UK Visit Visas

Applicants wishing to visit the UK for tourism, business, or studies can do so via a visa to the country. These are short-term visas for UK entry; however, applicants must ensure they are eligible and provide all required documents.

This is why it is good to speak to an immigration advisor so you are aware of what you will need to obtain one of these visas. Please speak to a member of our team at Total Law for help in acquiring your visit visa. Just call us at +44 (0)333 305 9375 to get started.

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    Do Egyptians Need A Visa To Visit The UK?

    Egyptian citizens who wish to travel to the UK will need a Standard Visitor Visa to do so, as they will not be able to get a visa on arrival. These visas are tailored for short trips to the UK and allow the visa holder to do many activities in the country.

    Standard Visitor Visas cater to tourists, those travelling for business, and those who are visiting friends and family. The application process for this visa includes the application for the visa and attending an appointment at a UK Visa Application Centre or British Embassy.

    The appointment is for the applicant to provide their biometric data, submit documents, and, in some cases, attend an interview. Children from Egypt will need their own visas and passports to enter the UK. Parents or legal guardians of these children should be aware they will be responsible for the application for the child.

    Benefits Of Standard Visitor Visa For Egyptians

    Egyptian travellers will find that the Standard Visitor Visa provides a vast array of travel benefits, which makes it the ideal choice for UK journeys. This visa allows travellers to travel to the UK for many purposes, including:

    • Tourism purposes: Egyptian travellers entering the UK for tourism can use this visa. It allows travellers to immerse themselves in UK history, culture, and unique tourist attractions.
    • Business purposes: Egyptian business travellers and entrepreneurs can enter the UK using this visa. With the Standard Visitor Visa, business travellers can attend meetings and conferences and even explore potential business partnerships in the UK.
    • Visiting family and friends: Those who have loved ones in the UK can visit them with the Standard Visitor Visa.
    • Enrol in a UK short course: Egyptians can enter the UK to enjoy school exchange programmes and enrol in courses that are up to 30 days long, including English language studies or even a dance class.
    • Medical purposes: Those who require medical treatment will be able to access healthcare services and have a consultation with a British doctor with this visa.
    • Do volunteer work: Those who wish to enjoy volunteer work in the UK can do so with this visa. Visa holders can engage in fulfilling volunteering activities for up to 30 days with any registered charity.
    • Transit: Those who obtain a Standard Visitor Visa can get convenient transit at a UK airport without requiring any additional transit visa.
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      UK Visit Visa Types

      Visit visas can be used for many activities in the UK. However, this being said, there are also many categories of Visit Visas, and it is critical to understand the subcategories of Visit Visas, so you can apply for the correct type.

      Business Visit Visas

      Business Visitor Visas are for individuals who intend on coming to the UK to carry out permitted short-term unpaid business activities.

      Study Visit Visas

      Study Visitor Visas are for applicants who wish to travel to the UK for a short period of study with the intent to study a course abroad or in a period of research that will last up to 6 months, but not longer.

      Creative Visitor Visa

      Creative Visitor Visas are for amateur and professional entertainers, artists, and musicians, along with the technical and personal staff of these individuals, who intend on visiting the UK to complete unpaid creative activities for no longer than 6 months.

      Sports Visit Visa

      The Sports Visitor Visa is available for amateur and professional sportspersons, as teams or individuals, as well as the support and technical staff of sports personnel and sports officials. This will enable them to visit the UK to complete any permitted unpaid sporting activities for no longer than 6 months.

      Religious Visitor Visa

      Religious Visitor Visas are for overseas religious workers who intend on visiting the UK to undertake pastoral work, unpaid work, or to preach for a period of no longer than 6 months.

      Science & Academia Visitor Visa

      This type of Visit Visa is available for academics, scientists, and researchers who wish to visit the UK and undertake permitted unpaid academic or scientific activities for any period up to 6 months. In some cases, for certain academics, it can be extended for a period of up to 12 months.

      Work-Related Training Visit Visas

      A Work-Related Training Visitor Visa is available for overseas graduates from dental, medical, or nursing schools as well as employees from overseas companies or organisations and the employees of overseas-based training companies that wish to visit the UK to complete permitted unpaid work-related training activities for a period less than 6 months.

      Private Medical Treatment & Organ Donation Visitor Visa

      This type of Visitor Visa is available for individuals who wish to obtain private medical treatment in the UK, act as an organ donor, or receive an assessment for being a potential organ donor to a recipient identified in the UK.

      Marriage/Civil Partnership Visit

      This type of visa is available for individuals who wish to enter the UK to marry or form a civil partnership, or to alternatively give notice of a civil partnership or marriage in the United Kingdom.

      Permitted Paid Engagement Visitor Visa

      The PPE (Permitted Paid Engagement) Visit Visa is a visa type open to specific professionals and experts who intend on visiting the UK for up to a month to undertake paid engagements relative to their occupation and expertise.

      Eligibility Criteria And Requirements Of The UK Visit Visas

      Overview

      For an individual to apply for a UK Visitor visa, they must meet the relevant eligibility requirements. These individuals must have a passport or travel document to be able to enter the country. The travel document or passport should also be valid for the entire duration of the applicant’s stay in the country.

      As well as this, applicants must be able to show the following:

      • The applicant must be able to show that they will leave the UK at the end of their visit.
      • The applicant must be able to prove that they can support themselves and any of their dependents for the duration of their trip. Alternatively, if they have funding from someone else to support their stay, this must be shown.
      • The applicant must be able to show that they can pay for their return or their onward journey. Alternatively, if the applicant is being funded by someone else, it must be shown they are supported by this individual for their return journey.
      • The applicant must show that they will not live in the UK for extended periods by making successive or frequent visits to the country, and they will not make the UK their main home.

      On top of these requirements, an applicant may be required to meet additional eligibility requirements if they are visiting the UK for any of the following reasons:

      • Studies, completing a placement, or taking an exam.
      • Entering the UK as an academic, a dentist, or as a senior doctor.
      • Entering the UK for medical reasons.

      Required Documents

      To have a smooth visa application process, the UK government required specific documentation to be provided to demonstrate the applicant’s eligibility and travel purposes. Applicants will need to complete an online visa process, but they will also need to gather supporting documents for their application.

      Those applying for a UK Visitor Visa should prepare the following documents for their application:

      • A valid passport. The applicant’s Egyptian passport will need to be valid for a minimum of 6 months beyond the intended date of arrival in the UK.
      • A completed application. Applicants need to fill out the visa application form completely and accurately.
      • Proof of financial sustainability. There is no specific amount of money that an applicant must have, but there is a requirement that the applicant provide document-based evidence to show they can cover the costs of their trip by providing financial documents such as bank statements.
      • Itinerary: Applicants must provide a detailed trip plan, including the purpose of their travel, their accommodation, dates they will be travelling, and planned activities in the UK. If the applicant is being hosted by someone else (such as friends or family), then an invitation letter from the host may be relevant here.
      • Payment. Applicants can pay the total visa fee when making their application on the government website. Proof of payment is necessary for UK visas.
      • Disclosure of any offences. Applicants are required to declare any civil, criminal, or immigration offences they have committed. Additional documents may be required based on the circumstances of the individual.

      UK Visit Visa Fees

      Applicants can apply for a Standard Visitor Visa; however, if they visit the UK regularly, a long-term Standard Visitor Visa may be more relevant. It is necessary to understand which visa type is most relevant for you, as different types of visas will have different fees and different validity periods.

      • Standard Visitor Visas cost £115 and are valid for up to 6 months.
      • A Standard Visitor Visa for medical reasons will cost £200 and is valid for up to 11 months.
      • A Standard Visitor Visa for academics will cost £200 and is valid for 12 months.
      • A 2-year long-term Standard Visitor Visa will cost £400 and will enable 6 months per visit.
      • A 5-year long-term Standard Visitor Visa will cost £771 and allow for 6 months per visit.
      • A 10-year long-term Standard Visitor Visa will cost £963 and allow for 6 months per visit.

      UK Visit Visa Application Process From Egypt

      Applying for a UK Standard Visitor Visa is one of the easiest visa types to apply for; it is a fairly straightforward process. There are three simple steps to applying for this type of visa.

      1. The first step is to go to the UK government website for Standard Visitor Visa applications and start an application form. This form does not need to be completed in one sitting; it can be saved and completed later. Those who are applying with family members will need to note that each family member will need to have their own application and pay the fee.
      2. Once the application form is completed, submit it and arrange an appointment at a Visa Application Centre. Each person travelling will need to attend their appointment.
      3. After the appointment and application have been completed, the applicant must wait for a decision to be made on their application

      Once an applicant has applied and proven their identity, they will typically get a decision on their visa within 3 weeks. It is possible, in some cases, to get a decision faster; however, this does come at an extra fee and is not available in every case.

      When a decision is made, the applicant will receive an email or a letter informing them of the decision on the application as well as the next steps for them.

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        Renewing/Extending Your Stay In The UK

        It may be possible for an applicant to extend their stay in the UK on a Visitor Visa. If the applicant has permission to be in the UK for under 6 months, they can extend their stay for up to 6 months.

        Some applicants may be able to apply for an extension for over 6 months; however, this is only possible in specific situations. This includes the following:

        • Patients who are receiving private medical treatment in the UK.
        • Academics who still meet eligibility requirements.
        • Graduates who are retaking the Professional and Linguistic Assessment Board test or who are doing a clinical attachment.

        Those who are applying to extend their stay must pay the £1,000 fee to do so, regardless of nationality. It is also critical that the applicants apply for this extension while they are still in the UK and before their current visa expires.

        Those listed above who need to extend beyond 6 months can do so but will need to provide documents specific to their situation. For example, those receiving medical treatment will need to have a medical practitioner provide details of the condition that requires further treatment.

        Academics will need to prove their field of expertise and occupation overseas before UK travel and that they are not filling a permanent teaching job.

        What You Can & Cannot Do On A UK Visitor Visa

        There are specific activities that are allowed and are not allowed on a UK Visitor Visa. These include the following:

        Permitted Activities

        • Can be used for holidays or vacations.
        • Can be used to visit family or friends.
        • For volunteering activities for up to 30 days with a registered charity.
        • To pass through the UK in transit to another country.
        • For specific business activities such as attending interviews or meetings.
        • For school exchange programmes.
        • For studies, placements, or to do an exam.
        • For senior doctors, academics, or dentists.
        • For medical reasons.

        Non-Permitted Activities

        • You can’t do any unpaid work for UK companies or as a self-employed individual.
        • You cannot claim benefits or any other public funding.
        • You cannot live in the UK for a long period of time through successive or frequent visits.
        • You cannot marry, register a civil partnership, or give notice of a marriage or a civil partnership. This requires a marriage visitor visa.

        How Total Law Can Help

        Those who wish to apply for a visa for a short-term visit to the UK will need to apply for the correct type of Visit Visa. These applications are fairly simple, but understanding which visa applies to you can be tricky. This is why it is a good idea to speak to an immigration expert before applying.

        Here at Total Law, we can help you plan to visit the UK. We can also help you throughout the application process and fill out your visa application. Contact us today at +44 (0)333 305 9375 to get started with help from our team.

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