In recent times the Home Office has been accused of unjustly refusing UK Standard Visitor visa applications from those from particular regions. In particular, according to some practitioners, Applicants applying from Africa, middle-east and the Indian sub-continent are more likely to have their applications refused. Whilst there are claims that the Home Office is deliberately refusing applications, there is no evidence to show this. The key to a successful UK Standard Visitor visa application is submitting an application with the correct evidence. There is no fixed set of documents required, but you will be required to provide evidence based on the circumstances behind your application.
What are the requirements for UK Standard Visitor Visa applications?
The UK Standard Visitor visa has replaced the former individual visit visa categories. If you are from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and you wish to visit the UK for leisure, business or for another reason such as private medical treatment, you can apply for a Standard Visitor visa. The application is made under the Immigration Rules and applicants are required to meet the requirements under V4.2 – V10. To meet the requirements of Standard Visitor Visa:
- Applicants must be at least 18 years old.
- Applicants must plan to visit the UK for a maximum of 6 months and leave at the end of that period (unless you have applied for a multiple entry visitor visas); and
- Applicants must be able to show that you have enough money to support your stay in the UK and be able to accommodate yourself.
The Home Office will focus on the following factors:
- Whether you have provided sufficient evidence of your intention to visit. It is not enough to provide a reason for your visit without documentary evidence; and
- Whether you have provided sufficient evidence that you will return to your home country after your visit. It is important that you provide evidence of all your ties and connections to your home country with documentary evidence.
It is important that you submit a well-prepared application as the Standard Visitor visa does not attract a statutory right of appeal. However, in exceptional circumstances where there are Article 8 considerations, an applicant may be given a right of appeal. Alternatively, applicants can commence Judicial Review proceedings but this process is costly and extremely complex. Therefore, it is crucial applicants submit a well-prepared application with the correct supporting documents.
How we can assist with UK Standard Visitor Visa applications?
Our specialist immigration team prepare UK Standard Visitor visa applications meticulously ensuring all the relevant rules are met. Our immigration team will work with you closely to ensure that you understand what is required from you in terms of supporting documents. The success of your application would largely depend on what documents you make available to us. We will prepare a bespoke documents list for you so that you are aware of what documents are required. Once you provide the documents we will review the same and advise you on amendments. Following this, we will prepare detailed legal representations explaining to the Home Office how you meet the requirements. We will also complete the UK Standard Visitor visa application form and book an appointment for you to attend at a visa application centre. Our immigration team have a proven method of submitting successful Standard Visitor Visa applications.
Using Legal Representation to apply for a UK Standard Visitor Visa
Legal representatives, such as our specialist immigration and visa law firm, are qualified to advise you on immigration law and your immigration status. It is possible to instruct an immigration and visa legal representative to submit a UK Standard Visitor Visa under the UK Immigration Rules.
Caseworkers at the Home Office are trained to reject applications which are improperly prepared, for example by failing to provide the correct supporting evidence. In order to ensure your Standard Visitor Visa succeeds, all necessary documents must be provided.
This can be a significant administrative task and you will need to submit the correct documentary evidence. The UK Immigration Rules are complex and a legal representative can help ensure that your Standard Visitor Visa application meets the Immigration Rules.
Successful UK Standard Visitor Visa applications
Our team of solicitors and barristers are specialist immigration lawyers who act in your best interest. We offer a client-tailored approach from the outset. From the very first meeting, we will be able to advise you in respect of your immigration status and the merit of your application before your matter even reaches the Home Office UK Visa & Immigration department. We can assist you with the preparation of your UK Standard Visitor Visa application and ensure that you meet all the requirements of the relevant rules.
Our offices are based in the legal epicentre of London, just across the road from the Royal Courts of Justice in order to ensure we get the best results for our clients. We are minutes away from the Immigration and Asylum Tribunal, the Royal Courts of Justice and other central London courts.
Preparation is the key to a successful Standard Visitor Visa. Our UK immigration and visa solicitors are here to guide you through the complex immigration rules and requirements. If you wish to meet one of our lawyers, please call our Immigration Team so we can assess your case and arrange your legal consultation.
Contact our London immigration solicitors on 02071830570 or complete our contact form.