Anticipating a huge demand for UK visas during the summer in India, the United Kingdom will allow Indian nationals applying for standard visitor visas in India to apply for visas three months prior to the expected date of travel. This was announced at a British event in Pune as the “Beat the Peak” campaign.
In effect, the UK government will allow applicants to postdate their visa requests by up to three months. This will also encourage people to apply for a visa during the lean months of January and February and the UK officials have indicated that this could reduce the visa processing times as well.
There is anecdotal evidence of people not being able to travel to the UK during summer breaks in schools because of the paucity of visas. This of course results in a potential economic loss for the UK.
For applicants applying early, standard visas (for business and tourism) will be dated one day before their planned date of departure. U.K. officials also stress that applicants are likely to experience quicker turnaround times now than they would during higher volume parts of the year.