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No it is not rude. I've lived in London most of my life and travelled in hundreds of black cabs and can assure you that cabbies really do not care what you get up to in the back of the cab -- as long as you pay the fare, give them a decent tip and don't spill food/drink/bodily fluid.


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I've been in a similar situation many times when travelling during business hours to/from meetings - or, often, when going to the airport - where I've had to jump in on conference calls where I knew it would be for the duration of the ride. I usually excuse myself before the call, letting them know that I'm going to be on a call (even if I'm not talking). ...


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My intuition as a Londoner was that this was absolutely fine, but then I had a moment of self-doubt and worried that maybe I'd been being rude in not talking much to cabbies all these years. So I sought out this ethnographic study of cab drivers: Inside the Mind of a Cabbie (RSA) and that has confirmed my impression that the time and space are basically ...


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There's not much to misunderstand in the text you quote, is there? Transit-witout-visa is only available if you arrive and depart by air, which you don't. The American is visa-free for to the UK in any case, and so doesn't need a visa anyway. The Thai will need to apply for a Visitor in Transit visa in advance.


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Signs like this are an artefact of earlier postcode assignment schemes that recall when the sign was manufactured. They may or may not sync up with the current postcode, or may indicate only a portion of the current postcode. There is no effort I'm aware of to make the older signs to synch up (presumably because of the cost). The discrepancies are not, to ...


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Based on the details, the hotel didn't overcharge you at all. The hotel charged you the amount they stated (admittedly in GBP, but I suspect the amount that at standard rates is the same as in your chosen currency). Your card issuer charged you currency conversion costs (and possibly other fees). It's worth being very careful which cards you use abroad - ...


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State of Play 23 Feb 2015 The Home Office has prepared a set of substantially revised visitor rules which will be laid before Parliament this Thursday (26 Feb 2015). The new rules, along with the new guidance, will answer questions like yours with much more clarity and resolution than the current rules/guidance. The rules will be unveiled on the Hansard ...


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"Festival time" in Edinburgh comprises most of the month of August. There are actually festivals in Edinburgh throughout the year, but in August several festivals overlap - the biggest of which is of course the Edinburgh Fringe. You don't buy tickets for the festival itself, as it's really just a collection of events held at different fringe venues around ...


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As 'pnuts' suggested, ECO stands for Entry Clearance Officer. They are a mid-level Crown Servant employed by the Home Office but attached to the Foreign Office and posted to a British consulate abroad. They make decisions on Entry Clearance applications (see How Entry Clearance Decisions Are Made). They report to an ECM, Entry Clearance Manager. Entry ...


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Given your choice of tags I believe this is relevant: there is no formal requirement in United Kingdom law for British Citizens to carry a passport to enter the United Kingdom and that despite being from six years ago is still the law. However note the risk of delay. If you don't need a passport (or travel document equivalent for such purpose) you ...


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I'm assuming the person you mention has a 6-month Family Visitor Visa. The Governmental page on the do's and dont's states that with this type of visa you can't work or carry out any business: What you can and can’t do [...] You can’t: work or carry out any business In my eyes this is left intentionally vague to allow the ...


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The answer unfortunately is NO The National Rail Conditions of Carriage states that lost or mislaid tickets will not be replaced nor will refunds be made in respect of them. You will need to book new tickets if unable to find the old ones. If you are in a position with only half the ticket (seat reservation and no ticket) then you will have to buy a ...


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If you want to enter the UK as a British citizen and you have an expired UK passport, your case is covered by Paragraph 12 of the Immigration Rules... A person claiming to be a British citizen must prove that he has the right of abode in the United Kingdom by producing either: (i) a United Kingdom passport describing him as a British citizen or as ...


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No, there are no refunds of visa application fees. This is true in the UK and many other places as well. In the UK the only times you may get fees back are if you voluntarily withdraw your application before it is processed, or if you are reapplying whilst concurrently appealing a prior rejection (in which case you may receive a refund of the second ...


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This is unsubstantiated. I worked in the UK for several years (IT worker) and met a few people who had worked in China (teaching English, among other things) and they had zero issues getting visas. It's one of those cases where you hear stories about visas (you hear a LOT from expats, it's just one of those things) and the rule is - until you see it written ...


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No, you cannot. Apart from very specific circumstances, visas must be obtained in advance from your country of usual residence.


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Yes. The UK Border Force has been under pressure to implement exit checks for a long time, and have publicly targeted April 2015 as the start date... The Home Office is working closely with key partners on the implementation of Exit Checks in April 2015. We have looked closely at the best ways to implement Exit Checks for the various ports and ...


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The UK Business Visitor visa is being abolished in about 5 weeks, so depending upon your time frame, the question may become obsolete. The category will no longer exist... . In paragraph 6, delete “A "Business Visitor" is a person granted leave to enter or remain in the UK under paragraphs 46G-46L, 75A-F or 75G-M of these Rules.“ If you want to ...


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It looks like you cannot apply for a Schengen visa in London. Among other requirements: To apply for a visa from the French Authorities in London: You must be resident in the UK Your UK residency must have at least 3 months validity after the intended date of departure from the Schengen area. As per the decree 2008-1176 of the 13th ...


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Found a case of someone else who successfully did this: They had a signal failure / fire and after a bunch of delays, missed their train at King's Cross. Long story short, they applied at the TFL station for a 'delays on the underground compensation form', in which the supervisor puts your surname and details of the delay, and they sent this off, and ...


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Your bank accounts suggested that you were using a 'funds parking' strategy, and the ECO challenged your credibility as a result; hence a refusal. They also consider the parking strategy to be a mild form of deception, which commensurately damages your credibility. Briefly, the 'funds parking' strategy involves having a friend or relative inflate your ...


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You are completely right that the courts have ruled the UK visa policy to be a violation of the relevant EU regulations. That won't however help you from being rejected at the border, if the entry clearance officer guidelines haven't been modified yet. If you are travelling together with your family members, you do however not need a regular visitor visa. ...


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Some countries ask on the visa application form if you have ever been banned from any country. As far as I remember, the US asks this question. Because you have to tick "yes" now, this may make it harder to get a visa approved. Don't consider ticking "no", because the risk of them finding out is high - and this will surely get your visa denied. As ...


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What you read seems correct but this new McCarthy decision dates from mid-December 2014, a bit more than a month ago and this is only one step in a procedure. The UK court that requested a preliminary ruling from the EUCJ should then draw the relevant conclusion for Mr. McCarthy's case. The next logical step would be for the UK to amend their rules and issue ...


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The Home Office has prepared a set of substantially revised visitor rules which will be laid before Parliament this Thursday (26 Feb 2015). The new rules, along with the new guidance, will answer questions like yours with much more clarity and resolution than the current rules/guidance. The rules will be unveiled on the Hansard site this Friday (27 Feb ...


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Your story highlights a recurring theme in Southern Asia where entry clearances applications are concerned, namely travel agents and con artists professing knowledge of UK immigration law. The victim is the applicant. Don't use travel agents in the place of qualified and regulated professionals. In your case, the first course of action is to determine if ...


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The issue got resolved thanks to @pnuts and @CMaster. In short, I think the very first comment from pnuts - which I would accept as the answer if pnuts were to post it as an answer - fully answers the question: First raise it with the Hotel because it may be easiest Credit Card Company next, because they can impose a short time cut-off for disputed ...


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So the Guidance - Common travel area (CTA) claims certain persons ... who enter the United Kingdom through the Republic of Ireland do require leave to enter. persons requiring visas; The exact same text can also be found in the Immigration Rules paragraph 15. Be warned that the old rules seems not to include this therefore you might get ...


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yes, it is possible to go skiing in Ireland, the higher parts of the Wicklow mountains are 50 days snow capped each year witch is just as much as the lake district in England where the raise ski centre is located, so sure you could drive up into the mountains in winter and do some off piste skiing. The only reason that there is no ski resort in Ireland is ...


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You applied for a settlement visa whilst simultaneously holding a valid family visit visa. Your settlement application was refused. You want to know if they can cancel the family visit visa because of this. Yes, they can cancel any visa any time they want. In your case they did not cancel the visit visa when they refused your settlement application, so ...



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