Applying for a UK Visit visa can be more complex than you might expect. In this blog, we highlight 3 top tips when submitting your application to visit the UK.
1. Check you need a UK Visit visa
Not all nationalities require a Visit visa to come to the UK. You should check whether you hold a nationality which is not included on the list of Visa Nationals (i.e. nationalities which require a visa in advance of arrival in the UK). ‘Non-Visa Nationals’ (nationalities not listed as those requiring a visa to come to the UK as a visitor) do not need to apply for a Visit visa prior to travelling to the UK.
2. Check your reason to visit the UK is covered by the list of ‘Permitted Activities’
Even if you are not required to apply for a visa in advance of arriving, you must comply with the rules that apply to visitors. Holding a UK Visit visa, or visiting the UK as a non-visa national, only permits you to undertake a specific list of activities; for example, tourism, visiting family and friends, and certain limited business activities.
2. Do not assume that all the documents required for your application are listed on the Document Checklist that is automatically generated on submission of your application
Once you submit your application, a ‘Document Checklist’ is automatically generated, and you will be prompted to book a biometric appointment and upload your supporting documents to the Home Office.
It is important to note that this checklist is not exhaustive and, more often than not, does not outline all documents required for a successful application, which will depend on the circumstances of your case. You should refer to the Home Office Guidance and Immigration Rules to determine the documents required for your application, and if in doubt, seek professional immigration advice.
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