I just submitted my UK tourist visa application and I inadvertently answered the question "The total amount of money you have for this trip" incorrectly. I answered 2000.36gbp, which should have been 2000gbp. At this moment I can't edit my application any more. What should I do?

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    Relax -- if your application is unsuccessful it won't be because of those 36 pence. Commented Jan 30, 2016 at 12:59
  • To be clear, you stated you had 2000.36 pounds, in stead of 2000 pounds?
    – MastaBaba
    Commented Jan 30, 2016 at 12:59
  • yes i stated that the total amount i had for the trip is 2000.36 gbp instead of 2000gbp. like calculating all in the form was meant to add up to 2000gbp but i wrote 2000.36gbp Commented Jan 30, 2016 at 13:05
  • do i write a letter exxplaining that when submitting the form during my appointment Commented Jan 30, 2016 at 13:26

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You made an error on the visa application form and want to know how to handle it...

They like to think that errors fall in to several different categories. Based upon what you wrote, your computation was off by 36p. This falls in to the category of 'unintentional clerical error which would not affect the outcome'.

What that means is if the ECO saw the actual answer they would still make the same decision. You can contrast this with a case where someone who had a criminal history answered 'NO' to that question. That type of error can affect the outcome and so it is treated differently.

In a more general view, when I was doing applications for people, all the numbers were in whole units. Simple rounding is fine and ECO's are not going to be silly about trying to refuse somebody for rounding differences (doing so would violate the Wednesbury Principle and they can get into serious trouble for doing that).

Had your error been significant or would have affected the outcome, then your recommended course is to cancel the application prior to submitting your biometrics. But in the case you have described, it's not necessary to do anything.

Note: an alternative reference for the "Wednesbury Principle" as it occurs in English law can be examined here. There is a pamphlet that describes how perversity fits in with the other grounds for judicial review here.

Note: for an answer where the OP made a significant clerical error, see Standard Visitor visa application in The Philippines submitted with error

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    Do you have a better link for that? The page reloads every few seconds. Each time, the sidebar ad comes in a half second after the rest of the page, and causes the text to reflow, so the text is all but impossible to read. Futhermore, the constant reloading breaks the back button.
    – TRiG
    Commented Jan 30, 2016 at 18:47
  • @TRiG, alternatively would you please try google.com/search?q=wednesbury+principle and select one of the offerings?
    – Gayot Fow
    Commented Jan 30, 2016 at 19:06
  • In Firefox, I just hit the "enter reader view" button (looks like an open book, immediately left of the reload button) and the page works fine. It's a nice general-purpose "this page is broken" button.
    – Kevin
    Commented Jan 30, 2016 at 19:07
  • @Kevin The page continuously reloads and that button disappears while the page is loading. I was unable to click it in five or six attempts. Commented Jan 30, 2016 at 19:09
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    Answer updated with less volatile links.
    – Gayot Fow
    Commented Jan 30, 2016 at 19:20

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