Anyone wishing to come to the UK for tourism, to visit friends and family or for certain other permitted activities must apply for a visitor visa unless you are an EEA or a non-visa national. In certain circumstances it is still advisable for non-visa nationals to apply for a UK visitor visa before travelling, for example if your personal circumstances make it possible you may be denied entry to the UK. There are several reasons why a person may be denied entry at the border, such as an adverse immigration history or criminal convictions.
There are general conditions associated with any visitor visa application:
Visitor visas are granted for period of 6 months, 2 years, 5 years and 10 years. If you plan to travel frequently to the UK you may wish to apply for one of the longer visitor visas, although these are more expensive.
As well as the standard visitor visa for tourism and family visits you can also apply to visit the UK for several other permitted reasons:
You cannot appeal a refusal of an application for a visitor visa and there is also no right of administrative review. It is therefore important that your application is prepared thoroughly by an experienced immigration adviser. At HS Immigration Consultants we have many years’ experience preparing visitor visa application, including those with previous negative decisions.
If you would like to contact us about your case and to discuss how we can help you, please call us on 0121 698 2187. Alternatively, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also use our free immigration advice service (this is suitable for general enquiries about immigration requirements).