May 2, 2016 8:24 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

This is a very common question and although the answer is simple, there are still confusions around “what-if” scenarios. Let me try to address all of these concerns in a short, concise paragraph that is easy to read and understand.

Individuals with a valid destination visa in their old passport may still use that visa by carrying both the old and new passport when they travel. The new passport must be valid of course. To be on the safer side, the visa on your old passport must have 3 months validity left, although it is not required in most cases.

You cannot transfer the visa from one passport to another. That said, you can choose to apply for a new visa in the new passport. In such case, all normal fees and application procedures would be similar to the process for a first-time applicant.

But note, in that case your old visa in your old passport will be cancelled before issuing the new visa. So, you are not really gaining anything. Why not, apply for a new passport when your current passport is almost 8 months away from expiration.

Hope this helps!

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