Which type of UK visa do you need for your next trip?

Firstly the purpose of your travel will decide the type of visa applicable for you. As a visa applicant, you will have to make it clear that you cater to all the requirements to receive the category of the visa that you have applied for. There are certain tiers in UK visas and each has various criterion to be fulfilled.

Various types of Visa Options available for travelling to UK, which one of UK Visa is right Option for you?
Various types of Visa Options available for travelling to UK, which one of UK Visas is right Option for you?

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Type of visa Description

Work Visa (Tier 1)



Meant for Graduate Entrepreneur, Exceptional Talent, Investor, etc. It also has the following sub types:

  • Tier 1 (General) – The general visa is closed to applicants outside of UK.
  • Tier 1 (Investor) – Investor Visa is granted to individuals who want to invest in the UK and cater to eligibility requirements.
  • Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) – This visa is granted to entrepreneurs who want to set up a business in UK.
  • Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) – This is granted to individuals who are a graduate and have been endorsed as having a good business idea.
  • Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent)- An individual can apply for a Tier 1 visa if one has been endorsed in his field in science, humanities, engineering, medicine, digital technology or arts



Work Visa (Tier 2)



Tier 2 Visa is granted to individuals who have been offered a skilled job in the UK and if they are from outside of EEA and Switzerland.



Work Visa (Tier 5)



There are total 6 types of Tier 5 Work Visa granted to individuals under categories – Government Authorized Exchange, Youth Mobility Scheme, Creating Sporting Visas, Charity Worker, Religious Worker and International agreement.



UK Study Visa



One can apply for Tier 4 Student Visa to study in UK if they are over 18 years. It is important that the student has been offered a place on a course in one of the recognized universities of the country.



UK Family Visa



Here one is granted to individuals who wish to visit their families in UK and stay or settle down with them for a while. There are different Visas under this category too.



UK Visitor Visa



This category allows an individual to enter UK on a tour, vacation or sightseeing. There are different categories under the Visitor Visa.


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