A visitor is someone from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) who is coming to the UK for a temporary purpose, for example as a tourist, to visit friends or family or to carry out a business activity. If an applicant is a visa national they will always need to obtain a Visitor visa in advance of travel to the UK even if coming to the UK for 6 months or less whilst 'non-visa nationals' do not require a Visitor visa for up to six months.
Even if an applicant is a non-visa national, an applicant is required to obtain a visa depending on the purpose of thier visit. For example, an applicant should always obtain a visa fit for the purpose of their stay when intending to participate in academic conferences, engage in a research-oriented visit during a sabbatical year, undergo private medical treatment or make an organ donation, or for purposes other than simple tourism, for a period exceeding the period of stay allowed under the visa waiver agreement.
- Standard Visitor Visa
- The standard Visitor Visa is granted for six months. It is also possible to apply for long-term visit visas if you travel to the UK regularly.more
- Parent of a Tier 4 Child Visitor Visa
- The parent of a Tier 4 child student visa is available for a parent or guardian to accompany their child who is aged between 4 and 12 years and has been accepted into a UK Independent fee paying day school.more