I got my standard visitor visa for UK stamped and it starts from 15th April. But my flight will be reaching London on 14th April 7AM local time(due to my mistake of overlooking dates). I think airline will not allow me to board. I am currently in USA and am a permanent resident of USA with an Indian nationality. Can I apply for change in dates to start a day early or apply for a new visa? What are my options?


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    I got my passport today morning. Confirmation email came last Friday i.e. 18th march.
    – Jitesh
    Mar 23, 2016 at 5:52
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    How about changing your date of travel to next day? Hassle free option if your schedule permits.
    – Dhina
    Mar 23, 2016 at 6:18
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    They are not going to be accommodating about it because your passport has been returned and they told you not to purchase tickets in advance. The path of least resistance is to rebook the flight, otherwise you can make a new application or send your stuff back and ask for discretionary relief from the fee. When that happens they will put a cancelled no prejudice stamp on your visa which is not bad but totally spoils the optics. Rebook the flight.
    – Gayot Fow
    Mar 23, 2016 at 6:25
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    @jamessug IMHO not a duplicate as this questions asks to change the validity start date of a visa.
    – JoErNanO
    Mar 23, 2016 at 9:17
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    For who is following the argument about duplication in this comments, there are related posts in chat and for duplicate policy referring to the following TSE meta posts meta.travel.stackexchange.com/q/1525/32134 and meta.travel.stackexchange.com/q/698/32134 as well as an SO blog on the topic blog.stackoverflow.com/2010/11/…
    – mts
    Mar 23, 2016 at 11:57

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It seems reapplying is one option. Since rebooking the flight is much costlier than reapplying , I am going to reapply.

EDIT :- I reapplied following exactly same procedure as I did the first time. Got a call from British Consulate , NY as to why I am applying again when I already have visa. I explained the reason and that person was okay with that. Got approval email a couple of hours later. My UPS package has already started from there and should be here tomorrow morning.

In the end, saved more than a grand! It was worth the effort.

  • Did anyone downvote this? May I know why? Is this not a good thing to do?
    – Jitesh
    Mar 25, 2016 at 11:11
  • I didnt downvote. But curious to know as you have decided to reapply for visa, you will not be able to travel on the current ticket so eventually you will have to rebook the flight right. Is that not costlier too :P
    – Dhina
    Mar 31, 2016 at 1:57
  • I reapplied to align with flight dates.
    – Jitesh
    Apr 5, 2016 at 1:26

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