1. Overview

You can apply for a Family Visitor visa if:

You can’t apply if you qualify for British citizenship - including if you can have dual nationality. You must apply for British citizenship instead.

How long it will take

You should get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks.

You can apply for a visa up to 3 months before your date of travel to the UK.

You can check the visa processing times to find out how long getting a visa might take in your country.

How long you can stay

You can stay in the UK for 6 months on a Family Visitor visa.

You can apply to extend your visa up to 6 months if it’s for less than 6 months.

Long-term visit visa

You can also apply for a long-term visit visa if you can prove you need to make repeat visits over a longer period.

You can stay for a maximum of 6 months on each visit and your visa can last for 1, 2, 5 or 10 years.


It costs £85 to apply.

Long-term visit visa fees are:

  • 1 year - £324
  • 2 years - £324
  • 5 years - £588
  • 10 years - £737

What you can and can’t do

You can study for up to 30 days, as long as it’s not the main reason for your visit.

You can’t:

  • work or carry out any business
  • study for longer than 30 days
  • marry or register a civil partnership, or give notice of marriage or a civil partnership
  • come to the UK specifically for private medical treatment
  • change (‘switch’) to another visa
  • bring family members (‘dependants’) with you on your application - they must apply separately
  • get public funds

You can’t switch to this type of visa from another visa.