The United Kingdom has no primary restrictions on requiring travel visas, known as Tourist Visas. They are widely available, and not even that hard to get. Tourist visas are available to anyone who wants one, but you need to follow the correct process in order to get one. Applicants do not need to have friends or family in the UK; they don’t need to know anyone. All they need is a strong desire to enter and visit the country. You’ll need to have a few documents, a purpose for visiting, and you’ll will be in the United Kingdom in no time.
A Tourist Visa allows applicants to travel to the UK purely for a visit of 6 months, in which time the visa is revoked, or subject to an appeal hearing. They may be allowed multiple entries back into the UK, during this 6 month span if this is requested. All applicants must prove to the United Kingdom Immigration Authorities that they can financially maintain and accommodate themselves, without need of public assistance or government aid. If they have assistance from family members, or close friends, that may be considered.
To qualify for a Tourist Visa you must be able to meet the following requirements. You must be able to obtain a valid passport that will only be eligible for a 6 month visit to the UK. Once fully completed, dated, and signed, it will be submitted for application. Once that is completed you will be directed to make an appointment at one of the Application Support Centers in your area, so that you can submit a copy of your fingerprints. You will need one recent passport-sized photo, as well as identification, and sometimes even a birth certificate.
You will also need evidence of your status in the country where you currently reside, to make sure that you have permission to re-enter that country on completion of your 6 month visa. If you are going to the UK to conduct business, you will need an Employment Letter, or confirmation of employment status, which clearly states your cause and business in the UK. If you are visiting family and friends you will need proof of a sponsor that will be supporting you, or if you are supporting yourself, you may need pay slips, bank statements, or other evidence that you can support yourself. During your visit you are not eligible for any paid or unpaid employment in the UK.
It is important to remember that unless you are a U.S. citizen, you will need to follow these necessary steps in order to obtain tourist visas to the UK. United States citizens do not need a visa to enter the United Kingdom for tourism or business at any time. If you may be confused about tourist visa restrictions, you may contact a UK immigration lawyer, or just contact your local immigration services for more information.
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