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I'm from Pakistan and I applied for a UK visitor visa for a company trip that got cancelled. However, my visa application was successful and I now have a valid 6-month visit visa to the United Kingdom. Now I hear from a bunch of people that if you don't travel on a visitor visa to the UK and it expires, your chances of ever getting a visa to the UK again are almost nonexistent. I obviously cannot find any such thing on any official source. Can anybody here share what they know on whether that's actually the case or not?

Thanks!

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    Given the biggest worry they have when approving your visa is that you'll come and never leave, it would seem an odd result - if anything, not travelling suggests that you really aren't interested in illegally moving there. – CMaster May 24 at 12:38
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    Whoever told you that is talking nonsense: A VISA gives you permission to travel to the UK, not an obligation to do so. It's understood that plans sometimes change, particularly for business travel. – Jon Story May 24 at 16:23
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    It's an old tale I also heard several times back in the day in my country. It probably got legs because a few people who obtained visas and never traveled were subsequently denied visas when they reapplied. People thought being issued a visa once automatically meant an approval for subsequent application and hence when those people were refused, the default explanation was aha, they issued you a visa and you did not use it, they are upset at you and now you're finished – user 56513 May 24 at 18:36
  • Thanks to everyone who responded, this was very helpful! Much appreciated! – Aatif Khan May 24 at 19:56
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In the list of things you cannot do for this type of visa

  • not comming to the UK at all

is not listed.
(it is also not listed as something you can do)

https://www.gov.uk/standard-visitor-visa


If you want to play it save, ask your company to write a short letter confirming that they cancelled the intended trip.

This could then be shown/submitted during the next visa application.

  • Thank you, it puts me at much ease! – Aatif Khan May 24 at 19:56

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