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

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): procedure
  • Entry clearance applications
  • Requirement to obtain entry clearance
  • Entry clearance form
  • Entry clearance fee in pounds sterling
  • Immigration Health Surcharge
  • Entry clearance processing times and general procedure
  • Entry clearance/leave to enter supporting documents
  • Leave to remain applications
  • Leave to remain form
  • More...

This Practice Note outlines the procedure (including application form and fee information) for individuals applying to come to the UK under the visitor (standard) immigration category. It also provides a summary of the duration and conditions of leave for this category and outlines the options for challenging a refusal.

Entry clearance applications

Requirement to obtain entry clearance

Visa nationals

A visa national must apply for entry clearance irrespective of the length of stay requested as a visitor (standard) unless an exception applies. See the Immigration Rules, Appendix V, Appendix 2 for the current list of visa nationals and exceptions to the entry clearance requirement (including nationals or citizens from Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates who have successfully applied for an Electronic Visa Waiver). See also Practice Note: Who requires permission to travel to the UK?—Exceptions to the usual entry clearance requirement.

Non-visa nationals

A non-visa national is not required to apply for entry clearance as a visitor (standard) where the intended duration of their stay in the UK is six months or less. However, it is advisable that entry clearance is applied for where the applicant:

  1. has a previous conviction (or multiple convictions) below the threshold for automatic exclusion (see Practice Note: Previous conduct)

  2. intends to come and go from the UK frequently and/or wants to avoid being delayed at the border while an IO assesses eligibility

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