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I am a South African citizen currently living in the UK with a Tier 2 visa. My parents have recently moved to the Netherlands. If they want to visit us, they would need a visa. For this, I have a couple questions:

  1. They are probably going to visit us a lot. What would they need to do in order to qualify for a multiple entry visa?
  2. My wife is currently pregnant and my parent's first visit to us will be very short notice when the baby is born; how should they apply for the visa, since we do not have exact dates, and they can not book tickets yet?

Should I give them some kind of letter or something for when they apply for the visa?

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They are probably going to visit us a lot. What would they need to do in order to qualify for a multiple entry visa?

The 'Standard Visitor Visa' is multiple-entry by default so there is nothing special they need to do.

...how should they apply for the visa, since we do not have exact dates, and they can not book tickets yet?

Unlike other countries, the UK prefers that applicants do not purchase tickets or make bookings in advance of a decision. This is explicitly addressed in the guidance...

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Should I give them some kind of letter or something for when they apply for the visa?

It's optional based upon what you wrote, but it's a good idea to include something that shows your status in the UK (like a scan of your T2 and a scan of your passport's portrait page). I am assuming that you are not financing their visit.

  • Thanks, They will be paying for the visit. Seeing as the Standard Visitor Visa is multiple entry, i guess they will need to apply for a long term one then. Then we should be all sorted ? – Captain0 May 12 '16 at 14:06
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    Applying for a long-term one would not be advisable because it wastes money. Read travel.stackexchange.com/questions/60848/… – Gayot Fow May 12 '16 at 14:45
  • Thanks, good to know. What an easy way to make money for them. We are only looking for 1 year or something like that. – Captain0 May 13 '16 at 9:16
  • "Unlike other countries, the UK prefers that applicants do not purchase tickets or make bookings in advance of a decision" sounds as if the UK is the only country with this policy. Suggest "other countries" be changed to read "some countries" or "some other countries". – fn0 Feb 7 at 8:24

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