The UK visitor visa, commonly known as the Standard Visitor Visa, is a six-month short-stay visa that allows its bearer to stay in the UK. The embassy, on the other hand, has the authority to provide visas for a shorter amount of time. This visa is for persons who want to visit the United Kingdom for the following reasons:
2) To visit family members
3) Medical treatment
4) For professional reasons
How to Apply for a UK Visitor Visa?
The application for a UK visitor visa must be made from outside the UK. The earliest you can apply for this visa is 30 days prior to your planned travel to the UK. There are a lot of documents required for a UK Visa.
To apply for a visa to visit the UK you will go through these simple steps:
Check if you are eligible for a tourist visa.
Complete the online application form.
Collect the required documents.
Schedule an appointment.
Attend the interview.
Documents required for a UK Tourist visa application:
UK tourist visa application form VAF1A. You should complete the form online.
Two photographs in accordance with the UK guidelines. They should be taken within the past six months and be in color.
Your valid passport with at least one blank page. It must be valid for three more months beyond the date you plan to leave the UK after your trip.
Proof of financial means to cover living costs while you are in the UK. This may be your bank statements for the last six months or pay slips for the same period.
Specifics about your accommodation in the UK. You will need to present a document that shows where you will be accommodated while in the UK.
Detailed travel itinerary. It has to contain dates of your onward and backward travel. Submit a travel plan that gives all the information regarding how and what you are planning to do in the UK.
Previous travel history. This has to cover the period of the last 10 years. It can be proven through visas and entry/exit border stamps in current and older passports, or through separate residence titles.
Biometric information. If you are applying for a visa that lets you stay in UK for more than 6 months, you will need to submit your biometric information.
Letter of invitation from the host.
Paid UK visa fees. You should submit the receipt that confirms you have paid the visa fee as required.
Some specific documents depend on the person.
The decision on your UK visitor visa is taken in 8 weeks if you apply by post. However, the decision is made on the day you apply if you use the premium service. It costs £89 to apply for a UK Tourist Visa.