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In 2018 I applied for UK standard visitors Visa and was successfully issued 2-year with Visa which has the resemblance of the schengen Visa. In 2021 I applied for another 2-year visa and instead I got Entry Clearance Visa and for only 6 months. Why the change in visa type and the reduced validity time. Can I get refunded for the difference in visa fees of 2 years (GBP390) to 6 months visa (GBP 95).

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  • What reason did you give for needing a longer-term visit visa? Are your personal circumstances the same as they were when your 2 year validity visa was issued in 2018? You won’t get a refund of the fee difference if UKVI has decided that you do not qualify for a 2 year visa gov.uk/standard-visitor-visa Did UKVI provide any explanation? Related question travel.stackexchange.com/questions/101409/…
    – Traveller
    Jan 21, 2021 at 22:49
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    Fees are just that, fees - they cover the application, not the outcome. You cant claim a fee refund for a refusal for example - the application was considered, and the outcome is what you ended up with.
    – user29788
    Jan 22, 2021 at 3:53
  • Two of my previous visas were for 2 years. My son studies in London since 2016.
    – MSS
    Jan 22, 2021 at 10:28
  • @MSS When is your son due to finish his studies in the UK? The expiry date of your visa may well be linked to that, since your reason for frequent visits ends when his circumstances change
    – Traveller
    Jan 22, 2021 at 12:40
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    A visa is a form of entry clearance. The fact that the words on the two visa stickers are different is not particularly important. The difference in the design is most likely due only to the UK's departure from the EU.
    – phoog
    Jan 22, 2021 at 12:43

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