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A removal from port is one of the more distressing experiences a traveller can have, and the UK Border Force has been taking a harder line towards abuse. Based upon what you wrote, you were building up a private life in the UK and working without the proper documentation (even though your work was performed for US companies and probably denominated in US ...


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It's a valid question (assuming your interest is genuine). South African nationals were non-visa nationals up to 2012, meaning they could arrive and seek leave to enter just like Australians, Canadians, and so on. But starting in about 2006, the Home Office determined that there were grave performance issues and asked Parliament to add South Africa to the ...


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It would depend on the security officer that checks you in and the country where your flight originates. TSA doesn't allow frying pans especially cast iron ones it's check only as evidenced in a blog from Forbes. TSA also has a mobile app now that you can look at. But since it's a flight originating from another country TSA rules may not apply so ...


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You can import lock knives into the UK. Quoting from the HM Revenue & Customs Border Force governmental page on importing offensive weapons: Offensive weapons that can be imported Not all offensive weapons are controlled when imported. The following are classed as non-prohibited offensive weapons: antique weapons - generally over 100 - ...


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If your visa has expired (or will expire prior to entry), you need to get a new one before arriving. There are no facilities at a UK port to issue entry clearances and you will get removed. In fact, your carrier may not allow you to board. There is no such thing as an extension to a visitor visa, they are good for a maximum of 6 months and cannot be ...


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You can generally enter the UK with only your US passport, without a visa. It does not matter what country you are traveling from. The important factor is your citizenship. For certain purposes, however, US citizens do require a visa to enter the UK, for example, for study or employment, so it's not possible to answer your question fully without knowing ...


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Yes you can, at least in Britain Ordinarily eligibility for free healthcare in the UK, like most places, is based on residency, not citizenship, and being a British Citizen does not matter. However it turns out that there is an exemption for those in receipt of a British state pension. If one of the following applies to you then you will be exempt from ...


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I can't tell you about Heathrow airport arrivals, however in pretty much all towns and cities (and in several "out of town" sites as well), you will find the general purpose mobile shop Carphone Warehouse, and shops for the four major mobile networks: EE, Vodaphone, O2 and Three. Any of these will happily sell you a dongle and a pay as you go/one month ...


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There are four tourist visitable "caverns" (a large amount of the underground space in them was actually created by mining) around Castleton, in the dark peak. Treak Cliff Cavern Blue John Cavern Peak Cavern Speedwell Cavern Of those, I would specifically avoid Speedwell - the tour is on a boat, and there will be no way out. I was in Treak Cliff cavern ...


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If you have been detained and removed from the UK, you will need to declare it when you apply for your student visa. It's best to include a copy of your removal notice(s) with your application and to put their reference numbers on the form. For your question about whether a removal affects future applications, yes of course it does. It is not an automatic ...


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No. The UK does not participate in US Pre-Clearance. As such, it is not possible to clear US immigration and customs in any UK airports If you wish to avail yourself of UK pre-clearance, your nearest option is the Republic of Ireland. Both Dublin and Shannon airports feature US pre-clearance. We've a few questions on that here already if you need more ...


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According to the US Customs and Border Protection there is currently no US Immigration preclearance location in the UK. That doesn't mean that there won't be any in the future as: Beginning in 2015, the United States intends to enter into negotiations in order to expand air preclearance operations to new locations. Now as far as clearing immigration ...


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Take a look at this photo and this Google map. I believe that the photo was taken from around about the site of Bottom Withens (which I think is at 53.818568, -2.025406 on the map - North East along the Pennine Way from Top Withens - a distance of some 520 metres) as we look. I think that the 520 metre distance makes sense - very much farther apart and, even ...


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As I have only ridden through Reading on a through train, I can only give the answer as Internet allows me. But from the lack of information I would say that the parking is not safe enough to leave an expensive bike for 3 days. The railway station information page gives 'stands' as main option for parking the bikes, the car parks are given as extra without ...


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If you violate your transit visa conditions you may be arrested, fined, deported removed back to your country of residence (at your expense) and your future entry to the UK (even on transit) declined. Probably no one will notice, but it is possible. Your passport will be stamped at Heathrow. Unless you bought a very expensive airline ticket allowing you to ...


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The UK is part of a protocol between the USA and the affluent Commonwealth to share immigration related data. This includes biometrics, photographs, current name, previous names, passport scans, previous applications, and visa history. For the USA, it means the information is sent to the Department of Homeland Security where it is kept on file more or less ...


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There are no border/immigration checks between Scotland and England since, at the time of writing, they're part of the same country - United Kingdom. Hence you won't have to show your passport to immigration officers when entering Scotland from England and vice versa. You will nevertheless need to prove your ID to airline staff before boarding intra-UK ...


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Yes, you will need a visa if you get off the boat. There are different cases though, and the UK government offers some questionnaire to help you. You do not get off the boat If you do not get off the boat, or to be precise if you do not cross the UK border control, then you do not need a visa, according to the UK government website. You get off the boat, ...


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The student visitor route was discontinued on 24 April 2015 and student visitor visas were "rebranded" into Part 3 of the Immigration Rules. At that point your visa automatically converted into a "short-term student", and those visas are governed by Paragraphs A57A - A57H of the rules... Rebrand the student visitor, and extended student visitor routes ...


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There is a Post Office branch in Heathrow Terminal 3. Photo at https://flic.kr/p/iZidNM It is open every day but only 5 hours on Sundays, from 9 AM to 1 PM. Walking directions are here


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At Heathrow the post office is located in terminal 3 http://www.heathrowairport.com/heathrow-airport-guide/services-and-facilities/postal-services There are post boxes located in all terminals both before and after security. Anything posted can be inspected by HMRC. Also the postboxes at Heathrow are size limited so only letters can be posted. Below ...


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TL;DR - for almost all cases, all trains which permit seat reservations need to be with the same TOC to get a cheap deal Advanced Purchase tickets on their own are always for specific trains. When you get your ticket, it'll have 2+ parts, one for the route, one saying what trains you have to take (and normally your seat too). In some cases, the ticket will ...


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No, you are not allowed to get airside in the other terminals without a same day boarding pass departing from the terminal in question. Even if you do successfully get into the other terminals (actually it is possible to get access to Terminals 2,3 and 4 without a boarding pass but only if you really know your way around Heathrow), the lounge staff are ...


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So he applied for a residence visa but it was refused. Background. Your brother applied under Paragraph 317 (P317) and was refused. When a person is successful with an application under P317, they get immediate permanent residence with full access to public funds, council housing, income support and all the rest in one single step. It is unquestionably ...


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Standard disclaimer: the information below is not a legal advice and may not be interpreted as such. We cannot give any legal advice and the information below is my own interpretation of the UK law. While it's technically legal to bring it into the UK, there are three things to consider. UK laws on carrying such a knife. A lock knife is an illegal ...


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As @DumbCoder mentioned, the burden of proof is on you to show that you have an strong and valid intention to leave. This could include things such as family back home (spouse and/or children), a large bank account, a really good job, some combination of the above, or something else that ties you to your home and offers a compelling reason why you would ...


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On the 24th April 2015, the UK implemented new immigration rules which simplify visitor visas. Many different visa types were consolidated into the new Standard Visitor visa, which allows business, tourism, family visits and more. Existing visas of these types are treated the same as a Standard Visitor visa, so you can now do tourism and business on your old ...


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If your current visa expires on 20 July, then you will not be able to travel on the 29 July. If you just show up at the airport or train station or whatever else point of exit of your current country, you will simply be denied boarding. Therefore you simply need to act as if you don't have a visa at all - and plan accordingly. On the positive side, you ...


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As the answer by JoErNanO says, there are no passport checks within the United Kingdom. The border between England and Scotland is largely unmarked. Moreover, no one can require ID from you at random, the UK is not a police state. If you are travelling by air within the United Kingdom (from London to Edinburgh for example) it is not legally necessary to ...


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I am not aware of short term rental of either USB 3G/4G dongles in the United Kingdom, and have not seen these advertised either in domestic mobile phone shops or when passing through British airports - it should be noted though that this travel has not often been for business purposes, and I already have unlimited data and wireless tethering available ...



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