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The United Kingdom comprises of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. London is the capital city which serves as the financial hub of the country. Other major cities of the UK are Birmingham, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Manchester and Liverpool.
UK visa guide provides comprehensive information on the general requirements for the application procedure under certain circumstances. Buying your UK Flight Ticket will be the first phase of your preparations.
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You may need an entry visa to visit the UK depending on your nationality of origin. In general, third country nationals are obliged to apply for a visa in line with the purpose of their visit. You can check online whether you will need a visa to travel to the UK.
UK visa types are broadly categorized as work, business, study, visitor, family, settlement and transit visas. Single-entry visa grants one time entrance whereas double-entry visa holders may travel twice in designated times. On the other hand, multiple-entry visa allows for consecutive visits not exceeding the time constraints.
Short-term visa is issued in line with the requested days indicated by the traveller for periods not exceeding a total of six months. Travellers are obliged to leave the UK at the end of visit.
Travellers who wish to visit the UK for leisure or holidays shall apply for the Standard Visitor Visa upon submission of the required documents. Standard Visitor Visa covers a wide range of categories including general visits, family visits, business related visits or medical treatment purposes.
Standard Visitor Visa is applicable for travels within the context of business activities including entry visas for academics, prospective entrepreneurs, doctors or dentists. However, beware that individuals cannot engage in any paid work or stay in the UK for longer periods than required with this kind of a visa.
Standard Visitor Visa is required for third country nationals who intend to visit family, relative or friends who are based in the UK. Family members of the EU, European Economic Area, which includes the EU countries plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, or Swiss citizens shall prove their relationship through documents such as birth certificate, marriage or partnership documents.
Standard Visitor Visa shall be obtained for travelling to the UK with the purpose of participating in cultural or sports related events whether the applicant is an artist, entertainer, musician or athlete who is visiting to perform.
Academics, researchers or students wishing to take part in short period trainings can apply for Standard Visitor Visa as well. Citizens of countries that are not from the European Economic Area and Switzerland can obtain “Permitted Paid Engagement Visa” for stays up to one month given that they will be invited to the UK by a registered organization for professional purposes. In this case, an invitation letter by the relevant organization whether it is a higher education, sports or research institute is required. The applicant must also prove his/her professional status in his/her country of residence and demonstrate sufficient financial assets to cover the expenses without any public funds. Further criterias to apply for Paid Engagement Visa can be reached online.
Long-term visa grants its holder the right to enter and stay in the UK for a period up to six months with multiple entry possibilities. In the case that the visitor needs to enter the UK territory on a regular basis, he/she can apply for a long-term “Standard Visitor Visa” that will last 2, 5 or 10 years. However, it enables the holder to stay for a maximum of 6 months during each visit.
“General Work Visa” for the UK is categorized under the heading of Tier 2. Foreigners of a third country that is not included in the EEA or Switzerland can apply for such visa in case they have been offered a skilled job and they are supported by licensed organizations whose details are described online. “Tier 2 General” visa permits the holder to stay in the UK for up to five years and fourteen days. Third country employees that are conducting intra-company transfers and religion workers or sports persons are also entitled to Tier 2 visa regulations as well.
Citizens of a third country that is not included in the EEA or Switzerland can also apply for a “Start-up Visa” if they meet the requirements. Endorsement by a competent authority whether it is a UK- based higher educational institution or a business organization is required in that case. Demonstration of an innovative idea which has potential is also mandatory. Start up visa grants the holder to stay in the UK for up to two years and further details can be reached online.
On the other hand, “Innovator Visa” is applicable to foreign citizens who are non-EEA and non-Swiss nationals and would like to set up a business in the UK. Apart from the legal endorsements, the applicant must have £50,000 in investment funds. Innovator Visa enables the holder to stay in the UK for up to three months. You can check all the details about Innovation Visa applications online.
Youth mobility programs are governed under Tier 5-Youth Mobility Scheme Visa for foreigners who are aged between 18-30 and would like to live and work in the UK. Holders of such visa are entitled to rights to enroll in a course program, work in a paid-job, be self-employed or set-up a company for stays up to twenty four months. Further information can be reached online.
UK visa for private medical treatment is also applicable when a medical certificate is issued by competent authorities detailing the condition and estimated duration of treatment. Additionally, long term visits for marriage or civil partnerships require documented evidence of such arrangements.
Transit visa for the UK grants passengers the possibility to change planes through a stopover in the UK during travel to third countries. Proof of bookings and entry requirements for the onward journey is necessary for a transit visa.
Tourist visa for the UK requirements and application procedures are explained for specific categories below. In general, applicants must submit their applications comprising of the requested documents to the Diplomatic Mission or authorized visa application centers in due time.
Students or unemployed/retired people who are not in a position to cover their own travel expenses will need to demonstrate support from a sponsor who will borne the full costs. The sponsor is entitled to certain requirements.
Passengers who are below the age of 18 and are travelling alone or with someone other than their parents shall submit a signed letter provided by their parents.
Hence, only first grade relatives can fulfill this position. You can check our website for all the relevant details.
In addition to above mentioned application documents, general requirements include:
The general requirements for foreigners wishing to visit the UK comply with the above mentioned rules and regulations. When an invitation is applicable to support the documentation process, contact details of the host organisation or private host such as name, address, relation to the guest, purpose and length of visit shall be included in the application.
Citizens of European countries can benefit from visa-free travel opportunities within the borders of the European Union. However, the UK has decided to exit the Union as of 31 January 2020 and initiated the transition period. The transition period continues until the end of 2020 in which the existing rules for trade, travel and business purposes between t£50,000 to £200,000he UK and the EU continue to apply. The new rules will take into effect from 1st of January 2021.
You can find below fixed fees for different types of UK visas determined by authorities as of March 2020. The visa fees includes consultation, submission and processing of your application. Please keep in mind that under specific conditions some applicants may be exempt from visa fees or benefit from reduced prices. The visa fee is non-refundable which means that in the case of rejection of your application reimbursements are not available.
|Short-Stay Visa/ Standard Visitor Visa (valid for up to 6 months, single or multiple entry)||126 USD|
|Long-Stay/Standard Visitor Visa (valid for up to two years)||479 USD|
|Long-Stay/Standard Visitor Visa (valid for up to five years)||869 USD|
|Long-Stay/Standard Visitor Visa (valid for up to ten years)||1090 USD|
|Short-term Visa for Child Visitors (valid for up to 6 months, single or multiple entry)||126 USD|
NOTE: This article was prepared in March 2020. Please check up-to-date information published by official sources.
You can indicate your request for a multiple entry visa on the application form which will be evaluated based on the frequency and relevance of your travel to the UK. However, you will be asked to prove your reasons and provide evidence of your frequent travels.
Yes, your application may be rejected on certain grounds. In that case, you will be notified with the reasons of rejection and deadlines for submission of an appeal.
You can apply for the UK visa three months in advance of your travel date. It takes about three weeks to receive feedback on your application status.
Your nationality shall not be a prior condition for the issuing of your visa, provided that you will have submitted all the required documents. However, citizens of certain countries may be subject to different visa regulations.
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