In order to obtain a Standard Visitor visa, certain suitability and eligibility requirements must be fulfilled. The suitability requirements are designed to ensure that individuals who, for instance, are not conducive to public good in the UK, or who have committed criminal offences or have previously failed to comply with Home Office instructions are not allowed to visit the UK.

The eligibility requirements demand that the Standard Visitor visa applicant

  1. will leave the UK at the end of their visit;
  2. will not live in the UK for extended periods through frequent or successive visits, or make the UK their main home;
  3. is genuinely seeking entry for a purpose that is permitted by the visitor routes;
  4. will not undertake the prohibited activities set out in the Immigration Rules;
  5. has sufficient funds to cover all reasonable costs in relation to their visit without working or accessing public funds. This includes the cost of the return or onward journey, any costs relating to dependants, and the cost of planned activities such as private medical treatment.

In order to satisfy these requirements, we provide our clients with a list of evidence that they should submit to us. We then prepare this evidence into a bundle and write representations explaining why it shows satisfaction of the rules. In particular, we recommend that bank statements, employment contracts, pay slips and housing documents are provided to show adequate means and accommodation. In addition, we take the statement of the applicant in order to outline their ties with their country of origin to show that they intend to return after their stay in the UK, and we request documentary evidence to support their account. A third party may be asked to give an undertaking in writing to be responsible for the applicant’s maintenance and accommodation. The most important thing to prove in an application is the intention of the applicant to return at the end of the visit.

It should be noted that there are conditions attached to the holding of a Standard Visitor visa. These prescribe what can and cannot be done during the visit to the UK. Notably, you cannot undertake paid or unpaid work, or access public funds.

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