You may need a visa to study, work, visit or join family.
There are different visa types depending on:
Before you apply, you must check if you need a visa and what type you need. Depending on your nationality, you might not need a visa to visit or transit through some countries.
Apply for a Standard Visitor visa to visit the country. For example:
You must apply for a Marriage Visitor visa if you want to visit the country to get married or register a civil partnership.
If you have a visitor visa you cannot take a job in another country.
You might need a visa if you’re travelling through a country on your way to another country, for example if you have a layover between flights.
Your course length, type and place of study affect which visa to apply for.
A Standard Visitor visa lets you do a short course of study that lasts no longer than 6 months.
A Short-term study visa lets you come to the UK to study an English language course that is over 6 months and up to 11 months.
A Student visa is usually for a longer course. You must be sponsored by a licensed college or university and have a confirmed place. You may be able to do some work on this visa.
A Child Student visa is for 4 to 17 year olds who want to study at an independent school. If you’re 16 or over, you can do some work on this visa.
You can work in the country on a short or long-term basis with a work visa. There are many types of work visa.
The visa you need depends upon:
You can set up a business with a Start-up visa or an Innovator visa.
If you’re a spouse, partner or family member of someone who has citizenship or settlement in a country, you can apply for a family visa to join them. They may need to show that they can support you financially.
You may be able to apply for indefinite leave to remain (ILR) after a set amount of time living in the country.
You may be able to apply for a visa to join a family member who’s in the country on a visa. They must be either:
Check what visa you’ll need to join them.