STANDARD VISITOR VISA


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STANDARD VISITOR VISA


The team at the Immigration Solicitors 4me have expertise of a decade and are known to deliver the best possible outcomes to its clients. At TMC, we will make sure that your visit to the UK is hassle-free from the Border Force by completing your application forms with accurate and materially relevant information. We will advise you on the most relevant evidence which would be necessary for processing of your application and will give a brief description of your purpose of visiting the UK. In our regular practice, we are often approached with visit visa refusal decision with instructions to assist on next steps. On perusal 9 out of 10, the refusals are due to submission of insufficient evidence or withholding information, although with no ill-intentions. At Immigration Solicitors 4me, we provide you with a list of documents tailor made to your application and purpose of visiting the UK which considerably reduces the chances of refusal.


The Standard Visitor visa has recently been introduced which replaced the:


  • Family Visitor visa
  • General Visitor visa
  • Child Visitor visa
  • Business Visitor visa, including visas for academics, doctors and dentists
  • Sports Visitor visa
  • Entertainer Visitor visa
  • Prospective Entrepreneur visa
  • Private Medical Treatment Visitor visa
  • Approved Destination Status (ADS) visa

It means you do not have to apply in a separate category of visit visas because a standard visit visa covers all of the above purposes of visiting the UK.


Even though the UKVI has attempted to make this category simple and precise, it will be extremely important for the applicants to provide detailed description of their intentions of coming to the UK e.g. if you are applying for a standard visitor visa to attend a business meeting in the UK, you must specify this on your application form and provide supporting documents such as invitation letters or accommodation arrangements etc.


If you visit the UK for business-related activities, the Standard Visitors visa will allow you to:

  • You are a businessman coming to attend a conference, meeting and training.
  • You are coming to take part in a specific sports related event.
  • You are an artist, entertainer or musician and coming to the UK to perform
  • You are an academic and are doing research or accompanying students on a study abroad programme.
  • You are a doctor or dentist and are coming to the UK to take a clinical attachment or observer post.
  • You want to take the Professional and Linguistic Assessment Board (PLAB) test or sit the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)
  • You are coming to get funding to start, take over, join or run a business in the UK

The above list should give you an idea on what you can do but there are few things that you will not be able to do:

  • You cannot do paid or unpaid work
  • You cannot stay in the UK for longer periods of time through frequent visits.
  • You should be able to support and accommodate yourself without recourse to public funds.
  • You cannot marry or register a civil partnership whilst on standard visitor visa.

The above list is advisory from the UKVI and not exhaustive.


The visit visas are normally granted for a shorter period but you may be eligible to apply for a Long-term visit visas that lasts 2, 5 and 10 years. However, you cannot stay in the UK for the whole of your longer visa and you must leave the UK within certain period. The purpose behind this is to stop the applicants from frequent and excessive stay in the UK.


In almost all of the standard visit visas, you must be able to confirm to the Entry Clearance Officer that:

  • You intend to leave the UK at the end of your visit.
  • You are able to support yourself and any dependents for the duration of your trip.
  • You are able to pay for your return or onward journey and any other costs relating to your visit

Applying as an academic:


If you are coming to the UK as an academic, you may be allowed to stay in the UK for 12 month subject to acceptance of application. You should be able to prove that you are highly qualified within your field of expertise, on sabbatical leave from your home institution and visiting to either:

  • take part in a formal exchange with a UK counterpart
  • carry out your own research
  • take part in someone else’s research, teaching or clinical practice - as
  • long as this doesn’t involve filling a permanent teaching post

Visiting to receive a private medical treatment:


The UK has a world known standard of providing medical treatment. The visitors from all over the world apply to come here for a private medical treatment. Due to nature of the purpose of this application, the applicants cannot afford a refusal. If the application form is completed correctly and the required supporting documents are provided, the application should be successful but sometimes a minor mistake or failure to provide a slightest of information can result in refusal. We at Immigration Solicitors 4me are here to help you if you need, at an affordable fee.


Some of the eligibility requirements are:

  • You have a medical condition that needs private consultation or treatment in the UK
  • You have made or paid for arrangements for consultations or treatment
  • You have enough money to pay for your treatment, support yourself without using public funds and pay for your return or onward journey
  • You will leave the UK once your treatment is completed, or when your visa expires
  • You are not a danger to public health if you’re suffering from an infectious disease.