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Last year I applied for UK standard visitors Visa and was successfully issued, with Visa written at the top of the sticker which has the resemblance of the schengen Visa. Fast forward this year, in the month of June I applied for another standard visitors Visa but was issued an entry clearance sticker which has a different look than the regular Visa. I would like to know, at what point are this two stickers issued and under what circumstances? What are the major differences between them?

  • Did you apply via the gov.uk website or VFS, or via a 3rd party agent? – Traveller Jul 19 at 20:37
  • @Traveller my first application was done via the official old application portal and the current application was done via Gov.uk. had my biometric with TLScontact Ghana and never used any agent. – Apple juice Jul 19 at 20:45
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Several years ago, the EEA Member States introduced a uniform format visa vignette (a green coloured vignette, which all member states use). Unlike other Member States, the UK uses a different sticker for category D visas.

  • Uniform Format Visa (UFV).This vignette is common to all EU Member States. It is used for visa nationals coming to the UK as visitors or in transit (Category A, B or C)

  • United Kingdom Vignette. This is used for all other entry clearances (Category D), usually long-stay categories

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/entry-clearance-vignettes-ecb09/ecb09-entry-clearance-vignettes-types-safeguarding-and-validity

An example of each vignette is available here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/257789/examples-of-vignettes.pdf

Example of UK Category A, B, C vignette
Example of UK Category A, B, C vignette

Example of UK Category D vignette
Example of UK Category D vignette

You appear to have been given a Category D vignette.

  • I just got visitor multivisa (C) on the vignette like for D category. Interesting))) – Alexey Usharovski Sep 18 at 11:13

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