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Visiting the UK

If you are intending to enter the United Kingdom (UK) as a visitor, then you are allowed to remain for a period of up to six months. Typically a visitor will be someone who lives and works outside the UK. In most cases, the various types of visitors listed below are restricted by this category type by being unable to undertake employment or recourse to public funds during their stay.

If you are considering staying in the UK for longer than six months then you should view the ‘UK Residency’ or ‘Working in the UK’ sections of our website. Please note that generally someone who enters the UK as a visitor will be unable to ‘switch’ Immigration categories during their stay.


To come to the UK as a visitor you must be able to show that you:
  • You only want to visit the United Kingdom for up to six months;
  • You plan to leave the United Kingdom at the end of your visit;
  • You have enough money to support and accommodate yourself without working, help from public funds or you will be supported and accommodated by relatives or friends;
  • You do not intend to charge members of the public for services provided or goods received;
  • You do not intend to study longer than six months; and
  • You can meet the cost of the return or onward journey.
  • If you want to do business during your visit you also have to show that you:
    I. normally live and work abroad and you have no plans to base yourself in the United Kingdom; and
    II. do not plan to work, produce goods or provide services in the United Kingdom.
Various types of UK ‘visitors’:
  • Visitors.
  • Student Visitors.
  • Marriage Visitors.
  • Private Medical Treatment.
  • Child Visitors.
  • Accompanying Adults.
  • Passing through the U.K.

If you would like Visa Direct to assist you in applying for this visa category either in the UK or an out of country application for entry clearance, then please feel free to contact us.


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