This visa is designed for South Africans that have to catch a connecting flight from a different airport (within 48 hours). Therefore this visa category grants permission for South Africans to pass through the UK border for no more than 48 hours so that they can exit at a different port of entry.
This visa suits South Africans arriving at Heathrow and that have to catch a connecting flight that departs from Gatwick for example.
Specifics of the Visitor In Transit visa
Introducing the Visitor In Transit visa:
Caters for South Africans looking to catch a connecting flight from a different port in the United Kingdom.
It is important to note that this visa does not permit exit and entry of the same port. Therefore those looking for a short stay in the UK (to exit and enter the same airport), need to consider the 6 month visitor visa.
Duration of visa:
The Visitor In Transit visa is issued for a set duration of 6 months (set start and end date). It grants multiple permission of entry for its validity (therefore makes provision for return leg of flight – subject to 48 hour maximum stay in the UK per entry).
Not granted. This Visitor In Transit visa does not grant settlement rights. Time spent in the UK does not count toward earning British nationality.
Not permitted. Immediate family members (married like partner and minors) need to obtain their own independent visas.
3 weeks. From the date of submission, applicants experience an average of 15 working day processing times.
Common Reason for Refusal:
Most of these cases are refused based on insufficient supporting documents. The qualifying requirements have to be evidenced through supporting documents presented in the visa application.
This transit visa only makes provision for a 6 month period. Applicants are not permitted to change visa status whilst in the UK (extensions also not permitted).
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