A Tourist Visitors or General Visitor is allowed to come to the UK for a period of up to six months. A Visitor has to show that he/she has sufficient funds to maintain him/her life without working or taking recourse to public funds and will be able to cover the cost of the return trip.
To obtain a visitor visa, must also demonstrate that he/she has intention to return to their country of origin after the visit.
Visitors are not permitted to work in the UK, either for an employer or in self-employed capacity, voluntarily or for payment; also cannot use the NHS (other than Accident and Emergency Unit or for treatment of certain infectious diseases) or have assistance from public funds. A breach of these rules may lead to cancellation of the visa and a ban from the UK.
This type of visa will not be extended beyond six months, unless where there is an exceptional and circumstances, for example the illness of a close relative.
Visiting Family Members
- A Family Visitor’s visa may be granted to those who apply for visiting their family in the UK. The requirements for family visitors are the same as Tourists or General Visitor’s.
- UK Visa for parents of a child at school in the UK
- We are able to assist with visa applications for parents of children, who are studying in a private and independent fee paying schools in the UK.
- The general rule is that parents of a child under 12 years of age who attends a private day school in the UK may apply for entry clearance as visitors in this category.
- They will need to provide evidence of adequate funds for maintaining a second home in the UK and evidence of ties with their country of origin. They are not permitted to move their principal home to the UK.
- This type of Visitor’s Visa can be issued for a maximum of 12 months and it cannot be extended. For a further extension, the parent will need to return to the country of origin and re-apply on expiry of the visa.
Visiting the UK: Visitors for Private Medical Treatment
- Those seeking to come to the UK for private medical treatment have to meet the general requirements as to maintenance and accommodation and demonstrate that they have made satisfactory arrangements with a registered medical practitioner for the necessary consultation or treatment at their own expense. The required treatment has to be of finite duration and the medical practitioner might be required to indicate its likely duration.
- This type of visa can be extended beyond six months where further treatment is required.
Visiting the UK: Entertainer Visitors
- If professional and amateur entertainers are seek to come to the UK for a not for profit performance, competition, audition, or to take part in a cultural event or a festival, this type of visa can be granted.
- Members of technical or support staff of amateur or professional entertainers, such as make-up artists, personal bodyguards, or press officers, as well as artist managers, choreographers, and stage managers may be considered under this category.
- Entertainer Visitors will not be permitted to receive fees and sponsorship, but they may receive living expenses, cash prizes, board and lodging.
- Entertainer Visitors may apply to switch in country into Tier 5 of the Points Based System In some circumstances. Further leave to remain is then granted for the period specified by the sponsor, up to a maximum of 12 months.
Visiting the UK: Business Visitors
- Business Visitors live and work abroad and visit the UK for a specific purpose in relation to their business.
- This type of visa can particularly be granted where a business visitor wishes to visit the UK related to their employment or professional activity.
- They are not allowed to receive any salary from a UK based employer and are not involved in selling goods or services directly to members of the public.
- In some circumstances, secondment arrangements may continue for longer than six months and for this reason a multiple entry visa is normally issued to allow for repeated visits.
- Business Visitors include secondees from overseas companies in relation to providing goods or services to such company on a contractual basis.
- Overseas companies can send their representatives to the UK to negotiate deals or in order to facilitate delivery of the contract.
- Board Directors can also visit the UK to attend board meetings in the UK, where they are not employed by a UK company.
- Advisors, consultants and trainers, who have been employed by an overseas company, may also come to the UK to provide consultancy services to the company’s UK branch. These business visitors cannot be involved in producing goods or services directly on behalf of the UK branch.
For further information, please speak to our team members in the Immigration Law Department on 02089125241.