Long Term Visitor Visa UK: applying for 2, 5 and 10 years visa

Apply Long Term Standard Visitor Visa UKA visitor is a person coming to the UK up to 180 days for a temporary purpose. Usually, after visiting on a 6-months visa, a good majority of the applicants intends to apply for a long term visit visa UK. Accordingly, this relates to successfully applying for multiple entry long term visitor visa UK for 2, 5 and 10 years. And also explains: what constitutes a genuine intention to visit the UK on a regular basis? And also: what to do after long term visitor visa UK refusal? Accordingly, the post covers the following topics:

  1. When and how to apply for a long term visitor visa UK?
    • Credible ongoing reason for visiting the UK
    • Stability of circumstances for long term visitor visa UK
    • Travel history and chances of getting a long term visa
    • The usefulness of long term visitor visa UK
    • When an applicant may not get a long term visit visa UK?
    • When it is not prudent to apply for a long term visa?
    • Is there a long term visa for one year?
    • Application fee for 2, 5 and 10 years visa
    • UKVI’s service standards for processing long term visa
  2. How to sequence the applications for long term visit visa UK?
    • When applying for a 2-year visa is appropriate?
    • Frequent travellers may apply for a 5-year visa
    • Who is likely to get a 10-year visa?
    • What to do after getting a refusal?

1) When and how to apply for long term visitor visa UK?

It is not expedient to apply for a long term 2, 5, 10 years visit visa UK directly. Therefore, for successfully applying for long term UK visitor visa, it is a prerequisite to have a 6 months visa in the recent past. Accordingly, a long term visit visa UK is essentially a standard visa having a validity of 2, 5 and 10 years. Therefore, after getting a short term 6 months visa, an applicant can successfully apply for the long term version of the standard visa if an applicant is able to state a clear purpose of frequently visiting the UK.

Credible ongoing reason for visiting the UK

An applicant needs to demonstrate that he/she has a Credible Ongoing Reason to Visit the United Kingdom such as:

  • a family in the UK
  • a business connection
  • an inveterate traveller

However, there should be no reason(s) to doubt that the applicant intends to make the UK his/her home.  For instance, the following types of visitors are not credible to demonstrate that they have an ongoing reason to visit the UK:

  • for marriage or to form a civil partnership in the United Kingdom
  • unaccompanied children
  • for medical treatment

Stability of circumstances for long term visitor visa UK

An applicant needs to demonstrate that his/her financial and personal circumstances, and also ties to his/her home country, would not change significantly during the validity of the visitor visa.

Travel history and chances of getting long term visitor visa UK

An application’s travel history is a contributing factor in the grant of the long term standard visitor visa UK. Accordingly, an applicant’s history of international travels shows the individual’s compliance with the UK or other immigration laws. However, an individual’s circumstances can change over time. Therefore, travel history cannot provide a definitive measure of the future. For example, in the case of a 10-year visitor visa, the travel history cannot predict the future economic and financial stability of an applicant. Therefore, travel history may be a necessary condition but surely not a sufficient condition for the grant of a long term visitor visa UK.

The usefulness of long term visitor visa UK

Quite certainly, the long term visitor visa UK provides the peace of mind and convenience of not applying for UK visa after regular intervals. And also planning a trip to the UK more conveniently, besides establishing the credibility of an applicant for getting visitor visas of other countries such as USA, Canada, Australia, Schengen, Ireland, New Zealand etc.

When an applicant may not get a long term visit visa UK?

If an applicant meets the visitor visa requirements but fails to demonstrate the need of visiting the UK at regular intervals then the applicant may not qualify for a long term visitor visa UK. In such instances, an applicant gets a visitor visa for up to six (6) months with no refund. However, a statement of reasons explains the details of granting a visitor visa for a shorter duration. Usually, an applicant receives the statement of reasons when the passport returns to the applicant with a visa vignette.

When it is not prudent to apply for a long term visit visa UK?

It is not prudent to directly apply for a long-term visit visa i.e. if an applicant intends to apply for a 2-years multiple entry UK visitor visa then in the recent past, he/she must be either a holder of at least one 6-months visitor visa to the UK, which is usually a prerequisite for issuance of the long-term term visitor visa or there is some genuine need/reason that an applicant can establish conclusively for frequently visiting the UK.

Is there a long term visit visa UK for one year?

No. An applicant can apply for the long term visitor visa UK only for a validity period of 2, 5 and 10 years. However, some websites quite erroneously also mention a validity period of one year for a visitor visa. Certainly, this is incorrect. Apparently, there is no provision in the online application form to apply for a one-year standard visa. Moreover, the UK visa fee from outside the UK is only for 6 months, 2, 5 and 10 years standard visas. Therefore, prima facie, it is not possible to apply for a one-year visa.

Application fee for 2, 5 and 10 years long term visit visa UK

From March 29, 2019, the UK visitor visa fee for the validity periods of 6 months, 2, 5 and 10 years from outside the UK are £95, £361, £655 and £822, respectively. Apparently, in comparison to a 6 months visa, the fee for long term visit visa UK seems to be on a higher side. However, given the extended validity period, the fee for 2, 5 and 10 years long term visit visa UK have an implicit discount of £19, £295 and £1,078, respectively.

How to Compute the Implicit Discount?

The price of a 6-months visitor visa is £95 and if we multiply it by 4 (for 2 years), 10 (for 5 years) and 20 (for 10 years) then the corresponding figures are £380, £950 and £1,900. Therefore, the amount of an inbuilt discount in the pricing structure of 2, 5 and 10 years visitor visa application over the 6-months visa application is £19, £295 and £1,078, respectively.

Fee for visitor visa Extension

If a visitor intends to extend a visitor visa in the UK then the fee is £993.

UKVI’s service standards for processing long term visit visa UK

The service standard of UKVI for long-term visitor visa applications is to process 90%, 98% and 100% of the applications within 15, 30 and 60 working days, i.e. 3, 6 and 12 weeks, respectively.

For priority service, the service standard of UKVI is one week. However, the purchase of priority service neither guarantees a favourable outcome nor a grant of a long-term visa for the intended duration. Moreover, an application may not be disposed of within 5 working days in spite of purchasing priority service due to further checks, verifications and even interviewing an applicant before concluding the application.

Usually most of the long term visit visa UK applications process within 10-15 working days i.e. 2 to 3 weeks. However, in some cases, the decision exceeds 15 days, but may likely to conclude within 30-60 days. If the applicant has purchased the priority service then there is quite a fair probability that the visa application may process within 2-5 workings days. If an applicant doesn’t receive the decision within 15 working days or 3 weeks of the application then it is quite certain that the delays are due to the extended evaluation process.

2) How to sequence the applications for long term visit visa UK?

Perhaps, at times applicants are not quite sure whether to apply for a 2 or 5-year visa after visiting the UK 1-2 times. Similarly, after 2 years visitor visa, applicants are uncertain whether to apply for a 5 or 10 years visitor visa!

Perhaps, the sequencing depends on the personal circumstances, travel history and most importantly the purpose of frequently visiting the UK on a regular basis. Certainly, the purpose of visiting the UK on a regular basis is quite easy to establish for family visits. And also not difficult for visiting the UK for tourism or business.

When applying for a 2-year visa is appropriate?

It is not appropriate to directly apply for a 2-year visitor visa UK. Perhaps, it is prudent to apply for a 2-year visitor visa UK if a 6 months visitor visa has been granted to an applicant in the past. And also an applicant has a cogent reason to frequently visit the UK for business, tourism or meeting family.

Frequent travellers may apply for a 5-year visa

This is best suited for those applicants who have visited the UK at least 3-4 times during the past and have been a holder of a 2-year visitor visa that has expired in the recent past or is about to expire. 5-year tourist visa UK is suitable for avid travellers, who intend to visit UK at least once a year and have good travel history, income and affordability.

Who is likely to get a 10-year visa?

The UK 10 year visa for regular travellers to the UK. The long term 10-year visit visa UK introduced in July 2002 for all purposes of standard visit visa. Perhaps, the chances of getting a long term 10-year visa depend on the stability of an applicant’s circumstances in the future. Quite certainly, getting a long term 10-year visit visa UK is a mark of social success and personal achievement. Therefore, nearly all the successful businesspersons, landlords and professional visa nationals eventually like to have 10-year visa vignette on their passports.

Furthermore, long term10-year family visit visa UK is really helpful for parents of British Citizens. Perhaps, most of the parent like to meet their sons, daughters, grandchildren at-least once or twice in a year.

What to do after getting a refusal?

If a long-term visitor visa is refused then an applicant needs to think seriously regarding challenging the refusal decision through judicial review because after the refusal it is quite likely that reapplication will only be able to fetch a 6-months visitor visa in spite of paying the fee for a long-term visitor visa, which is non-refundable.

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