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23 May 2024

Can I travel whilst waiting for a visa application decision?

You might be wondering if you can travel while you wait for a response to your visa application. In this guide, we will tell you what you need to know.
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Travel whilst waiting for a visa application

A lot of visa applications from within the UK do not require you to hand over your passport while you wait for a decision on your application from the Home Office.

Due to the fact that you still have your passport, you might be wondering if you can travel whilst waiting for a visa application decision. 

However, you should be aware that you will not be able to travel abroad to the vast majority of countries, as your visa application will be cancelled if you do leave the UK.

Where can I travel whilst waiting for a visa application?

Though you cannot travel whilst waiting for a visa application to most countries, you can visit places that are in the Common Travel Area (CTA). 

The CTA includes the UK, the Republic of Ireland and the Crown Dependencies of the UK.

The Crown Dependencies are:

  • Isle of Man
  • Bailiwick of Jersey
  • Bailiwick of Guernsey


If you travel outside any of these territories, then you will have left the CTA and your visa application will be classed as withdrawn, so you will not be able to get your visa.

What happens if my visa application gets withdrawn?

If your application is withdrawn, then you may not get refunded your visa application fee. 

Depending on your situation, you may also need to apply for a new visa to re-enter the UK if you were initially applying from within the UK. 

Are there any applications that you can travel on?

Whilst you cannot travel whilst waiting for a visa application decision without it being withdrawn, there are some immigration statuses that do allow you to travel.

If you are applying for naturalisation as a British citizen, then you will be able to leave and re-enter the UK, as long as you can prove your immigration status. This is because if you are applying for naturalisation, then you will have been previously granted Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK, meaning that you are essentially settled in Britain.

Additionally, if you have settled status through the EU Settlement Scheme and are applying for naturalisation, you will be able to travel outside of the UK as well.

How we can help

We can help you with all of your UK immigration needs. If you are applying for a visa, then our expert legal team can help guide you through the whole process. 

Arrange a 10-minute free assessment to discuss your needs with a member of our team, who will act as your point of contact for any questions you may have if you decide to use our services.

After the free consultation, you can arrange a longer, paid consultation that can either last 30 minutes, or an hour. During this, you will be given legal advice by our team.

Get in touch with us today for assistance with your visa application.

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