Long-term Visitor Visa

The long-term Visitor Visa allows you to visit the UK several times a year.

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A quick look

The visa can last for two, five or 10 years, with each of your individual stays in the UK being limited to a maximum of six months (180 days) each.

No, this visa does not need to be accompanied by a sponsor licence.

You can travel to do business in the UK, but cannot take full time or part time work.

Long-term Visitor Visa

The long-term Standard Visitor Visa is for people who want to or currently do visit the UK regularly.

The visa can be used for a several scenarios, including:

  • Spending several weeks or months in the UK each year on holiday
  • Making multiple business trips to the UK
  • Visiting family members in the UK
  • Taking part in regular sports or creative events


If you need a long-term Standard Visitor Visa, you need to apply online before you travel to the UK. You will also need to attend an appointment at a Visa Application Centre (VAC). 

The visa is granted to those who have a credible reason to frequently visit the UK. This could be to visit family, go sightseeing, or conduct business trips to the UK. 

To be eligible for the visa, you must demonstrate that you have stable finances as well as strong ties to your home country. You must also not intend to make the UK your main home or intend to stay in the UK for longer than is permitted. 

The earliest you can apply is 3 months before you travel.

You may be given a shorter visa than requested if UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) believe you cannot meet the eligibility requirements for the duration of the visa you applied for.

How long can you stay?

The time you can stay in the UK depends on which type of visa you acquire. The visa can last for two, five or 10 years, with each of your individual stays in the UK being limited to a maximum of six months (180 days) each.

If you are under 18-years-old when you apply, your long-term Standard Visitor Visa will only be valid for up to six months after you turn 18.

How much does a Long-term Visitor Visa cost?

The cost of each visa depends on how long you wish it to be valid for. As mentioned above, there are various times that a long term visa can last for. 

A two year visa costs £432; a five year visa costs £771; and a 10 year visa costs £963.

Each person must submit their own application and pay the fee, and each person needs to attend their own appointment at a VAC.

Please note: You will not get a refund of the application fee if you get a shorter visa or if your application is refused.

The information contained on this page is sourced from UK Visas and Immigration and is subject to change. While Woodcock Law Limited makes every effort to keep this information current, prices and information cannot be guaranteed and should always be checked on www.gov.uk.

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