A UK visitors visa which is commonly known as a standard visitors visa is a visa that allows the holder to stay in the UK for up to 6 months. The visa is for those applicants who wish to enter the UK for the purposes of Tourism or perhaps to visit a family member.
You can come to the UK as a Standard Visitor:
- for tourism, for example on a holiday or to see your family and friends
- for certain business activities, for example, attending a meeting
- to do a short course of study
- to take part in research or an exchange program as an academic
- for medical reasons, for example, to receive private medical treatment
You may not have to apply for a visa. What you need to do depends on your nationality and what you plan to do in the UK.
To see if you qualify for a general visitors visa – UK Visitors Visa
How to get national insurance in the UK – How to get a national insurance number