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Top tips for applying for a UK visit visa | UK Immigration

Published on 19 Jun 2020 / In Travel & Events

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Standard Visitor visa

1. Apply early You can apply for your visa up to three
months before you travel. Summer is our busiest
period for processing visas so apply as far in
advance as you can. Our service standard is 15
working days, applicants in some locations may be
able to pay for the Priority Visa service and receive
a decision within five working days.

2. Choose the right visa

There are different types of visa for visiting
the UK. These vary according to the purpose of your
trip and how long you plan to stay. It’s important you
chose the right visa for your trip and understand
what activities you can and can’t do with each visa
type. Visit to find the
right visa for you.
Nationals of some countries may not
require a visa to visit the UK. For those
that do there are some things you can do
to ensure that making your application
is quick and straightforward. This guide
provides some top tips and advice on
Standard visitor visas.
Further information on visa types and
how to apply is available at

3. Check what documents you need

All visa applications require you to provide
additional documents, which will vary according to
the type of visa you’re applying for. Once you know
what type of visitor visa you need, you can check
what documents you need for your application at
Make sure you have the documents ready when you
apply, try not to rush your application and ensure
that all the information you provide is correct.
4. Ensure you can pay the visa fee
Visa fees vary according to the type of visa
and how long it lasts for. When you apply, ensure
you have sufficient funds to pay the visa fee,
including those for dependents, who usually pay the
same amount as the main applicant.
You can find out much your visa will cost at
5. Go priority if you need your
visa quickly
If you are on a tight timescale you may be able
to use our priority services, which will place your
application at the front of the queue. In many
countries we offer a range of fee-paid services
and options for additional flexibility, for example
24 hour visas, 3–5 day visas or the Keep Your
Passport service, which enables customers to retain
their passport for the majority of the application
processing period.
Find what services are available from your local visa
application centre:
• Europe, Africa and parts of the Middle East
• All other countries visit
6. Booking your travel
As part of the application process, you will
need to demonstrate any plans for your visit to the
UK, for example tour and accommodation details.
However, we advise applicants not to confirm
any travel arrangements until their visa has been
granted. Our processing times vary according to the
type of visa application and can also vary during
busy periods.
7. If you need help
You can contact UKVI by e-mail and receive a
reply within 24 hours in a range of languages via our
International Enquiry Service. If you need to speak
to someone you can call the helpline. Visit www. for details. Please
note that British Embassies and Consulates cannot
answer visa questions.
8. Overstaying your visa
It is important that you understand and
comply with the conditions of your visa and do not
overstay. If you overstay your visa by even one day,
you can be banned from returning to the UK for up to
ten years. This means you would not be able to gain
further work or study in the future.



While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information provided, it does not constitute legal advice and cannot be relied upon as such.

We does not accept any responsibility for liabilities arising as a result of reliance upon the information given.


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