Visitor visas in the UK allow you to travel for short term stays of up to six months and can be used for the following:
- short term business visa,
- a tourist visa for UK holidays
- an academic visit visa
- a marriage visitor visa to get married or enter into civil partnership- need to apply for a ‘marriage visitor visa’
- private medical treatment –special rules apply
- Research work, recreational course, etc.
- Short-term courses
You can also apply for a long-term standard visit visa for 2years, 5years or 10years. However, you can stay for a maximum of 6months continuously for any given period.
► You cannot:
- do paid or unpaid work for a UK company or as a self-employed person
- claim public funds (benefits)
- live in the UK for long periods of time through frequent or successive visits
- An estimate for the cost of your visit as well proof of sufficient funds such as bank statements.
- Consent from parents if below 18 years of age.
- Intention to return to your country. This is usually your flight tickets but can be demonstrated through other ways.
- Sufficient money in your bank account or that of your parents if below 18.
- Proof of income such as tax returns or payslips
- Proof of accommodation such as letter from friend or hotel reservation.
If you want to study for more than 6 months
You’ll need to apply for either a:
- Short-term study visa – for English Language courses up to 11 months
- Student visa – for courses run by licensed student sponsors such as Universities.
- Child Student visa – to study at an independent school if you’re between 4 and 17 years old
Remedies after a refusal:
- Administrative Review-you cannot submit new evidence and the application goes to the Home Office itself but another team reconsiders the application. An ‘appeal’ as opposed to a ‘Review’ can only be brought on human rights grounds.
NB: there is no review option for a standard visitor visa.
2. Fresh application- Often this is suggested as errors can be rectified.
3. Apply for a judicial review
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