There are just certain countries whose citizens can obtain an electronic visa waiver for the UK: Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates.
Now, this type of visa is not very well-known, but it is becoming more and more popular among the middle-east nationals. A foreigner can apply for the UK e-visa, if he has a passport of Oman, Kuwait, Qatar, or the UAE. It doesn’t even matter what country this person lives in at the moment.
A foreigner should apply for EVW between three months and 48 hours before the visit. This visa costs £30 and allows foreigners to visit the UK for up to 6 months for tourism, business, study, or medical treatment.
If you have any other reasons to visit the country, you have to apply for a visa at the UK embassy in your home country.
The UK e-visa is valid only for one entry — it’s not multiple.
We decided to make the process of applying for EWV easier — we are going to include the feature on our platform because finding this kind of visa and eligibility is a little bit of a hassle.
On our website, you can say “I’m a citizen of UAE and I’m visiting the UK”. You will have the option to apply directly from VISXA to the government website, where you can fill the form, pay £30, get the visa printed out and fly to the UK.
This kind of information is not available everywhere. We were trying to find a hidden easy way of applying for different visas and make it as popular as we have.
Another issue that is not fully understood by lots of travelers: what does it mean by “applying for work reasons”? Is it about just visiting a business meeting or working from a London office for three months?
It’s a misunderstanding that happens not just in the UK but in many countries. There’s a difference between traveling for work and traveling to get employed by a company in another country.
The middle-east citizens, who use an electronic visa application to come to the UK, are allowed to have business meetings, attend conferences and even have job interviews. But they are restricted from being hired by UK companies even as freelancers. They cannot be treated as UK residents.
If a foreigner wants to be an employee of a UK company, he has to travel back to his home country and then apply for a different visa.
What concerns freelancers, they can travel and meet with customers, but they won’t be able to get the payment as UK residents.
If the foreigner violates his visa terms, that could lead to serious problems if he would like to come back to the UK.
We will try to make things much simpler. We have the platform up and running and we see a different sort of problem.
The word “work” is that you can actually visit and do business meetings, but you are not able to work in this company as a resident. This kind of difference is not very well-known and it could give many problems and complications for people who are just crossing borders for different reasons. We try to make this as simple as it is and give this knowledge back to the public.
The VISXA system is behind the trends of changing the work environment and relationship. That’s why the platform is going to be very helpful for people who want to do these things and go work somewhere else.