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Applying for Long-term UK Visitor Visas

In this guide, we are going to tell you what you need to know about Long-term UK Visitor Visas. We will cover the different types of Long-term UK Visitor Visas, including 2-year, 5-year, and 10-year visas.

For more information on Long-term UK Visitor Visas, including requirements, fees, and general guidance for each of the different available durations (2, 5, and 10 years), get in touch with us today. Call us on 020 4502 8582, or contact us online.

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    What is a Long-term UK Visitor Visa?

    The Long-term Visitor Visa is a standard UK visitor visa that allows individuals to stay in the United Kingdom for up to six months at a time.

    The visa is designed for individuals who wish to visit the UK regularly for a holiday or vacation or to see their family or friends.

    To qualify for the Long-term Visitor Visa, individuals must prove that they have enough funds to support themselves during their stay in the UK and that they have a return ticket to their home country.

    It is important to note that the Standard Visitor visa has replaced the Business Visitor Visa, Family Visitor Visa, Child Visitor visa, Student Visitor Visa, and Marriage Visitor Visa.

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    Do You Need to Apply for a Long-term UK Visitor Visa?

    If you’re from outside the EEA and want to stay in the UK for more than six months at a time, you’ll need to apply for a Long-term visitor visa.

    Depending on your purpose of visit, the visitor visa can be granted for 2 years, 5 years or 10 years duration.

    It is important to note that Long-term Visitor Visas are not work visas and they do not give you the right to work in the UK, even if you are granted a Long-term UK Visitor Visa for 10 years.

    Types of Long-term UK Visitor Visas

    There are three Long-term visitor visas available: 2-year, 5-year and 10-year. Depending on your purpose for the visit and the length of stay you wish to have in the UK, you can choose one of these visas.

    2-year UK Visitor Visa

    The 2-year UK Visitor Visa allows you to stay in the United Kingdom for up to 2 years. This visa is for people who want to visit the UK for leisure, to see family, or to receive private medical treatment.

    You can apply for a 2-year UK Visitor Visa if you are aged 18 or over and have enough money to support yourself during your stay.

    You will also need to show that you have a return ticket and that you intend to leave the UK at the end of your trip. If you are granted a 2-year UK Visitor Visa, you will be able to enter the country for up to 6 months at a time.

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      5-year Long-term UK Visitor Visa

      The 5-year UK Visitor Visa allows you to stay in the United Kingdom for up to 5 years. This visa is for people who want to visit the UK for pleasure.

      You can apply for this visa if you are a citizen of a country that is not in the European Economic Area or Switzerland.

      You must also have a valid passport and enough money to support yourself during your stay. In addition, you will need to provide proof of your travel plans, accommodation, and financial support when you apply for this visa.

      If you are granted a 5-year UK Visitor Visa, you will be able to enter the UK multiple times during the 5-year period. This visa does not allow you to work in the UK.

      10-year UK Visitor Visa

      The 10-year Long-term UK Visitor Visa allows you to stay in the United Kingdom for up to 10 years. This visa is for people who want to visit the UK for leisure and sightseeing.

      To qualify, you must be a citizen of a country outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and meet certain eligibility criteria, such as having enough money to support yourself without working or claiming benefits in the UK.

      What are the Requirements for a Long-term UK Visitor Visa?

      The requirements for Long-term UK Visitor Visas vary depending on your purpose of visit, but there are some general requirements that all applicants must meet. The requirements are:

      Reason to visit the UK

      You must have a genuine, credible and ongoing reason to visit the UK for the duration of your chosen Long-term UK Visitor Visa.

      Examples include sightseeing, leisure and personal visits, visiting family or friends, receiving medical treatment and participating in cultural events.

      Accommodation and maintenance

      You must have enough funds to pay for your accommodation and living costs during your stay in the UK.

      This includes having a return ticket and enough money to support yourself without having to work or claim benefits in the UK.

      To demonstrate that they meet the financial requirements for Long-term UK Visitor Visas, applicants must provide evidence of their financial resources.

      This could include bank statements, payslips and/or letters from employers.

      Rules relating to third-party sponsorship

      If you are being sponsored by a third party, they will need to meet certain criteria as set out by the Home Office.

      This includes providing evidence of their financial standing and an undertaking that they will cover your costs during your stay in the UK.

      Frequent or successive visits

      You must show that you are not likely to become an ‘overstayer’ in the UK, i.e., remain in the country for longer than your visa allows.

      This means that you must demonstrate that you have strong ties to your home country and plan to make frequent visits back home.

      The ‘suitability’ rules

      You must demonstrate that you comply with the UK’s immigration rules and do not pose any criminal or security risk to the UK. Under the suitability rules, the UK visitor visa must (or may) be refused under the following grounds:

      • Threatening the public order or security of the UK.
      • Having committed serious criminal offences.
      • Having previously violated immigration law in any country.
      • A medical doctor has certified that you have a contagious illness or disease.

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        What are the Eligibility Criteria for Long-term UK Visitor Visa?

        To be eligible for a Long-term UK Visitor Visa, you must:

        • Be a citizen of a country outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.
        • Have enough money to support yourself during your stay in the UK without working or claiming benefits.
        • Have a valid passport and return ticket.
        • Meet all other Long-term UK Visitor Visa eligibility criteria (as outlined previously).

        How to Apply for Long-term UK Visitor Visa?

        The process of applying for the visa is similar to the process of applying for any other UK visa.

        You will need to complete an online application form and provide supporting documents, such as a valid passport, return ticket, proof of accommodation and financial support during your stay in the UK.

        You may also be asked to attend an interview at the British Embassy or High Commission. You should do the application 3 months prior to the intended travel date.

        During your online application, you will be required to provide the following details:

        • The dates and times you want to visit the UK.
        • Where you plan to stay during your visit.
        • The cost of your trip.
        • Your current home address and how long you’ve lived there.
        • Details of any criminal, civil or immigration offences you may have committed in the past.

        What Documents are Needed for Long-term UK Visitor Visa Application?

        To apply for the visas, you must provide the following documents:

        • A passport or travel document that is valid for the whole of your stay in the UK. There must be a blank page in your passport for your Standard Visitor visa.
        • A valid return ticket or proof of onward travel.
        • Proof of sufficient funds to pay for your accommodation and living costs during your stay in the UK, such as bank statements, payslips and money exchange receipts.
        • Proof that you have a genuine reason to visit the UK, such as an invitation letter from a relative or friend.
        • Any supporting documents related to the Long-term UK Visitor Visa you are applying for, such as a marriage certificate if you are visiting a spouse or partner.

        How to Write Your Long-term UK Visitor Visa Supporting Letter?

        If you are applying for a Long-term UK Visitor Visa, you must provide a supporting letter alongside your application form.

        Your supporting letter should explain why you’re visiting the UK and how long you plan to stay. It should also include the following information:

        • Your name, address and passport number.
        • The purpose of your visit, including details of any family ties or work commitments in the UK.
        • The length of your stay in the UK and where you plan to stay during this time.
        • Your financial means, such as proof that you can afford your trip and accommodation while you are there.

        To increase your chances of Long-term UK Visitor Visa approval, you should also provide evidence of your ties to your home country, such as proof that you have a job and a place to return to when your stay in the UK is over.

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          What are the Long-term UK visitor visa Fees?

          The fees for the visas vary depending on the duration of your stay. The table below outlines the Long-term UK visitor visa fees for each type of Long-term UK Visitor Visa available:

          What is the Long Term Visit Visa Processing Time?

          The Long-term UK Visitor Visa processing time varies and is usually determined by the type of Long-term UK visitor visa you are applying for. The Long-term UK Visitor Visa fees vary depending on the duration of your stay.

          For a Standard Visitor visa, the fee is £100 for 6 month’s stay. A Standard Visitor visa for medical reasons costs a fee of £200 for 11 month stay.

          A Long-term Standard Visitor visa for academics costs £200 for 12 month stay. For a Long-term UK Visitor Visa of 2 years duration, the fee is £376 for 6 months per visit.

          Similarly, a Long-term UK Visitor Visa of 5-year duration requires a fee of £670 for 6-month visits. Finally, a Long-term UK Visitor Visa of 10 years duration requires a fee of £837 for 6-month visits.

          What Happens After I Apply?

          Once you have completed your Long-term UK Visitor Visa application online, you will be asked to attend an appointment at the British Embassy or High Commission to provide biometric information.

          This includes a digital photograph and fingerprints. If you have any additional documents or supporting letters that haven’t been included on your Long-term UK Visitor Visa application, you can bring them to your appointment.

          Your visa application will then be processed by the Immigration Office. This can take up to 6 weeks.

          What Happens After My Application is Approved?

          You will receive a confirmation letter if your Long-term UK Visitor Visa application is approved. This will include your visa documents and a vignette (sticker) in your passport, which is valid for the duration of your Long-term UK Standard Visitor Visa.

          Once in the UK, you are allowed to do the activities specified on your Long-term UK Visitor Visa, such as visiting family or friends and travelling.

          But you are not allowed to enter into a civil partnership, work or study without applying for an appropriate visa.

          Also, you are not allowed to live in the UK for extended periods of time and must leave the country after your Long-term UK Visitor Visa has expired.

          How Can London Immigration Lawyers Help?

          It can be difficult to navigate the Long-term UK Visitor Visa application process, and that’s where London Immigration Lawyer can help.

          We have a team of highly experienced immigration experts who are on hand to provide advice and support with UK visa applications.

          From completing the paperwork to guiding you through the biometric appointment process, our lawyers will be with you every step of the way. Some of the services we provide include the following:

          • Advising on Long-term UK Visitor Visa requirements and eligibility criteria.
          • Assisting with the Long-term UK Visitor Visa application process.
          • Providing advice on Long-term UK Visitor Visa documents and evidence needed for your application.
          • Representing clients in Long-term UK Visitor Visa appeals hearings.
          • Advising on Long-term UK Visitor Visa renewals.

          If you require assistance with Long-term UK Visitor Visa applications, contact London Immigration Lawyer on 020 4502 8582 or contact us online and speak to an experienced lawyer. We can provide the help and guidance you need to make sure your application is successful.

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                    Frequently Asked Questions

                    Yes, you can visit the UK for up to 6 months in any 12-month period if you have a Long-term UK Visitor Visa. However, you must leave the UK after your Long-term UK Visitor Visa has expired and you cannot live in the UK for extended periods of time.

                    Yes, you can visit the UK twice a year. There is no specific maximum period of time you can spend in the UK; however, each visit must not exceed 6 months.

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