Academic Visitor

UK Immigration Solicitors are a team of qualified, specialist immigration solicitors covering the whole of the UK as a national law firm, and providing market-leading legal representation to anyone across the world.  Our clients benefit from a truly bespoke service and representation tailored their specific case, ensuring the best possible chance of securing their Academic Visitor visa.

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The UK has many of the world’s leading universities and attracts many visitors each year who come to the country as part of their academic work. Applying for the Standard Visit visa as an academic gives you an opportunity to come to the UK in a non-working capacity, so it is important to make sure you are applying for the right kind of visa.  

If you are unsure whether you should be applying for this visa, a Student Visa, or a Short Term Study visa get in contact with us and we can advise you.

UK immigration is a complex area of law and the rules are always changing, so getting your application right first time is very important. Even the slightest error will result in refusal and could make it hard to apply again.  That is why instructing the services of a fully qualified immigration specialist solicitor is essential in order to ensure that your application goes smoothly.

Why choose UK Immigration Solicitors to obtain your Academic Visitor Visa?

  • Expert legal advice: over 50 years of combined expertise from an award winning solicitors firm;
  • Individual Service: professional legal advice tailored to your specific needs, no matter where you are in the world;
  • Affordable: fixed payment plan with no hidden extra fees;
  • Peace of mind: all of our solicitors are qualified UK immigration solicitors and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority;
  • Confidence: we are proud members of Immigration Law Practitioners Association.

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Eligibility criteria if you’re applying as an academic
You can stay in the UK for 12 months if you’re applying as an academic. You must prove you’re highly qualified within your field of expertise, on sabbatical leave from your home institution and visiting to either:

  • take part in a formal exchange with a UK counterpart;
  • carry out your own research;
  • take part in someone else’s research, teaching or clinical practice – as long as this doesn’t involve filling a permanent teaching post.

General Standard Visitor eligibility
You must always show that:

  • you’ll leave the UK at the end of your visit;
  • you’re able to support yourself and any dependents for the duration of your trip;
  • you’re able to pay for your return or onward journey and any other costs relating to your visit;
  • you have proof of any business or other activities you want to do in the UK, as allowed by the Visitor Rules.

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If you’re applying for a long-term visit visa
You must prove that:

  • you have a frequent and ongoing need to come to the UK;
  • the reason why you need to come to the UK is unlikely to change while your visitor visa is valid;
  • you plan to leave the UK at the end of each visit.

You may be given a visa for a shorter period than requested if you don’t do this. You won’t get a refund of the application fee if you get a shorter visa or your application is refused.

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What to do if your Academic Visitor Visa application has been refused

UK Immigration Solicitors successfully contest visit visa refusals every day and our specialist team can advise you on exactly what to do. Although you have no right to appeal, if you think that the decision is wrong, unfair, or has failed to take all your individual circumstances into account, you may be eligible for a Judicial Review. Our expert solicitors can represent you through this process, but you must act quickly as there are strict time limits. The general guidance that you can find on the internet might be able to answer some of your questions, but what we will do is look at your application and refusal in great detail so that we can advise you as an individual as to the merits of your case.

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