TYPES OF UK VISA
Family Visas: If you any siblings or any other family member who stays in UK, then you would need a family visa to visit them. The condition is that they should hold a permanent UK citizenship with valid legal documents. You need to mention all the details of the member whom you are planning to visit along with their residence information as that will be your residence for the time duration you are in UK.
Family Reunion Visa – You can apply for a separate family reunion visa in case you and your family have planned a meet up in near time. You do not need a family visa as you will just be attending family reunion and coming back. You need to mention this specific reason in the application document.
Ancestry Visa- If you have a British citizenship grandparent, then you can visit or work in UK by applying for ancestry visa. You need documents supporting the proof of your ancestor being a part of UK and are holder of permanent citizenship. In case you are found to have some past criminal records then you will be required to sit for personal interview. This visa would take 8 weeks of time after submitting the documents to the officials.
Settlement Visa – In case, you are already working or studying in UK and you are planning to continue it further or plan to settle in the same city post study or work then you need to apply for settlement visa. You get a settlement visa if you have been in UK for more than 5 years.
Returning resident Visa: In case you have been in UK for some years for study or work purpose and then came back to your country then for returning back to UK, you will need a returning resident visa. You will not be allowed to return back without a permanent residency or return visa. You need to show the documents stating that you have been in UK in the past for some duration of time.
Transit Visa – If you are traveling to any country and you have a connecting flight through UK then you are required to have a transit visa. The condition is that the stay should be 24 or more hours in UK premises.
Investor Visa This is required in case you are planning to invest some amount in any property in UK. There is investor 1 and investor 2 category. This category is decided on the basis of investment amount
Entrepreneur Visa: In case you are planning to set up a business in UK then you are required to op for Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa under the points based system category of UK immigration rules. You need to submit all the details regarding your business plan and documents stating that it is not harmful to UK premises and population in any ways.
Graduate Entrepreneur Visa: If you have completed your graduation and you want to start your own business in UK, then you are required to opt for Graduate Entrepreneur visa. The condition is that your business idea should have been tested in legal terms and acknowledged by your university.
Work Visa: There are two types of work visas when it comes to UK; Tier 1 and Tier 2. You can apply for tier 2 visa in case a skilled job has been offered to you in UK or you are from Switzerland or outside the European Economic Area (EEA). If you come to UK on the basis of Tier 2 visa, you can be in UK for 5 years and 14 days or for the time period that is mentioned in your sponsorship certificate plus one month. Whatever is shorter from the two.
You can apply for tier 1 visa if you are outside of EEA or Switzerland. Or, you have been ever endorsed ass leader/emerging leader in the field of the arts, digital technology, engineering, medicine, science or humanities.
Study visa: There are subtypes of the students’ visa, depending the duration of course that you are going to pursue.
- Short-term study visa: You can be eligible for this type of visa if you are going to study a short course and are above the age of 18 years. Generally, the short-term study visa is valid up to 6 months and can be extended up to 11 months for some pre-listed exceptional courses.
- Child student visa: If you want to study in an independent school in UK and you are aged between 4 years to 17 years, you can apply for child student visa.
- General student visa: The general student’s visa is for those who are of 16 years or above.
Visitor’s Visa: You can apply for visitor’s visa for several purpose of visiting UK. You can visit your friends or family, for any private medical treatment, for having any kind of meetings, business purpose, for any sport activity or event, prospective entrepreneurship, visit for academics and many more such reasons.
Marriage visa: The marriage visa for UK, also known as the spouse visa is a kind of settlement visa. This type of visa allows you to stay in UK up to 30 months and can be extended for next 30 months as well. For being eligible for applying for the spouse visa, you need to have a genuine relationship proof and you are good to go.
Tourism visa: To have visited beautiful places like Scotland, North Ireland which is very famous places in United Kingdom, you will need to apply for the tourist visa. For applying for tourist visa, you will have to provide the details like; number of days of your stay in UK.
Medical visa: You can get the medical visa for UK if you want to visit there for any medical purpose like a personal medical treatment. The time duration of this visa depends on the time that can be taken for the treatment.
Family visa: UK family visa can be granted to those who want to permanently establish the family in UK with their already existing family members in UK. You cannot get UK family visa if you are already in UK on work visa. Following are the cases through which you can get through the UK family visa:
- As a partner/spouse of resident of UK.
- As a UK resident’s child.
- As a relative who is in need of long-term care from resident of UK, due to sickness or any kind of disability.
- As a widow partner of someone who was a resident of UK before.
- As a separated partner/spouse