I'm a British Citizen and my wife is Filipino. We live in Spain, and we'd like to visit the UK fairly regularly to see my family. My wife applied for a two year Standard Visitor visa so that we can visit regularly without needing to get a new visa each time.
The passport was returned today but the visa is only valid for six months. They haven't included awny letter or explanation of why the duration of the visa granted is less than what we applied for. The 'Document checklist' returned clearly says that the application is for 2 years.
Is it normal that they might only grant a six month visa when she applied for 2 years? If they were going to do that I'd expect that they'd at least include some explanation. We provided evidence of our marriage and my family in the UK so I don't think there should be any doubt that she has a reasonable reason to seek a 2 year visa over six months.
Does anybody if it's expected that this might happen without explanation? Is there any right of appeal? We've paid a lot of extra money to apply for the two year visa instead of six months and they've just granted six months without any explanation at all, which is frustrating.