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intending to visit the UK on a business trip are advised to see the
comprehensive information provided on our Business Visas & Residence
persons who come to the UK for short periods come as tourists,
business visitors or to see family members.
visas are collectively referred to as ‘visit visas’. This page
provides information about visitors visas and how to obtain them.
foreign nationals require a visa except:
Belgium, Denmark, Ireland, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland,
Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain,
Sweden and the United Kingdom.
UK Visa-Requirement List
to see if you require a visa.
that non-visa nationals must still meet the relevant entry requirements although
they do not have to obtain an entry clearance before travel.
must be prepared to show documentary proof when necessary that they meet
the requirements. Failure to do so may result in refusal of entry when
arriving to the UK.
our UK Entry Formalities page for more details.
principal requirements for admission to the UK as a tourist or visitor are
that the applicant:
genuinely seeking entry for not more than six months as a visitor;
to leave at the end of his visit
not intend to take employment paid or unpaid, or to produce goods or
provide services, including selling goods or services direct to the
public, during the visit;
not intend to study at a publicly funded school;
be maintained and accommodated without recourse to public funds;
able to meet the costs of their onward journey.
may be questioned and required to provide documentary evidence that they
are able to meet these requirements.
apply for a visa the applicant must
outside the United Kingdom and Islands at the time of the application
to the British Embassy, Consulate or High Commission in the country or
territory where they live. This is defined as the place where they are
present in any capacity other than as a short-term visitor and have
permission from the relevant authorities to be so. (Note that some
discretion is allowed officials in this regard)
any fee required
all questions asked on the visa application form and by officials
documentary evidence where requested to back up any statements they
length of time taken to process the application will depend on the British
Post. However many Embassies will issue entry clearance on
a same-day basis.
Visas are normally granted
to tourists for six months and may be valid for a single or
multiple entry. Single entry visas allow only one entry into the UK while
multiple entry visas allow the holder to travel into and out of the UK on
multiple occasions during that period.
must state when applying whether you want a single-entry or multiple-entry
visa. Note that single-entry visas may be issued more quickly,
particularly to persons who have not visited the UK before.
that the visa is valid for entry into the UK before the date indicated. When
you enter a separate stamp is placed in your passport showing the date of
arrival. The period of 'leave to enter' will run from that date.
immigration officers and Embassy staff are friendly and helpful. Keep your
interaction with them friendly, respectful and to the point.
for specific information and check when your application should be
submitted to allow ample time for processing.
Applying for a UK Visa or Entry Permit for more detailed information.
recommend you keep copies of all application forms and other documents you
submit, and make notes of any specific questions you are asked and the answers
you provide. Good records will provide an accurate basis for further
representations to be made in the event that your application is refused.
you have any doubts or require further advice or assistance contact an
immigration specialist British solicitor.
some cases visa officers may contact you to say that they do not feel they
can approve your application as submitted. This gives you the opportunity to
submit additional facts and documents in support of the application, or to
withdraw the application before it is refused.
this occurs we recommend you immediately contact a specialist UK immigration
you have any doubts it is best to take professional advice from an
immigration solicitor before making applications.
is much cheaper to take advice from a solicitor and obtain your entry
to engage a solicitor’s help in overturning a visa refusal.
Webb and Co. have many years of experience in dealing with all types of
visa applications. We can quickly help prepare your applications and
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formalities that occur when you arrive in the UK are important and must
not be taken lightly. Failure to prepare for these may result in refusal
our section on UK Entry Formalities for more information.
you are refused entry into the UK it is best to contact an immigration
are issued in certain cases to patients requiring medical treatment in the
is necessary to satisfy the UK authorities of the following before such a
visa is granted:
the course of medical treatment is of finite duration and they intend
to leave the UK at the end of treatment;
of the medical condition requiring consultation or treatment in the UK
arrangements for private medical treatment in the UK have been made
and the estimated cost and duration of treatment
funds are available to pay for the treatment, accommodation and costs
during the stay.
that where the patient has family in the UK the authorities will wish to
be satisfied that the applicant does intend to leave the UK after
treatment is complete.
other visitors, persons receiving private medical treatment may apply for
an extension of stay beyond the initial period of six months normally
granted on entry.
there are any doubts it may be prudent to contact an
specialist UK immigration solicitor for advice before an application is made.
who have a confirmed booking on an onward flight within 24 hours of
arrival by air will normally be admitted as transit passengers without
citizens of certain specified countries require a visa even for this