If you need to visit the UK frequently over a longer period of time, you can apply for a long-term Standard Visitor visa that lasts 2, 5, or 10 years. On each visit, you can stay for a maximum of 6 months..

You can go to the UK for specific purposes, such as visiting friends and family or attending a conference.

As a Standard Visitor, you have the following options:

for certain business activities, such as attending a meeting to do a short course of study to participate in research or an exchange programme as an academic for medical reasons, such as to receive private medical treatment for tourism, such as on a vacation or to see family and friends for certain business activities, such as attending a meeting to do a short course of study to participate in research or an exchange programme as an academic for medical reasons, such as to receive private medical treatment.

You are unable to:

  • do paid or unpaid employment for a UK corporation or as a self-employed person visit the UK frequently for long periods of time
  • reclaim government funds (benefits)
  • enrol in a study programme that lasts more than six months
  • Give notice of marriage or civil partnership, or marry or register a civil partnership. Instead, youll require a Marriage Visitor visa.