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Front page off the passport information leaflet issued with your new passport states "The label on the back of your passport was used during the production process and can now be removed".


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what does v 4.2- v 4.10 mean? All this "V" business refers to Appendix V of the Immigration Rules. V 4.2 for example means "Appendix V, Paragraph 4, Subparagraph 2" and so on. does "-" mean from v4.2 to v4.10 that includes v4.3, v4.4 etc until v4.10 or does it mean just v4.2 and v4.10 It means each and every Paragraph and Subparagraph between 4.2 ...


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If your friend needs a visa (why else would he apply), and the visa was denied, then: He won't be allowed to board the airline.* see the paragraph below Even if he manages to board the airline, he most certainly will not be allowed into the country. Most probably arrested for illegal immigration and deported post haste. If he manages to enter into the UK ...


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Do I need a visa to visit the UK? The need for a UK visa is determined by what passport the person is travelling on. Having a residence permit in the US or Europe is not sufficient, because these are visas issued by other countries and are not recognized as travel documents. This includes permanent residence visas like Green Cards, European Permanent ...


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10% is normal here in London. It is polite to tip 10-15% of the taxi fare for black cabs and licensed minicabs in London. However, most people simply round up the fare to the nearest £1 and tell the driver to "keep the change". If you've had a longer journey and the driver has assisted you with luggage, you may wish to tip a little more, up to £5. ...


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You may be refused entry if you have an accompanied child endorsement on your visa and you arrive at the UK border without the person on the vignette, even if the person you arrive with is a parent or legal guardian. The guidance for Home Office staff states, in part: Accompanied children at the border If the child is not travelling with the adult ...


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I have lived in Sunderland the uk all my life, I always use taxis do not tip if you don't want to I never really do why should you, they will be on a better wage then me. Haha. All they do is drive around In my opinion don't get this tipping game how is it there is only certain jobs you get tips and jobs like one I have I don't. It's stupid. But like I say ...


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Examining the refusal notice they got her on two grounds... 4.2 (a) + (c) this is basically their way of saying that your mother is not a genuine applicant and they think she will go underground after she arrives. We have lots and lots of this type of refusal already in the archives here on the site, you will benefit from reading them. 4.2 (e) this tells ...


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First you need to decide exactly why you want the visa, and what you intend to do in the UK during the next two years. Examine the different types of visa starting e.g. at Visas and Immigration. If what you want to do in the UK, the amount of time you want to spend there, your nationality etc. matches one of the visa or permit types, go ahead and apply for ...


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There is no answer that will guarantee you a 2 year visit visa. You need to provide a genuine reason for requesting a visa, and then follow that with a reason why you want it for 2 years. If you are suspected of violating your visa terms (for any reason) your visa will be cancelled, you will be detained and subject to deportation. If it was determined that ...


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I'm just going to add a very meagre answer compared to Gayot Fow's comprehensive analysis of your situation. A caution in the UK is not a warning with no consequences that it may at first appear. If people were fully aware of what a caution is, they would probably be recommended not to accept it. Accepting a caution can seem appealing because it means ...


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Yes, in order to change from Heathrow to Gatwick you will need to enter the UK, and therefore will need permission to do so - so if you are from a country that needs a visa to enter the UK, you will need a visa.


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A permanent resident permit of Norway does not entitle you to visa free access in the UK. You would need to apply for a standard visitor visa. Source: https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa/y/philippines/tourism


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Your gf got a refusal under Paragraph 320 (7a)... (7A) where false representations have been made or false documents or information have been submitted (whether or not material to the application, and whether or not to the applicant’s knowledge), or material facts have not been disclosed, in relation to the application or in order to obtain ...


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The level of conspiracy theories here is amazing. The sticker is not for tracking, but to prevent tracking. It is placed so that when the passport is closed, it interferes with any signal coming from the passport's own RFID tag which is now in the cover. In other words, it's a "cloaking device" to prevent interference with delivery tracking systems (which ...


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All Eurostar services are subject to Juxtaposed border controls. That means you clear the UK border somewhere on the Continent (generally in France, except for Brussels where it's in Belgium), and hence you also exit Schengen there too. Depending on the station, after Eurostar checkin you either do security first then France/Belgium exit then UK entry, or ...


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There is a smartphone app called 'Flush' that is free and shows most public toilets. If you have some kind of disability, you can apply for a RADAR key and also a (paper) guide. (I think there may be an app too but you would need to Google that.) RADAR keys are for the national network of disabled toilets. Lots of disabilities are covered by this scheme, ...


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It's not necessary to submit a detailed itinerary unless the consulate explicitly asks you for it, but you will need to list the activities you intend to undertake while in the UK. In particular, the application form asks (among other things): What do you intend to do in the UK? Where will you stay in the UK? You should list briefly the activities you ...


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How I proved my family ties was by providing them with an official family card/certificate signed by the local government listing my name and my other family members' names in the certificate.


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Your mother-in-law (American) applied for entry clearance as a visitor and was refused. In her previous visit she applied to live here permanently {FLR(O)} and was refused and likely was issued removal paperwork. Her current refusal cites 4.2 (b), they use this if someone has spent more time in the UK than in their own country... will not live in the ...


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I applied for a UK Visit visa and indicated that I would be staying for 1 week due to university commitments. After that, I realised I could spend one month instead of one week, What can I do to fix that? There is nothing to 'fix', the 'standard visitor visa' is issued for a term of six months and very rarely (if ever) is this changed. I haven't seen ...


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You left a question at UK visitor visa refused (multiple sponsors) wherein the actual question(s) were imputed from your text rather than expressed directly. Based on the answer you got, you can now raise explicit questions and are taking the opportunity to do so. See this comment: UK visitor visa refused (multiple sponsors) Briefly (and predictably), you ...


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Well sure, you can reapply! There is no statutory cooling-off period following a refusal. However you are almost certain to be refused again! Visa applications are not like a lottery where you get the visa once you tried often enough. You got a refusal letter which said why you got refused. If you upload an anonymized scan of that refusal, we can tell you ...


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You received an entry clearance with a start date of 7 Aug, but a change in plans means you will arrive in the UK on 31 July. You want to know if this is OK? No. It's decidedly not OK. They do not like it when this happens and so they have a rule in place to cover it. It's Paragraph 30C, which says... An Immigration Officer may cancel an entry ...


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This story would be much clearer (and your friend could get much better advice) if she'd represent herself here. That being said, your friend has a refusal for a Tier 2 visa in her history and that is causing her problems even for just a layover. Now when already that layover caused her a fair bit of trouble, she can expect worse (including detention) when ...


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Adding to Henning Makholm's answer, which gives the EU directive, that directive is not necessarily helpful if the UK interprets it poorly. Here's what the UK has to say on the matter, according to the guidance on EEA nationals: EUN1.13 Alternative evidence of nationality and identity Regulation 29A allows ECOs to accept alternative evidence of ...


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In principle you should be able to use your expired passport as evidence that you're a citizen of Portugal and therefore enjoy free movement within the EU. Directive 2004/38/EC states in article 5: Where a Union citizen, or a family member who is not a national of a Member State, does not have the necessary travel documents or, if required, the ...


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All major towns and cities have public toilets, but they are generally not that easy to find (ask at the tourist information if you can find that) or pleasant to use. Free public toilets tend to attract vagrants and drug takers (this is my experience having lived in the UK all my life) A better solution is to go into a fast food restaurant and use their ...


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You are an Indian national with a 5 year UK Tier 2 visa and want to visit Portugal. Indian nationals need a Schengen visa before they can visit any of the member states, including Portugal. Having a UK visa is certainly helpful in determining your risk, but it has no value outside of the UK. By air, the carrier will not allow you to board and if you ...


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Some places have closed their council managed toilets at the same time as arranging that a nearby shop or pub or restaurant provides the same facility but without requiring any purchase (This is called the Community Toilet Scheme and most borough councils who use this scheme maintain their own list that you can find online). In some cases this change leads ...


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You have applied for a UK Standard Visitor Visa and the processing time is taking longer than usual. You want to expedite the application because your travel plans may be disrupted. The first step is to use the wizard at Visa Processing Times to see if your application falls within the expected times. These figures are both reported to Parliament AND ...


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Toilets are important, but not something to worry about. You don't need to make it this complicated. British people really don't mind when foreigners ask where is the nearest public toilet? We don't judge you for your unfortunate need. Go in any public place and ask. It requires no technology, and rather than planning your day around where the convenient ...


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The dropdown list contains "USA" which is a common way to list the United States, in the same fashion as "UK" is often used for United Kingdom. As to why is appears first in the "U" section, it is an abbreviation not a name and abbreviations are often listed before full names.


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There is a website that I was hitherto completely unaware of that aims to cater for this need. Great British Public Toilet Map For tourists with smart phones it would be useful as it geolocates the nearest ones in their database (or allows manual search) and provides a facility to add crowd sourced toilet locations along with pertinent details. These ...


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This refusal cites Paragraphs V 4.2 (a) and (c) of the rules. The popular interpretation of this is that they think you intend to overstay and go underground in the UK and inevitably to become reliant on public funds. They established this by comparing your stated income with other sources and spotting a discrepancy. This was then factored in to your ...


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There is an EU directive about cross-border enforcement of traffic offenses covering speeding tickets (2015/413) but there are a couple of twists: First it needs to be implemented in national law (like all directives). The deadline for an earlier directive about that was in 2015 and I can vouch that it is now working well between Germany and France and the ...


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You have been applying to settle in the UK using one of the EEA routes and have been refused. You plan to wait for 6 months and apply for settlement using one of the UK routes (presumably under Appendix FM). But in the interim you want to go for a visit. Is it wise to reapply now just for a normal visit? You have, as they say, "tipped your hand" and ...


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At the risk of repetition: Picadilly line tube is by far the cheapest option, requires no changes and at peak times is likely to be much faster. The roads into London can be very, very slow in the morning rush hour. As the trains start at Heathrow you should have no trouble getting a seat. Taxis: be aware of one important thing, there is no designated pick-...


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I've never taken a taxi from LHR to London/King's Cross. Picadilly is the way to go and I agree with others that's it's relatively easy as tube basically starts at LHR so it's fairly empty. I've also taken Heathrow Express which is faster. Taxi is the last resort, more expensive and can take longer due to traffic.


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You have a six-month Standard Visitor Visa expiring in January 2017. At the application stage you told them you wanted to visit for two weeks in August and you want to change it to three weeks in August. That's fine. This does not result in an overstay because you're inside of the visa's start and end dates. The only consideration is that you signed an ...


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Your best bet for Oxford is to not have a car! Really... There are a handful of parking sites in the city centre, but they're very expensive, and often full. Especially at the moment with all the building works for the expanded Westgate Centre, which means that the main shoppers carpark is a building site. If you really must drive in, and don't mind ...


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If you haven't already, do consider public transport options which are very good and start much cheaper. If you take Heathrow Express then the tube, it's likely to be a little faster than a taxi; if you take the Piccadilly Line, as well as being very cheap, you don't need to change trains so it's still quite convenient (and might even be faster than a taxi ...


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What counts are "most convenient" would be a value judgement, but I can present some options. Oxford's traffic and parking is in general pretty bad. July should be a bit quieter, because of summer holidays, but a weekday does mean that workers will be using most available parking space. Your lowest-stress option is probably to use a park-and-ride facility. ...


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This is a bad idea. While there is no official rule of X months in a calendar year, she will not just get another six months on return, at best will get let back in to take her flight back in September, and has a very high risk of being refused entry entirely. Guidance for home office staff says directly (page 11): There is no specified maximum period ...


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It is not allowed: If you are travelling from a country outside the EU, you cannot bring any meat or dairy products into the UK unless you are travelling from the Faroe Islands, Greenland or Iceland, when you are allowed a combined weight of up to 10kg per person. You may bring in a limited quantity of other animal products, such as fish, ...


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As of 2016, the only UK visa for short-term business/tourist/scientific activities is the Standard Visitor Visa. Apply for it through Visa4Uk.


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Asking for loans from banks or friends to pad your account when applying for UK visas is not a bright idea. They even have a term for it, they call it funds parking, it is seen as a (mild) deception, and it is one of the potential clauses of immediate denial of a visa. My sis-in-law, that is foreign, applied to a UK visitor visa to visit her brother, and ...


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First, please read Should I submit bank statements when applying for a UK Visa? What do they say about me? That will tell you all about what they're looking for in your finances. Obtaining a personal loan is a bad strategy. As that answer discusses, they will want to know where large deposits into your bank account come from. A loan for the purpose of ...


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The idea is not to show a specific amount as "balance" it is to show that you have steady income and expenses in the home country. This shows that you have established ties. For example, if each month there is rent deduction, credit card fees, car loan, interest payments, salary and then there are other normal transactions of someone actively living here - ...


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Copying Gayot's answer from the comments: There's no such public source, it goes against the DPA. The only possibilities are the notification in your email archive and your account at visa4uk (which may have been expunged by now).



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