Last month we wrote guidance on submitting a successful Organ Donor Visitor Visa application and that the purpose of the Organ Donor Visitor Visa is to allow non-EEA nationals to visit the UK in order to donate an organ to a family member or friend to provide them with life-changing treatment. A wider scope of the Organ Donor Visitor Visa is the Private Medical Treatment Visitor Visa which allows individuals to enter the UK as a visitor in order to receive any private medical treatment, which may also provide life changing treatment and save lives.
What is a Private Medical Treatment Visitor Visa?
A Private Medical Treatment Visitor Visa enables individuals to visit the UK for a period of 6 or 11 months, with the purpose of receiving private medical treatment, perhaps because that level of treatment and care is not available in their home country.
Private Medical Treatment Visitor Visa Applicants are also able to visit family and friends whilst in the UK, carry out certain business activities per the rules of the Business Visitor Visa and also study for a no longer than 30 days per the rules of the Short-Term Study Visitor Visa, all of which follow the basic guidelines of a Standard Visitor Visa.
Requirements for a Private Medical Treatment Visitor Visa Application
Applicants of a Private Medical Treatment Visitor Visa must fulfill the following requirements in order for the Private Medical Treatment Visitor Visa application to be a success:
- Applicants must satisfy the Home Office that they are a genuine visitor to the UK and that they will leave the UK at the end of their Private Medical Treatment Visitor Visa;
- Applicants must prove that they are visiting the UK for the purpose of receiving private medical treatment and will not undertake any permitted activities whilst in the UK;
- Applicants must be able to show that they have sufficient funds to cover the cost of their trip to the UK without recourse to public funds;
- The private medical treatment must have been arranged before travel to the UK;
- Applicants must provide a letter from their doctor or consultant which details the medical condition which requires the private medical treatment, the estimated cost of the private medical treatment, the expected duration of the private medical treatment and where the private medical treatment will take place; and
- That if the Applicant is suffering from a communicable condition, they must have satisfied a medical inspector that they pose no threat or danger to public health.
Prohibited Activities on a Private Medical Treatment Visitor Visa
It is important to be aware of the restricted activities of a Private Medical Treatment Visitor Visa which mainly includes working and receiving payments from a UK source for any activities undertaken whilst the Applicant is in the UK. Applicants on a Private Medical Treatment Visitor Visa may re-enter the UK multiple times within the duration of the Private Medical Treatment Visitor Visa, unless the visa specifically states it is a single-entry Private Medical Treatment Visitor Visa or a dual-entry Private Medical Treatment Visitor Visa.
It is important to be aware of the UK’s complex Immigration and Visa Rules, therefore seeking expert advice from our specialist solicitors can ensure that you meet all of the necessary requirements for a Private Medical Treatment Visitor Visa and that your Private Medical Treatment Visitor Visa has the greatest chance of success.
Using Legal Representation to Make a Private Medical Treatment Visitor Visa Application
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 Private Medical Treatment Visitor Visa application.
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 application 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 application meets the Immigration Rules.
Successful Private Medical Treatment 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 visa and immigration application before your matter even reaches the Home Office UK Visa & Immigration department. We can assist you with the preparation of your immigration and 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 successful immigration applications. 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 02030110276 or complete our contact form.