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How to Apply for a UK Tourist Visa?

The Tourist Visa is also known as the Standard Visitor Visa. This visa category allows you to visit the UK for leisure and tourism, business, or study for a duration of up to 6 months. You can apply for a longer visitor visa in certain circumstances. However, your maximum duration of stay per visit can be no longer than 6 months.

You must meet several requirements to be eligible for the UK Tourist Visa. These requirements are about your financial means, intention to leave the UK at the end of visa duration, and other areas of your visa application.

Here at the London-based Adam Bernard’s law firm, our top immigration lawyers can help you determine whether or not you are eligible for the Tourist Visa. If you are eligible, you can fulfil visa requirements and file a visa application at the earliest with the help of our Tourist Visa solicitors.

The Application Process

The application for a UK Tourist Visa is submitted online. You must meet some requirements to be eligible for the visa. At the same time, you are required to provide several supporting documents alongside your visa application.

The basic set of requirements for the Standard Visitor Visa is as follows:

  • You must show that you have every intention of leaving the UK at the end of your visa duration. You may prove this by producing an employment or admission letter. You can also provide a record of your family back home, indicating that you will rejoin them once your visit comes to an end.
  • You must not stay in the UK for more than 6 months. If you are granted a standard short-term visitor visa, your visa duration will be 6 months in total. If you are granted a long-term Standard Visitor Visa, you still can’t remain in the UK for more than 6 months on a single visit.
  • You must prove that you have the cash funds to support yourself once you arrive in the UK. Alternatively, you can demonstrate that a UK sponsor such as a family member will be bearing your expenses once you arrive in the UK.
  • You must show that you can pay for your return trip at the end of your visa duration. Again, a UK sponsor can agree to bear this requirement on your behalf. In this case, the sponsor must show that they have the cash funds to pay for your return trip.

It can be a daunting process to meet all these requirements. You also need to understand the specifics in each case to make sure you fulfil the requirements. For instance, you must know the precise amount of cash funds you need to show as available to be eligible for the visa.

Here at Adam Bernard’s law firm, our Tourist Visa solicitors help you with the details of each visa requirement. With the help of the top immigration solicitors at our law firm, you can ensure that you understand and fulfil all the requirements.

What Are the Benefits of a UK Tourist Visa?

A UK Tourist Visa offers numerous benefits. If you are granted the Standard Visitor Visa, you are allowed to do the following:

  • You can enrol on a recreational course in the UK. The maximum duration of the course must not exceed 30 days.
  • You can take part in certain business activities. However, you can’t perform paid or unpaid work for any company based in the UK. You are also prohibited from performing any paid or unpaid work as a self-employed person.
  • You can travel across the UK, see sights, and perform other tourist activities.
  • You can visit any friends or family members located in the UK. You can also use the accommodation arrangements of a UK-based friend or family member for your visa application.
  • You can work as a volunteer with a charity organisation registered in the UK. The maximum duration of such volunteer work can be no more than 30 days.

Although you have the freedom to travel and perform many other activities on a Tourist Visa, you can’t claim public funds on this type of visa. You are also prohibited from marrying someone in the UK while on a tourist visit or staying in the UK for more than 6 months on a single visit.

You can consult the top immigration solicitors at our firm to fully understand what you can and can’t do on a Tourist Visa. With the help of our Visitor Visa solicitors, you can judge whether or not this type of visa is your best option.

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