Find out what you need to do before you can apply for a Standard Visitor visa and what to do when you arrive in the UK.
Step 1 Check if this visa is right for you
Step 2 Prepare the evidence you need
Step 3 Apply
The cost of your visa depends on how long it’s valid for.
You should get a decision within 3 weeks of your appointment.
You might be able to pay an extra £212 for a decision within 5 working days or £956 for a decision within 1 working day. Check with your visa application centre.
If your visa allows you to stay in the UK for longer than 6 months, you’ll get a biometric residence permit. You don't need to apply for this separately.
Step 4 Attend an appointment
You'll be told when a decision has been made about your visa.
Step 5 Check what you can bring with you
Step 6 Check what you need to show at the UK border
Keep the documents that prove why you're visiting the UK in your hand luggage so you can show them if asked.
Step 7 After you arrive in the UK
Check your visa to find out when you must leave the UK. If you break the conditions of your visa you may not be able to return to the UK again.