UK standard visitor visa: processing time

UK standard visitor visa: processing time

iVisa | Updated on Feb 08, 2020

For the United Kingdom standard visitor visa, you are allowed to apply up to 3 months before your travel date. Your application timeline is based on the processing speed you choose for your application. There are three speeds to choose from: standard, rush, and super rush. You can fast track your visa application by selecting rush or super rush; these two processing speeds give your application for the UK standard visitor visa a priority service.

Before you apply, be sure to check out the information provided in the frequently asked questions section below for information about pricing, documents needed, service fees, max stay, and more!

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

This visa provides travelers with a practical way to visit the United Kingdom by simplifying the process. This visa can only be obtained by applying online. The only applicants who cannot apply online are citizens of North Korea.

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. You can obtain an extension by applying for one while you are still in the United Kingdom.

When Will My Standard Visitor Visa Expire?

Your visa will expire in 186 days after arrival. Please obtain 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. You will be able to choose from three processing speeds: standard, rush, and super rush.

  • Standard: 9 Business Days
  • Rush: 7 Business Days
  • Super Rush: 5 Business 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.

Can I use the Standard Visitor Visa for Business purposes?

Yes. Several business activities fall under the allowed activities for holders of the standard visitor visa. Some of these activities are conferences, business meetings, and entrepreneurial purposes. You can also do tourist activities in the UK, even if you are there on business, if you have a standard visitor visa.

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