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The director of our company wants to apply for a long term business visa to attend client meetings and negotiations. What are the chances he will be granted a 2 year long-term visitor visa if this is his first time applying for a UK standard visitor visa?

I remember reading a number of times that UKVI tends to look for "performance" in relation to 6 month visitor visas when making these kind of decisions.

  • You typically learn to crawl before you walk. That is how visa officers see these things. – user 56513 Oct 31 '18 at 15:45
  • We don't know. And what difference would our opinions make? Apply for a visa. He gets what he gets. If it's two years, great. If it's not, he'll have to apply again when that one expires. – David Richerby Nov 1 '18 at 11:01
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Pretty slim unless he has a strong travel history to comparable destinations (Schengen, US, Canada, for example). See Requirements for obtaining a long-term UK visitor visa (2, 5, or 10 years)

As stated in the answer to the linked question, if he applies for a long-term Standard visitor visa but does not qualify, the ECO should grant the 6 month visitor visa providing he qualifies for it. The key differences are a compliant travel history to the UK and a credible reason for needing to visit regularly over a longer period. A long-term Standard visit visa doesn’t change, for example, the permitted activities or the rule around frequency of visits/time being spent in the UK.

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  • Would his visa application be refused outright or would he be issued a 6-month visitor visa? – user86252 Oct 31 '18 at 14:35

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