Step 1: Select UK Visa


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From the British governments perspective, South Africans are defined as non-EU citizens (based on the UK immigration legislation) and therefore South Africans are expected to apply for prior permission to be permitted to pass through the UK border (known as “entry clearance”).

Permission to pass through the UK border is granted in the form of a UK visa.

There is a selection of different types of UK visas. Each visa grants a different set of permission to pass through the UK border. Knowing which UK visa best applies to the applicants (in terms of their intent matching the conditions granted by the relevant visa) is the first of 12 steps involved in the case.

There are 8 broad categories that the UK visas are broken into. The British have then broken each category into separate visas.

Visitor visas

– Visiting family and friend
– General tourist
– Business meetings

Transit Visas

– Direct Airside Transit visa
– Visitor in Transit visa

Birth Rights

– UK born applicant
– UK born parent
– UK born grandparent
– Adopted relatives born in the UK
– Step family born in the UK

Student– Full time studies.

– Tier 4 (General) Student visa

Family Dependency– Immediate family members.

– Partners in married like relationships
– Married partners
– Shared biological minor dependents
– Step minors claiming dependency
– Adopted minor dependents

Highly Valued Migrants– Investors and Entrepreneurs.

– Tier 1 (Investor) visa
– Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa
– Tier 1 (Exceptionally Talented) visa

Skilled Migrants– UK Work Permit.

– Tier 2 (General) visa
– Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) visa

Temporary Work– Charity, Sport and Religious Workers.

– Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme) visa
– Tier 5 (Charity Worker) visa
– Tier 5 (Religious Worker) visa

After you have determined which UK visa best suits your intent, the next step is to address travel documents. This helps determine the feasibility of prospective travels.

Step 2 (of 12) details the next hurdle to address: Travel Documents.


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Contact Move Up

If you have any further visa related questions, call +27(0) 21 761 4608 now.

Alternatively email info@moveup.co.za for general visa inquiries.