UK Standard Visitor Visa: Process

UK Standard Visitor Visa: Process

iVisa | Updated on Feb 08, 2020

Possibly one of the most time-consuming tasks that needs to be done when travelling is the process of applying for a visa. With iVisa, we make it a little easier for you by removing your need to deal with the embassy. Instead, we handle the communication with the embassy for you.

For the standard visitor visa for the UK, the process is fairly simple but there is a lot to be aware of. For instance, there are specific requirements if you are a visitor under 18 years old and for those travelling on business.

If you keep reading, you will find out more about the application process. If you are ready to apply, you can click here.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Does the application process for the standard visitor visa requires an interview?

No. Part of the application process includes an appointment at a visa application center where you will give your biometrics but it is not an interview.

Do I need sponsor documents?

If you are visiting a close friend, family members, or business associates who are providing you with accommodation and financial support, you will need to obtain sponsor documents for your visa application. You will need: proof of accommodation and the sponsor's bank balance.

What are the rules for visitors to the UK?

You are not allowed to use long-term visas to live in the UK, do paid or unpaid work, overstay your visa's allowed max stay, or make use of public funds. There are more rules that are specific to each type of traveler.

What do I need for the application?

Please use this checklist for the standard visitor visa application for the United Kingdom. Please note that not all of these items are applicable to every traveler.

  • 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
  • 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

I have more questions about the UK standard visitor visa. Who can I ask?

You can use iVisa's 24 hour chat service!

What are some of the UK standard visitor visa refusal reasons?

Your visa application can be refused if you lie on the application, do not have sufficient financial sustainability for the trip, have an expired passport, or have not complied with the regulations set by the United Kingdom Immigration Department.

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

Currently, the United Kingdom allows 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 depends on the processing speed you choose:

  • Standard: 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

How Many Entries is Allowed with the United Kingdom Standard Visitor Visa?

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

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