Apply for UK Standard Visitor visa, if you wish to visit the UK for tourism, business, or to see your family and friends for a short period (up to 6 Months).

Below is full guidance about how to apply for Standard Visitor Visa UK, eligibility requirements and the list of required documents for Visitor visa application.

We are expert in dealing with UK Standard Visitor visa applications and if instructed will carry out all the work on the application until the decision is received from the Home Office UKVI.

Please contact expert UK immigration lawyer at Rex Law Chambers to fully assess your eligibility for UK Standard Visitor visa by considering all the relevant information including your past immigration history. So that we can advise you on the chances of success in your application in particular if you have any adverse personal or immigration history.

Page Contents

  1. What is a Standard Visitor visa UK?
  2. UK Standard Visitor visa requirements
  3. What you cannot do on a UK Standard Visitor visa?
  4. What documents are required for UK Standard Visitor visa application?
  5. Can you stay in the UK for longer than 6 months?
  6. Extend your UK visitor visa
  7. What is UK Standard Visitor visa processing time?
  8. How can we help with your UK visa application?
  9. Do you need an immigration lawyer for UK Standard Visitor visa application?
  10. Our fee for Standard Visitor visa application
  11. Do you need legal help?

What is a Standard Visitor visa UK?

You need to apply for a UK Standard Visitor visa if you want to visit the UK for a short-term stay (up to 6 months) for tourism, business, or to see your family and friends.

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.

The Standard Visitor visa has replaced the:

  • Family Visitor visa
  • General Visitor visa
  • Child Visitor visa
  • Business Visitor visa, including visas for academics, doctors and dentists
  • Sports Visitor visa
  • Entertainer Visitor visa
  • Prospective Entrepreneur visa
  • Private Medical Treatment Visitor visa
  • Approved Destination Status (ADS) visa

UK Standard Visitor visa requirements

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 initial assessment to determine your eligibility, and to discuss the options.

You must have a passport or travel document that is valid for the whole of your stay in the UK.

You must also only plan to do activities in the UK that are allowed under the Standard Visitor rules.

What you cannot do on a UK Standard Visitor visa?

You can visit the UK to do certain activities, for example visiting friends and family or attending a conference.

You cannot:

  • do paid or unpaid work for a UK company or as a self-employed person
  • live in the UK for long periods through frequent visits
  • claim public funds (benefits)
  • do a course of study that lasts longer than 6 months
  • marry or register a civil partnership or give notice of marriage or civil partnership. You will need a Marriage Visitor visa instead

What documents are required for UK Standard Visitor visa application?

To visit the UK on a Standard Visitor visa, you need to show that you're a genuine visitor.

To prove your eligibility for the UK visitor visa, it is important to provide the Home Office with evidence of the general requirements for eligibility as part of your UK visit visa requirements and application. As a non-EEA visa national, you will need to prove that:

  • You have full intention to leave the UK at the end of your visit and do not plan to stay for longer than six months.
  • You have evidence of any activities you intend to perform while in the UK, including business and other activities.
  • You can afford your inward and outward journey including flights.
  • You have access to sufficient funds to support and house yourself and any dependents throughout your stay without accessing or relying on public funds.

Immigration rules are strict, and the Home Office refuses a lot of visas because of a lack of supporting evidence. Visit visa requirements for UK travel can be confusing, but we at Rex Law Chambers are always on hand to provide guidance and assistance when you need it.

To have your visa approved, you will need to give details about your current and previous passport numbers or an alternative valid travel identification. Also, if any of the supporting documents are not in English or Welsh, the documentation needs to be accompanied by a certified translation.

Additional documents you might need to provide can include:

  • Travel documents that detail the dates on which you plan to travel.
  • An immigration record and history of international travel. Visa UK laws require a lot of information to be provided.
  • An estimate for the cost of your visit as well proof of sufficient funds such as bank statements.
  • Your overseas contact details and address.
  • Details of any overseas employer company for which you are travelling to the UK.

There is no limit to the amount of supporting evidence that can help prove your eligibility and support your case. If you feel a little overwhelmed and want some support in putting your application together then look no further and get in touch with us. We at Rex Law Chambers are fully qualified and well experienced to deal with UK visitor visa applications. We believe that no one is better placed to help guide you to visa approval.

Depending on your circumstances, you might also need to provide additional documents. Please contact us for initial assessment to determine your eligibility, and find out required list of documents in support of your UK Family Visitors visa application.

Can you stay in the UK for longer than 6 months?

As a rule, all Standard UK visitor visas are short-term visas limiting the holder to a maximum stay of six months. Immigration rules also prevent you from bypassing this restriction by using the visitor visa or frequent or successive visits, but you are free to enter and leave the UK at will during the time that your visa is valid.

For visitors from the United States, China, Pakistan, India, and other non-EEA countries can, however, apply for a long-term visit visa for UK travel. These are available at an extra cost and can be held for two years, five years, or ten years.

Beware that these visas still restrict you to a maximum single visit of six months or less. However, you can enter and leave the UK multiple times within the allotted time. A long-term visitor visa UK is a great route to take if you know that you will need to return to the UK multiple times within a certain period.

Extend your UK Standard Visitor visa

You cannot switch from a Standard Visitor visa to another type of visa. You can only extend your stay for specific reasons, for example needing further private medical treatment.

If you want a visa to do something other than visiting, for example, work or longer-term study, you will need to leave the UK and make a new application.

You may be able to extend your visitor visa as long as the total time you spend in the UK is less than 6 months. For example, if you apply for a 3 month visa, you can apply to extend it for 3 more months.

What is UK Standard Visitor visa processing time?

The general processing time for a UK Standard Visitor visa application is 3 weeks. You should get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks once you attend your appointment at the visa application centre, if you are applying for a visa to visit the UK:

  • for a holiday or to see family or friends
  • for a business trip or meeting
  • to get married

How can we help with your UK visa application?

As part of our immigration services for your immigration application, our expert immigration lawyer will:

  • assess your eligibility for the relevant visa type by fully considering your circumstances;
  • advise you on the required supporting documents to be submitted in support of your immigration application;
  • assess all the documents to ensure that the documents you provide are as per the requirements of the Immigration Rules;
  • advise you on strengths and potential weaknesses in your visa application and how you can overcome such weaknesses if any;
  • complete the online immigration draft application form to share it with you for cross-checking;
  • submit your application online and schedule your biometrics appointments with the relevant commercial partner of the UKVI;
  • prepare a detailed cover letter in support of the immigration application explaining in detail how you are meeting all the requirements of the Immigration Rules so that you have the maximum chances of succeeding in your visa application;
  • upload all the supporting documents online in support of the immigration application in their correct format and order;
  • dealing and responding to any caseworker enquiries or correspondence from the Home Office caseworker for any further documents or information concerning your pending immigration application;
  • do all the follow-up work on your immigration application until a decision is received from the Home Office UKVI.

Do you need an immigration lawyer for UK Standard Visitor visa application?

UK Immigration law is an extremely fast-changing and complex area of law. There are high chances of getting a visa refusal if you are not fully aware of relevant immigration law(s) and eligibility criteria.

Most of the applicants seek professional legal help with their UK Standard Visitor visa applications from highly experienced immigration lawyers to boost their chances of success. A well-prepared application can significantly increase your chances of success.

Our fee for Standard Visitor visa application

Our UK visitor visa lawyer can provide legal assistance with your Standard Visitor visa applications by assessing your eligibility for a visitor visa and advising you on the relevant documents to be submitted in support of the Standard Visitor visa application.

Our fixed fee

We charge a fixed fee starting from £1000 for our professional legal services in relation to your UK Standard Visitor visa application. The agreed fixed fee will depend on the complexity of the matter and the casework involved in the matter.

Do you need legal help?

Contact Rex Law Chambers, if you have any questions or need legal help with any UK immigration law related matter. At Rex Law Chambers, we specialise in a wide range of UK visas and nationality applications and our principal immigration lawyer has wealth of experience and expert knowledge to deal with all types of UK visas and immigration applications. He has successfully handled many complex and high-profile cases and also represented clients in their immigration matters.

We can provide one-off FREE general legal advice via live chat or our "Enquiry Form". The FREE advice does not cover the advice in relation to complex legal issues or advice about documents to be submitted in support of the application. If you would like to to get detailed legal advice then please schedule an in-person, Zoom, Skype or phone consultation by using our "Appointment Request Form".

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