I applied for a UK visa with the reason of "to renew my Philippine passport there in London as there is no longer a Philippine embassy here in Dublin."

Then they issued me a multiple entry visit visa valid until October 2013.

Can I use it to tour the UK in the summer or is it just to be used solely for renewing my passport?

I don't want to be questioned on the immigration there so just wanted to make sure.

  • 1
    What visa did they issue? – Karlson Apr 25 '13 at 20:30
  • I think he meant tourist visa from "visit visa". – Ankur Banerjee Apr 26 '13 at 7:54
  • 1
    Yes, its a general visit visa (multiple entry). Sorry, bit of a stupid question but just need clarity regarding it. Thanks – Joy Apr 26 '13 at 22:43

The main concern of the UK Border Agency seems to be to ensure that your visa is only used for visiting, but not for taking up de facto residence in the country.

Unless there is a note on the visa that says something along the lines of "may only be used to renew passport", or otherwise restricts your entry to a specific purpose (see #6), you can enter the UK multiple times as a tourist. Both touring the UK and renewing your passport seem to me valid reasons of spending time in the UK that would not be considered akin to taking up residence.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.