Types of visit visas

There are several types of visit visas available, depending on the purpose of your trip:

  • Standard visitor visa
  • Marriage visitor visa
  • Permitted paid engagement visa
  • Transit visa

This visa is for tourists, family visits, and short-term business trips. It allows you to stay in the UK for up to six months.

This visa is specifically for those who want to get married or register a civil partnership in the UK. It allows you to stay for up to six months.

If you’re invited to the UK as an expert in your field for a short-term engagement, you can apply for this visa. It allows you to stay for up to one month.

If you’re only passing through the UK en route to another country, you’ll need a transit visa. There are two types of transit visas: Direct Airside Transit Visa (DATV) and Visitor in Transit Visa. The former is for those who don’t pass through UK border control, while the latter allows you to stay in the UK for up to 48 hours.

Visit visa basic requirements

To obtain a UK visit visa, you must meet certain basic requirements:

  • Valid passport with at least one blank page.
  • Completed visa application form.
  • Passport-sized colour photograph.
  • Proof of sufficient funds for your stay (e.g. bank statements, pay slips).
  • Evidence of your intention to return to your home country (e.g. employment or property ownership).
  • Proof of your accommodation in the UK.
  • Travel itinerary, including the purpose of your visit and planned activities.

Countries with the highest refusal rates

Nigeria: Nigerian applicants have faced significantly high refusal rates, often surpassing 50%. Reasons for refusal can include lack of strong ties to the home country, insufficient financial documentation and concerns about overstaying.

Pakistan: Pakistan has had a refusal rate of around 30% for UK visit visas. Causes for refusal can range from concerns about overstaying, lack of strong ties to the home country and prevalence of forged documents.

Ghana: Applicants from Ghana also experience high refusal rates, often reaching around 40%. Common reasons for refusal include inadequate financial documentation, insufficient proof of ties to the home country and concerns about overstaying.

Bangladesh: Bangladesh has also seen high refusal rates, with percentages typically in the 20-30% range. The reasons are similar to those faced by applicants from other high-refusal countries, including a lack of strong ties to the home country, concerns about overstaying and issues with financial documentation.

India: India refusal rates are also seen to be high, typically averaging at 15-20%. This can be due to similar reasons such as concerns about overstaying or documentation issues.

Please note that these refusal rates can change over time and are influenced by various factors, including political, economic and social conditions. Always consult the latest available data and resources when assessing refusal rates for UK visitor visas.


Benefits of hiring an immigration Lawyer

Given the complexity of the visa application process and the potential for refusal, it’s wise to consider hiring an immigration lawyer to help you navigate the process.

An expert can provide you with:

Specialist guidance

An immigration expert understands the nuances of the application process and can provide invaluable advice on how to strengthen your case.

Document review

An expert can review your supporting documents, ensuring their authenticity and completeness, which can be crucial for avoiding delays or refusals.

Application assistance

Immigration laywers can help you complete the application form accurately and efficiently, reducing the risk of errors that could lead to refusal.

If your visa is/has been refused

If your visa application is refused you cannot appeal, sometimes it’s best to address the issues surrounding the refusal and re-apply.

At Five Star we have a high success rate in challenging visit visa refusal decisions, utilising the pre-action stage of the Judicial Review process to trigger a review of your decision.

How Five Star can help

Obtaining a UK visit visa can be a complex and daunting process, especially for applicants from countries with higher refusal rates. By understanding the different types of visit visas, meeting the basic requirements, and hiring an immigration lawyer to assist you throughout the process, you can increase your chances of a successful application.

Not only will an immigration lawyer provide guidance and support, but we can also help you avoid common pitfalls that can lead to delays or refusals.

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