Which UK Visa should you apply for in 2022?

— Juliet Edjere

With the bureaucracy involved in the immigration system, there is a lot of information to get through before deciding on your visa. This is a quick post about the eligibility of some selected UK visa types.

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Standard Visitor visa -

You coming to the UK to:

  • - Have medical treatment
  • - Tourism or visiting family and friends
  • - Stay with your child, if they’re at school
  • - if you’re studying for 6 months or less
  • - Work, academic or business visits for 6 months or less

Marriage Visitor visa -

You coming to the UK to:

  • - Get married or enter into a civil partnership

Family visa -

If your partner or family member:

  • - is a British citizen
  • - is settled in the UK (called having ‘indefinite leave to remain’)
  • - has settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme
  • - has a Turkish worker or businessperson visa

Free family permit instead of a visa -

If your close family member is BOTH:

  • - be a citizen of an EU country, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein
  • - have been living in the UK before 1 January 2021

Transit Visa

  • - Direct Airside Transit visa  if you arrive in the UK on a flight and leave again without passing through immigration control (unless exempt
  • - Visitor in Transit visa if you arrive on a flight and will pass through immigration control before you leave the UK

Permitted paid engagement visa

You must have been invited to the UK because of your expertise) - as a visitor you can only stay for up to 1 month.

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You don’t need a visa:

If your family member is a British citizen

  • If you’ve been living with your British partner or family member in another European country, you may be able to make a ‘Surinder Singh’ application for a free family permit. Eligible countries are countries in the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein.

If your family member is from another European country

  • You may be able to apply for a free family permit if your partner or family member is from the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein. They must have been living in the UK before 1 January 2021.

For official diplomatic or government business (including transit through the UK)

  • You can apply for an exempt vignette to help you avoid delays when you enter the UK. Your partner or family members might also be able to apply.


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