Visiting the UK

Gherson Solicitors’ award-winning team of immigration experts specialise in inbound UK immigration. With over 40 years’ experience representing both private and corporate clients with their applications to enter or remain in the UK, our highly-skilled team have the know-how to guide you through the plethora of UK Visitor Visas on offer and advise on the best visa for your individual circumstances.

UK Visitor Visas

We pride ourselves in securing successful visas for a range of reasons. Having worked with the Home Office for decades, we know what it takes to ensure a positive outcome. Our team is also well versed in challenging unsuccessful applications to ensure the best outcome possible.

When do I need to apply for a UK Visitor Visas?

If you are a ‘visa national’, you will be required to apply for a Visit Visa before you travel to the UK. Around 115 countries are on the Home Office’s ‘visa national’ list, including Russia, China and India.

‘Non-visa nationals’ (i.e. citizens of those countries not included on the ‘visa national’ list) are not required to apply for a visa prior to travelling to the UK as a visitor. However, non-visa nationals must still meet all of the requirements for a Visit Visa and will be assessed on entry to the UK.

How do I qualify for a UK Visitor Visas?

When you apply for a Visit Visa, you will need to show that:

  • You are seeking to come to the UK for a permitted purpose, for example, tourism, visiting family/friends or for a business meeting;
  • You intend to leave the UK at the end of your visit;
  • You do not intend to live in the UK for extended periods through frequent or repeated visits; and
  • You have sufficient funds to cover the costs of your UK visit, including return flights.

In assessing your application, the Home Office will also take into account any adverse immigration history and/or criminal record that you may have.

What can I do in the UK?

Visit Visas are suitable for a number of purposes, including:

What can’t I do in the UK?

If you are in the UK on a Visit Visa, some of the activities that you are not allowed to do include:

  • Taking employment in the UK;
  • Working for an organisation or business in the UK;
  • Establishing or running a business as a self-employed person;
  • Providing goods and services; and
  • Undertaking a work placement or internship.

How long can I stay in the UK?

A short-term Visit Visa will permit you to come to the UK for a trip of no more than six months.
A long-term Visit Visa can cover a period of 2, 5 or 10 years and permits you to come to the UK for multiple trips of no more than six months each.

For more information about us and our personal immigration services, please contact a member of the team who can answer any questions and guide you through the process.


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How long is a visit visa valid for?

A standard visit visa is usually valid for 6 months….

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A standard visit visa is usually valid for 6 months. However, if you need to visit the UK regularly over a longer period, you can apply for a long-term multiple entry visit visa that lasts for 2, 5 or 10 years.

You can stay in the UK for up to 6 months during each visit, provided your intention is to be a genuine visitor in the UK and you must ensure that you are not residing in the UK through frequent and successive visits.

Can I work in the UK as a visitor?

No. A visitor is not permitted to do paid or…

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No. A visitor is not permitted to do paid or unpaid work in the UK. However, you may be permitted to undertake restricted business-related activities. Specific entitlements exist for experts in specialist/niche sectors, artists and entertainers.

If your work falls outside the strict requirements above, you must consider a different visa route if you wish to undertake work in the UK.

Can I extend my visit visa?

You may be able to extend your stay as long…

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You may be able to extend your stay as long as the total time spent in the UK as a visitor is no more than 6 months. You cannot typically extend your stay in the UK as a visitor beyond 6 months.

However, under certain circumstances, for example if you are receiving ongoing private medical treatment in the UK, you may be eligible to do so. Please contact us for further information.


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