Hi we applied and got 6 month visitor visa for parents valid till mid may of this year, they have traveled for the time period they stated, but now they will need to visit after mid may so when can they make the second application for visitor visa for another 6 month visitor visa ?

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Applications for a UK Standard Visitor visa can only be made up to 3 months before the expected travel date https://www.gov.uk/standard-visitor-visa so if your parents want to visit from mid May they’ll have to wait until mid February to apply. Depending on their circumstances, if they have a good reason to visit regularly and a strong travel history/ties to home they could consider applying for a long term Visit visa.

A word of warning about back-to-back visas: it’s not against the rules but your parents should be careful not to give the impression of trying to live in the UK through frequent, extended or successive visits. See Immigration Rules V4.2(b) https://www.gov.uk/guidance/immigration-rules/immigration-rules-appendix-v-visitor-rules The typical rule of thumb is to spend at least the same amount of time outside the UK as in it.

  • They visited for 4 weeks and now they dont plan to make any visit on this visa, they plan to visit for 3 weeks in the end of year hence they need another visa when the relatives there have vacations mostly like october/november. So is the purpose fine to apply for another one, they have a daughter and her family there, and 2 children under 10, and she wants the parents to visit due her being busy and that is the only purpose to apply the second visa. Jan 30, 2019 at 11:47
  • Another question can their son also apply the visit visa along with their applications this time, he didnt apply last time? Jan 30, 2019 at 11:48
  • @WorldWillEnd Visiting family is a valid reason to apply. As for their son, anyone can apply of course - he will need to be eligible for and apply for a visa in his own right. If you’re asking about the chance of success, no-one can predict that, the only way to find out is to apply.
    – Traveller
    Jan 30, 2019 at 12:01

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