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Applying for a UK Medical Visa [Expert Advice]
Ranked among the top countries with the best Healthcare system worldwide, the United Kingdom attracts tens of thousands of patients from various parts of the world. That explains why Gulbenkian Andonian Solicitors have been receiving lots of enquiries on Medical Visa UK and assisting thousands of people with visa applications.
Do I Really Need a Medical Visa UK?
Depending on where you come from, a medical visa UK could be a requirement for you to access medical treatment or donate a body organ to a family member or close friend at a UK hospital, as long as the organ recipient is a legal resident in the UK.
It is worth noting that citizens from particular countries who are non-visa nationals can visit the UK for medical reasons, among other reasons, without being required to produce a visitor visa.
Others may be required to apply for a family permit. This may apply to you if one of your close family members is British or from Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, Northern Ireland or an EU citizen.
How Long is a UK Medical Visa Valid for?
A standard medical visa is normally valid for six months. However, if your treatment goes beyond this period and you can prove it with evidence, and you can afford to pay for it, and there is a finite period for which you require to stay, you can apply to extend the UK medical visa every six months until your treatment is complete. You have to apply for an extension of stay before your initial medical visa expires, and you must be able to prove that you will continue to cover all the costs and expenses associated with the extended stay and treatment.
Nevertheless, you should bear in mind that the visa extension comes at an extra visa fee; contact us for the most up to date figures.
What are The Requirements for a Medical Visa UK?
First and foremost, an applicant should meet the basic eligibility requirements for a Standard Visitor to be considered for a medical visa.
Additionally, to ascertain that an applicant has reasonable grounds to travel and stay in the UK on a medical visa, the Home Office requires them to prove that they:
- Are suffering from a health condition that needs to be treated in a UK medical facility
- Are seeking private medical treatment
- Have paid for the needed medical treatment or engaged in any other arrangement that would allow access to the required medical service(s).
- Have sufficient financial ability to cater for all the expenses related to their travels and stay in the UK without relying on public funds.
- Won’t continue to stay in the UK upon the expiration of the visa or once they conclude their treatment in the country
- Don’t intend to work or study during their stay in the country
- Won’t present a threat to the UK public health if they have a contagious disease
How to Apply for a UK Medical Visa?
After confirming that you are eligible for the medical visa, you should fill in the Standard medical visitor visa form with the correct details. Besides filling in your basic personal information such as names, contacts, date of birth, address, and national identification number, you need to disclose the full details of the personal information of your UK-based family members if you have relatives residing in the UK. Our immigration lawyers London can streamline this whole process for you. Do not hesitate to contact us to discuss your eligibility and to instruct us to handle your application for you.
You also need to attach numerous supporting documents to convince the Home Office that you indeed deserve the visa. On this note you need to provide:
- A valid travel identification document such as a travel passport
- A document from an authorized UK medical expert proving the medical arrangement made in regards to your treatment plans in the country, including the expected duration of the relevant medical treatment or procedure.
- Bank statements, payslips or any other financial documents to show your ability to meet your financial obligations regarding the treatment or procedure.
- Certified copies of translated documents in case there are documents that are not in the Welsh or English language.
- In case of an outpatient arrangement, you’ll be required to provide proof of your expected accommodation in the UK.
Can an Under 18 Apply for a Medical Visa UK?
People who are below 18 years of age may be eligible for the medical visa, but their legal guardians or parents are supposed to supply the Home Office with additional documentation such as written consent to validate the travel. Additionally, if the under 18 applicant is to be accompanied by an adult, the full personal details of the adult must be provided.
Am I Eligible for NHS Treatment Through a UK Medical Visa?
Unfortunately, you may not qualify for the free medical services available under National Health Service (NHS) if you indicate that you’re going to seek private medical treatment in your medical visa application.
However, if your treatment is fully sponsored by your government through a reciprocal healthcare arrangement, you might be eligible for NHS services.
Considering the urgency that commonly surrounds medical visa applications, it is crucial to ensure that everything is done right the first time to avoid delays that might lead to the deterioration of the relevant person’s medical health. Preferably, get professional guidance and help from a reputable UK immigration lawyer London.
We are at Your Service if You Need Us
At Gulbenkian Andonian, we help you prepare and submit your Medical Visa UK application successfully and within your desired timeframe. When you reach out to us, we’ll hook you up with a highly experienced and friendly UK immigration lawyer who will patiently seek to understand your case, suggest the best way forward and help you achieve the desired results. Contact us now to get started.
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