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A person who wishes to enter the UK as a visitor and is a visa national must have permission to enter in the form of a visa. That permission may be granted as a visit visa or as leave to enter. Within the period for which the visit visa is valid, a visitor may enter and leave the UK multiple times, unless the visit visa is endorsed as a single-entry or dual-entry visa.

 

 

A non-visa national may apply for leave to enter as a visitor on arrival at the UK border, unless:
(a) visiting the UK to marry or to form a civil partnership, or to give notice of this; or
(b) seeking to visit the UK for more than 6 months.

 

There are four types of visitor routes which depend on the purpose of the visit:

 

  Types of visit visa/Leave to enter or
remain
Visitors of this type can: The maximum length of stay that
can be granted for each type of visitor:
 a Visit (standard) Do the permitted
activities in Appendix 3
except visitors entering
under the
Approved
Destination Status
agreement who may
only do the activities in
paragraph 3 of
Appendix 3 to these
Rules;
Up to 6 months, except:
(i) a visitor who is coming
to the UK
for private medical treatment may be
granted a visit visa
of up to 11 months; or
(ii) an academic, who is employed by
an overseas institution and is
carrying out the specific permitted
activities paragraph 12 of Appendix
3,of these Rules, along with their
spouse or partner and children, may
be granted a visit visa
of up to 12 months; or
(iii) a visitor under the Approved
Destination Status Agreement
(ADS Agreement) may be granted a
visit visa for a period of up to 30 days.
 b  Marriage / Civil partnership visit Visit to marry or to form
a civil partnership, or to
give notice of this, in the
UK, and do the
permitted activities in
Appendix 3;
 Up to 6 months.
 c  Permitted paid engagements (PPE) visit Do the paid
engagements in
Appendix 4 and do the
permitted activities in
Appendix 3;
 Up to 1 month.
d Transit visit Transit the UK. Up to 48 hours, except for
leave to enter
as a transit visitor under the
Transit Without Visa Scheme which
may be granted until 23:59 hours on
the next day after the day the
applicant arrived.

 

An application for a visit visa must be made while outside the UK and an application would usually be made online.

 

 

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