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What is it?

A Family visit visa is also known as a Standard Visitor visa and enables an applicant to visit the UK for a short period of time to visit UK-based family members

What are the main requirements?

In order to qualify for a Family visit visa the applicant must be able to demonstrate that:

  • they intend to leave the UK at the end of their visit;
  • whilst they are in the UK they can support themselves and any dependants; and
  • they have sufficient funds for their return journey.

How long can I stay and what are the conditions of my stay?

Applicants who hold a Family visit visa are able to stay in the UK for up to six months. It is not possible to apply for or extend a Family visit visa for longer than six months. If an applicant has applied for leave of less than six months and wants to extend this, they should ensure they apply to do so before their current leave expires.

Applicants who wish to visit the UK more regularly can apply for a multi-entry visit visa that lasts either two, five or ten years. They must be able to prove that over a long period of time there is a reason as to why they wish to travel to the UK. Holders of multi-entry visit visas should remain in the UK for no more than six months in any 12 month period.

Evidence needs to be shown when applying for a multi-entry visit visa that at the end of each visit the applicant will leave the UK and that the applicant’s reason for coming to the UK remains the same whilst their visa is valid.

How we can help?

The requirements of the Family visit visa are highly prescriptive and the Home Office routinely refuse applications that do not fully comply with the Immigration Rules and guidance. Our highly experienced team of immigration lawyers will assist in preparing and submitting your application to achieve the best possible outcome.

If you’d like to discuss matters further, please email our Immigration team on immigration@bishopandsewell.co.uk or complete the online enquiry form on this page.

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