UK Tourist Visa

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Thinking of a UK Tourist Visa?  You may need to apply for a General Visitor Visa.  It really depends on where you are coming from and your status with the United Kingdom.  In some cases you don’t need a visa.  You can check if you need a UK visa at https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa.

As the Brits would say, the site is “brilliant”!  It asks you a few questions and the lets you know if you need a uk visa:

What Passport do you have?

What are you coming to the UK to do?

For example, I have a Philippines passport and I would like to visit the UK for tourism.  So I need a General Visit Visa to visit the UK.

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The General Visit Visa is for the following:

  • you want to visit the UK for leisure, eg as a tourist on holiday
  • you’re from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland
  • you’re visiting friends or family who aren’t permanent residents in the UK
  • you’re donating an organ to a relative or friend

I would have to apply months in advanced because it will take a while to get information on whether or not I can go:

  • You can apply for a visa up to 3 months before your date of travel to the UK.
  • You should get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks.
  • Check the guide processing times to find out how long getting a visa might take in the country you’re applying from.
    courtesy of thaivisa-express.com

    courtesy of thaivisa-express.com

According to gov.uk:

  • You can stay in the UK for up to 6 months with a General Visitor visa.
  • You can also apply for a long-term visit visa if you can prove you need to make repeat visits over a longer period. You can stay for a maximum of 6 months on each visit and your visa can last for 1, 2, 5 or 10 years.

My husband, using his USA passport going to UK for tourism, would not need a General Visit Visa.  The site offers a little uk visa advice and states that if he had a criminal record or had be previously denied entry to the UK, he would need to apply for a ukvisa.

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fyi – If you wanted immigrate to the UK then things change quite a bit.  UK immigration rules are quite different from just visiting for a short time.  You can get more information on types of immigration and visas here: https://www.gov.uk/browse/visas-immigration or if you are already in the uk: https://www.gov.uk/contact-ukvi

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