Visitor Visa or Short Term Visa?

Choose a UK visit or short stay visa

Standard Visitor Visa

Apply for this visa if you want to visit the UK on holiday or to see your family and friends, do business, take part in sports or creative events, or receive private medical treatment.
  • Can work - No in most cases
  • Can study - Yes (up to 30 days) but not as the main reason for your visit
  • How long you can stay - Up to 6 months, usually
  • Cost - £95 (for 6 months)

Short-term Study Visa

Apply for this visa if you are doing a short course of study or training in the UK.
  • Can work - No
  • Can study - Yes
  • How long you can stay - 6 or 11 months
  • Cost - £97 for 6 months, £186 for 11 months

Visa to pass through the UK in transit

Apply for this visa if you need to pass through the UK on your way to another country.
 
How long you can stay and how much the visa costs depends on whether you pass through UK border control.

If you go through border control

  • Can work - No
  • Can study - No
  • How long you can stay - 48 hours
  • Cost - £64

If you do not pass through border control

  • Can work - No
  • Can study - No
  • How long you can stay - Your onward journey should be within 24 hours
  • Cost - £35

Permitted Paid Engagement Visa

You might be able to apply for this visa if you have been invited to the UK to do paid work as an expert in your profession.
  • Can work - Yes (if it is related to your main job or area of expertise)
  • Can study - Yes (up to 30 days) but not as the main reason for your visit
  • How long you can stay - Up to 1 month
  • Cost - £95

Marriage Visitor Visa

Apply for this visa if you want to get married or register a civil partnership in the UK, even if you don’t usually need a visa to visit the UK. Check everything you need to do to get married in the UK.
  • Can work - No
  • Can study - in most cases Yes (up to 30 days) but not as the main reason for your visit
  • How long you can stay - Up to 6 months
  • Cost - £95

Parent of a Tier 4 Child Visa

Apply for this visa if your child attends an independent fee-paying day school in the UK and you want to stay with them.
  • Can work - No
  • Can study - No
  • How long you can stay - 6 or 12 months
  • Cost - £516

Visit the UK in a Chinese Tour Group

Apply for this visa if you are a Chinese citizen that is coming to the UK as part of a tour group through the approved destination status agreement (ADS).
  • Can work - No
  • Can study - No
  • How long you can stay - Up to 30 days
  • Cost - £95
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