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The UK visitor visa which is also known as the Standard Visitor Visa is a UK short stay visa that allows its holder to stay in the UK for up to 6 months. However, the embassy has the right to issue visas for a shorter period of time. This visa is established for those that wish to travel to the United Kingdom for purposes of Tourism, visiting family members, medical treatment or for professional reasons.

As per the UK government, the Standard Visitor visa has replaced the following types of visas:

  • Family Visitor visa
  • General Visitor visa
  • Child Visitor visa
  • Business Visitor visa, including visas for academics, doctors and dentists
  • Sports Visitor visa
  • Entertainer Visitor visa
  • Prospective Entrepreneur visa
  • Private Medical Treatment Visitor visa
  • Approved Destination Status (ADS) visa

Eligibility Criteria

When you apply you’ll need to provide a current passport or other valid travel identification. You need a blank page in your passport for your visa. Your passport should be valid for the whole of your stay in the UK. You’ll also need to provide a certified translation of any documents that are not in English or Welsh.

You should be able to prove the following to the UK Visa and Immigration Officer while applying for the following:
  • Regular UK Standard Visitor Visa
  • Long-Term UK Standard Visitor Visa
  • UK Standard Visitor Visa as an Academic
  • UK Standard Visitor Visa for Private Medical Treatment
  • UK Standard Visitor Visa as an Organ Donor
  • UK Transit Visa
  • Marriage Visitor Visa

Documents Required

The documents required to apply for a UK tourist visa are as follows:

  • UK Tourist Visa Application Form VAF1A.
  • 2 recent photographs as per the guidelines of the UK government.
  • Valid passport.
  • Proof of funds to support the stay in the UK.
  • Your last 10 years of travel history.
  • Bio-metric information.
  • Letter of Invitation.
  • Fee receipts.
  • Your language skills certificate.
  • Medical certificates, stating that you are fit to travel to the UK.

Applying Process

The decision on your UK visitor visa is taken in 8 weeks if you apply by post. However, the decision is made on the day you apply if you use the premium service.

Plan your UK Visitor Visa process by taking the following steps:
  • Check whether you need a visa for the UK or not
  • Choose the right visa type to begin the process
  • Get the Online Application Form completed
  • Gather all important documents to submit
  • Schedule an appointment for the UK Visa
  • Attend the visa interview
  • Ensure that you are providing the documents similar to the information given in the application form

Cost of Applying for UK Visit Visas

The United Kingdom Visas and Immigration authorities charge the applicants with a fee in Pounds Sterling (GBP) in order to cover the administration costs regarding handling of visa application. A Standard Visitor visa costs £95.The fee for a long-term Standard Visitor visa depends on its length of your stay.The most used among all the visas is the 6 months stay visa.
The following table shows the fees structure in a detailed manner.
UK Standard Visitor Visa Application Fees:


                 Visa Type  



Standard Visitor Visa

   6 Months


Long-Term  Standard Visitor Visa

     2 Years


Long-Term Standard       Visitor Visa

    5 Years


Long-Term Standard Visitor Visa 

   10 Years


Processing Time for Visit Visa

 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.


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