UK Visit Visa

he United Kingdom is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Sightseeing, visiting family and friends, travelling, business trips, and even medical visits make the six-month Visitor Visa the most popular category for travellers to the UK.

A UK visit visa allows a person to travel and stay in the UK for up to six months.

Standard Visitor Visa

The scope of the UK Visit Visa is exhaustive in nature especially for those travelers who wish to visit UK for short term basis for reasons ranging from fulfill their Instagram wanderlust goals to undertaking business activities such as attending a meeting or conferences as the UK is an established hub for commercial activities. Let’s have a look at the 9 categories for the UK Standard Visitor Visa Options.

This Standard Visitor Visa has replaced 9 visa categories, namely:

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

The most basic eligibility criteria to be qualified to enter UK under the UK Standard Visitor Visa options can be listed down as follows:

  • The person will leave the UK at the end of the visit and is able to sustain themselves without any access to public funds throughout their visit.
  • The person has to prove any activity they want to pursue under the comprehensive list of Visitor’s Rules.

Child Visitors

To come to the UK as a child visitor, you must be under 18 years old and be visiting the UK for no more than 6 months (or 12 months if you’re travelling with an academic visitor). In addition you should have made suitable arrangements for your travel to and your stay in the UK and have consent from your parent or guardian for your trip to the UK. There should be adequate funds to be able to pay for your return or onward journey and have enough money to support yourself without working or help from public funds, or have relatives and friends who can support and house you.

Call our office on +91 9633746454 today to book your appointment with our UK Qualified Solicitors to know which visa category is correct for you.

General Visitor Visa

If you want to visit the UK as a tourist or to stay with friends in the UK, you should apply to come here as a general visitor (or as a child visitor if you are under 18). There are restrictions on what you can do in the UK in these visitor categories. For example, you cannot get married or work.

UK visit visa requirements.

The first and the foremost UK visit visa requirement is to know the purpose of your visit as the Standard Visitor Visa with sub-categories such as Family visitor visa, general visitor visa, child visitor visa, business visitor visa, entertainer visitor visa, prospective entrepreneur visa, private medical treatment visitor visa.

The second most important aspect of this whole ordeal is the documentation aspect which is the leading cause of most rejections – It is important that the visa applicants correctly list the appended information for their visit visas:

  1. the dates you’re planning to travel to the UK
  2. details of where you’ll be staying during your visit
  3. how much you think your trip will cost
  4. your current home address and how long you’ve lived there
  5. your parents’ names and dates of birth
  6. how much you earn in a year
  7. details of your travel history for the past 10 years (as shown in your passport)
  8. your employer’s address and telephone number
  9. your partner’s name, date of birth, and passport number
  10. the name and address of anyone paying for your trip
  11. the name, address and passport number of any family members you have in the UK
  12. details of any criminal, civil or immigration offences you have committed, you need to have a written consent of your guardian & full contact details with you as well.

The third and final of the UK visit visa requirements necessary for completing this process is to locate your nearest VFS centre where you will have to submit your biometrics to complete the requirement process.

It is to be noted that the category of Standard general visa is extremely wide and it is very difficult to comprehend the expansive nature of Standard general visa especially if you’re applying for the first time. This whole process may seem extremely daunting. We at Irish Expert, our UK visit visa consultants are here to provide you with our expertise and knowledge with the help of our UK qualified solicitors who have over 10 years of experience in UK immigration law.

Family visitors

You can apply for a Family Visitor visa if you’re visiting a family member in the UK and you’re from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland. Also your family member must also be either a British citizen or settled in the UK or have been granted asylum in the UK or under humanitarian protection in the UK.

Call our office on +91 9633746454 or today to book your appointment with our UK Qualified Solicitors to know which visa category is correct for you.

Student Visitors

If you want to study in the UK for up to 6 months (or up to 11 months if you will be studying an English Language course), and you will not work while you are here, you can come here as a student visitor (or as a child visitor if you are under 18).

If you intend to study in the UK under Tier 4 of the points-based system, but you have not completed the arrangements for your course of study, you might be able to apply for a visa as a prospective student.

If you have a child aged under 12 who will be studying in the UK under Tier 4 (Child) of the points-based system, you can apply to accompany them as a parent of a child at school.

Permitted paid engagement

If you would like to come to UK to do specific paid work without having to be sponsored under the points-based visa system then this could be a preferred category.

Approved Destination Status (ADS) Visa

Chinese nationals can visit the UK through the Approved Destination Statement agreement (ADS), if they are a part of a group and will visiting for maximum of 30 days. The tour will have to be conducted by an ADS licensed Chinese tour operator and the group should have at least 5 people to be qualified under the ADS Visitor Visa.

Prospective Students

For people who need to finalize their arrangements for their Tier 4 course of study in the UK. You can visit the UK as a prospective student if you intend to study in the UK under Tier 4 of the points-based system but you have not completed all the arrangements for your course of study.

For example, you can come to UK as a prospective student if you have been provisionally accepted on a course, with final acceptance dependent on an interview.

Call our office on +91 9633746454 or today to book your appointment with our UK Qualified Solicitors to know which visa category is correct for you.

Prospective entrepreneurs / Business Visitors Visa

You can apply for UK Business visit visa [sometimes also referred to as UK Business visitor visa] if you would like to visit the UK for business-related activities, for example:

  • visiting the UK for a conference, meeting or training
  • visiting UK to take part in a specific sports-related event
  • visiting the UK for a performance if you’re an artist, entertainer or musician
  • visiting the UK for research purposes or accompanying students on a study abroad program [you will be required to demonstrate that you are an academic]
  • visiting the UK for clinical attachment or as a observer if you’re a doctor or dentist
  • visiting the UK to take the Professional and Linguistic Assessment Board (PLAB) test or sit the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)
  • visiting the UK to get funding to start, take over, join or run a business in the UK. [this refers to obtaining funding from the UK to start, take over, join or running a business and not actually running a business]

At Irish Expert our immigration solicitors have provided expertise to applicants seeking Parents of children at school to apply for UK Business visit visa.

Call us on +91 9633746454 or email us at to book an initial consultation with our UK Business visit visa consultants.

Transit Visa

If you want to come to the UK for up to 48 hours on your way to another country, you can come here as a visitor in transit. UK Visitor visas can be granted for a minimum of 6months to even 10 year multiple entry visit visas.

Entertainer visitor

This category is suited for individuals who would want to visit the UK You must be coming to the UK to take part in 1 or more specific performances as an individual amateur entertainer or as an amateur group or perform at a major arts festival or cultural event on the permit-free festival list or take part in music
competitions or be part of the technical or support staff at the same event as a performer on an Entertainer Visitor visa, eg a sound engineer, tour manager or press officer.

Sports Visitor Visa

Sportsmen visiting the UK for a short period of time to participate in tournaments or events will require a Sports Visitor Visa. This can include individuals participating in charity events, promotional sports activities, or are part of an amateur sports team. The visa also includes sports Visitors for marriage or civil partnership visitors on trials, provided the trials are not held in front of an audience.

Visitors for private medical treatment

If you want to receive private medical treatment in the UK, you should apply to come here as a visitor for private medical treatment.

Visitors for marriage or civil partnership

If you want to get married or register a civil partnership in the UK, and you intend to leave the UK soon after the ceremony, you should apply to come here as a visitor for marriage or civil partnership.

If you want to live in the UK after you get married, you will need to apply under a different category, speak to our Experts on +91 9633746454 or email us on and book your appointment for a Consultation to know more about the same.

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