I am a medical doctor. I have already taken 2 exams in the UK to work as a doctor there. I just have one more exam to take. I hold a visitor visa, which expires on 29/12/2017. However, I have booked the exam date on 23/01/2018.

I'd like to ask if it is possible to apply for a new visitor visa before my old one expires. Because the dates are quite close to each other as I don't want to miss the exam.

What can be the best option for my situation?

  • How long have you spent in the UK on the current visa? It can affect your chances of getting a new visa if it looks like you are using one after another to establish residence in the UK.
    – user16259
    Commented Oct 18, 2017 at 16:24

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Yes, it's possible. Source: UKVI email followed up with personal experience.

If the application is granted and the applicant already has entry clearance beyond the start date of their new visa, they should be told that the extant leave will be cancelled and no refund issued.

The entry clearance should be crossed out by writing “Recommend cancel without prejudice” diagonally across the redundant visa (in red ink), make a note in Proviso and then grant fresh entry clearance in the same passport as the previous leave.


In my case, the new visa was in a new passport and no note was made across the old one.

  • Thank you very much! In your opinion, do you think it may be better solution if I apply for a new visa on the day after my old one expires?
    – Mia
    Commented Oct 18, 2017 at 20:33
  • @Mia yes. There is enough time.
    – user58558
    Commented Oct 19, 2017 at 14:47

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