If you are intending to visit the UK to see your relatives, to attend business meetings, to visit tourist resorts, to attend a short language course, to attend sports event, or whatever the reason may be, you require a visit visa to come to the UK (provided you are a non visa national).
Every year millions of people come to the UK for one or more of the reasons mentioned above and have to undergo the process of making visit visa applications. The visa officers scrutinize the paperwork provided by the applicants to assess whether the documents / information provided are relevant / sufficient to establish the true intentions of the applicant or not. Hundreds of thousands of applications get rejected just due to some minor mistakes which could have been avoided by carefully understanding the rules, requirements and the procedures.
There are several sub categories of visit visas which are available to use, depending on the reasons of coming to the UK for example, student visitor, family visitor, business visitor, marriage visitor. All the sub categories share the same basic requirements like availability of funds for maintenance and accommodation in the UK, genuine reason of visiting the UK, having intentions to return to the home country etc.
It is important to apply for the correct category of visitor visa before entering the country as you are required to comply with the conditions that would be attached on your visa. Any breach of visa conditions during your stay in the UK may result in adverse consequences; and it is therefore recommended that you ensure that your intentions for coming to the UK are adequately reflected in the type of visitor visa you apply for.
The different categories of “Visitor Visa” are:
Special VisitorS include
Visit for private medical treatment: This is for those who wish to undergo private medical treatment in the UK. The duration of this visa depends on the length of the treatment.
Marriage Visitors: This is for the persons who want to have their marriage ceremony in the UK and then return to their home country. Marriage visitors are not allowed to switch to spouse visa while remaining in the UK. This is issued for a for a six month period.
Parent of child at school: This is for the parents who would like to accompany their minor child who is studying in the UK or will be coming to study at the same time. This is issued for a maximum length of 12 months.
Child Visitor: This is for the children who would like to study for a short course or would like to accompany their parents or legal guardians to visit the UK. This is issued for a six month period.
Student visitor: This is for the students who would like to do a short course and then return to their home country. This is issued for a maximum period of 11 months.
Prospective Student: This is for those who wish to come to the UK to enquire further and decide in respect of their long term studies in the UK and later apply for Tier 4 (G) visa. This is issued for a period of six months.
Prospective Entrepreneur: This is for those who are in discussion with one of the approved establishments to obtain funding for their proposed business venture in the UK. This is given for a period of 6 months and the applicants can switch to Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) while remaining in the UK after successfully obtaining funding.
At Britannia Solicitors, we offer our expertise of advising and representing our clients in making their entry clearance applications. We have got extensive experience of handling complex immigration casework and can advice on all sorts of immigration matters. We can represent our clients in making their visit visa applications and advise them on the requirements that need to be met, law and the procedure that need to be followed.
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