Visitor: eligibility
Produced in partnership with Gillian McCall of Richmond Chambers and Zoe Bantleman of Richmond Chambers

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

  • Visitor: eligibility
  • Key resources at a glance
  • The structure of the Immigration Rules for this category
  • General eligibility requirements for visitors
  • Entry requirement
  • Genuine visitor
  • Intended activities
  • Routing and assessing applications
  • Additional eligibility requirements for specific types of visitor applicants
  • Child applicants
  • More...

Visitor: eligibility

There are four types of visitors:

  1. standard: for those seeking to undertake the activities set out in the Immigration Rules, Appendix Visitor: Permitted Activities, eg tourism and visiting family usually for up to six months

  2. marriage and civil partnership: for those seeking to come to the UK to marry or form a civil partnership or give notice of marriage or civil partnership

  3. permitted paid engagement (also known as PPE): for experts in their field coming to the UK to undertake specific paid engagements for up to one month, and

  4. transit: for those who want to transit the UK on route to another country outside the Common Travel Area and who will enter the UK for up to 48 hours by crossing the UK border

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

  1. Visitors: prohibited and permitted activities, and

  2. Human rights claims in visitor applications

Key resources at a glance

Immigration RulesImmigration Rules, Appendix V: Visitor
Immigration Rules, Appendix Visitor: Permitted Activities
Immigration Rules, Appendix Visitor: Visa National list
Immigration Rules, Appendix Visitor: Permit Free Festivals
Immigration Rules, Appendix Visitor: Transit Without Visa Scheme
Immigration Rules, Appendix S2 Healthcare Visitor
Home Office guidanceVisit caseworker guidance
Transit caseworker guidance
S2 Healthcare Visitor caseworker guidance
Visit visa: guide to supporting documents
Home Office Visitor visa information tools
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