The IAS Visa Wizard is the easy way to find the correct visa for you
Welcome to the IAS UK Visa and Immigration Wizard. One of the common questions asked by those looking to travel to the UK is ‘do I need a visa for UK?’. The following information presented in the tool will help to answer this question, and determine your eligibility for certain Visas and your Immigration status for the UK. It also takes into consideration the most up-to-date Rules and Regulations to broadly work out your current status and what you can and cannot do to Enter or Remain in the UK.
The Visa and Immigration Wizard is a tool to provide you with a helping hand at no cost, however, it must not be used in place of comprehensive Immigration Advice from an accredited professional.
When following the steps, please enter the information from the perspective of the person who requires Immigration information and is asking the question: ‘Do I need a visa for UK?’. At the end, you will be given the choice to save your conclusion or to request an appointment with a lawyer suited to your circumstances.
Below are also some common questions around what you need to know about UK visas. These may help with resolving questions before you start the visa wizard.
Here at IAS we offer a range of visas that help with your UK Visa needs. A UK Visa is an official authoritative document that provides permission for worldwide citizens to reside in the UK.
Do I need a visa for UK – Depending on your circumstances and the reason you’re needing to travel to the UK, a Visa may be required in order for you to be eligible to stay or visit the UK. Once you’ve received your visa, it makes you eligible to enter the UK and grants you permission on the purpose of the visa that you have been issued.
There are several different reasons why people choose to apply for a UK visa. There are different visa categories available depending on the purpose of your stay with each having multiple visa types:
The decision made from the application process for obtaining a UK visa is normally determined by your current status and the documents that you can provide in your application. Depending on the UK visa you’re applying for there may be additional documents required, but for every UK visa there are specific documents that are required with your application.
In order to apply for a UK visa, the following supporting documents will be required. If any further documents are required based on the specific UK visa you apply for, you’ll be advised of this:
There will be additional requirements to submit for the following circumstances:
For applicants looking to work in the UK or need to prove their application status, you’ll need to provide the following relevant documents:
As applicants for a UK visa are unlikely to hold some documents that are stated in the list above, there are alternative documents that can be provided:
With a US passport, you’re able to stay in the UK for up to 6 months. This is applicable via a stamp on your arrival to the UK. This only includes countries in the UK which means the Republic of Ireland is not included. This is only applicable providing you’re able to support yourself financially whilst in the UK and you have a form of residence to stay at during your visit. This does not grant you permission to work in the UK, however.