UK Visitor Visas are required for some foreigners who wish to enter the UK for short stays. Whether you need a Visitor Visa depends on your nationality, the purpose of your visit and how long you need to stay. The UK Visitor Visa category includes a number of specific visitor visas that allow people to holiday, visit family, get married, study a short course, and sit the PLAB as well as many other purposes.
Generally Visitor Visas are valid for 6 months. In some cases, they can be issued for longer periods such as 1, 2, 5 or 10 years. However, those with longer term visas can still only stay in the UK for periods of six months at a time, other than Academic Visitors and parents of children at school.
Apply for an Electronic Visa Waiver (EVW) to visit the UK if you have a passport from Kuwait, Oman, Qatar or the United Arab Emirates for stays up to 6 months.
A Tourist Visitor visa allows individuals to travel in the UK for up to 6 months at a time either for leisure, for business or to receive private medical treatment.
A Family Visitor visa provides the opportunity to meet friends and family in the UK for up to 6 months. Friends or family can also act as a UK sponsor.
A Marriage Visitor visa allows couples to travel to the UK up to six (6) months to get married.
This visa allows a parent to accompany their children to the UK for up to 12 months at a time for children attending an independent fee-paying day school in the UK.
Apply for Short-term study visa if you’re doing a short course of study or training in the UK.
This visa allows business people to lay ground-work in the UK for future business transactions.