UK visa application services – Apply for a UK visa
Our immigration solicitors will give you the advice and guidance you need. We are here to look after your visa application from start to finish.
With our dedicated solicitors by your side you won’t need to worry. We will ensure you the best chance of being granted your visa.
Finding the right visa for your stay
Firstly we will help you decide which visa is best for you.
Applying for the wrong type of visa is a common mistake and will often lead to automatic refusal.
Our expert solicitors will learn about your situation and personal requirements, making sure you apply for the right visa in the right way.
From predicting problems early on to keeping you informed every step of the way, we are here to help. And though we can’t guarantee that our UK visa application services will succeed, our extremely high past success rates speak for themselves.
Starting your visa application
Since each visa application process is different, the best way to start your application is by speaking to one of our immigration solicitors.
We advise you of the best visa for your purpose and what evidence we will need to collect to support your application, so you receive an answer sooner rather than later.
UK visa categories
Visiting the UK
If you are simply visiting or transiting through the UK, you may require a visit or transit visa.
Visitor visas are usually applicable for anyone who wants to visit the UK for up to six months. To be granted this type of visa you will need to explain clearly what the purpose of your visit is.
The purpose of your visit
You’ll be eligible for a visitor visa if you are planning a holiday in the UK, visiting friends or family, or carrying out business.
There are four different categories you can apply under:
When you are in the UK on a visitor visa you won’t be able to work or study unless the activities you have planned are set out in the visitor rules.
Visitor visa requirements
To be eligible for a visitor visa, you must meet the requirements outlined in the visitor rules. This is true even if you are travelling as part of a group, such as a tour group, school party or family.
Applications are decided based on the information and evidence provided by you, so it’s important to understand exactly what the Home Office is looking for.
Studying in the UK
The UK is home to some of the most respected universities in the world and it’s a first choice for many international students who want to give their career a competitive edge.
If you live outside the UK but would like to study at a British university, our expert immigration law solicitors can help you apply for a student visa.
Improve your chances of success
Some students may require specific preparation to give their application the best chance of success.
In addition to our visa application services we offer specialist student visa support that is designed to help you meet the basic entry requirements and to reduce the likelihood that your application will be delayed or denied.
Joining family in the UK
If you are joining a family member in the UK for more than six months, you will need to apply for a family visa.
There are several different categories of family visa, which apply to partners, parents and children. You can apply for a family visa from inside or outside the UK.
Joining your parent or parents in the UK
If you are a dependant child under the age of 18 you may be able to apply for a dependant visa and join your parents in the UK. You can join your parents if they are on a visa themselves or if they are residents or citizens of the UK.
If only one of your parents is currently living in the UK you can apply only if they are the sole surviving parent or if they have sole responsibility over your upbringing.
Joining your spouse, civil partner or fiancé
You can apply for a visa to join your spouse, civil partner or fiancé in the UK if:
- Your partner is a British citizen, or
- Your partner is settled in the UK with ‘indefinite leave to remain’, or
- Your partner has a refugee status in the UK, or
- Your partner has been giving humanitarian protection in the UK
What spouse visa are you eligible for?
There are different types of spouse visas. Which one you are eligible for will depend on your specific situation.
Typically, applicants apply using a ‘family of a settled person’ visa. You would be eligible for this visa if your partner is a British citizen, they hold indefinite leave to remain or if you are getting married and both intend to live in the UK.
If this type of visa is not applicable you may be able to apply for a fiancé visa, family reunion, EEA family permit or as the ‘dependant’ of a tier 2 or 4 visa, depending on your circumstances.
Working and investing in the UK
If you are looking to move to the UK to work you may be able to apply for a ‘skilled workers’ visa. To be able to apply for this type of visa you must pass a points-based assessment and in most cases you must have secured a job prior to arrival. However, if you are highly skilled, exceptionally talented, an investor or an entrepreneur you can apply for your visa without needing a job offer.
The points-based system has five separate tiers. If you wish to move to the UK to work you will likely either need a Tier 1 or Tier 2 visa. The Tier 1 visa category is for high-value migrants and the Tier 2 visa category is for skilled workers.
To be eligible for one of these visas you must pass the points-based assessment as set out by the Home Office. Our solicitors can assess your application and circumstances beforehand and tell you how likely you will be to pass before you apply.
Points are awarded on the basis of your ability, age and experience. The exact number of points you need varies for each tier.
How we can help with your visa
We aim to give all our clients the best possible service with our UK visa application services. Our high-quality systems and outstanding reputation prove that we can offer some of the best visa advice anywhere in the UK.
Whether you simply need an expert to run their eye over your visa application, or you’re a business owner in need of sponsorship licensing for overseas recruitment, our immigration specialists are here to find the right solution for you.
Call our team now to get an idea of how we might be able to help you.
Our success stories
We’re often asked about stories of people we’ve helped in the past. If you would like to read more about people like you that we’ve helped, take a look at our case studies page.
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- Can I apply for a UK visit visa?
If you are planning to visit the UK for less than six months, and you are not going to be working or studying, then a visit visa might be what you need.
To be able to successfully apply for a visitor visa, you must meet some minimum requirements first. This is the case even if you are travelling as part of a group, such as a tour group, school party or family.
If you are unsure of your chances and you need help with your visit visa application, we can help.
- Can I apply for a UK study visa?
If you are looking to study in the UK, you will need a student visa.
It depends on the length of time you want to study, what you will be studying, your age and other factors which visa you will need to apply for.
Student visa applications can be complex, and you will need to meet a number of requirements to be able to get accepted as an international student.
At AWH Solicitors, we can help you with your visa application from start to finish, providing you with the support you need so you can focus on your upcoming studies.
- Can I apply for a UK family visa?
If you would like to join a family member in the UK for longer than six months then you will probably need to apply for a family visa. If you are planning on staying for less than six months you will likely be better of applying for a visitor visa.
There are many types of family visas, and it will depend on many factors which is the right fit for you.
You can apply for a family visa as a spouse, civil partner, unmarried partner, fiance or child.
Family visa applications are particularly difficult, as often you will need to provide a great deal of evidence of your relationship before you would become eligible for this type of visa.
For help with your family visa application, get in touch.
- Can I apply for a UK work visa?
If you are planning on coming to the UK to work there are many options available for you.
If you have a job offer in the UK and you meet the other requirements you are likely able to apply for the standard tier 2 visa, which is a visa under the point-based system that will allow you to live and work in the UK for up to five years and 14 days.
- How to apply for a UK visa?
You can apply for a visa to the UK by yourself or with the help of immigration solicitors.
Applying for a visa can be complex, as you will not only need to choose the correct application, fill out the correct forms, but you must also provide the Home Office with all the relevant evidence they require.
A mistake is easily made, and can prove to be costly if your application is refused as a result.
We can help you apply for any visa or visa extension, or help you appeal a rejection if your initial application was denied.
Starting the process couldn’t be more simple!
- Contact us Get in touch however suits you best and arrange a consulation with one of our solicitors
- Meet an expert You’ll meet the expert solicitor assigned to your case and discuss all the necessary details
- Authorise Once we’ve got all the details of your case and you’re happy to proceed, just give us the go-ahead
- We get to work It’s time for us to get to work! We’ll set up your file on our system and get to work right away
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