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    Fiancés Entry clearance is given for six months, during which time you will not be allowed to work. You must show the following: that you plan to marry or register a civil partnership within six months of arrival in the UK (though in exceptional circumstances an extension of this time-limit Read More
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    Tier 4 - Students If you are applying to extend your Tier 4 (Student) leave the gap between the end of your current leave and the start of your studies must be no more than 28 days.This change will affect all Tier 4 applications for further leave to remain that are Read More
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Visiting the UK


If you are coming to the United Kingdom as a general visitor, you are allowed to stay for up to six months.


This section explains the different types of visitor visas and what you are allowed to do as a general visitor to the United Kingdom.


If you intend staying for longer than six months you need to look at the residency or working in the UK sections of this website.


The following categories are for nationals of countries outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland. If you are an EEA or Swiss national, or a family member of an EEA or Swiss national, there are different requirements. 


You can apply to visit the United Kingdom under the following visitors categories:


General Visitor

Family Visitor

Business and Special Visitor

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