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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

What you described comes under the generic term, "change of circumstances". This occurs when the premise of person's application is no longer valid. This is a different case from a person who obtains ...
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Can I use my Schengen visa for a completely different purpose and entry point?

The visa is not specific to a country or purpose, it's valid for all short stays in the Schengen area. It's also perfectly fine to enter the Schengen area through another country (say connect through ...
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Travelling to the US on B1 visa without a business purpose

There would be no point in having B-1 and B-2 were there no difference between them. Strictly speaking I believe you are supposed to apply for a B-2 visa if you (a) have left USA since visiting on ...
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Not attending to US university. Can I use my F-1 visa for a transit flight?

No. An F-1 visa is valid for study. You can only use it to enter the US when you are properly enrolled at an authorized institution and they have indicated this status in the SEVIS database. When you ...
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Visiting the UK for tourism on a Business Visitor visa, after previously visiting the country for business

For your question about which government rule relates to your case, the answer is Paragraph 46G of the Immigration Rules. And specifically sub paragraph (iii)... intends to do one or more of the ...
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Can I visit India on my business visa without doing any business?

Is it legal? Strictly speaking, no. Just like it's illegal to do business on a tourist visa, it's also not allowed to use a business visa for a pure tourist trip. A change of purpose is not ...
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Traveling to the US with a visa, but not for the purpose of the visa - allowed?

Maybe... Although I have an E2 and enter the US regularly, I applied for an ESTA for a holiday and entered the US on it. I was questioned and berated for entering the US on an ESTA and told I should ...
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Can I visit India on my business visa without doing any business?

I do this all the time. I am also a US citizen and with a 5-year visa. I have entered India many times on that visa or a similar one. No one ever inquired if this trip in particular was for business ...
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Schengen Visa for both business and tourism

The Schengen system doesn't distinguish between "tourist" and "business" visas for short stays. Once issued, a short-stay Schengen visa is valid for entering and staying in the Shengen area regardless ...
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Can I use a Schengen type C Visa (Tourism) for Business?

I have completed my business trip to Norway (flying through Amsterdam). It was very smooth and I did not encounter any issues at passport control regarding the Visa. I was asked about the purpose of ...
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Can I visit the US for tourism on a previously unused B1/B2 visa?

A B1/B2 visa allows you to travel for both tourism and business purposes: Visitor visas are nonimmigrant visas for persons who want to enter the United States temporarily for business (visa ...
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Travelling on Business visa to UK for tourism purposes

It's fine. On 24 April 2015 your visa was automatically converted to a Visitor (standard) Visa. The Visitor (standard) Visa allows the holder to engage in any permitted activity, which includes both ...
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Can I travel to the UK for business on a C visit visa?

Yes, you can mix and match the purpose of each visit. Business, leisure, academia, medical and so on within the rules are all fine. The controlling reference point for your question is Appendix 3, ...
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Is it legal to study while on a tourist Schengen visa?

Official documents can be found on the EU website. In fact, there is no such thing as a “tourist” Schengen visa, the main distinction is between a short-stay (no more than 90 days in a 180-day period) ...
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Can I use a Schengen type C Visa (Tourism) for Business?

Yes, Schengen type C visa are simply short-stay visas. Nowhere does the sticker say “tourism”. The regulation contains some lists of documents to include in the application depending on the purpose of ...
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Do I need to change my UK visa from Visitor to Business?

Scares me how an IO fails to keep himself up-to-date with such Major changes. As Gayot Fow wrote in a comment, there is no such thing as a UK business visa; rather, the Standard Visitor visa covers ...
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Can I travel to Australia as a tourist on a business visitor visa?

Yes, you can. Subclass 600 is a general visitor visa, and while there are different streams to qualify for one, once granted they are valid both for business and leisure. https://www.border.gov.au/...
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Refused business visitor but have Family visitor visa?

On the 24th April 2015, the UK implemented new immigration rules which simplify visitor visas. Many different visa types were consolidated into the new Standard Visitor visa, which allows business, ...
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Can I use B1/B2 visa to travel to the US without a business purpose?

If you have M under Entries meaning a multiple entry visa. (This is missing from every other answer!) Expiration date is on or later than the date when you plan to present yourself at the border of ...
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I have a transit visa to Canada, can I use it for a short layover to see family?

Except for people transiting directly to U.S. preclearance, everyone who transits Canada will pass through immigration control and end up landside. Much like in the U.S., and with the exception noted, ...
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Would a tourist visa work for attending job interview in Germany

In Germany (and the rest of the Schengen area), there is no such thing as a “tourist visa” but only short-stay visas covering many different purposes. Actual work requires an additional permission (...
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Business visa validity after I switch organization

You should not try to enter UK with your current visa and instead re-apply with an application reflecting your changed circumstances (i.e. change of employer). Source: comment by expert user @GayotFow ...
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Can someone change his/her original purpose in the Schengen area during the travel?

I have traveled multiple times on Schengen visa so I speak from experience. I confess I have sometimes obtained visas from one country and never even visited that particular country. It's still ...
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Tourist to F1 change of status within 60 days

It's not possible to do Change of Status from the Visa Waiver Program. It's possible to do Change of Status from B2 visitor status to F1, but the application takes about 5 months to process these ...
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Change of reason for UK standard visit visa

IMHO this is a significant change, as the only reason for PLAB2 is to practise medicine in the UK, signifying your intent to work and live there. Surely, you planned to sit the exam prior to your ...
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Traveling to UK for different reasons than I initially got the visa for

As long as what you are doing is permitted by the type of visa, there is no problem. By giving you a multiple entry visa they clearly indicated you were permitted (even expected) to use the visa more ...
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USA B1/B2 visa visit. Can I change my plans last moment?

There are no issues with changing your plans, as long as the change is an honest change. If your change leads the Customs and Border Patrol staff to believe that your visa was obtained via fraud, ...
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Changing UK visa from visitor to study

Can you apply in the UK? the Immigration Rules only allow people who were last granted leave in certain immigration categories to make a Tier 4 application in the UK. In short, no.
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Issue regarding Schengen visa

Yes, you should -- as a matter of principle -- be as complete as possible about your travel plans when you apply for a visa. Not doing so is strictly speaking fraud and, if found out, can have much ...
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Using multiple-entry 'turismo' schengen visa for business

There is no such thing as pre-defined visa types or categories limited to certain purposes in the Schengen regulations. Furthermore, many things in the regulations and other associated documents ...
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