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Questions tagged [change-purpose-of-travel]

For questions about using a previously issued visa for a different purpose. E.g. a business visa for tourism.

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Can I use B1/B2 visa to travel to the US without a business purpose?

I got a B1/B2 visa earlier this year when I traveled to the US for a business trip from my company. It expires in 2013 and I'd love to visit the United States again, but for no other purpose than ...
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Can I use my Schengen visa for a completely different purpose and entry point?

I am a non-EU national, permanent UK Resident. Recently, my work issued me with a multiple Schengen visa with Norway as the first (main) point of entry. Now I want to go on holidays to Greece - do I ...
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Travelling to the US on B1 visa without a business purpose

(NOT a duplicate of Tourist Visa B1/B2) Earlier last year, I went to the US for a business trip. In preparation for it, even though I applied for a B1/B2 visa, I was granted a (seemingly rare) ...
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Holiday visit to UK with a C-Visit visa which I got for a business trip that never happened; meantime I left the company that backed my application

So, this September I applied for a Standard Visitor Visa in order to spend 3-4 weeks in the London office of the company where I worked, and in the application I said I would stay 3 weeks for a ...
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Can I use B1 visa (Visitor-Business) to travel to the Canada without a business purpose?

I got a B1 visa (Visitor-Business) for Canada in 2012 when I traveled to Canada for a business trip from my company. It expires in 2015 and I'd love to visit the Canada again, but for no other purpose ...
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Business visa validity after I switch organization

I have a valid 2 year business visa issued in July 2014, I changed jobs in June 2015 and now my current employer wants me to travel to UK for a business trip. My visa is showing valid till July 2016. ...
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Can I visit the US for tourism on a previously unused B1/B2 visa?

Note: This is NOT a duplicate of this question Difference: In both other questions, the posters traveled once to the US for the original purpose for which the B1 visa was obtained. Their question ...
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Can I travel to Australia as a tourist on a business visitor visa?

I currently hold a multiple-entry business visitor (subclass 600) visa for Australia valid until January 2020, and I have traveled to Sydney multiple times before for business. I am planning to ...
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Traveling to the US with a visa, but not for the purpose of the visa - allowed?

I have an E-2 Visa which allows me to work in the US for a certain number of days during a given year. The company that I work for is based in Florida. I'm planning on visiting NYC this year for ...
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Not attending to US university. Can I use my F-1 visa for a transit flight?

I have an F-1 Visa but I will not attend the university because I couldn't get an scholarship. Instead I will attend a university at France. Could I use my F-1 visa to enter the US to make a ...
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Can I use a Chinese business visa (M) for tourism?

I have a valid multiple entry 60 day Chinese business visa that I use to travel for work. I am planing a trip to China that is only for vacation, can I use my business visa or do I need a tourist (L) ...
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Can I visit India on my business visa without doing any business?

I am a US citizen and have a multiple entry 5 year Indian business visa. Can I travel to India without a business purpose?
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Travelling on Business visa to UK for tourism purposes

I already have a 6 month valid UK business visa received prior to April 24 2015. I was supposed to travel to the UK in April, but my trip was cancelled on medical grounds. I am now planning to visit ...
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Purpose of travel and failure to declare facts [closed]

I am trying to reconcile a couple of interesting UK visa cases that I have read about on this site and others, pertaining to how the rules are interpreted regarding the purpose of one's visit. ...
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Visiting the UK for tourism on a Business Visitor visa, after previously visiting the country for business

I already got Business Visitor Visa (Multi Entry) for UK in previous year, when I participated in the conference in London. My Visa is not expired yet. I want to spend my holiday in UK. My question ...
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Can I travel to the UK for business on a C visit visa?

I selected tourism as the purpose when I applied for my visa and was given a 2-year multi-entry C visit visa. I have a business trip next month; can I use this visa to enter the UK for business?
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Tourism on Schengen business visa?

I am an Indian citizen living in UK on a tier 2 visa. Recently, I have received Short stay Schengen visas (multiple entry, business trips for 1 year) for travelling to France. (Applied at French ...
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Can someone change his/her original purpose in the Schengen area during the travel?

Initial Plan: My friend, who's a Ukrainian citizen, initially applied for a short-stay visa Type C, from the Norwegian embassy, with the intention of attending a conference in Norway. The validity is ...
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Can I use a Schengen visa issued by Finland to visit non-schengen EU countries?

I got a multiple visit visa from Finnish Embassy to visit a friend, a citizen in Finland. He suggested taking a trip to Croatia; this will affect my itinerary so that less than half of my stay will be ...
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Can I travel to Australia for leisure but on a business visitor visa? [closed]

I have a two years Australian business visitor visa with multiple entry option. This visa lets me attend business related workshops for a project undertaken by our parent company which is located in ...
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I changed my travel plans after entering the Schengen area. Will this cause me trouble with immigration?

I have issued a Schengen visa from the Italian embassy for tourism. In the visa application, I declared that I will enter Germany first, and then I will stay the longest in Italy. I'm in Germany now, ...
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Traveling for tourism with Schengen business visa single Entry from Sweden to Norway [duplicate]

Can one travel for tourism to Norway with Schengen business visa- single entry (given for Sweden)?
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Is it now possible to visit the UK for tourism on an exsiting multiple entry business visa? [duplicate]

I am a British citizen residing in South Africa. In June I will be visiting family in the UK accompanied by my South African wife who holds a valid C Business visa (expiring in 2018). Under the new ...
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Can I use a Schengen type C Visa (Tourism) for Business?

I have been a frequent visitor to The Netherlands and other Schengen states (for both business and tourism purposes) in past several years and had many visas issued previously. The current visa I ...
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Schengen Visa for both business and tourism

I am holding an Indian passport. I have a multi-entry Schengen visa which is valid for 6 months. I am planning to travel in mid Feb to Spain (on a business trip) via Netherlands for a week. On my way ...
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Is it legal to study while on a tourist Schengen visa?

If, say, you acquired a 90-day tourist Schengen visa, would it be legal to use it for the purpose of visiting a language course or a university class? Or do you have to apply for a special education ...
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Changing UK visa from visitor to study

Can I change my visa status from visitor to study while I'm still in UK?
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On my initial ESTA application I was transiting through the US. However now my travel plans have changed and I'm staying in the US. Help?

I initially applied for an ESTA in November, and I was going to travel through the US to Costa Rica - and stated this on my application. However, I never actually ended up travelling to the US or ...
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Would a tourist visa work for attending job interview in Germany

I am a citizen of India, and I have to attend a job interview in Germany. Is it OK (according to German govt rules) to attend a job interview with a tourist visa? If not what other visa should I be ...
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I have a transit visa to Canada, can I use it for a short layover to see family?

I live in Grand Cayman and I'm going back to the Philippines for vacation. To get a cheaper fare, I applied for a transit visa to Canada and was approved. My question is, am I allowed to go out of ...
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Can I travel to the Netherlands for tourism with a business visa?

I have a 90-day multiple entry type C visa issued by the Netherlands. The invitation letter from the company in the Netherlands mentioned dates: May 31st to June 5th, but the Embassy has been generous ...
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Can I use an Australia work visa for tourism?

I got a short-term work Australia visa subclass 400. Can I use the visa for tourism in Australia? It was supposed to be used for a short job in WA, but it was postponed. The visa expiry is in Jan ...
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Using a multiple-entry business Schengen visa for tourism

I am Indian and have a multiple entry Danish business visa and they have requested me to give the itinerary for 16 days even though I have applied for a multiple entry visa. And do I need to apply ...
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Can I still travel to Australia for a holiday on my Temporary Skills Shortage (subclass 482) visa if I will not be working for my sponsor?

I have an Indian passport and a Temporary Skills Shortage (subclass 482) visa approved for myself and my wife to work in Australia for my sponsoring company. However, I would not be joining my ...
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Can I enter the UK as a tourist/in transit even having a valid student visa?

I own a Brazilian passport. I will arrive in London, fly to France on the same day and spend 14 days there before going back to the UK for my studies. I will already have my student visa but I don't ...
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Using Multiple Entry Type C Visa for business meeting then tourism [closed]

I was granted a Type C visa in June 2016, but when we applied for it the purpose was to attend business meetings in Ireland. I was granted 6 months multiple entry, I will be going back to UK in ...
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Do I need to change my UK visa from Visitor to Business?

I have a UK visitor visa of 5 years valid till March 2018. I am visiting UK every year for 20-25 days. Now, I am planning to invest in a business of my friend in the UK. For the same I plan to apply ...
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USA B1/B2 visa visit. Can I change my plans last moment?

I have received a B1/B2 US visa. While applying for it, I haven't booked plane tickets yet and didn't have a solid plan of my travel, only a list of places I am planning to visit (New Haven and Boston)...
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Can I visit relatives in the US on a B1/B2 visa?

I have B1/B2 visa and traveled to the US for a business trip from my company couple time. I am recently married and my wife is on H1B status from 1 1/2 yrs. I am planning to visit the US in coming ...
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Purpose of visit: business or tourism? [closed]

I'm going to Ljubljana from Vilnius, through Istanbul, for an Erasmus internship. What to write for the purpose of visit: tourism or business?
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Got a B1/B2 but never went for the trip. Can I use it to go later? [duplicate]

When working for my previous company, I got a B1/B2 US visa to go for an event in the US. But the trip got postponed and I moved to a different company soon after so I never ended up going. I now want ...
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Can I use Italy Business Visa to travel to Sweden for tourism purpose [duplicate]

I have a valid Schengen Business Visa for Italy. I have already used this visa to travel to Italy for 31 days for business purpose. Total validity is 75 days with multiple entry. Can I use the same ...
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Can a UK tourist visa be also used for business trip?

I have a UK C visit visa (multiple entry, valid for 6 months) that was issued in June 2017 for tourism. I made one visit, in June 2017, as a tourist. I need to make another visit in October 2017, but ...
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Can I travel to Ireland for a holiday on a business visa?

I have a valid multiple entry short term stay (C) visa for Ireland. The "remarks" section on the visa states (among other things) "business". Can I use this visa to travel to Ireland for a short ...
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Change of reason for UK standard visit visa

I got a Standard Visitor visa for me and my spouse for tourism purposes in November 2018 (valid until May 2019). We did visit and return precisely on the dates stated on the application. Now I have a ...
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Refused business visitor but have Family visitor visa?

I'm a post graduate doctor from Pakistan, want to pursue post graduate work in the UK. I read on Travel SE that the business visitor visa was being discontinued from 24 April 2015, I applied for it on ...
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Traveling to UK for different reasons than I initially got the visa for

I applied for the visa to participate in a university students conference. But I had to cancel my travel plans because of a family emergency. I wanted to know if I can still can use the multiple ...
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Issue regarding Schengen visa

I'll be traveling to Germany in July for a short summer camp at a university. Can I change my travel itinerary after I get my Schengen visa? I plan to stay in Germany for three days after the camp so ...
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B1 visa to USA - can I travel for leisure purpose too?

I have a 6-month B1 (business) visa to the USA. I plan to visit USA for business for 4 weeks (training for my company) and then take 2 week-long vacation to travel around. Of course, you can never ...
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Can I use B1 visa to travel to any US state without a business purpose?

I recently got my B1 visa in Honduras for training purposes to Miami. My visa is only for 3 months and will expire in Dec 4th, 2014. It also has the name and address of the company in my passport. I ...