A Tourist visa is also known as a Standard Visitor visa and enables an applicant to visit the UK for a short period of time for leisure and tourism purposes.
In order to qualify for a Tourist visa the applicant must be able to demonstrate that:
- they intend to leave the UK at the end of their visit;
- whilst they are in the UK they can support themselves and any dependants; and
- they have sufficient funds for their return journey.
Length and conditions of stay in the UK
Applicants who hold a Tourist visa are able to stay in the UK for up to 6 months. It is not possible to apply for or extend a Tourist visa for longer than 6 months. If an applicant has applied for leave of less than 6 months and wants to extend this, they should ensure they apply to do so before their current leave expires.
Applicants who need to visit the UK more regularly can apply for a multi-entry visit visa that lasts either 2, 5 or 10 years. They must be able to prove that over a long period of time there is a reason as to why they regularly need to travel to the UK. Holders of multi-entry visit visas should remain in the UK for no more than 6 months in any 12 month period.
Evidence needs to be shown when applying for a multi-entry visit visa that at the end of each visit the applicant will leave the UK and that the applicant’s reason for coming to the UK remains the same whilst their visa is valid.
Tourist visa: How we can help
It is essential that an application for a Tourist visa is prepared thoroughly and carefully. If the Home Office is not satisfied that an applicant will leave the UK at the end of their visit or if it considers that any of the other requirements have not been met, the application will fall for refusal.
We are experienced in preparing Tourist visa applications to ensure a successful outcome and will provide expert guidance and assistance to you throughout the process.
For further advice, please contact us.