Visitor Visa Conditions
– South Africans looking to visit the UK (England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales) for tourism and leisure purposes. – South Africans are permitted to have their travels financed by third parties (friends, family and even SA based employers). Flights, accommodation and spending money is permitted to be given for leisure travel purposes (within reason). – South Africans are permitted to collect prize money with this standard visitor visa.
o This in turn means that South Africans are permitted to partake in competitions whilst in the UK. There are other special types of visitor visas available for sportsman though.
– South Africans are permitted to partake in a short course (maximum 30 days) in the UK. This is subject to the course not being their main reason for visiting the UK. There are other visas available for courses longer than 30 days.
– South Africans are not permitted to work (paid or unpaid) in the UK.
o This includes taking employment in the UK (working for a UK employer) – full time or part time. o Also includes work placement or internship in the UK (not permitted). o South Africans are not permitted to directly sell to the UK public under this visitor visa. o South Africans are not permitted to provide goods or services with this visitor visa.
– South Africans are not permitted to change visa status whilst in the UK (from visitor status).
o Therefore, South Africans are permitted to apply for visitor visas and once in the UK (with visitor status), they are not permitted to change status to other visa categories (whilst in the UK). South Africans are expected to return to SA to change their visa status. This serves to stop South Africans from trying to compromise the visitor visa system.
– South Africans are not permitted to marry (or register a relationship) in the UK with this standard visitor visa. There are visas available for this though. – South Africans are not permitted to live in the UK for long periods with this visitor visa status (longer than 180 days per annum). Maximum stay is therefore 180 days per year. – South Africans are legally not permitted to request access to the UK public funds (to try claim welfare benefits) whilst in the UK with visitor status (standard visitor visa).
If South Africans are looking to work or live in the UK, we encourage them to complete our quick and easy visa assessment to see what options are available.