If you wish to come to the UK for a short visit (no more than 6 months within a 12 month period), then you may require a visit visa.
There are countries whose nationals are exempt from applying for visa to visit the UK for a short period of time (e.g. United Sates, Canada, Australia, New Zealand). However, in some cases, regardless of nationality, it is still mandatory.
The following would also normally require a visa to visit the UK:
Those with criminal records
Those with previous UK visa refusals
Those who intend to remain in the UK for the full 6 month period
If you are required to apply for a visit visa, there are 4 categories to choose from:
General Visitor (For tourism and / or business trips / Family Visits)
Permitted Paid Engagements (e.g. to attend an Event / Competition)
Short Term Study Visa (e.g. short English language course or a training course)
Applications are made online and the fee is £ 85 for a single entry visit visa. It is also possible to apply for a long term visit visa, for up to 2, 5 or 10 years, for those who make frequent visits to the UK over longer periods of time. There is a higher processing fee for this service.
When applying for a visit visa, you must be able to demonstrate to the UK immigration authorities that your visit is genuine and that you intend to leave the UK at the end of your stay and that you can support yourself during your stay. In many cases, this can prove hugely problematic.
MediVisas specialises in all types of visit visa applications and we have enjoyed a good level of success in this regard for people from all nationalities and walks of life. For example, we recently successfully applied for elderly relatives from Gaza who had previously been refused a UK visa.
If you are interested in applying for a visitor visa