UK standard visitor visa: permitted activities

UK standard visitor visa: permitted activities

iVisa | Updated on Feb 08, 2020

The reasons for traveling to the United Kingdom are numerous. The United Kingdom ranks among the top 10 most visited countries in the world. When you are visiting the United Kingdom on a standard visitor visa, you will be restricted to only participating in activities that are approved for that visa. The standard visitor visa is available for those who are visiting the UK for business-related activities, academic pursuits, tourism purposes, and more. Visa holders are limited to a max stay of 186 days in Total and are not allowed to participate in the following activities: paid or unpaid work, living in the UK by visiting often, taking part in campaigns for public funds, marrying or registering a civil partnership.

Some of the activities you are allowed to participate in include: tourism, volunteering, attending seminars and conferences, research and other academic activities, etc.

If you are ready to start your application, you can do so here.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Who Can Use the Standard Visitor Visa?

The standard visitor visa can be used for most purposes. This visa has replaced the following visas:

  • Family Visitor visa
  • General Visitor visa
  • Child Visitor visa
  • Business Visitor visa
  • Private Medical Treatment Visitor visa
  • Approved Destination Status (ADS) visa
  • Sports Visitor visa
  • Entertainer Visitor visa
  • Prospective Entrepreneur visa

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 your parent(s) or legal guardian's details page of their passport

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

Currently, the United Kingdom limits a max stay of 186 days in Total for the standard visitor visa.

When Will My Standard Visitor Visa Expire?

Your visa will expire in 186 days after arrival

How Long Does Processing Take for the application?

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

  • Standard: Speed: 9 days
  • Rush: 7 days
  • Super Rush: 5 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 170.00
  • Rush: USD 200.00
  • Super Rush: USD 220.00

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.

How Do I Apply?

You can apply here. The United Kingdom Standard Visitor Visa can only be applied for online.

What Do Applicants under 18 Need to Apply for this Visa?

When applicants under the age of 18 apply, their legal guardians will need additional documentation:

  • written consent
  • contact details
  • the name and date of birth of the person you will be staying with
  • address of where you will be staying
  • details of your relationship to the person who'll be looking after you
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