I am currently in the process of applying for a UK visitor's visa, and one of the questions on the form pertains to whether I have been issued a UK visa in the past 10 years. If the answer is "Yes," there is a field labeled "Date of visa issue" (referred to as "Date of application" in the PDF form).

I would like to confirm which specific date is being referred to as the "Date of visa issue":

  • Is it the date indicated on the visa itself (valid from date)?
  • Does it correspond to the date when I received the email of acceptance?
  • Or, is it the date when I submitted my biometrics?
  • I have no experience with UK visas, but quick google search indicated that both "issued on" and "valid from" dates are printed on the visas, so maybe use the "issued on" date of your previous visa.
    – mintay
    Nov 20 at 22:55
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    It cannot be the date when you submitted biometrics, because that is done prior to the decision being made/the visa being issued. It also cannot be the email date, since (AFAIK) that does not state that the visa has been issued, only that a decision has been made. So logically it is the ‘valid from’ date on the visa itself. For the avoidance of doubt, you could also record the visa number in the ‘other comments’ field at the end of the application, if it’s not requested elsewhere.
    – Traveller
    Nov 20 at 23:28
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    @Traveller that's an answer, not a comment. The inability to downvote comments containing incorrect answers is one reason why answers in comments are discouraged. The fact that the notification message doesn't state the result of the decision is not relevant.
    – phoog
    Nov 21 at 8:01
  • I'm little confused. What was incorrect about @Traveller's answer?
    – Ndx
    Nov 21 at 19:57


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