standard visitor visa

The UK is one of the world’s biggest tourist destinations and millions of people come for a visit on a yearly basis. If you are looking to make a short term stay in the UK, then the Standard UK Visitor Visa is visa you will need to apply for.

You can apply for this visa if you are visiting the UK for the following reasons:

  • Family visits
  • General tourism purposes
  • Business purposes (including academics, doctors and dentists)
  • Sports and entertainment
  • Prospective entrepreneurs
  • Private Medical Treatment

If your visa is successful, you can usually stay in the UK for up to 6 months, however you might be able to stay here for longer if you are coming to the UK as an academic to do research or undergo private medical treatment.

The UK government is becoming increasingly strict on visitors. It should be noted that whilst on this temporary visa, you are not permitted to:

  • Take up paid or unpaid work
  • Marry or register a civil partnership or give notice of the same
  • Get private medical treatment
  • Get access to public funds
  • Prospective entrepreneurs


  • Prepare your application early to avoid any disappointment
  • Ensure that you can prove that you will leave the UK at the end of your visit.
  • Ensure that you can show you are able to support yourself financially during your trip to the UK.
  • Ensure the application is completed accurately.


  • Do not forget that there is no right of appeal if your application is refused.
  • Do not forget that a refusal application can also impact any future immigration applications you make.
  • Do not underestimate the complexity of this application.
  • Do not forget a detailed cover letter to accompany your application.

Our team of experienced immigration lawyers understand that there is just one chance to get this application right and so we encourage an early consultation with our lawyers to avoid unsatisfactory results. Our team have expert knowledge in these applications and can guide you correctly to ensure a positive result. At Kalsi Solicitors, we have no desire to provide dishonest advice – if we do not feel your application will be successful, we will tell you and help you find another route.

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Applying for a standard visitor visa

If you wish to bring your spouse or partner to the UK, we can assist you in the submission of the application of the visa. With all UK Spouse visa applications being made online, we can help UK based spouses apply for their partners from any country.

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Applying for long-term visitor visas

If you need to visit the UK regularly and over a longer period of time, then we can assist you in applying for a long-term visitor visa that lasts 2, 5 or 10 years. You can however stay for a maximum of 6-months each visit.

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Applying to visit for private medical treatment

We can also assist you in applying to visit for private medical treatment. It is imperative to show that can pay for the relevant treatment and that you will leave once the treatment is completed.

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