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UK Standard Visitor Visa Process

If you are planning to visit the UK as a tourist, then it is important that you get your visa right in the first attempt.

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What is a UK Standard Visitor Visa?

The Standard Visitor Visa or the UK Tourist Visa is a short-stay visa allowing an intending candidate to stay for up to 6 months in the UK.

It is mainly given to the people who travel to the United Kingdom on the purpose of tourism, visiting family friends, professional reasons, and medical treatments.

As per the UK government, the Standard Visitor visa has replaced these 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

What is the Eligibility for a UK Visitor Visa?

You should be able to prove the following to the UK Visa and Immigration Officer while applying for the following:

What Documents are Required for the UK Visitor Visa?

The documents needed to support the UK Visit Visa process are:

  • The online form of 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.

How to Apply for a UK Standard Visitor Visa?

Plan your UK Visitor Visa process by taking the following steps.

Note: Ensure that you are providing the documents similar to the information given in the application form. Any mismatch between them can create a problem for obtaining the visa.

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What Fee is Charged for a UK Standard Visitor Visa?

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


What is the Processing Time for a UK Standard Visitor Visa?

The decision on your UK Standard Visitor Visa should come within 3 weeks of attending the appointment at the Visa Application Centre. One week here is equal to 5 working days.

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