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Content updated, October 2022

Apply for your UK Visitor Visa easily and fast in the comfort of your home!

The UK Standard Visitor Visa also known as UK Tourist Visa is the perfect visa for travelers that want to visit the United Kingdom for tourism, business, medical reasons, or visiting their relatives and friends.

At iVisa, we created a simplified form by making it 50% shorter, faster, and very easy to answer, so you can forget about all the paperwork and get your UK Visa online without stress.

We do the entire application for you and we also assign you an iVisa Expert who will guide you throughout the process from start to end, to help you avoid rejections from the government.

In 90% of the cases, the UK immigration authorities take no longer than 15 business days to decide on your UK Visitor Visa application, so if you want to visit this country, the moment to apply is now.

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What is the UK Visitor Visa?

The UK Visitor Visa is a travel authorization that allows citizens from eligible countries to enter the UK for tourism, business, and other temporary purposes that do not involve marriage, working, or studying.

This document is a multiple-entry visa that you can use to stay in the UK for no more than 6 months.

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To visit the United Kingdom regularly, the government also offers Long-Term Standard Visitor Visas that last 2, 5, or 10 years, each one with a different fee.

What you can do with the UK Visitor Visa?

  • You can visit the UK for tourism, for a holiday, or vacation
  • You can see your family or friends
  • You can make stopovers at the airport
  • You can sign contracts
  • You can attend business meetings and other business activities
  • You can volunteer for up to 30 days with a registered charity
  • You can take part in a school exchange program
  • You can do a recreational course of up to 30 days, for example, a dance course
  • You can participate in fairs
  • You can participate in congresses as a listener or as a speaker (without charging fees)
  • You can receive medical treatments
  • You can attend consultations with a British doctor.

What you CAN NOT do with the UK Visitor Visa?

  • You can not work
  • You can not take long courses or study for long periods of time
  • You can not reside permanently in the country
  • You can not live in the UK for frequent or successive visits
  • You can not claim public funds
  • You can not marry or register a civil partnership
  • You can not get a driver's license.

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Benefits of getting your UK Visitor Visa with iVisa

  • Application 100% Government Compliant: Our team of iVisa Experts will review each one of the answers you give on the form and adjust them to be 100% compliant with the government requirements.

  • Unlimited Access to your iVisa Expert: At iVisa, we assign you an iVisa Expert to guide you through the entire application from start to end and solve any questions you may have about the process.

  • Simplified Form: While on the Embassy website, you will have to answer 150 confusing and tedious questions, at iVisa, you will only have to answer a 50% shorter form with clear questions. It will be like filling out a short survey.

  • Fill out the form at your own pace: With the iVisa platform, you can fill out the form at your own pace, make changes whenever you want, and save your progress, so you do not have to start from scratch, unlike the embassy website which cuts you off from their website every time you take a break.

  • Didactic Manual: Once you apply, at iVisa we give you a Didactic Manual with all the tips you need to know to answer the difficult sections and the step-by-step of what you need to do to get your new visa without problems.

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What is the time of validity of the UK Visitor Visa?

At iVisa we offer the UK Standard Visitor Visa that is valid only for 6 months after its issuance. With this type of visa, you can enter the country multiple times during the six-month period.

If you are going to the United Kingdom to receive medical treatment, you might be able to extend your stay for up to eleven months with this visa.

And if you are going to travel as an academic on sabbatical or for research, you, your spouse civil partner, and your children might be able to stay in the UK for up to twelve months.

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The UK Home Office also offers other Standard Visitor Visas for medical reasons, for academics, and for long-term periods of 2, 5, or up to 10 years of validity. Each one of them has different government fees between 200 to 948 USD.

What is the process to apply for the UK Visitor Visa with iVisa?

To get the United Kingdom Standard Visitor Visa with iVisa you just have to follow these steps:

1. Fill out the simplified iVisa form here.

2. Receive support from your iVisa Expert from start to end.

3. Submit the required documents according to the instructions we give you.

4. Attend the mandatory visa interview.

5. Receive your new visa, and get ready to travel!

Before your interview, we will send you a “Document Checklist” with the list of documents you should bring to the interview. After your interview, the UK immigration authorities will hold your passport to stamp your visa.

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Where can I learn more?

In case you have any questions about the UK Standard Visitor Visa or any other travel document, you can reach out to our outstanding customer support team online or by email: [email protected]. They are available 24/7 to assist you in case you run into any difficulties.

Visit the FAQs below to solve any other questions you may have about this type of visa.

Required Documents to Apply
  • Your passport. It must be valid during your stay in the UK and it must have at least one blank page.

  • Identification Document (ID)

  • Proof of residence

  • Bank statement with monthly/yearly income.

Important Instructions
  • The UK Visitor Visa is a multiple-entry visa valid for 6 months.

  • With the UK Visitor Visa you can stay in the country for a maximum of six months after arrival.

  • You may be able to apply for a visa extension if you are traveling for medical or academic purposes.

  • The UK Visitor Visa is for tourism, business, taking short courses for no more than 30 days, or for medical reasons.

  • You can also use the UK Visitor Visa for stopovers at the airport.

  • You cannot do paid or unpaid work or get married while visiting the UK with the Visitor Visa.

  • You do not need to book a flight to apply for your visa.

  • We recommend travelers apply 3 months before their intended trip to the UK. The processing time for a Visitor Visa is on average three weeks after submitting your application.

  • Please visit the FAQs below to learn more about the UK Visitor Visa.

  • At iVisa, we do all the paperwork for you and assign you an iVisa Expert who is in charge of reviewing your application to be 100% government compliant and to avoid rejections.

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Our customer service team at iVisa is here 24/7 to answer any questions you may have about our service.

Applying with iVisa will take you less than 15 minutes.

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We require the following to submit your application:

  • Your passport. It must be valid during your stay in the UK and it must have at least one blank page.
  • Identification Document (ID)
  • Proof of residence
  • Bank statement with monthly/yearly income.

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The UK Standard Visitor Visa cost depends on the 'Visa Request Location', which is the country of application. In most cases, the government fee for this visa is 114 to 170 USD.

Our service fee that includes the concierge service is:

  • Standard processing: USD $75.99, 30 days

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The UK Standard Visitor Visa is valid for six months after it is issued.

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At iVisa we offer a Standard Processing time of 30 days.

  • Standard Processing Time: 30 days

Please consider that this is the time that iVisa takes to review your application, submit it to the government and schedule your interview. The UK immigration authorities generally take 3 weeks from the day of submission of your application to make a decision on it.

For this reason, we recommend submitting your application 3 months in advance of your estimated arrival date in the UK.

The UK Standard Visitor Visa is a multiple entry visa, but you cannot stay in the country for more than 6 months.

For your application you will have to answer the following information:

  • The dates you’re planning to travel to the UK.
  • Where you’ll be staying during your visit
  • How much you think your trip will cost
  • Your current home address and how long you’ve lived there
  • Your parents’ names and dates of birth (if known)
  • How much you earn in a year (if you have an income)
  • Details of any criminal, civil, or immigration offenses you may have committed

Depending on your circumstances, you might also need to provide:

  • Details of your travel history for the past 10 years
  • Your employer’s address and telephone number
  • Your partner’s name, date of birth, and passport number
  • The name and address of anyone paying for your trip
  • The name, address, and passport number of any family members you have in the UK.

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No. The Visitor Visa is just a travel authorization.

It’s up to the country’s customs authorities to allow entry to a visitor after procedure checking upon arrival.

Upon arrival in the United Kingdom, you need to present your passport, your Visitor Visa, your returning flight, and documents that specify what you will be doing in the UK.

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Every year, millions of tourists book a flight and get ready to go on their British adventure. Keep in mind that the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is a vast country with one main island and about 6000 other small islands called the British Isles. You have quite a bit of exploration to do if you decide to make the UK your next vacation destination. At the same time, you have to learn a lot of things because you’ll want to follow the rules and customs while there. After all, this is the British we are talking about, and they are quite taken with tradition.

Depending on your nationality, a visa for the UK may not be necessary. Apart from the freedom of movement which all European Union members enjoy, there are many countries whose citizens can travel to the United Kingdom without a visa, thanks to an exemption. If you want to find out more information about the visa policy of the United Kingdom, you should take a look at the visa policy of the Schengen Area, and you will find there everything you need to know.

There is no better time to visit the UK. Yes, the summers may be a bit rainy for most people’s tastes, but that makes winters quite warm in general, so you can travel there whenever you please without experiencing any weather-related discomfort. Besides, it does not rain as much as people like to complain. And it is usually tourists who do the complaining; locals are used to it.

Keep in mind that there is much more to the UK than London. In fact, since the kingdom has 4 nations (England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland), there are 4 capital cities you can go sight-seeing in. Yes, there is London, but there is also Cardiff, Edinburgh, and Belfast. All four of them are amazing cities in which you can explore and experience different cultures.

One of the things you may find difficult on your trip to the United Kingdom is the accents. Sure, you may speak English, but you will come across different dialects of English depending on which region you want to visit. As many other tourists have experienced before, you may have no idea how to understand a Scottish or Irish person. Of course, you get used to it after a while. At the same time, there are multiple other languages spoken in the UK, such as Welsh. That one, in particular, is really difficult to learn, but Welsh people speak English, so you do not have to make an effort to learn Welsh.

While the food in the UK has a reputation for being plain, you will find that British cuisine is quite colorful. Not to mention that you will find fine dining all over the country. Of course, the people in the UK may have a different taste, but you should try their food as a part of the experience. As you can imagine, few other people in the world like their potatoes with vinegar, but British people consider it a national dish. They call it chips, and they can be quite tasty.

One thing worth mentioning here is that if you ever take a trip to the United Kingdom and you are asked at the hotel if you want an English breakfast, do not say yes unless you are prepared to eat a significant meal. The English breakfast includes, among other things, sausages, eggs, toast, and beans. That is a lot to eat in the morning. Many people who try it cannot eat it all because of the portion size. Plus, if you go from your usual bagel and coffee to all that, your stomach may have a thing or two to say about it.

The British know a lot about cheese. Even if you are not a cheese enthusiast, you should at least try some as a part of the experience. Cheese is so well appreciated in the United Kingdom that they even have something called cheese rolling. It is an event that is held on a hill near Gloucester. In that competition, a wheel of cheese that weighs between 3 and 4 kilograms is sent rolling down a hill, and the competitors start running downhill after it. The one that first reaches the bottom of the hill wins the wheel of cheese. It may seem harmless, but that wheel of cheese can reach a speed of 110 kilometers per hour. It has the potential of hurting someone quite severely. That is why recently, the heavy wheel of cheese was replaced with one of foam. Even so, the first participant to cross the finish line wins an actual wheel of cheese, not the one made of foam.

Another activity that you may find fun is bog snorkeling. The way it is played is that a trench is dug through a peat bog, and it is filled with water. The contestants must wear a snorkel mask and flippers and must complete two consecutive lengths of water in the shortest amount of time possible. Typical swimming techniques are not allowed, so you only have the flippers to rely on. One length measures 55 meters, and the new record of 1 minute and 18 seconds was set in August 2018.

One thing that you may not find as fun in the United Kingdom is standing in a queue. A lot of people think that queuing is actually a national sport in the UK. Leaving jokes aside, it is true that British people spend a lot of time standing in a line, which is why it is considered a terrible thing to cut one. You have to wait for your turn, the same as everybody else.

No matter the good or the bad, the British countryside has the most amazing views. A lot of people who want to spend their vacation in the United Kingdom like to rent a small cabin somewhere in the countryside. It is easy to see why. Especially in the summer or even the autumn where the green turns to rust, and everything looks stunning. Castles can also be found in the UK, so you may want to tour a few of them as well.

Needless to say, the United Kingdom has a lot to offer from a tourist standpoint. The castles, the culture, and the countryside alone are reasons to spend a vacation there. Surely, you are going to have a lovely, British-style experience.

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