Do you need a visa?
The first thing to check is whether you will even need a visa to the UK. Depending on your nationality, you may not need a visa or you may be able to apply for an e-visa in a simplified process. You can check this here: https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa/y/
Well, I need a visa to the UK. What are the requirements?
You can start processing up to 3 months before your intended travel date ( i.e. the date on which you will be fingerprinted). Fingerprints are taken each time you apply for a visa, so applicant can only apply in person, even if the visa is for a child. A separate application form is filled out for each person travelling and the visa fee is paid. Even if you are travelling with your spouse and child and have listed them on your application form, they must complete their own forms and pay the visa fee. You can request a visa for 6 months, and for 2, 5 or 10 years (but the embassy has the right to issue a visa for a shorter period!).
For which purposes you can apply for a Standard visitor visa
This visa can be used for travelling, visiting friends and relatives, volunteering for up to 30 days, transit through the UK, business visits (e.g. attending exhibitions, negotiations, signing contracts), participation in school exchange programmes, studying on English language courses (up to 6 months) and other courses for up to 30 days, medical examinations.
What is forbidden to do on this type of visa
You cannot do paid or unpaid work for a UK company, live in the UK for long periods of time, or get married.
It must show the embassy that you will be leaving the UK at the end of your trip. Of course, the visa officer must ensure that you have enough money in your account to pay for your trip and all related expenses (and if your trip is being paid for by another person, similar requirements for their account).
What information the visa officer still needs from you in order to make a decision:
- Expected dates of travel)
- Where you will be staying during your trip
- Details of your family (children/parents/spouse), place of residence in your country
- Your employment details and income
- Travel history for the last 10 years
For more details on the documents that may be required, please see here. You’ll also need to provide a certified translation of any documents that are not in English.