Visa is like a ticket given to you to grant you easy ingress and egress to a specific country. It serves as a stamp for you as a foreigner to enter into a country where you want to stay to work or get a residency. There are different visas that are provided by the UK Government which are offered to students, business investors, skilled workers, and a host of others.

Generally, there are different types of visas that countries provide which are;

  • For short stay and tourism
  • For study
  • Permission to stay
  • For transit from that country to another
  • To do work
  • For dependents to join their families
  • For permanent stay
  • One who needs humanitarian protection or a refugee
  • Someone who does not have a state


There are different types of Visas that the UK government offers to foreigners which are;

  • Transit Visa
  • Study Visa
  • Visitor Visa
  • Work Visa
  • Business Visa
  • Settlement Visa
  • Family Visa

Forms of Work Visa

  1. Highly qualified foreigners
  2.  Global Talent Visa
  3. Skilled worker with a job offer in a shortage area
  4. Tier 2 (General Visa)
  5. Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) Visa
  6. Tier 2 (Sportsperson) Visa
  7. Tier 2 (Minister of Religion) Visa
  • Youth Mobility and Temporary Foreign Workers
  • Tier 5(Temporary worker) visa
  • Tier 5(youth mobility) Visa
  • Others
  • Domestic workers on a private household visa
  • Exempt Vignette visa
  • Turkish worker Visa

Types of the UK business visa are as follows;

  • Tier 1 entrepreneurship visa
  • Tier 1 graduate entrepreneurship visa
  • Tier 1 investor Visa
  • Turkish business person visa

Forms of Tourist Visa

  • Marriage visitor visa
  • Parent of tier 4(child) student visa
  • Permitted paid engagement visa
  • Short-term study Visa
  • UK visitor visa
  • Visa for Chinese tour group

Types of Student Visa

  • Tier 4(Child) student visa
  • Tier 4(General) student visa
  • Short-term study Visa

Categories of Family Visa

  • UK spouse Visa
  • UK Parent Visa
  • UK Child Visa

Refugee Visa

This category is visa is provided for people whose lives were at risk or threatened in their own country. The condition provided by the UK government is that to be eligible for this type of visa you must not be able to return to your country after you have left.

UK Visa Requirements

The UK authorities are manned with the power to decide your visa application. A number of documents must be submitted during the application for any type of UK visa. The documentation for each UK visa varies but in general, the following must be provided

  1. Your photos
  2. Your passport photograph
  3. Relevant visa application form
  4. Proof of accommodation
  5. Proof of funds
  6. Your travel plans

Visa Processing Time For UK Visa

Generally, the UK visa processing time can take up to three weeks but it normally varies from one application to the next due to different reasons which include but are not limited to your visa type, eligibility, situation and a host of other factors.


The UK government has made it easy for everyone of every kind to have access to the country through the various visas they have. It is safe to say that everyone falls under a visa category as seen in this post.

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