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Where did you read that? You cannot count any time before visa issue/valid-from date.
Yes.Are the “visa issue” date and ”valid from” date the same thing?
The OLD 90 day rule was mostly applicable before the new 30 day visa vignette was introduced, when members received their full 3 year visa validity stamped as a visa vignette.If they are, why were people so excited when the new policy guidance removed the 90 day maximum for counting absences between date visa is issued and date of first entry in the UK, given the initial visa is only valid for 30 days?
You should use the earliest date either on the visa sticker or the BRP
Actually it is simple and as I suggested, you need to take the earliest date. Visa approval date in most cases is the same as the date on your visa sticker or BRP issue date. However for administrative reasons, the date of you document could be a later date as a visa or BRP document cannot be backdated. So if your visa was approved last week but the sticker/BP is produced or printed today, it will have the today's date (that is simply the issue date and not necessarily the approval date). So as long as you use the earliest date, you will be perfectly safe. From the immigration rules perspective, your qualifying period starts from the date of visa approval which may or may not be the same as your immigration document issue date.lukeh8793 wrote: ↑Wed Feb 19, 2020 1:05 pmThere are three dates, and I don’t know which one is relevant start date of the qualifying period.
- the date of the approval of my visa - the date I was handed back my passport with my visa in it (XX April 2015 - I don’t know the exact date - presumably I must have received some approval notice but in any event I don’t have a record of it)
- the issue date of my BRP (13 June 2015)
- the “valid from” date of my visa (1 July 2015)
That’s where it gets funny. I assume my BRP Issue Date was just the date they physically produced the card, which I later had to pick up from the post office. My T2G leave didn’t start until 1 July 2015 and there was no way I could have picked up the BRP in the UK before 1 July 2015. The BRP issue date seems a little random to me.
The advice given above applies to you too. There is no confusion