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You can apply for a Standard Visitor visa if you want to visit the UK:
Your application won’t be accepted and you won’t get a refund if you have the right of abode in the UK (for example you’re a British citizen). You need to apply for a certificate of entitlement instead.
The Standard Visitor visa has replaced the:
If you visit the UK on business
You can apply for a Standard Visitor visa if you want to visit the UK for business-related activities, eg:
Check the Visitor Rules to find the full list of business-related activities you can do with a Standard Visitor visa.
What you can and can’t do
Read the guidance for more information about what you can and can’t do with a Standard Visitor visa.
How long it will take
The earliest you can apply is 3 months before you travel.
You can apply from 16 March if you plan to travel on 15 June.
You should get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks.
Check the guide processing times to find out how long getting a visa might take in the country you’re applying from.
How long you can stay
You can usually stay in the UK for up to 6 months.
You might be able to stay for longer if:
If you’re staying in the UK as an academic or to receive private medical treatment for longer than 6 months, you must apply for a biometric residence permit.
You might be able to get a visit visa for up to 30 days if you’re a visitor under the Approved Destination Status (ADS) Agreement.
Long-term visit visas
If you can prove you need to visit the UK regularly over a longer period, you can apply for a visa that lasts 2, 5 or 10 years. You can stay for a maximum of 6 months on each visit.
If you’re under 18 years old when you apply, your long-term visit visa will only be valid for up to 6 months after you turn 18.
A Standard Visitor visa costs £89.
The fee for a long-term visit visa depends on its length:
You must always show that:
If you’re applying for a long-term visit visa
You must prove that:
You may be given a visa for a shorter period than requested if you don’t do this. You won’t get a refund of the application fee if you get a shorter visa or your application is refused.
Your visa may be cancelled and you may get a long-term ban on visiting if your travel history shows you’re repeatedly living in the UK for extended periods.
If you’re applying as an academic
You can stay in the UK for 12 months if you’re applying as an academic. You must prove you’re highly qualified within your field of expertise, on sabbatical leave from your home institution and visiting to either:
If you’re applying to visit for private medical treatment
You must prove that you:
If you’re applying as an organ donor
You can only visit the UK to donate organs to:
You must prove that the person you’re donating an organ to is legally allowed to be in the UK.
When you apply you’ll need to provide:
You need a page in your passport that’s blank on both sides for your visa. Your passport must be valid for the whole of your stay in the UK.
You’ll also need to provide a certified translation of any documents that aren’t in English or Welsh.
Read the full list of supporting documents you can provide.
You might need to provide additional documents if you’re visiting the UK:
Where to send your documents
You’ll be told where to send your documents when you apply.
Any original documents you submit as part of your application will be sent back to you.
Other information you’ll need
You’ll need to provide the following:
You might also need:
You can apply for a standard visitor visa if you’re under 18 and:
You can travel to the UK without an adult (someone over the age of 18).
Your parent or guardian will need to provide their:
They’ll also need to provide proof that you have somewhere suitable to live during your stay in the UK, including:
Travelling with an adult
When travelling to the UK with an adult (someone over the age of 18), you’ll need to identify them in your visa application.
If the person you’re travelling with isn’t your parent, you’ll need to provide specific information about them in your application.
Their name will appear on your visa, and you’ll be refused entry to the UK if you arrive in the UK without them.
You can identify up to 2 adults in your visa application, and your visa will only be valid if you travel with at least one of them.
The adult can apply for a visa at the same time, but you must each complete separate applications.
Apply from outside the UK online
You’ll need to have your fingerprints and photograph (known as ‘biometric information’) taken at a visa application centre as part of your application.
You may be able to get your visa faster or other services depending on what country you’re in - check with your visa application centre.
Apply from within the UK
You might be able to extend your visa if you’re already in the UK.
Apply from North Korea
You can’t apply online if you’re from North Korea. You must instead:
You may be able to extend your visa as long as the total time you spend in the UK is less than 6 months. For example if you apply for a 3 month visa, you can apply to extend it for 3 more months.
Read the guidance to find out if you can extend your visa.
You should apply before your current visa expires.
If you’re receiving private medical treatment in the UK
You can apply to extend your visa for a further 6 months if you:
You must also get a medical practitioner or NHS consultant who’s registered in the UK to provide:
You must apply while you’re still in the UK.
How to extend your visa
You must pay:
How long it takes
A decision will be made:
You’ll be contacted if your application is complex and will take longer, eg:
Once you’ve applied you can stay in the UK until you’ve been given a decision, as long as you applied before your last visa expired.
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