UK Visitor Visa Requirements from Turkey

The UK Visitor Visa is known as a UK tourist visa that enables migrants to visit the UK for a period of up to 6 months. Turkish individuals who intend on visiting the UK for no longer than 6 months will find this to be an ideal visa.

However, visa applications can be complex, so we suggest speaking to an immigration lawyer to help you apply. Here at Total Law, our legal team can help you apply for a visitor visa; just contact us at +44 (0)333 305 9375 or message us online to get started.

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    UK Visitor Visa Requirements Overview

    The UK Visitor Visa is also often known as the UK Tourist Visa or the Standard Visitor Visa. It allows foreign nationals, such as travellers from Turkey, to visit the UK as tourists for vacations, study, business, and other activities that are permitted for a short period of up to 6 months.

    Before a Turkish individual applies, it is recommended to check that a visit visa is required for the trip. Traditionally, Turkish individuals will need a visitor visa to apply; however, there may be some situations in which they do not, or in cases where a visitor visa is not required. Therefore, it is best to check that this visa applies to each situation.

    To be able to obtain a visitor visa, it is important to meet all of the eligibility requirements. This means that the applicant must genuinely intend on leaving the UK after their stay has ended, and the applicant must have enough finances to cover the duration of their stay in the UK as well.

    Many types of UK Visitor Visa cater to a range of purposes. This includes:

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    Check You Meet The Eligibility Requirements


    To make a UK Visitor Visa successfully, applicants need to meet the following general eligibility requirements:

    • Applicants must have genuine intent to depart for the UK at the end of their visit to the UK.
    • The applicant must have sufficient funds to support themselves while in the UK.
    • The applicant must be able to fund their journey.
    • The applicant cannot live in the UK by making repeated successive visits using a Visitor Visa.

    Applicants also need to consider that they will have to meet additional requirements to be eligible if they are travelling to the UK to complete a placement, study, take an exam, or as an academic, as a senior doctor or dentist, or for medical treatment.

    Genuine Intention To Leave The UK

    The UK Home Office will assess the applicant’s genuine intentions to visit; this includes the reasons for visiting the UK, the applicant’s immigration history, as well as the number and duration of the previous visits. The personal and economic ties to the applicant’s home country as well as some other factors.

    Sufficient Support Funds

    The Home Office doesn’t specify a specific amount of money that a visitor to the UK must have. The Home Office will also assess the likely cost of the stay, including food, travel, and accommodation, and they will compare this to the funds that the applicant has available.

    They will also consider the existing financial commitments to determine if you are likely to have sufficient funds for these financial commitments and for the applicant to stay in the UK.

    Intent Not To Live In The UK

    The Home Office will also want to be assured that applicants are not using the Visitor Visa route as a way of living in the UK by making repeated visits. The Home Office will check over the applicant’s travel history, the length of the intended stay, as well as the number of visits to the UK over the past 12 months, including the length of stay in each instance.

    The Home Office will also be considering the time since the applicant’s last visit and whether the applicant has spent more time in the UK recently than in their own country.

    Documents Required For UK Visit Visa

    The documents required will depend on the reasons for coming to the UK. Therefore, the applicants may be asked to provide the following documents:

    • The applicant’s dates of travel to and from the UK
    • The applicant’s address is in the UK
    • A breakdown of the estimated cost of the visit
    • The applicant’s home address
    • How long has the applicant lived at their current address
    • The name and date of birth of the applicant’s birth parents
    • The applicant’s annual income
    • Details regarding any civil, criminal, or immigration-based offences
    • The applicant’s travel history from the previous 10 years
    • The applicant’s employer’s telephone number and address
    • The name, date of birth, and passport number of the applicant’s partner
    • The details of family members in the UK (if visiting them)
    • Tuberculosis test certificate if the applicant intends on visiting for over 6 months

    Financial Requirement for UK Visitor Visa

    If the visitor is paying for themselves for this trip, they will need to submit certain documents that prove they can afford the trip. This includes bank statements and payslips.

    Should someone else be paying for this visit, such as the fees for flights or accommodation, then this individual will need to prove they can afford the visitor’s trip fees on top of their fees.

    For example, in the event the visitor is visiting family, the family will be covering the travel costs; they will need to prove they can afford the travel costs of the applicant on top of their fees such as mortgage, rent, utilities, and so forth.

    To show this, the applicant or person providing the finances will need to submit the following:

    • An estimate of the total cost of the trip: This estimate will need to be as accurate as possible
    • Proof of income and where the individual works, such as an employment contract or payslips
    • Proof that the applicant or financial provider has enough money to pay for the visitor’s stay, such as bank statements from the last few months

    There are no specific financial quantities to meet for this visa. However, it is necessary that the applicant can meet the amount they anticipate the trip will cost.

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      UK Visitor Visa Application Fees

      The fees for the UK Visitor Visa will depend on the type of Visitor Visa that the applicant is applying for.

      • An applicant applying for a Standard Visitor Visa for a 6-month stay will be required to pay £115.
      • An applicant applying for a Standard Visitor Visa for medical reasons for an 11-month stay will need to pay £200.
      • An applicant applying for a Standard Visitor Visa for Academics for a 12-month stay will need to pay £200.
      • An applicant applying for a 2-year long-term Standard Visitor Visa with 6 months per visit will need to pay £400.
      • An applicant applying for a 5-year long-term Standard Visitor Visa with 6 months per visit will need to pay £771.
      • An applicant applying for a 10-year long-term Standard Visitor Visa with 6 months per visit will need to pay £963.
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      UK Visitor Visa Application Form

      For Turkish individuals to apply for a UK Visitor Visa they will need to complete several steps. These steps are as follows:

      1. The applicant should first check if they need to have a Visitor Visa for their trip before they apply. (Keep in mind that most Turkish individuals will need to apply for a Visitor Visa to enter the UK, but there may be some exceptions depending on personal circumstances.)
      2. The applicant should then complete and submit a Visitor Visa application on the UK online Home Office website. Be aware that if an applicant and their family are travelling to the UK, each family member will require their application and their own fee.
      3. Once the application is completed, the applicant will need to pay the relevant application fee.
      4. After this, the applicant will need to book an appointment at their local Visa Application Centre. In Turkey, applicants will have several options for application centres. There are Visa Application Centres in the following locations:
        • Adana
        • Ankara
        • Antalya
        • Bursa
        • Istanbul
        • Izmir
      5. Once the appointment is booked, the applicant needs to attend their appointment at their local Visa Application Centre and provide any documents that the Home Office requires alongside the application here. At this appointment, the applicant will also provide their biometrics by having their photograph taken and fingerprints scanned.
      6. After this, the applicant must simply await a decision on their Visitor Visa application. They should receive a decision on their application within 3 weeks. However, it can take longer in some cases.

      How Can Total Law Help?

      Visitor Visas in the UK are useful for many different purposes, allowing travel to the UK for vacation, medical stays, and academics. With the different periods you can apply to the UK for, they are diverse. However, you will need to ensure that you meet the application requirements for this visa.

      To best ensure your application as a Turkish individual applying for a Visitor Visa goes smoothly, speak to one of our team members at Total Law. Our team can help with your visa application and assist in ensuring you have all your documents ready to apply. Just call us today at +44 (0)333 305 9375 or message us online to get started.

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