I am an Indian Citizen, currently living in Canada(PR). I am traveling from Vancouver to Bombay on 17th Jan, 2020. My return flight is on March 5 from Bombay. I am stopping in UK for 5 days and my return flight from Heathrow to Vancouver is on 10th March.

As per UK visa website, you should apply 3 months before your intended travel date. In my scenario, March 5, 2020 is the date when I arrive in UK so that means I can apply latest by December 5, 2019.

I was wondering since I will leave Canada on Jan 17, 2020 can I apply to UK Visa beforehand?

How long does it take to get Biometric Appointment? Let's say even if i apply on Dec 5, 2019. Will I be able to get visa before Jan 17?

Help Appreciated.

1 Answer 1


You can apply 3 months before your expected arrival date in the UK, and can typically expect a decision within 15 days (not guaranteed, of course). https://visa-processingtimes.homeoffice.gov.uk/y/vancouver-canada/visits-visas/general-visit-6-months-or-less

Note that UKVI guidance specifically states that evidence of travel bookings is not required to be submitted with an application. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/visitor-visa-guide-to-supporting-documents/guide-to-supporting-documents-visiting-the-uk UK visit visa validity is almost always 6 months, therefore applicants are not obliged to stick to the date stated in the application and do have leeway to change their travel date after receiving their visa.

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .