Homesickness, physical distance, and emotional isolation from friends and family are the challenges that are the most difficult for migrant workers to overcome when working in the UK. You can make that less of a problem either by taking advantage of your yearly leave to travel back home or by making an application for a visiting visa to the United Kingdom for your family and friends.
Let’s speak about the second choice in more depth because the first one is never an easy option to pursue due to the obligations associated with the job and the stringent restrictions governing immigration in the UK.
Check if your visitor needs a visa
If you aren’t sure whether or not they require a guest visa, you may look it up on GOV.UK; the answer will vary depending on the person’s country and status. For instance, your spouse and any children under the age of 18 could be eligible for a dependant visa, which would allow them to reside with you in the UK.
Otherwise, they need to submit an application for a Standard Visitor visa to the United Kingdom.
What is the Standard Visitor Visa?
People may enter the UK for a number of reasons with the Standard Visitor visa. This covers visiting relatives, travelling, as well as attending conferences at the university, taking part in athletic activities or performing creative or artistic work, and obtaining private medical care in the UK.
This visa route has taken the place of the previous Business Visitor Visa, Family Visitor Visa, Child Visitor Visa, Student Visitor Visa (up to 6 months), Sports Visitor Visa, Entertainer Visa, Prospective Entrepreneur Visa, and Private Medical Treatment Visa.
How to Apply for a Standard Visitor visa?
If you are assisting your visitor in applying for a visiting visa, your visitor will need to submit their application online. Make sure that your site visitors enter their information in the section of the form that asks for the applicant’s data.
Following the completion of the form, the visitor will be required to attend a location designated for the application of visas in order to have their fingerprints and photo taken. Before you apply for a visa, it is important to find out where the nearest application centre is located because it is possible that it is located in a foreign nation.
In order to obtain the visa that you want, the online application will ask you a few questions that need to be answered.
Documents that you’ll need to submit
When you submit their application, you must include supporting documentation. Here are some items to bear in mind, although the online form will provide instructions on what to include.
You must submit official English translations of your documents together with the originals if they are not in Welsh or English.
- A valid ID such as a passport or visa
- Bank statements attesting to their ability to cover their expenses and travel back
- Evidence that they will depart the UK at the conclusion of their scheduled visit
- Evidence of their visit’s purpose
Evidence of return
You might provide evidence that your guest will return to work or school in their own country. You can also demonstrate that they have dependent relatives back home.
Show you have the funds to cover the trip
Whether the visitor’s journey is being paid for by them or by you, you must establish that it can be afforded by them. If the tourist is paying for themselves, they must submit documentation, such as bank statements or paystubs, demonstrating their financial stability.
You must demonstrate that you can pay for the visitor’s trip as well as your expenditures, such as your rent, mortgage, and other general expenses if you are paying for their visit (such as for their airfare and lodging).
Include the following documents in your application:
- An estimate of the cost of the journey This has to be as precise as it can be.
- Paystubs or a contract of employment are two examples of evidence of your income and place of employment.
- Recent bank statements would work as evidence that you have the funds necessary to cover the visitor’s stay.
- A copy of your passport or visa, or other evidence demonstrating your legal presence in the UK
Genuity of relationship
You’ll need to demonstrate your relationship to the visitor. If the visitor is a buddy, boyfriend, or girlfriend, you might need to provide more convincing evidence that they’ll be going back to their own nation at the end of their stay.
Standard Visitor Visa Extension
It is possible to apply within the nation for an extension of the Standard Visitor visa for the United Kingdom. Nevertheless, you need to provide evidence that there are compelling and compassionate circumstances that prevent your visitors from returning before the end of the validity period of your Visitor Visa. For instance, when they are visiting the United Kingdom, they got gravely ill and have been undergoing treatment at a private clinic in order to get better. In addition, if your visitors came to the United Kingdom for medical treatment and it went according to plan, they are eligible for residency.
In the event that they are an academic who needs an extension for the sake of your research, they will be required to provide evidence that demonstrates that they continue to satisfy the eligibility requirements as an academic.
What Activities are Prohibited While You Are in Possession of a Standard Visitor Visa for the UK?
If you have a UK Standard Visitor Visa, you are not permitted to engage in any of the following activities:
- You are not permitted to engage in employment (whether paid or unpaid) for a UK-based business or as a self-employed individual.
- You are not eligible to receive benefits.
- You can’t call frequent trips to the UK a substitute for really living there.
- You are able to pay for your subsequent travel.
- You are unable to marry, register a civil partnership, provide notice of a marriage or civil partnership, or give notice of a civil partnership. You will need to submit an application for a Marriage Visitor visa if you want to get married or establish a civil partnership in the country.
Why Choose A Y & J Solicitors?
The knowledgeable attorneys at A Y & J Solicitors recognise the value of prompt assistance in handling your visit visa application. Our highly skilled legal team will assist you every step of the process, from the initial consultation until you have obtained your visa decision.
Before submitting an application, we take the time to fully understand the needs of our overseas company clients. We have benefited numerous clients by paying close attention to detail and delivering positive outcomes for them. We are qualified to help you since we have years of expertise helping non-EEA nationals with their business needs.
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