Visit Visa

Standard Visitor Visa

A standard visitor visa allows you visit the UK for the following reasons:

  • - Tourism (a holiday or visiting family and friends)
  • - Certain business activities, (meeting and conferences)
  • - To do a short course of study
  • - To take part in research or an exchange programme as an academic
  • - Medical reasons, for example to receive private medical treatment

You can apply for a long-term Standard Visitor visa that lasts 2, 5 or 10 years if you need to visit the UK regularly over a longer period.

Marriage Visitor Visa

A marriage visitor visa allows you to apply for visa if:

  • - You want to get married or register a civil partnership in the UK
  • - You want to give notice of a marriage or civil partnership in UK
  • - You’re not planning to stay or settle in the UK after your marriage or civil partnership

Permitted Paid Engagement Visa

A permitted paid engagement visa allows you to apply for visa if you’ve been invited as an expert in your profession for a paid engagement.

You can apply for a Permitted Paid Engagement visa if you:

  • - Are invited by a UK-based organisation or client
  • - Want to come to the UK to do specific paid work without having to be sponsored under the points-based visa system

Parent of a Child Student Visa

A parent is allowed for apply for a parent of a child student visa as long as child has or is applying for a child student visa. Or if they currently have a Tier 4 (Child) visa. Your child must be aged between 4 and 11 when you apply, and be attending an independent school in the UK.

The parent must also:

  • - Be the only parent accompanying your child in the UK
  • - Have proof of enough fund to support yourself and your child in the UK
  • - Maintain your main home outside the UK
  • - Plan to leave the UK when your visa expires

Visit the UK in a Chinese Tour Group

A Chinese group is allowed to come to the UK for up to 30days as part of a tour group through the approved destination status agreement (ADS) if you’re a Chinese citizen. To qualify, you must enter the country as part of your tour group (minimum 5 people) and stay with the group for the whole of your visit.

Your tour must be organised by an ADS licensed Chinese tour operator.

Visa to Pass Through the UK in Transit

You are allowed to apply for a transit visa if you need to pass through the UK to another country. You must prove the following to get a transit visa:

  • - Be the only parent accompanying your child in the UK
  • - Have proof of enough fund to support yourself and your child in the UK
  • - Maintain your main home outside the UK
  • - Plan to leave the UK when your visa expires