You can apply for a Standard Visitor visa if you want to visit the UK:
Your application will not be accepted and you will not 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, for example:
Check the Visitor Rules to find the full list of business-related activities you can do with a Standard Visitor visa.
If you’re being paid by a UK company to visit as an expert in your profession, you should apply for a Permitted Paid Engagement visa.
What you can and cannot do
Read the guidance for more information about what you can and cannot 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 when you apply from outside the UK.
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 Chinese citizen visiting under the Approved Destination Status (ADS) Agreement.
If you need to visit the UK regularly
If you need to visit the UK regularly over a longer period, you can apply for a long-term Standard Visitor 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 Standard Visitor visa will only be valid for up to 6 months after you turn 18.
A Standard Visitor visa costs £95.
The fee for a long-term Standard Visitor visa depends on its length:
You must always show that:
If you are applying for a long-term Standard Visitor Visa
You must prove that:
You may be given a visa for a shorter period than requested if you do not do this. You will not 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 are 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 are applying to visit for private medical treatment
You must prove that you:
If you are 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.
Documents you must provide
When you apply you’ll need to provide a current passport or other valid travel identification.
You need a blank page in your passport for your visa. Your passport should be valid for the whole of your stay in the UK.
You’ll also need to provide a certified translation of any documents that are not in English or Welsh.
You’ll be told how to provide your documents when you apply.
Read the full list of supporting documents you can provide.
You might need to provide additional documents if you’re visiting the UK:
Other information you will need
You’ll need to provide the following:
You might also need:
If you are under 18
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 is not 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.
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