I applied for a Standard Visitor visa to the UK stating my travel date as Jan 1st 2017. My appointment was on Dec 15th 2016 but I could make it as I couldn't find a flight. I went to the consulate in Barbados on Jan 5th 2017 for my biometrics and was attended to.

Will I get the visa even though my intended date of travel has passed?

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  • No definitive answer. You may or may not. If you applied for a particular event like a meeting/tournament and the time for the event has passed, the probability is less. If for a more open ended event like a vacation, the probabilities are higher. Best. Feb 12, 2017 at 12:34

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My guess is you have obtained your visa by now but have not yet found the time to report back.

Missing your appointment should have triggered the return of your paperwork and a visa application rejection (ie no decision taken). You were probably lucky to have your biometrics taken when they were. Christmas and New Year holidays may have worked in your favour, other than for the flight issue. Also, appointments are only available once a fortnight anyway so I take it you made it to the first one possible after the one you missed.

Your attending four days after the travel date you indicated is a sign you still wanted the visa and I suspect has been interpreted that way. Standard Visitor visas are generally valid for use any time within six months of issue, so it is understood there is time for a change in plans.


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