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
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.