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All You Need to Know About Visitor Visas

This article explores the application guidelines, costs, timelines and eligibility criteria for a Visit Visa. Read on.

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Be it traveling to a new place to experience a new culture, or exploring the natural beauty of the world around you or even meeting your family members staying overseas, traveling has become a necessity in life.

This page is your guide to visit any country for all your visit-purposes. Read along.

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What is a Visit Visa?

It is a visa given to people who want to enter a foreign country for short-term purposes. Be it for a vacation, medical-treatment, or attending a conference or any other purposes. Especially for countries like the United Kingdom, Canada, USA, Australia, a visit-visa is a must.

Things you must know about Visitor Visas:

  • The Visitor Visa process is usually hassle-free and is easily obtained by applicants who possess a genuine reason for their travel purpose or have made an international trip before.
  • Most Visitor Visa applicants are required to show to the government officials that they have enough funds to support themselves during the visit and that they have arranged for proper accommodations while living on a Visitor Visa.
  • Applicants who have applied for the Visitor Visa are asked to submit their documents to validate their application. While the USA is an exception when it comes to this, most other countries do not ask the applicant to be present for an interview process.
  • Biometric testing of the applicant is done by most of the countries when they are issued with a Visitor Visa.
  • The Visitor Visa is typically given to the applicant for a period that ranges from 3 to 6 months based on the country.

What are the Types of Visitor Visas?

There are many types of visas required for doing different things outside of your own country. Travel, Work and Business are the most common reasons. Remember that every country has different requirements and different processes.

Eligibility Criteria

Here is a breakup of eligibility criteria for a visitor visa to different countries -

What Documents are Required for a Tourist/Visitor Visa?

The basic requirements of the Tourist Visa are as follows:

  • Health check-up
  • Financial documents
  • Certificates of your character
  • Insurance
  • Providing accommodation based on several charges.

Other documents include:

  • Completed and filled form of the visa application
  • Upload photographs digitally as mentioned per the specifications
  • Your valid passport must have a minimum validity of 6 months from the date of intended departure from India
  • Valid passport bio page photocopy
  • Copy of your two-way tickets that you have to submit at the time of your application
  • Latest bank statements as proof of sufficient funds
  • An invitation letter from the sponsor, family member, or friend residing overseas
  • Financial statement of the sponsor, family member, or friend
  • Passport photocopy of the sponsor
  • Marriage certificate if you are married to a foreign national
  • In the case of minors, the marriage certificate and birth certificate of the parents
  • Proof of enough funds
  • Invitation letter: If visiting relatives or friends, a letter of invitation from the relative or friend in Australia
  • Hotel booking confirmation

Standard Visitor Visa Procedure

In case you are wondering how you can get the Visitor Visa, there is a simple procedure that is standardized for most of the countries.

To get the Tourist Visa, all you have to do is:

  1. Fill in the visa application form of the electronic Tourist Visa.
  2. Complete the payment of the fees for your visa application.
  3. Schedule your appointment at the embassy for the visa interview.
  4. Attend your visa interview at the embassy on the assigned date and time.

How Much Does a Visitor Visa cost?

The Visitor Visa fee varies based on the country. Here's a breakdown for you:

  • Australian Visitor Visa - AUD 140
  • Canada Visitor Visa - CAD 100
  • US Tourist Visa - USD 160
  • UK Standard Visitor Visa - USD 127
  • New Zealand Tourist Visa - USD 57

Processing Time for Tourist Visas

The visitor visa application processing time normally varies from one country to another. 

  • Australia - Typical processing time for a 6-month-visitor-visa application to Australia is about 2 - 4 weeks from the date of submitting the visa application.
  • Canada - Ideal processing time for the Canada visitor visa application is a maximum of 15 days from the date of submitting the application.
  • USA - It can take anywhere from 3 - 5 weeks' time for processing the USA Visitor Visa.The visa application processing time for the US generally depends on the type of visa and the workload.
  • United Kingdom - Expect a decision within 3 weeks of attending the appointment at the visa application center when you are applying for a UK Standard Visitor Visa.
  • New Zealand - Again, processing time for visitor visa applications depends on the workload. Majority of  visa applications are found to be cleared within 3 months.

Visitor Visas to the Most Popular Countries

While countries like the United States, Canada, New Zealand offer Visitor Visas only on grounds of short-term, long-term, or multiple entries, there are not more than 1-2 visa types offered by these countries. However, Australia offers a range of Visitor Visa types.

Some of the most common countries that offer a Visitor Visa to tourists are:

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • USA
  • United Kingdom
  • New Zealand

Why Choose Kansas?

Thousands of people are applying these days to visit or settle abroad. Finding favorable opportunities across the world can be a challenging  task. You will need guidance on complex immigration rules and updates to avoid the risk of your visa application being turned down.

  • Assess the type of  visa to apply for
  • Fast-track the visa procedure
  • Guided documentation process
  • Fill the forms as required
  • Assist with collecting supporting documentation
  • Review the list of documents
  • Verify with the document checklist
  • Submit your visa application
  • Complete business visa application support
  • Preparing for you visa interview – if required
  • Follow-up with the Consulate & keep track of updates

Irrespective of whichever country you wish to visit, we are here to guide you with all the necessary information and shall assist you best in application procedures. Feel free to reach out to our tourist Visa experts on 1800-102-0109 or write your queries related to Visit Visa at

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