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How long is the UK standard visitor visa valid for?

iVisa | Updated on Sep 07, 2022

The UK standard visitor visa offers flexible options to help its applicants get a visa that suits their needs. Currently, the UK standard visa is offered in both short term and long term options. For the long-term standard visitor visa, there are three time frames offered:

  • 10 year standard visitor visa
  • 5 year standard visitor visa
  • 2 year standard visitor visa.

Each of these options can be applied for provided that you are able to prove that you will only use the visa to visit the UK and that you plan to leave the UK after each visit. If you use the long term standard visa for the purposes of living in the UK, you may face a travel ban.

The validity of the standard visitor visa you receive will affect how long you are able to use the visa. You are able to use this visa for multiple entry so it is important to take note that each of your visits to the UK cannot exceed 180 days in Total.

In order to apply for the UK standard visitor visa, click here.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Who Can Use the Standard Visitor Visa?

The standard visitor visa can be used by tourists, academics, volunteers, business people, and more.

What Documents am I required to present with my application?

The application will ask you for various documents:

  • Old travel documentation
  • Proof of residence
  • Proof of employment
  • Proof of educational enrollment
  • Business registration documents
  • Proof of intended business activities
  • Birth certificate
  • A copy of the details page of your parent's or legal guardian's passport (if you're a minor)

What are the time restrictions placed on visits to the UK?

Currently, the United Kingdom allows a max stay of 180 days in Total for the standard visitor visa.

When Will My Standard Visitor Visa Expire?

Your visa will expire in 180 days after issued. Once your visa has expired, you will no longer be able to use it as a form of identification. Please apply for a new visa if yours has expired.

How Long Does Processing Take for the application?

The speed at which your visa application will be processed depends on the processing speed you choose:

  • Standard: 30 days
  • Rush: 30 days
  • Super Rush: 30 days

How Much Does the Standard Visitor Visa Cost?

The cost of your visa will depend on the processing speed of your application:

  • Standard: USD $178.99
  • Rush: USD $222.99
  • Super Rush: USD $273.99

Is Multiple Entry Allowed with the United Kingdom Standard Visitor Visa?

The current policy enforced by the UK allows Multiple Entry for the standard visitor visa.

Can I work while visiting the UK?

According to the UK's current policy for the standard visitor visa, you are not allowed to do paid or unpaid work while visiting the country.

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