Visitor (standard): eligibility
Produced in partnership with Gillian McCall of Richmond Chambers
Visitor (standard): eligibility

The following Immigration practice note Produced in partnership with Gillian McCall of Richmond Chambers provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Visitor (standard): eligibility
  • The structure of the Immigration Rules for this category
  • Suitability requirements
  • Eligibility requirements for all visitor (standard) applicants
  • Intended activities
  • Genuineness
  • Maintenance, accommodation and travel costs
  • Additional eligibility requirements for specific types of visitor (standard) applicant
  • Child applicants
  • Private medical treatment
  • More...

The visitor (standard) category enables short-term visitors to come to the UK for a range of purposes including recreation, business activities, work-related training, limited study and private medical treatment. It involves obtaining an entry clearance from abroad before arrival for visa nationals or answering an immigration officer's (IO) enquiries on arrival for non-visa nationals. The qualifying requirements for entry are the same although the manner of obtaining leave is different.

This Practice Note covers the eligibility requirements for the visitor (standard) category and should be read alongside the following Practice Notes:

  1. Visitor (standard): procedure

  2. Visitors: prohibited and permitted activities

  3. Visitors: the suitability requirements

  4. Visitors: cancellation and curtailment of leave

  5. Human rights claims in visitor applications

The structure of the Immigration Rules for this category

The Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules HC 1025 dated 26 February 2015 brought the Immigration Rules, Appendix V into force for all visit applications decided on or after 24 April 2015. The explanatory memorandum accompanying HC 1025 explains that the rules were amended to increase flexibility, specifically with regard to the activities visitors can undertake and to contain all the provisions relevant to visitor applications in one place. Appendix V incorporates and reformulates the visa national list that was previously contained in the Immigration Rules, Appendix 1 and reformulates relevant general grounds for refusal from the Immigration Rules, Part 9 as suitability

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