TOURISM AND LEISURE VISIT VISA
The Tourism and Leisure Visit Visa is designed for non-EEA nationals who wish to come to the UK for the purpose of visiting friends and family or for a short holiday.
Requirements for a Tourism and Leisure Visit Visa
In order to be granted a Tourism and Leisure Visit Visa, you will need to satisfy UK Visas and Immigration that you are a genuine visitor. This means that you:
- Will leave the UK at the end of your visit;
- Will not live in the UK for extended periods through frequent or successive visits, or make the UK your main home;
- Are genuinely seeking entry for a purpose that is permitted by the visitor routes and will not undertake any prohibited activities;
- Have sufficient funds to cover all reasonable costs in relation to your visit without working or accessing public funds.
What else do I need to know about the Tourism and Leisure Visit Visa?
Most visitors will need to make an application for a visit visa from their country of residence, before travelling. However, nationals of some countries are exempt from this requirement and can simply apply for leave to enter as a visitor at the UK border.
A Tourism and Leisure Visit Visa will allow you to stay in the UK for up to 6 months. Within the period for which your visit visa is valid, you may enter and leave the UK multiple times, unless the visit visa is endorsed as a single or dual-entry visa.
Tourism and Leisure Visit Visa holders may visit friends and family and/or come to the UK for a holiday. They may also carry out permitted business activities as set out in the Business Visit Visa section, undertake a maximum of 30 days incidental study and access private medical treatment, providing that they satisfy the additional requirements in the Private Medical Treatment Visit Visa section.
If you intend to get married or enter into a civil partnership in the UK then you should apply for a Marriage Visitor Visa. If you intend to undertake a Permitted Paid Engagement then you should apply for a Permitted Paid Engagement Visa.
Tourism and Leisure Visit Visa holders are not permitted to work, receive payment from a UK source for any activities undertaken in the UK or undertake more than 30 days’ non-incidental study in the UK.
You must have sufficient funds to cover all reasonable costs in relation to your visit without working or accessing public funds. This includes the cost of your return or onward journey, any costs relating to dependants, and the cost of planned activities.
Applying for a Tourism and Leisure Visit Visa? How our immigration barristers can help
Our immigration barristers are experienced in assisting with all types of visit visa applications.
Whether you are considering applying for a Tourism and Leisure Visit Visa or require advice as to the most appropriate visit visa, our barristers will guide you through the complex Home Office rules and policies.
We pride ourselves on being approachable and proactive in understanding and meeting our client’s needs. We are a highly driven team, dedicated to providing clear and reliable immigration advice to our clients as part of a professional and friendly service.
We can also assist with
Applications for Business Visit Visas
The Business Visit Visa is designed for non-EEA nationals who wish to come to the UK for the purpose of undertaking business activities.
Applications for Short Term Study Visas
The Short Term Study visa category is for non-EEA nationals who wish to come to the UK in order to undertake a short course of study, such as an English language course or a training course.
Applications for Private Medical Treatment Visit Visas
The Private Medical Treatment Visit Visa is designed for non-EEA nationals who wish to come to the UK for the purpose of receiving private medical treatment.
Applications for Permitted Paid Engagement Visas
The Permitted Paid Engagement Visa is designed for non-EEA nationals over the age of 18 who wish to come to the UK for the purpose of undertaking a paid engagement involving a permitted activity.
Applications for Marriage Visitor Visas
The Marriage Visitor Visa is designed for non-EEA nationals over the age of 18 who wish to visit the UK to marry or form a civil partnership, or give notice of a marriage or civil partnership, in the UK.
Applications for Child Visit Visas
The Child Visit Visa is designed for non-EEA national children under the age of 18 who wish to come to the UK for a short stay.
Fresh applications and Judicial reviews following Visit Visa refusals
If your application for a Visit visa has been refused, our immigration barristers can advise on the merits of making a fresh application or challenging the decision.
If the decision to refuse your application was unlawful, unreasonable or procedurally improper, our immigration barristers can apply for Judicial Review and provide representation at Judicial Review hearings.