have seen many refusals due to the fact that applicants had inconsistent deposits on bank accounts and not being proportionate to the income stated, lack of economic incentives to return back etc.

It is possible for the applicants to apply and travel as a family group; however they must make separate applications and pay the relevant fees accordingly.

The visitor visa is normally granted for 6 months, unless it’s a long visit application for 2,5 or 10 years. There is no specified maximum period which an individual can spend in the UK in any period such as ‘6 months in 12 months’. However, if it is clear from an individual’s travel history that they are making the UK their main home, the Home Office may refuse their entry or future applications. The UK visitor visa can be extended if there are compelling and compassionate circumstances.

The applicant should try and understand the reasoning for the refusal and see if further evidence can be provided to rectify the issues. If so, it is best to make a fresh application. There is no right of appeal against a visit visa application, unless there are human right grounds involved or raised and is not certified as clearly unfounded. If there is no right of appeal and the decision is wrong or not in accordance with the rules, the applicant may challenge this by the way of judicial review.