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I am a minor, 14 years old and I applied for an accompanied UK visa stating that I would be accompanied with my uncle. My visa also clearly states my uncle's name and that I would only be allowed accompanied by him.

My uncle wouldn't be able to accompany me now due to sudden circumstances. Will my father, who has a 10 year UK visa be eligible to accompany me ?

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You may be refused entry if you have an accompanied child endorsement on your visa and you arrive at the UK border without the person on the vignette, even if the person you arrive with is a parent or legal guardian.

The guidance for Home Office staff states, in part:

Accompanied children at the border
If the child is not travelling with the adult identified on their visa, they may be refused.

The visitor rules state, in part:

V 4.11 Adequate arrangements must have been made for their travel to, reception and care in the UK.

V 4.12 If the applicant is not applying or travelling with a parent or guardian based in their home country or country of ordinary residence who is responsible for their care; that parent or guardian must confirm that they consent to the arrangements for the child’s travel to, and reception and care in the UK. Where requested, this consent must be given in writing.

V 4.13 A child who holds a visit visa must either:
(a) hold a valid visit visa that states they are accompanied and will be travelling with an adult identified on that visit visa; or
(b) hold a visit visa which states they are unaccompanied; if neither applies, the child may be refused entry unless they meet the requirements of V 4.12.

As an English speaker, this seems to indicate to me that an immigration officer could use his discretion to allow landing or temporary admission, but you should not rely on that. It is most likely that you would be refused entry at the border in this case (if you somehow convinced the airline to board you, which is also unlikely).

To avoid any problems, you should apply for a new UK visa. An accompanied child visa can be issued allowing either of two adults to accompany you. (In the case of two adults, only their passport numbers appear on the visa, and they must present one of those specific passports at the border even if they have expired.) You might also obtain an unaccompanied child visa, and in this case you may travel with anyone, or alone.

A child with an ‘unaccompanied child visitor’ visa may travel with or without an accompanying adult. For example, they may have obtained a multi-entry visa and be unable to advise in advance who they will travel with on subsequent trips to the UK.

  • Thank you so much. I have one more question, though. Can I send my passport and call the agency, requesting them to add my fathers name to the visa ? – emma Jul 24 '16 at 3:25
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    That is probably not possible, unfortunately. – Michael Hampton Jul 24 '16 at 7:29
  • Thanks a ton. Can I enter with the person who's name is written on my visa and leave unaccompanied or with my father ? – emma Jul 24 '16 at 11:35
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    @emma, they will let you exit with your father, but they will make a notation on the computer making it difficult for your uncle to get another visa in the future. It's fraud. The prescriptive advice is to request a variation before leaving your country. – Gayot Fow Jul 24 '16 at 14:19
  • Thank you. Should I call the embassy and request them to make changes in the visa ? – emma Jul 25 '16 at 9:55
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It clearly states even if the child who has a valid accompanied visa is travelling without the adult mentioned in his accompanied visa can still be admitted to the UK if he is travelling with a parent in this case his father. Please see paragraph V 4.12 and V 4.13 and I quote:

V 4.13 A child who holds a visit visa must either:

(a) hold a valid visit visa that states they are accompanied and will be travelling with an adult identified on that visit visa; or

(b) hold a visit visa which states they are unaccompanied;

If neither applies, the child may be refused entry unless they meet the requirements of

V 4.12 If the applicant is not applying or travelling with a parent or guardian based in their home country or country of ordinary residence who is responsible for their care; that parent or guardian must confirm that they consent to the arrangements for the child’s travel to, and reception and care in the UK. Where requested, this consent must be given in writing.

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The advice above is incorrect. If it says you must be accompanied by someone then it means just that. You will either be denied boarding or entry to the uk. V 14.3 a) is clear and confirms what it says on the visa i.e. must be accompanied. If neither applies... a) applies. You either must be accompanied by person stated in visa, or get a new visa.

  • The answer you're responding to quotes official guidance and the actual rules, and also contains the advice to get a new visa. It says that it is "most likely" that the asker would be refused entry and "also unlikely" that the asker could "somehow convince the airline to let them board." So, really, I don't think there's any grounds for claiming that the answer is incorrect. Rather, you are incorrect since you state that it is absolutely impossible for the asker to be admitted to the UK, whereas the official guidance allows some discretion to the entry officer. – David Richerby Jun 1 '18 at 11:33
  • I'm not here to chat back and forth. I just want to make it clear to the benefit of other travellers: If it says on your UK Visa that you must be accompanied then it means the person named must be with you i.e. accompanying you. You need to comply with the conditions as written on your visa document. – Andrew Roberts Jun 3 '18 at 8:29

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