First Time Visit to the UK

First Time Visit to the UK

You may be considering visiting the UK for leisure, business, or to visit your family and friends and need to know how you can enter the country legally. Like many countries, the UK operates a visa scheme for non-EEA citizens to visit the country, in the UK this is known as the Standard Visitor Visa. In this article, we look at the benefits that you gain from a Standard Visitor Visa and how to apply for one.


How long can I stay in the UK on a Standard Visitor Visa?


You can stay in the UK for up to 6 months on a standard visitor visa, this will depend upon what you will do while you’re here and that your outward travel already been taken care of.


What can I do while I’m in the UK while on a standard visitor visa?


The rules state that you can take part in a business related activity that is mentioned in their visitor rules, you can also study for up to 30 days as long as it is not the main reason for your visit. You can also take part in educational exchange program if you’re under 18 years of age and you can use it to convert your civil partnership into a marriage.


What can’t I do on a standard visitor visa?


There are things that you will not be able to do while you’re on a standard visitor visa, the main reason being is that it is not your intention to stay in the country, only visit. With that in mind, you will not be able to do any paid or unpaid work, you will not be able to live in the UK by using the visa. You will not be able to access public funds such as welfare benefits and you will not be able to marry or register a civil partnership.


How do I apply for a standard visitor visa?


The application is made online and you will find out in due course whether you have been accepted and the Home Office will keep in touch with you to let you know the progress of your application.


What can I do if I get turned down?


If you get turned down then please get in touch with us, there may be something within your application form that makes you undesirable as a visitor to the UK and we will be able to discuss this with you further.


We may be able to help you with a second application, so please don’t give up hope.


How we can help


As specialist immigration lawyers, we are capable of taking on any case. We can help with standard visitor visas and indeed any other type of visa that is applicable inside the UK, for more information, advice or support please call us today and we can begin working with you on your case.