Understanding Different Visas
Top Tips - Look for these markers they will help you as you go through the site
appointment is nearly always required - ask for your local centre
Ask for a Q jump
if your pushed for time
Biometrics are standard for
EU Entry and all the major embassies China , Russia,
and India for visas over 5 years.
Collate all the requirements and ensure you sign and date your application form ( In Black ink )
Check your passport validity
Many embassies ask for 2 clean pages
E Visa is a fast and quick option
56 available from this website
Scan and send what you can we
can be ahead of the game as your paperwork comes to us
Do you need Jabs
Hep A B or C Aids
Ensure you can prove you are
Covid 19 clear 3 days before
If you don't know or are unsure please ask -
The Business Visa
Issued to those carrying out company business in a foreign country.
Visas vary from 1 month to 5 years.
Visas are issued "Embassy willing " which means the Embassy decides what you get not what you apply for -
Business interpretation is down to the country concerned and letter of invitation and UK company support letters are more often than not required.
All embassies ask for 6 month validity on you passport when you leave their country and often of over 1 year are issued so be sure to check your passport expiry date before you apply.
The Tourist Visa
For the one off visit or holiday
Some countries have let 30 -90 visits be allowed for tourism and holidays collectable on arrival.
Some countries offer a entry voucher system ( Cuba ) valid for your stay and surrendered on departure.
Most countries are offering the new style E VISA - we offer 56 here on this site. Apply on line , you receive email clearance which allows boarding , and visa is issued into your passport on arrival.
Old style paper visas are still available in some embassies if you require.
The Working Visa & Offshore
Very hard to define unless you know the visa business and the countries concerned. The Question is what is classified as business or work -
Nigeria has a working visa , A temporary working Visa , and an STR
your work style and reasons of your stay will all be taken into account so we can advise which one you should apply for -
Saudi have strict clearance of all qualifications which must be verified and cleared through the FCO and their own Cultural Bureau before you can apply for a visa to work inside Saudi - they have specific block visa provision for large employers of foreign talent.
Working in Oil and Gas and offshore has its own specifics and we have a dedicated Oil and Gas team that can help.
The Ships Crew Visa -
Issued to seafarers and air cabin crew for frequent and short access for country stop-overs and embarking and dis-embarking ships on crew change over days.
Crew Passports are often Varied and from all over the world - Current access is often an issue as " Transit Visas " can expire when the passport is often ON BOARD with the passport holder so can not be presented to an embassy for renewal.
Visa and Passport management and 2nd passport management is advised as is ( " Transit visa" status ) can effect dramatically the routing to the ship, and returning to the home country and the associated costs with that travel.
The Student Visa -
Issued to students that have signed up to classes and courses offered by the hosting countries.
Usually granted once proof is obtained of the course purchase and booked accommodation, proof of means ( funds) is also commonly asked for, as many student visas issued, have rules limiting the of amount casual work can be performed locally for income purposes. Visa is usually granted for the period of the course and no further.
The Media Visa
The hardest Visa to get -
The 1st question any embassy asking is what " Exactly " are you doing , where do you want to go, what are you planning to do when you get there , reasons for filming , content and style of the material.
There is a vast difference for an embassy issuing a visa, to shoot a holiday commercial to promote their country as opposed to a sensitive political documentary or comment on famine, disaster or war reporting.
Opinions may vary on the journalist concerned and previous articles written -
Many film crew are recruited locally as they are employed and trusted locally to produce what is acceptable format to the country concerned
who are professional and politically cleared .
The Diplomatic Visa
Issued often by a friendly country to assist in trade negotiations or Export, or in assistance to diplomats in accessing the local representative High Commission in running supporting repesentitive services within that country.
Visa fees are usually nominal and clearance is 2-3 days
The Teaching Visa
Education Visas for teaching abroad require in depth attestation of all documents, and personal - professional history.
to include medical records , tax references in countries worked,
Attestation of Certificates and qualifications, and POLICE and criminal history checks-
these visas is not for the feint hearted !!!