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Ancestral Visas

For applicants over 17 years of age who have have a grandparent born in the UK or Republic Of Ireland (prior to 31st March 1992). Applicants need to be able to demonstrate they are able to and intend to work in the UK.

Partner Visas

The UK offers 4 types of partner visa; married, un-married, same sex and fiancée. Partner visas allow you to work and can lead to indefinite leave to remain in the UK.

Tier 1 Visa

Previously known as the highly skilled migrant visa. The Tier 1 Visa can be granted to individuals without the need for a job offer.

Tier 2 Visa

Tier 2 Visas are aimed at allowing the UK to accept migrant applications for work visas that will help to fill shortages in the UK labour market. A confirmed job offer is required.

Youth Mobility

Previously known as a working holiday visas. The Youth Mobility Scheme is only available to those who have citizenship of a country with a reciprocal agreement in place.

Tourist Visa

For those thinking of going to the UK on holiday or on a business trip, certain nationalities require tourist visa to be obtained prior to entry into the UK.


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Student Visa
UK Tourist Visa


 

Information on UK Tourist Visas for South Africans

Until recently UK tourist visas were not required by South Africans visiting the UK but changes in the UK visa laws have now seen an end to the days when South Africans could freely enter the UK.

South Africans, as the 5th largest source of UK visitors, (419,000 in 2007) are now required in most circumstances to obtain a UK tourist visa giving them permission to enter the UK.

Apply for your UK visa here

or telephone 021 424 2460 and ask for one of our UK Tourist Visa experts.

The new UK tourist visa for South Africans was announced by Home Secretary Jacqui Smith, after South Africa and 10 other countries received a warning last year that unless the issuance of their passports and control around this were tightened up UK tourist visas would be introduced.

Concerns over citizens from neighbouring African nations obtaining South African passports too easily and then entering the UK without requiring a visa as well as the illegal issuance of passports to terrorist organisations were the catalyst for the investigation.

Last year, the Serious Organised Crime Agency broke up a ring of people smugglers that brought more than 6,000 illegal immigrants into Britain on forged or stolen South African passports.

They were members of a gang operating from Leicester which, over a decade, smuggled people out of villages in India to South Africa, where they were supplied with false or stolen passports and subsequently used these to enter the UK illegally side stepping the need for a UK tourist visa.

After failing to convince the UK authorities that procedures had been tightened up sufficiently from the 3rd March 2009 South Africans in the main will require a Tourist Visa to enter the UK.

Apply for your UK visa here

or telephone 021 424 2460 and ask for one of our UK Tourist Visa experts.