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#1 baloo007

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 08:46 PM

I have following questions regarding the 6 month validity rule for the passport, i heard from friends..
1. Does 6 month passport validity rule apply when applying for UK Family Visitor visa?
2. If it does, what does it actually mean?
a. Should the passport be valid for more than 6 months at the time of applying? or
b. Should the passport be valid for more than 6 months on the day of entry? or
b. Should the passport be valid for more than 6 months on the day of leaving?

I am applying for my father's family visitor visa with the following details,
1. Passport expiry: 24 Aug 2013
2. Stay requested from 14th Jan 2013 to 12th July 2013
3. National: Indian
4. Applying in India

Could there be any issue applying for his visa?
Should he first renew his passport before applying?

Thanks
Baljeet

Edited by baloo007, 09 December 2012 - 09:44 PM.




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Posted 09 December 2012 - 08:50 PM

What '6 month validity rule' are you talking about? Can you give a reference? I think this has been invented.

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 09:17 PM

Thanks Vicky

I don't have a reference. I tried searching the border agency website and other immigration sites but could not find an answer.

I have read a few comments on some websites where people are claiming that you must have at least 6 months left on your passport on the last day of the visit.

I just need to know if its safe for me to apply for my fathers visa based on the details i mentioned above.
Can you please advice. Thanks

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 09:26 PM

Passport should be more than 6 months valid at the time of applying visa for any country
As best of my knowledge
I am a travel consultant

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 09:46 PM

Thanks Ali. That sounds good as he will have 6 months at the time of application. Also, i just updated the post as i forgot to mention that my father is Indian national and he would be applying in India.
I just hope that the airline don't give him any grief.

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 01:22 PM

You welcome Baloo
if it was any other country i would have suggested to renew the passport......... in this case its India and TCS will give u hard time

but certain airlines dont allow ....... even they check for passport validity for more than 06months

what i can advise u is apply for visa and then renew the passport on Valid UK visa TCS will to its in 3days if all docs are in order

and then ur father can fly wz both the passport attached together (old and the renewed)

hope this will help

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 01:32 PM

Thanks again Ali.
But who is TCS?

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 02:04 PM

In India
now passport department is privatised and Tata consultancy Service is Looking after that

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 03:56 PM

Ok. Did not know that. Thanks.
I hope Virgin Atlantic does not cause too much fuss about this. Will try to speak to them.

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 12:38 PM

HI Vicky
May be this will help as a reference
http://www.flyertalk.../t-1250799.html





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