Last Updated: 28th March 2018

What is a General Visitor Visa?

Effective April 6, 2015 – The General Visitor Visa will be replaced by the Standard Visitor Visa.

The UK General Visitor Visa permits you to visit the UK for up to 6 months (within any 12 month period).

Who is suitable for a General Visitor Visa?

  • Persons visiting the UK for holiday, leisure or tourism purposes
  • Persons visiting friends or family who do not reside permanently in the UK
  • Persons coming to the UK to donate an organ to a relative or friend

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General Visitor Visa Eligibility

You can qualify for a General Visitor Visa if you’re:

  • 18 years old+
  • Coming to the UK for leisure not to work or study
  • Able to financially support your trip to the UK
  • Not entering the UK on the way to another country, except Ireland, the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands
  • Able to fund your outward or onward journey

Common questions asked about the General Visitor Visa

How long can I remain in the UK?

A General Visitor Visa is valid for six months. However, if you can prove that you need to make repeated visits to the UK, you could be eligible for a long-term visit visa. Your maximum stay would still be 6 months per visit, but your visa can be made valid for 1, 2, 5 or 10 years.

Can I bring my children?

Yes! You can apply for a General Visitor Visa for your child or children.

Can I apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain?

No. You cannot apply for ILR if you have a General Visitor Visa.

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