Questions tagged [standard-visitor-visas]

This is the single consolidated UK visa type that covers all aspects where a person comes to the UK for tourism, visiting family/friends, job interviews, business trips, some forms of academic research, some forms of volunteer work, and group travel. It is uniformly multiple entry. This visa was created by the Immigration Act 2014 and has existed since April 2015. The 'Standard Visitor Visa' is a subset of the more generic UK 'entry clearance'.

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Do I break the law as a foreigner in Germany if an embassy keeps my passport to stick a visa in?

An Armenian national lives in Germany and holds a permanent residence (Niederlassungserlaubnis). This is a sticker in their Armenian passport. They have applied at the UK embassy in Berlin to get a ...
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UK visa blank refusal letter without reason for refusal

I received my refusal letter today for my standard visitor visa application for the UK. However, the reason for refusal is not mentioned anywhere on the letter and it appears more of an unfilled ...
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Seven-day validity for a UK Visa? Application was for a 6-month short stay visa

Last November 2017, I applied for a visitor's visa for the UK. I indicated in my online application that I will travel in March 2018. I even paid for Priority Processing because I needed my passport ...
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Declaring a visitor to the UK as my "girlfriend" - effect on getting a Visitor visa?

I have a Serbian girlfriend who I have visited in Belgrade 4 times now and she is planning a trip to the UK for her 2 weeks vacation in 2 months from now (more details here). When applying for this ...
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UK visitors visa needed fast for badly injured family member

My wife is Thai and with me in the UK on a settlement visa. I have suffered a catastrophic back injury which is life changing. My wife is not coping well being alone and having to look after 2 young ...
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What can I do to lift a 10 year ban for making a mistake in my UK visa application?

I am a Nigerian citizen. In 2007 I was twice denied a visa to the UK. Recently I was filling out an application for another UK visitor visa and by mistake I answered no to the question whether I had ...
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Why doesn't the UK ask for travel bookings for a tourist visitor visa?

I am planning to visit London for 6 days from the US. I have given my biometrics and when I was preparing to mail my documents to the UK visa processing center in the US, I used this link from the UK ...
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My application was refused due to 'lack of evidence of funds', are there hidden requirements for UK visa applications?

This post originates from a discussion at What future consequences are possible from a Standard Visitor visa refusal? [duplicate]. I applied for a UK Standard Visitor visa for attending a competition,...
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Is it normal that there are no questions asked during UK visit visa interview & biometric at VAC Malaysia?

I attended an interview to submit my documents & biometrics at the Visa Application Center (VAC) in Malaysia to visit the UK. I was prepared to all kind of questions with my wife who plans to ...
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The National Health Service (Charges to Overseas Visitors) Reporting Obligations?

I am informed that a new "Act of Parliament" has a section entitled... Obligation to record information against an overseas visitor’s consistent identifier So when a patient registers for a ...
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Can I get a UK visitors visa after previously having been granted ILR status?

I am Ukrainian, my son and husband of 10 years are both British. In 2007 I came to the UK on spouse visa, I was granted ILR in 2009 but in 2010 we have moved to Thailand with my husband to work and ...
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UK Family Visitor Visa refused on account of having a criminal conviction, however I've never actually had one. What are my options?

I have been travelling to the UK since 1978. Together with my wife I've applied for a visitor visa as the last one was expiring on 08/07/2016. Since 2001 to 2016 I got my UK visa 7 times. There was a ...
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How quickly can I withdraw funds from my bank account after being granted a UK visit visa?

3 days after applying, I received my UK standard visitor Visa a few days ago. Now I need those funds I showed, to book my flight tickets and other stuff. How quickly can I withdraw funds from my ...
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I want to travel to the UK to meet my boyfriend for the first time. Do I mention him on the application?

I met my boyfriend online last April and we have been in a long distance relationship for over a year with texting and video calling every single day, I adore this man and all we want is to meet each ...
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UK.gov says do not attach "flight/hotel booking", but then my auto-generated checklist asks me to tick whether I am attaching this document

"Visitor: supporting documents guide" section 4 outlines the document that I "should NOT send unless specifically requested". Among these documents, which should not be submitted, are flight bookings ...
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Return to UK after having been refused entry years ago

So I was turned around from Heathrow airport in 2012 after customs stopped me and asked me what my plans were in London. I told them I was there to Dj...they then asked me if I was making any money. ...
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UK Immigration Officer stamped wrong and invalid date on Standard Visitor Visa

My friend, an Indian citizen and a resident of France, entered the UK via Calais on a new UK Standard Visitor Visa issued earlier in this month. The officer stamped the date as '32 NOV 2018' on his ...
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Do UK visa documents not in English or Welsh have to be translated officially?

I am applying for a visa for my family in Russia to come to the UK. All the documents they provide will be in Russian, therefore they will need to be translated into English. The GOV visa page states:...
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Why do I need to report to the Spanish embassy after return to my home country?

I applied for a Schengen visa for the first time along with my family from the Spanish embassy. We were given visas successfully. However, they stamped a note only on my passport (probably because I ...
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My girlfriend lives in the UK and I want to be able to come and leave as I please for next 3 years—which visa should I get?

I am a US citizen. Standard visitor visa seems like it's not long enough. I would like to come and go as I please. I would like to add I'm currently in the UK, have been here for 3.5 months. I will be ...
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UK Visit visa got refused wrongly when should I re-apply? [duplicate]

I'm a software engineer and working as a full-time freelancer since November 2018. I have long-term clients who pay me on monthly basis milestone. It just like a work from home job as well. I applied ...
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Can my Serbian girlfriend apply for a UK Standard Visitor visa and stay for the whole 6 months?

I am a UK national and have a girlfriend who was born and lives in Belgrade, Serbia. I have visited her over there for a period of 5 days, but now we see that for her to come to the UK she must ...
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Must a husband and wife make separate online applications for a UK Standard Visitor visa, and so attend separate appointments for biometrics?

My wife and I are both applying for a UK Standard Visitor visa. Do we need to fill the visa application form at visa4uk separately? That would mean we will have to go for biometric appointments ...
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What is the document might be as "Evidence of family members remaining in your home country whilst you travel" for Standard Visitor Visa?

Applying for Standard Visitor Visa from Russia while being Russian. In case I have children and wife, I apply the marriage certificate and children birth certificates with the rest of documents. Is ...
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Will mention of a previously undisclosed relative, who will now invite me to the UK, help me to obtain a visa? [closed]

I have once stated on my UK Standard Visitor visa application that I know no one in the UK - for which I was refused the visa. However I've been connected to an old relative in the UK who intends to ...
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Can I marry in the UK while on a standard visitor visa?

I am planning to go to the UK with a standard visitor visa. I will meet my girlfriend there. If we all of a sudden decide to marry, can we? My girlfriend is Lithuanian who just works and lives ...
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UK visa refusal due to wrong record from 9 years ago

I'm helping my significant other (who lives in another country) to apply for a visitor visa to the UK. They have never been here, but they got refused once before almost 10 years ago (something about ...
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I think either DHL or UK Visa and Immigration or TLSContact lost my passport. What do I do now?

I and my wife applied for UK Visa on July 18th from The Netherlands through an agency called TLSContact. On 4th of August, we got an email saying that the decision has been made. On 7th of August I ...
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Holiday visit to UK with a C-Visit visa which I got for a business trip that never happened; meantime I left the company that backed my application

So, this September I applied for a Standard Visitor Visa in order to spend 3-4 weeks in the London office of the company where I worked, and in the application I said I would stay 3 weeks for a ...
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How to fill in UK Visa application that requires 2 years of addresses, when child is less than 2?

I am applying for a UK Standard Visitor visa for my daughter who is less than 2 years old. I am stuck at this page of the form: Previous address history You must provide the addresses that you have ...
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How to fill in a UK visa application form if you have no surname on your passport?

I do not have a surname in my passport. How do I enter 'Given Name' and 'Family Name' in my UK visa application form?
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How can a non-EU citizen living in the UK invite their friend to visit them?

We both hold Indian passports, my friend started studying a funded doctoral program in France recently, and I have applied for my Tier 4 visa to study my self-funded MSc course in the UK. He wants ...
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Does an American volunteer through 'HelpX' or 'WorkAway' need a UK visa?

Does a retired American who wants to volunteer through HelpX or WorkAway in the UK need a volunteer visa? All I can find are student visas.
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Am I being scammed? (UK visit visa refusal)

I am from Pakistan. I applied for a 4 week UK family visit visa with my 6 year old daughter and they refused, my refusal issue is the same. I am going to quote my refusal letter: [ These objections ...
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Standard Visitor visa refusal (Deception, V3.6(b)) and procedure for reapplying

My mother acquired a criminal record in UK in 2010 when she was given a conditional discharge for 12 months and charged £85. This time while applying the on-line applications for her, I accidentally ...
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UK visa refusal on credibility grounds (longer visit than originally described)

I would like to enquire about the maximum length of stay possible for an individual with a 6-month UK visit visa. Although it's mentioned in the Home Office webpage that granting a 6-month visitor ...
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Can I enter the UK without my husband if we said we'd travel together in our visa application?

My husband and I along with my kids will be traveling to London to attend a wedding ceremony. We will travel on different dates 10 days apart. So do we need to mention our traveling dates different on ...
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With a two-year visitor visa for the UK, how soon can I re-enter after a visit?

I am an Indian citizen and I have a two-year visitor visa to be with my son, who is a UK citizen. I visited the UK on January 1st, 2018 and will leave on June 30th, 2018. When can I enter the UK again ...
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UK Standard Visitor Visa implications during travel restrictions as a result of COVID-19 outbreak?

My wife (a Kazakh national) is visiting in the UK on a Standard Visitor Visa, staying with my family. She arrived on Feb 1st. Her original intention was to stay for approximately 3 months, until April ...
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What should we do about a UK Standard Visitor visa refusal (V4.2(a,c))?

Today, my mother's UK visit application got rejected. We live in Pakistan, and here, mostly, the property is owned by the males. Therefore, in our case, my mom does not have any property in her name. ...
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UK Visitors and NHS Health Services

I am aware that visitors can receive emergency treatment from the National Health Service (NHS) for free. For ordinary services, the person must pay a bill, and if the total amount due is more than £...
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How to provide sponsorship for family members who have funds of their own?

I'm a British citizen who would like to invite my widowed mother-in-law and single, employed sister-in-law to be with me and my wife on welcoming our second baby. I'm sponsoring their full travel and ...
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UK Visitor visa to visit my girlfriend refused under V4.2 (a) (c) & (e)

Hello, I'm new here (and to the rules) and apologise for any errors in posting or asking questions which may not fit. In any case please let me know of anything wrong. I have read almost all the ...
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UK Visa Application for Self Employed

Do I fill the form all right? for general visitor visa
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UK Standard Visitor visa refusal: what went wrong?

My husband was to travel to attend my graduation ceremony in UK after many pleas from me. He is a productively busy businessman with a successful growing company and part time job. The visa ...
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Can US citizen apply for UK's standard visitor visa while being in UK?

The problem is very simple yet complicated as hell. My girlfriend wants to visit to me in UK, but we are very confused about the visa things. As far as we understand when she'll come to UK she'll be ...
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After a refusal (V4.2(a)(c)) proving I have sufficient funds when applying for a UK Standard visit visa

I applied for a standard visitor visa to the UK for seven days. I earn £278/month and have been working at the same organization for more than a year. I have saved up enough funds for the trip and I ...
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Denied entry into UK/given temporary administion - anyone entered again without a visa

Wondering if anyone has been denied entry into the UK (because of a small misunderstanding etc) but were able to enter again without having to get a visitor visa/clearance visa? Previous I held a T5 ...
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How should I answer the questions in the "Employment and Income" section of a UK visa application?

On the "Employment and Income" section of the visa application, the following questions are listed: What is the cost to you personally of your trip in GBP(£)? The total amount of money you have for ...
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Can I bring my poor neighbor to the UK as a visitor? [closed]

I am from India, and I grew up in childhood with a poor neighbour of mine, of the age of my parents. They took very good care of me, our economic disparity notwithstanding. Now I am working in the ...
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