Olympic/Paralympic games visa requirements

Olympics 2012 are a great and exciting time to visit London and with the games fast approaching now is a good idea to sort out your visa. It is expected to be an extremely busy summer with an influx of people travelling from around the world to London, so it is important you apply for your visitor visa as soon as possible.UK immigration will start processing applications from 1 January 2012, allowing plenty of time to arrange a visa for your trip to London.


In order to obtain a visitor visa for the olympics/paralympics you will need to complete an application form, you will also be required to register your fingerprints and facial images at a visa application centre. To support your application you will need a signed official letter from the London Organising Committee for Olympic Games (LOCOG) confirming you invitation to the games, a valid passport, passport photo, a fee, evidence of how you will pay for the trip yourselves or if your expenses are accommodated for written confirmation of who will fund you and how.

Olympic/Paralympic Games Family Members

If you are an athlete, coach, official or accredited media, different requirements apply and you will need to apply for a special olympic/paralympic visitor visa. You will need to show that you are accredited by LOCOG, and that you intend to stay for no longer than 6 months, you will not take up employment during your stay in the UK and you have enough money to support and accommodate yourself and any dependants.

What should you do

It can be seen that this is quite a complex matter. This is why it is imperative that you instruct specialist immigration lawyers to assist with your olympic visa applications, in time sufficient time for the games. Immigration and Visa Solicitors we can assist your with your applications for any form of leave to remain (or for entry clearance) under the points based system at the outset and help you comply with the strict requirements of the UKBA requirements, thereby eliminating the stress caused in submitting such applications. Our team of experienced and professional solicitors will be able to guide you through the process step by step and eliminate the possibility of failure by complying with the strict letter of the law.

Our Immigration Experts are able to give specialist legal information and advice in this area of law. To contact one of our Solicitors or Barristers please click here to complete a legal case assessment or telephone 0845 8622 529.

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