I am invited to attend a conference in Edinburgh. I am clear that I will be requiring UK standard Visa, after going through these links. https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa

However, while booking an appointment I am confused with the Visa Category. The purpose of my visit - Business (Academic) or Tourism?

Conference - General Studies and Status of Women

Related to my Work - No, this is a domain outside my work area.

Profession - Senior Analyst, Finance and IT domain

Since my work is not related, I am assuming that I cannot select Business(Academic).

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Kindly guide, If I am missing something here? I have also gone through below links (helpful, but I am from India) -

UK visa type to attend conference and training in London

Type of visa to apply to attend a conference in the UK


2 Answers 2


The documentation here, clearly states that you need a UK Standard Visa for attending conferences in the region.

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  • There is no option for standard, I have shown the screenshot above.
    – Incredible
    Commented Aug 14, 2017 at 6:02
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    Please go through the doc. The standard visa comes under Tourist and short stay visas. So, it is the tourist visa :)
    – Dawny33
    Commented Aug 14, 2017 at 6:05
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    @ItiTyagi the fact that attending conferences is an allowed business visitor activity does not prevent it from also being an allowed tourist activity.
    – phoog
    Commented Aug 14, 2017 at 8:47
  • Please do not use pictures instead of text on SE sites, Dawny33- they cannot be searched. Can you quote the text?
    – Willeke
    Commented Aug 13, 2018 at 19:56

They seem to contradict themselves

They seem to contradict themselves. It says you can apply for a visa but not must. It says you can stay in UK for up to 6 months without a visa and can go to a conference, meeting or training.


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