Apply for a Standard Visitor visa: step by step

Check what you need to do before you can apply for a Standard Visitor visa and what to do when you arrive in the UK.

  1. Step 1 Check if you need a visa

    You might be eligible for different visas depending on why you're visiting the UK and how long for.

    1. Check if you need a visa
    2. Compare the different types of short stay visa
  2. Step 2 Prepare the evidence you need

  3. Step 3 Apply

    The cost of your visa depends on how long you're staying in the UK.

    1. Apply for a visa and book an appointment £93 to £798
    2. Check where your visa appointment will be

    You should get a decision within 3 weeks of your appointment.

    You can pay an extra £212 for a decision within 5 working days or £956 for a decision within 24 working hours.

  4. Step 4 Attend an appointment

    1. What you need to show at your appointment

    You'll be told when a decision has been made about your visa.

  5. Step 5 Travel to the UK

    1. Check what you need to show at the border
    2. Check what you can bring with you

    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.