Changes to the UK’s visa service
The UK government has announced a series of amendments to its immigration rules, Most of the changes will begin to come into effect in April 2015
New rules for visa applicants
The UK government has announced a series of amendments to its immigration rules, which will change some of the existing processes for applying for a visa from outside of the UK. The changes aim to ensure that the UK is open for business, while tightening some of the visa routes which were open to misuse in the past. Most of the changes will begin to come into effect in April 2015.
Changes for tourists and short term visitors
From April, the UK will introduce a simplified visit visa system for those wishing to visit on a short trip. Currently, there are 15 different types of visit visa available to short-term visitors. The change will see this number brought down to just four visa types, making it easier for travellers to understand which visa to apply for.
Source and more information: www.gov.uk
More information on the subject (by Samantha Robinson):
Here are some key takeaways according to VisaGuide:
The earliest you can apply for a UK visa is three months before the date of your intended trip there.
The UK visa policy grants EU citizens and citizens of over 60 other countries the possibility to enter the UK visa-free for up to six months.
UK transit visas are issued for 24 to 48 hours. It is a long-term visit visa for transit, it may be valid for 2-10 years, but you cannot stay in the UK for more than 48 hours on each entry.