How to Apply for a United Kingdom Visa

How to Apply for a United Kingdom Visa

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Reasons for UK Visa Applications

The visa application process for the United Kingdom is very dependent on the type of visa being requested, especially if your visa falls under a category of the Points-Based System. Although most of the requirements for each category are identical, the system evaluates them differently.

Additionally, extra requirements differ from category to category of visa.

Firstly, you must select a visa

You may need a visa to study, work, visit, or join relatives in the United Kingdom.

Different visas are required depending on:

  • where you originate from.
  • the reason you wish to visit the United Kingdom
  • how long you wish to remain
  • your individual circumstances and abilities


Before applying, you must determine if a visa is required and what type it is. Depending on your nationality, a visa may not be required to visit or transit through the United Kingdom. Your application must be accepted before you depart for the United Kingdom.

As an Irish citizen, you are not need to apply for a visa.

If you are a citizen of the European Union, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, or Liechtenstein or if you or a family member moved to the United Kingdom before December 31st 2020 you may be eligible to apply for the free EU Settlement Scheme instead of a Visa.

The application deadline was June 30, 2021 for the majority of applicants.

You may still submit an application if either:

  • you have a later deadline, such as if youre joining a family member in the UK who was residing there as of 31 December 2020.
  • you have “reasonable grounds” for being unable to apply by 30 June 2021, such as being ill or a victim of domestic violence.

You can apply for a Standard Visitor Visa to stay up to six months in the United Kingdom.


  • for a vacation or to visit family
  • for a business trip or meeting
  • to complete a brief course of study

To visit the United Kingdom to get married or register a civil partnership, you must
apply for a Marriage Visitor visa.

A visiting visa does not permit employment in the UK.

When travelling across the United Kingdom en route to another country, you may need a Visa, such as you have a layover between flights.

If you wish to study in the United Kingdom, you must obtain a visa.

The visa you apply for depends on the duration, type, and location of your studies.

  • A Standard Visitor visa allows you to pursue a 6-month-long term of study or less.
  • A short term study visa allows you to pursue an English Language course lasting between 6 and 11 months in the United Kingdom.
  • Typically, a Student visa is for a lengthier course.
    You must have a confirmed spot and be sponsored by a licenced college or
    You may be able to work with this visa.
  • A Child Student visa is for students between the ages of 4 and 17 who wish
    attend an independent school. If you are 16 or older, you are permitted to work on this visa.

With a work visa, you can work in the United Kingdom for a short or long period of

There are numerous kinds of work visas.

The visa you require is contingent on:

  • your talents and credentials
  • if you have an offer of employment and a sponsor
  • if you wish to go with your family
  • what you will be doing, such as sporting, charity, or religious activities
  • ‘A Startup visa or an Innovator visa can be used to establish a business’.

If you wish to join family in the United Kingdom

You can apply for a family visa to join someone who has British citizenship or permanent residency in the UK if you are their spoue, partner, or family member. 

They may need to demonstrate that they can financially support you. You may be eligible to apply for indefinite permission to remain (ILR) after a certain period of time in the United Kingdom.

If your family member is in the UK on a visa.

You may be eligible to apply for a visa to join a family member who is currently in theUnited Kingdom on a visa. 

They must either be:

  • your husband or partner
  • your parent if youre 18 or under

Check the visa requirements to join them.

If your relative is from the European Union, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, or Liechtenstein:

  • You can apply for a free family permit if a close relative was living in the United Kingdom as of December 31, 2020.
  • A family permit allows you to reside, work, and study in the United Kingdom for up to six months.
  • Members of your immediate family include your spouse or domestic partner, child, grandchild, parent, or grandparent.
  • After your family permit expires, you can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.


Visas for family reunification for refugees.

If you were compelled to leave your nation without your spouse or kid, they can request to join you in the United Kingdom.

If you have been granted asylum or five years of humanitarian protection and do not have British citizenship, your family members may apply.


Additional ways to obtain authorization to reside in the UK

Commonwealth subjects

If you have a British grandmother and meet additional eligibility requirements, you can apply for an Ancestry visa to work in the UK.

If you are a citizen of the Commonwealth and cannot prove your right to be in the 

United Kingdom, read about the Windrush programme.


Returning citizens

If you had indefinite leave to remain (ILR) and left the United Kingdom for more than two years, you will need a Returning Resident visa to return.

Other UK Visa Types

A Visa is required for any foreign national wishing to enter the United Kingdom.

UK Work Permits UK Visas for Business UK Visas for Study
UK Visas for Visitors UK Visas for family members UK Visas for Settlement
UK Refugee Visa UK Transit Visa