The UK Visitor visa, also commonly referred to as a UK tourist visa, allows foreign nationals to stay in the UK for up to 6 months. For a free telephone consultation, contact our UK Visit visa immigration solicitor team at 02072537248, or fill out our simply enquiry form to discuss your UK Visit visa.

UK Visitor Visa | UK Tourist Visa  

The UK Visitor Visa, sometimes referred to as a standard visitor visa or UK tourist visa, allows foreign nationals to visit the UK for tourism, business, study, and other permitted activities, such as medical treatment, professional performances, and religious activities, for up to 6 months. It is important that all activities comply with the visa conditions. You may be able to stay in the UK for up to 6 months without a visa, depending on your nationality. Before submitting your application, it is recommended to check the Home Office website to confirm your eligibility. To obtain a UK Visit Visa, you must meet certain criteria, such as demonstrating a genuine intention to depart the UK after your visit and having adequate funds for your stay. 


Can UK Visitor Visas get refused?

UK Visitor visas can be refused for many reasons, not submitting the correct documents being the most common. Our team of UK Visit visa solicitors can prepare your UK visit visa application, strengthening it to give you the best chance of success. Our immigration solicitors have detailed knowledge of UK immigration laws and regulations, ensuring your application meets all legal requirements. Your dedicated lawyer will assist in gathering and organising the required documents, ensuring all evidence is properly prepared and submitted.

If you are unsure which UK Visitor Visa type may apply to your circumstances, contact immigration lawyers at Mulgrave Law for a free consultation to see how we can help. Call 02072537248, email, or send us an enquiry via our simple inquiry form below.

Standard Visitor Visa   

The Standard Visitor visa has replaced several types of visit visas, including the Business Visitor Visa, Family Visitor Visa, Child Visitor Visa, Sports Visitor Visa, Entertainer Visitor Visa, Prospective Entrepreneur Visa, and Private Medical Treatment Visitor Visa. The Standard Visitor visa permits you to engage in approved business activities in the UK and to perform tasks related to an overseas job role for up to six months. If you need to visit the UK more frequently over an extended period, you can apply for a visa valid for two, five, or ten years, though each stay is limited to a maximum of six months. Academics on a sabbatical or participating in an exchange program can apply for a visa allowing either six or twelve months of stay, provided they meet the necessary requirements.


UK Marriage Visitor Visa

You cannot get married in the UK on a Standard Visitor visa (tourist visa); for this purpose, you need to apply specifically for a Marriage Visitor visa. The UK Marriage Visitor visa is for overseas nationals who wish to:

  • Get married or register a civil partnership in the UK, or
  • Give notice of intention to get married or enter into a civil partnership in the UK, and
  • DO NOT intend to remain or settle in the UK.

To get married or register a civil partnership, couples must give official notice of their intention at a local register office in the UK at least 29 days ahead of the planned ceremony. The Marriage Visitor visa does not allow for extensions. Overseas nationals who plan to stay or settle in the UK post-marriage or civil partnership, and whose partner is a British citizen or settled person, have the option to apply for a fiancé visa as an alternative for the UK Marriage Visitor visa.

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Frequently Asked Questions about UK Visitor Visa Applications

Your need to provide proof of your income and employment, such as payslips or an employment contract. Show evidence that you have sufficient funds to cover the visitor’s stay, such as recent bank statements. Confirm your legal status in the UK with documentation like a copy of your passport or visa.

The processing time for a UK visitor visa typically involves receiving a decision within 3 weeks that is provided that all the relevant documents have been submitted along with other requirements being met.

For a UK visitor visa, you may need to attend an interview as part of the application process. This involves scheduling an appointment at a UK Visa Application Centre in the country where you have made the application

We recommend that you take advantage of our free 30-minute consultation. This can be booked via the form below, by emailing us at, or by calling our offices at 020 7253 7248. Our lawyers will be pleased to assist you.


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