UK Visit Visa is called Standard Visit Visa. This Visa allows you to visit the UK for a period no longer than “6months”.
Note: If you are an academic tourist, you can request a 12months Visit Visa. If the goal of your visit is medical you request an 11months Visit Visa. For other reasons there is the option of long-term Visit Visa, for two years or more. However it might be hard to obtain if it’s your first visit to the UK.
1-Basic Points about the UK Visit Visa:
- Short term Visit Visa (up to 6months, single or multiple entry) costs 103euros.
- The process takes 3 to 4 weeks.
- The request is made on line, and the documents must be provided to the nearest UK Visa centre in your country.
- In general there are no Interviews conducted for this type of Visa.
2-Accepted/Unaccepted reasons for UK Visit Visa:
A: Accepted Reasons:
- Visiting family and friends.
- Business reason relating to your job or company in your country e.g. Business meeting, gallery opening etc…
- Academic research .
- Private medical treatment.
B: Unaccepted Reasons:
- Work or getting a job in the UK.
- Marriage from a UK resident.
- Study (it’s possible to study for less than 30days as long as that’s not the reason for the Visit).
- Overstaying your Visit Visa.
So for the purpose of submitting a successful Visa request you have to prove 3factors: reason for Visit, financial ability, and intention to return to your country.
When a person request a Visit Visa or any other type of Visa. It is important to show in the forms and documents submitted that:
- His reasons for travel to the UK, is suited for the Visa he is requesting. For example if someone is applying for a Visit Visa, his reason for Visit should not be study or marriage.
- His ability to support himself without access to UK government public funds. In addition to paying any bills relating to his Visit or return to his country.
- The Visitor will remain in the UK for a short period of time, and intend to leave before the end of his Visit visa.
Burden of proof lies on you:
The way that the UK Visa centres treats Visa applications, puts the burden of proof on the applicants themselves. Meaning that even with the existence of an official list of supporting documents. I’m afraid that providing those documents alone doesn’t guarantee the acceptance of the Visa request. Specially if the application is made from a country with security or economic trouble. Given these two reasons, you have to decide which additional documents you can provide; To prove that you are a genuine Visitor, and you satisfy the Visa requirements.
⚠ All documents must be original, and any documents not in English must be translated by an accredited translator.
Supporting Documents for UK Visit Visa:
- Passport (valid for the duration of your travel).
- Residence Permit if the Visa application has been made outside the country of residence.
- Visa application form.
- Appointment confirmation.
- Confirmation of your holiday or travel entry and exit.
- Documents showing your financial capacity:
- Letter from your employer confirming your position and salary, as well as starting date of your job and confirmation of the holiday.
- Clarification of who will be paying for your trip’s expenses.
- 6Months bank statements.
- 6Months payslips.
- If you are self-employed, then documents showing ownership and Business transactions.
- Additional documents:Properties or investments.
⚠ Try and avoid to make the mistake that most people do which is making a large deposit in the bank account suddenly. This could make the officer in the visa application believe that the money was only in the bank for the visa…Unless if you can justify the source of that deposit, my advice is to avoid any large deposits for the duration of those 6months.
Documents to prove the intention of returning to the home country:
Finally, one of the most common visa refusal reasons is not being able to show the intention to return before the visa expires. Now there is no one way to do this but here are some of them:
- If you have travelled outside your country, that could help your UK visa application.
- If you are married add your marriage certificate.
- If you have kids add their birth certificate.
- If you are student provide a letter from your college/university confirming the holiday and when will the course finishes.