I was told that if you apply for the 6 months visit visa you can't stay in the UK for the exact 6 months.

what I want to know is whether you can stay in the UK for the exact 6 months if you are granted this visa??


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The validity period of a UK Standard Visitor visa is generally 6 months (although it can be granted for less in certain circumstances). It is therefore legal to stay for up to 6 months https://www.gov.uk/standard-visitor-visa however it is not necessarily a good idea to stay that long if you stated a significantly shorter stay in your application. You may face a difficult landing interview on arrival or even be denied entry Cancelled UK visa on entry or you may be refused a visa next time.

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    Is there a question somewhere on this site that explains why this is? It seems unique to the UK.
    – jcm
    Nov 17, 2018 at 1:21
  • @jcm A lot of countries will ask you about your previous visit if it was significantly longer than what you had declared. This isn't unique to the UK. Jan 8, 2019 at 3:51

It's not a good idea. It's recommended you stay for the approximate length you provided when you apply for your visa.

Bad things tend to happen if you apply for a UK visa saying you'll stay for, say, two weeks and actually stay for three months. They can cancel your visa and refuse you entry. Or they might let you in, but refuse you future visas because you stayed much longer than you said you would.

You can certainly apply for a visitor visa for a stay of six months. However, it may be difficult to get, as you won't get a visa unless you can demonstrate strong ties to your home that indicate you will leave on time, and being able to be away for six months is often inconsistent with that.

In short, you should be honest in your visa application about how long you want to stay, and then stick to roughly that time even if your visa is valid for a longer period.

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