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Requirements for a General ('Standard') Visitor Visa

The applicant will need to fully satisfy the immigration rules.

To qualify for leave to enter the United Kingdom as a general visitor the applicant must be able to demonstrate that:

  • they are aged 18 years or over;
  • the duration of their visit is for a maximum of 6 months, and they intend to leave the UK at the end of the visit;
  • they have adequate funds to accommodate and support themselves, without receiving any public funds and without working. Alternatively, they will be adequately accommodated and supported by relatives or by friends;
  • they can meet the cost of their return journey, or their onward journey;
  • they do not intend to take employment, either paid or unpaid, and they do not intend to provide services or to produce goods;
  • they do not intend to get married;
  • they do not intend to receive private medical treatment, and
  • they are not in transit to a country outside the 'Common Travel Area' of Ireland, the UK, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands.

The above is only a summary of the essential requirements for a general visitor visa. For more detailed information please visit the UK Border Agency website, or contact us for your free visa assessment.


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