3 days after applying, I received my UK standard visitor Visa a few days ago. Now I need those funds I showed, to book my flight tickets and other stuff.

How quickly can I withdraw funds from my bank account after being granted a UK visit visa? Can I withdraw the amount full or should I leave some? Do they still check my account even after being granted visa and/or at the time of arrival in LHR-Heathrow airport?

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    @Strawberry It isn't, and recommending someone use credit when they don't need to is quite irresponsible. Commented Jan 10, 2019 at 13:20
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    @LightnessRacesinOrbit I think the opposite is true. No one should a credit card except when they don't need to.
    – Strawberry
    Commented Jan 10, 2019 at 13:45
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    @Strawberry I am unable to rightly apprehend the confusion of ideas that could lead to such a statement. Commented Jan 10, 2019 at 13:46
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    @LightnessRacesinOrbit - I use a credit card all the time. At the end of each month I get one nice statement of everything I've bought that month, write them one check, and it is done. Plus I get the float on that month's worth of purchases. Plus the credit card offers various protections on the purchases, as well as points for traveling with later. You are right, I don't need to use it, but it offers many advantages for those who pay off their balance in full every month.
    – Jon Custer
    Commented Jan 10, 2019 at 14:32
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    @LightnessRacesinOrbit: The biggest advantage of a credit card (prior to ECB getting an Italian president, and interest going to zero) has always been not buying stuff you can't afford, but buying stuff you can afford and getting interest for the money on your bank account while the loan on the credit card is 100% free during the approx. 6 weeks it takes them to charge in. Used to make everything you purchase 5-6% cheaper, effectively. That, and you need not carry a few thousand around everywhere you go just in case you see something you want to have.
    – Damon
    Commented Jan 10, 2019 at 16:20

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It is your money, use it as you please and when you please. The assessment is complete and the decision has been made, no one is actively looking at your bank statement anymore.

Except the IO who will interview you once you land, you may be asked for a proof of funds for your trip at that point. And if by then you are no longer in possession of enough funds for your trip, you may be denied entry.

Obviously it is normal and actually expected that by the time you reach the UK, you would have spent some of your money on tickets and other arrangements for your trip, so no one will hold you to the exact same amount you presented on the application stage.

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    Yes, you should leave pretty much all of it except what you need for airfare and the like. Sometimes people borrow money simply to make a good showing to UKVI, our term that on SE is "funds parking", and naturally want to pay it back as quickly as possible... not such a good place to be. Commented Jan 10, 2019 at 0:09
  • yeah, or hide the fact that they're unemployed, travel months later, and now their bank account is all but empty.
    – jwenting
    Commented Jan 10, 2019 at 6:54

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