- UK Tourist Visa
If you are planning to visit UK for sightseeing or visiting family and friends, you need to apply for UK tourist visa. The tourist visa comes under the umbrella term of standard visitor visa. With this visa, you can travel within the country to see its numerous attractions, meet and stay with your family and friends, undergo a medical treatment, attend a business meeting, do a short-term course (not more than 6 months) and even attend a conference. However, this visa does not allow you to:
With a tourist visa, you can stay in the UK for 6 months. In case of special cases like medical treatment, your visa allows you to stay for 11 months. This may be extended for a few more months if required. You may have to submit additional documents as per the purpose of your visit. For instance, if you are applying for a UK visa for medical purposes, you would have to submit the copies of your medical documents along with the application.
If you have to visit the UK on a regular basis, maybe to visit family and friends, you can go for a long-term visitor visa. In this case, you would get a visa for a long time: 2 years, 5 years and even 10 years. However, you cannot stay in the UK for more than 6 months at a time.
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