Do I need a VISA?
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Nov 24, 2012 2:55 PM Last Post By: Nice_But__
Nov 20, 2012 3:00 PM
Do I need a VISA?Hi all,
I've been scouring the UK Border Agency website but can't find an answer, so I was wondering if anyone could help me out.
My cousin and I are planning on traveling around Europe next summer. We live in Canada, and my cousin is doing a semester in London, England from January to beginning of June, from which I'll fly over there and we'll begin our travels. I was just wondering, does anyone know if my cousin has to apply for a VISA? I know that if you are in the UK for less than 6 months you don't need one, but she'll be there for 6 months and then we'll be in Europe (not the UK) for another two months.
I'm assuming the answer is no but I just want to make sure. The normal thing to do after doing an exchange in another country is to stay there and travel around, but I didn't know that this whole VISA thing would be such a problem. So far she's told me she won't need a VISA if she books a return flight out of the UK right now, but I don't want to book any flights out at the moment cause it's 8 months away! So this doesn't really make any sense to me.
Any advice would be great!
Nov 21, 2012 8:43 AM
1A quick look at the UKBA site indicates she won't need one. But surely her school in Canada and/or the UK can give better advice than random people on the internet. Failing that call the UK embassy in Canada.
Nov 21, 2012 7:18 PM
2What nationality? You say living in Canada but for all we know she and you could be Chinese nationals in which case you would need a visa.
Nov 22, 2012 3:58 AM
3If "doing a semester in London" means she'll be studying, she'll need a student visa, unless the university has a special exchange programme which allows studying on a tourist visa (waiver). You need to go to the officials to find out about this.
Nov 22, 2012 4:08 PM
4Well she is Chinese/English, but born and raised in Canada. I'm not sure what the specifics of the exchange programme are, though. But yes, I guess talking to her school would be the best bet.
Thanks for everyone's input!
Nov 22, 2012 5:32 PM
Nov 24, 2012 2:55 PM
6Yes, ethnicity, living place, where you were raised are not important.
The country that issued your passport is important.
If she has a UK passport, no visas needed for any of that.
If you have Canadian passports, you can be in the UK as tourists for 6 months, then go to Schengen for 90 days with no visas....but if you are studying then you need a student visa (except as #3 explained).
There are often problems with Airlines not letting you on to go to UK/Europe if you do NOT have a return ticket. They are worried immigration will turn you away on the same ground and then fine the airline.
So, book a ticket back to Canada from London or Paris or something...
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