Requirements for all types of UK short stay visas such as tourist, family, business etc under the Appendix V of Immigration Rules for Visitors
This category covers short stay visas under Appendix V of the Immigration Rules for visitors such UK family, general tourist, business, marriage, medical, transit and permitted paid engagement (PPE). However, apart from short stay visas under Appendix V, the category also covers the student visitor visa for short courses and English Language, UK parent of Tier 4 child visa and US B1/B2 visitor visa for business and tourism.
Apparently, millions of people apply for short stay visas to visit the UK every year. However, due to lack of information and understanding about the application procedure, quite a few are unable to make a successful application. Therefore, the focus of the posts in this category is to provide detailed guidance and insight for making a successful application. Nevertheless, if you intend to seek professional advice for fresh application, reapplication or judicial review after refusal then may contact immigration specialist solicitors London. Moreover, for study abroad in UK, USA, Australia, Canada, New Zealand etc. you may fill the online form to start the admission process.
Since April 2015 Appendix V Immigration Rules for visitors is the reference guide for meeting the requirements for UK short stay visas. Therefore, for any applicant, it is quite beneficial to go through Appendix V modernised guidance for increasing the chances of success! Please note, apart from short term study and parent of a Tier 4 child visa, the Appendix V Immigration Rules for Visitors covers the UK visa requirements for all other types of short stay visas such as:
Accordingly, the Appendix V for visitors consists of 9 Parts (from V1 to V9) and 5 Appendixes.
The 9 Parts (V1-V9) of Appendix V Immigration Rules for Visitors, explains the following details:
Please note, all applicants need to adhere to Part V1 to V3 of Appendix V.
The 5 Appendices to Appendix V Immigration Rules for Visitors, explains the following details:
Perhaps, depending on the type of the application, the charges for temporary applications varies from £35 to £822. However, the application charges for the most popular 6 months applications as visitors are £95. Furthermore, the UK visa processing time after biometrics for applications under Appendix V Immigration Rules for visitors are usually 10-15 working days. However, applicants can purchase the UK non-settlement priority visa service to fast track applications within 5 working days. The UK fast track visa fees are £220.
Perhaps, many people apply for UK short stay family visa application every year. Therefore, it is important to note that Appendix V of the Immigration Rules for visitors covers the short stay family visa application requirements, which includes the sponsor documents.
The most important conditions of stay under Appendix V of Immigration Rules for visitors are:
Therefore, if a visitor breaches the conditions of stay then the visa is cancelled.
In most of the circumstances, it is not possible to extend or switch a short stay visa. However, in limited circumstances, one can apply for visa extension from inside the UK on FLR(IR) application form. The Home Office Fees for temporary extension are £993 per applicant. The UK visa extension processing time after biometrics is usually 8 weeks or 40 working days. However, applicants can fast track extension applications within 5 working days by paying £500 for priority service. Moreover, can also get the decision by next working day by paying £800 for 24 hour super premium service.
In case of refusal on general grounds, the UK visitor visa refusal reasons mainly relates to suitability grounds under paragraph V3.2 to V3.16 of Appendix V of Immigration Rules for Visitors. Moreover, applicants are liable to get ban due to overstaying, deportation, adverse immigration history such as use of deception and false documents. In fact, there is no right of appeal or administrative review after refusal of temporary applications. However, after rejection of visitor visa one can reapply or file an immigration judicial review to challenge the decision.
Perhaps, the average refusal rate for applications under Appendix V of Immigration Rules for visitors is around 10-15%. However, the refusal rate greatly various from country to country. For instance, the refusal rate in 2019 amongst the top 20 nationalities was highest for Algerian (45.47%), Ghanaian (42.63%) and Bangladeshi (40.35%) nationals. However, the refusal rate was also high for Pakistani (37.20%), Nigerian (32.16%), and Sri Lankan (23.07%) nationals. Moreover, within the top 20, the lowest refusal rate in 2019 was for Saudi (0.30%) and Russian (1.23%) nationals. And also for Chinese (3.06%), South African (3.11%) and Colombian (3.38%) nationals. The refusal rate in 2019 for nationalities not included in the top 20 was 21.57%.