I am planning to visit London with my wife and son. I already have a valid UK visitor visa. I have filled the application for my wife and son and soon after making the payment, I realized that there was a question saying, were you known by any other names prior to this name?

I selected NO for this question while making the application for my wife. However, My wife's official last name was different before our marriage and it got changed after marriage. Now I have following questions:

  1. Can this become a reason for refusal?
  2. My appointment is not yet done. I have the option to cancel the application and get the full refund. If I do this, can I make another application from scratch for the same person?

The only problem in option 2 is that my wife's application number GWF is mentioned in my son's application, which means I have to cancel both of them. Any help on this is highly appreciated and can save my time and money.


No one can predict the outcome, but best practices would indicate that an absolutely fresh application should be made. This is to avoid two important considerations:

  • a credibility hit on the application if it is discovered; and
  • having to perpetuate the lie in future applications so as to be consistent.

Previous names are an important data item, and clicking "yes" opens up a sub-menu. Accordingly, a simple pen and ink correction to say "yes" will not suffice.

Yes, again best practice; cancel the application and say it had a mistake, not a big deal.

And you do not need to cancel your son's application. You can change the GWF in the remarks section with a simple pen and ink correction.

Best practices prevail when there are no explicit rules, and generally reflect what you could expect to hear from an experienced lawyer.

  • is the pen edit allowed at all? will this not cause an issue in my son's application? Feb 15 '18 at 6:00
  • Yes it is allowed and you can mention that to the staff taking your application when you go for your bio-metrics. Better yet you can make the change in front of them so they can make a note Feb 15 '18 at 6:18

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