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Visitor For Private Medical Treatment

If you are looking coming to the UK for the main purpose of receiving treatment for a medical condition is required, you may consider making an application as a visitor for private medical treatment. However the individual would not be able to receive treatments form the National Health Service (NHS).

  • Seek entry clearance to the UK for the reason of receiving private medical care.
  • Leave the UK after treatments have been concluded.
  • Meet financial and accomodation requirements for self and for dependants;
  • Be in a position to pay for a round trip;
  • Satisfactorily convince the medical inspector that the ailment poses not threat to public health in the UK, if the disease is contagious.
  • Be able to show that any proposed course of treatment is only for a limited period of time
  • Show proof of:
    • The medical condition requiring consultation or treatment
    • Arrangements for the consultation or treatment afforded by the individual
    • The entire costs required for such consultation or treatment
    • The estimated duration of their visit
    • Availability of adequate funds in the UK to meet the estimated costs and their undertaking to do so.
      • Extension Of Stay As A Visitor For Private Medical Treatment

        Extension of stay under this category is permitted but in order for an individual to qualify for an extension of stay as a visitor for private medical care, it is mandatory that the applicant fulfills the following requirements:

        • He/she continually meets all of the criteria as stated above (apart from seeking entry)
        • Make available proof from a registered medical practitioner who holds an NHS consultant post, or who is a Registered Specialist of the General Medical Council; showing adequate arrangements for private medical consultation or treatment, the estimated time it will last, where the treatments have started and proof of progress made.
        • Provide evidence that will show that the individual has successfully fulfilled the cost incurred for treatment in the UK.
        • Possess sufficient funds to meet the probable cost of treatments in the UK and the intension to fulfill those costs.
        • Not granted entry to the UK under the Approved Destination Status Agreement with China; and

        An individual who intends to extend his/her stay in the UK, for the purpose of undergoing private medical treatment, he/she must make available a letter form a registered medical practitioner. The medical practitioner must hold an NHS consultant post, or must be a Registered Specialist of the General Medical Council (GMC).

        Switching Into Visitor For Medical Treatment Category

        Switching into the private medical treatment category is permitted under the immigration rules, unless in situations where the last permit of leave was done under the Approved Destination Status Agreement with China route.

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