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Just returned from Oxford July 2015. Backpackers Hostel on Hythe Bridge street will hold luggage for the day. They charge £ 4 per item. Is about 1 block from train station. Caution there is a very steep long staircase to get into hostel. Staff was very friendly and welcoming!


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In order to board a BA flight to the UK with your Bahraini passport, it needs to have an entry clearance in it. Since you don't have one, the answer is you should use your British passport. You should make the reservations with that passport so that your name will sync up to your travel document. Michael Hampton's answer addresses how to handle Bahraini ...


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As a rule, at airline check-in, you need to show the airline the documents that prove that you can transit any countries that you may be transiting, and that you can enter the destination country. If you travel on a direct flight from Bahrain to the UK, then you need to show the airline the documents that prove you can enter the UK. In your case, this is ...


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As an EU national you can provide your wife with two options for visiting the UK... Apply as a Standard Visitor, to do this she can create an account at the Foreign Office's site Visa4U and fill out the form. At the drop-down on the first page, select "Visit" and then "General Visitor" (or "Family Visitor" if you have carefully read the guidance). The ...


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The VWP is an American thing and does not have applicability outside of US law. The UK has a Visa National scheme which operates differently. Having said that, we can turn to the Home Office Visit Guidance: There is no specified maximum period which an individual can spend in the UK in any period such as ‘6 months in 12 months’. However, if it is clear ...


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In general a "XX days within a year" type scenario for visas/visits begins the day of your first entry into that country. So if you start your trip on 1 June, your year runs to 31 May. But I don't think the UK has a fixed 6 months per year rule, rather they have a "not live in the UK through successive trips" type policy. So if you tried two six month ...


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At least for peak services, you can visit http://www.thameslinkrailway.com/your-journey/planning/gn-seats/ which has, for most stations, a table of peak-time trains showing the number of carriages and how crowded they are predicted to be.


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All of the areas you mentioned are in the so-called Common Travel Area... The Common Travel Area (CTA) is a travel zone that comprises Ireland, the United Kingdom, the Isle of Man, Jersey and Guernsey. In general, the CTA's internal borders are subject to minimal or non-existent border controls and can normally be crossed by British and Irish ...


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If you are taking the direct train (daily during the Summer and other high-demand times, five times weekly the rest of the year) from Marne-la-Vallée-Chessy to London St. Pancras, then French Immigration Exit and UK Immigration entry are performed in Marne-la-Vallée-Chessy station - to be precise, in the upper concourse of that station. Because the station ...


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The question arises a lot, not just for employment status, but for other questions as well, like marital status. There is no rule covering the situation, but there is a 'best practices' solution.... Put down the correct answer as of the application date. The application date is the date when you pay the fee. Then go to Part 9 of the form (the 'Remarks' ...


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A T4 visa has traditionally added some extra time beyond the end of the student's course of study so that the student could spend some leisure time touring and gadding about before they left. This is accounted for in the expiry date of the visa, and there are no implicit extensions. You need to be out of the UK by the expiry of your T4. They do not ...


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Great question. If somebody had asked this about 3 years ago the site would have a lot less redundant information. But on the other hand, we would spend all day marking duplicates and get bored. The answer to 'are these hidden requirements?' is no. The answer to 'buried somewhere I didn't look?' is probably yes. They are obvious requirements to ...


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They refused this application under Paragraph V 4.2 (a) and Paragraph V 4.2 (e) of the rules. The show stopper was V 4.2 (e) which currently says... must have sufficient funds to cover all reasonable costs in relation to their visit without working or accessing public funds. This includes the cost of the return or onward journey, any costs relating ...


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Actually unless you're transiting through UK your US visa plays no role in whether or not you will be allowed in the country. So if you have a Visitor's visa for the UK you shouldn't have any other visa to enter the country.


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I am afraid that this is a visa scam. You should contact the local authorities immediately to report that you and your husband have been the victims of fraud. The British High Commission, according to their own website, does not deal with visa matters. Also, the High Commissioner is Sir James Bevan, and he would never be the first point of contact for ...


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We only ever eat out in pubs when we go on our Easter and summer hols, but this is what I always do: If the food has been good, we've been looked after and I pay at the bar at the end, I'll say to the person behind the bar 'I never know what to do with tips in pubs, so could I buy you, the waitress and the chef a drink?' If I've paid for it when I ordered ...


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If you have a UK C-Visit-Business visa it means you applied prior to 24 April 2015. On that date the C-Visit-Business was abolished. In order to manage the transition, Parliament approved the plan of having all existing C-Visit-Business visas automatically convert to Standard Visit visas. It wouldn't make sense to suddenly cancel everyone's visa, would ...


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Yes you can! But keep in mind some stuffs: Print the flight tickets, specially for two ways because they can ask for it; Print the hotel booking or whatever you gonna stay and keep in mind that if you gonna stay for 10 days you will need 10 days booked; Buy some pounds before you go, they may ask how much you have with you. Sometimes they also ask about ...


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You are asking what to put down to questions on the UK entry clearance form, and invariably the answer is taken from 'best practices': write down the correct answers. If the form calls for an explicit number like What is the cost to you personally? You are in a position to know this figure and would write it down. If you do not know the figure, then your ...


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Let's take this one first: Can she appeal? No. When your friend was removed, she was served with a removal notice at the port, this explains the reason(s) for the removal and whether or not there is recourse for their decision. Since she arrived on a visit visa, she has no recourse (including appeal). We can't understand whether this is right. When ...


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Yes, you can apply again, and I believe there's no limit to how many times you can apply for a UK visa unless there's a ban. Make another application and pay Present your proof / documents again but get new and better documents if possible (remember you want this to be presented and understood better that your previous application, make sure it makes ...


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UK visit visas are usually granted for 3 or 6 months and 1, 2, 5 or 10 years. Even if you are staying a day in the UK, visa will be granted for a minimum of 3 months (could be 6 months depending on the entry clearance officer) One of the general requirements for a Visitor Visa is You must intend to leave the UK after the end of your visit... ...


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Formally, pay slips are not a requirement per se but having sufficient financial means and providing some guarantees that you will return to your country of residence are. For the financial means, you can for example submit bank statements instead of pay slips. Your friend should also obtain an official invitation (attestation d'accueil), which would ...


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Yes indeed there is a simple way for Chinese nationals to get a UK visa at the same time they get a Schengen. This question/answer pair reveals the details Obtaining a UK and Schengen Visa in a Single Application or Single Step in China Upon reading the article, you will find that the procedure extracts fields from a UK application and puts the information ...


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I am not aware of any “simple” way to get a UK visa once you have a Schengen visa. A good history of travels in the Schengen area (but also the US, Canada, etc.) helps a bit and if you are ready to pay some extra fees, the UK offers premium visa services that might help you get a visa quickly but you still need to fulfill all the usual requirements. ...


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The general consensus on the internet seems to be that the sticker is an RFID chip used by Identity and Passport Service (IPS) to track the production process of the passport from start to shipping. There are many such questions disseminated across the web (here, here and here are a few examples). Most mention stories of people traveling with and without the ...


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You may want a newer phone. You'll get 3G service in the UK and pretty much anywhere else in the world on your AT&T iPhone 5, but you can't get 4G service. Even an iPhone 5s/5c would get you 4G service. The other thing is that AT&T must SIM-unlock the phone before you can use it with a UK-based carrier. They should do this free for the asking if ...


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There is no minimum age threshold where a child can be exempt from the requirements. Malagasy people are visa nationals and so each child must have an entry clearance in their own passport. In the pre 9/11 era, children could travel with an amendment in their parent's passport, but it is no longer allowed. As a knock-on effect to requiring separate ...


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You are applying for a standard visitor entry clearance and you are visiting a qualified family member (your sister). Your sister lives in a council flat and hence it's hard to get the owner's permission so you want to stay in a nearby hotel or hostel. For reasons not worth going in to here, the form assumes that visitors will stay with their family and ...


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There is nothing in principle preventing your friend from making a successful application even if she is in reduced circumstances. What sometimes happens is that people will try to contrive something and that gets them in to trouble when they get caught (and then they blame it on lack of money). The controlling reference is Paragraph V 4.3 of the rules, ...


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The UK government provides all the information you ask for (and more) on gov.uk. To surmarize what you need to do, from that site: If you are entering the UK from the EU or a listed non-EU country your pet must: be identified with a microchip have received a rabies vaccination followed by a 21 day wait be accompanied by the relevant ...


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The VAT is not only for UK citizens, as it applies to anyone in the UK. Declaring and paying VAT on your items depends on how much the total of gifts & ring come to. If their total value is less than £390, you don't have anything to worry about. This is lower than the duty free allowance so you don't have to declare the goods. If you plan on leaving ...


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It may be touristy, but has regular scheduled operation: the Snaefell Mountain Railway on the Isle of Man.


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My skinflint tipping strategy in pubs and restaurants is thus: If in a chain pub like 'Spoons or somewhere, where you pay when you order, I never leave a tip. See if the bill already includes an 'Optional' service charge. If so, I don't tip. Remove the price of all alcohol from the bill, then leave a 10% tip on the remainder. I'm already paying over the ...


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If you have been holding/selling securities, you should include 3 - 6 months of broker statements or a similar statement showing how you acquired them. And yes, the sale or liquidation of one account should tie out to the deposit into your current account. You can include a statement that contains a table like... Date Transaction ...


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Normally, Americans do not require a visa of any sort to visit or transit the UK. However, some Americans are unable to qualify because of an unfavourable history. Others experience discomfort and do not believe they will be able to qualify because of their personal circumstances. Some have been visiting the UK too often and they do not want their transit ...


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For your British passport, the controlling reference is Paragraph 12 of the rules, which says in part... A person claiming to be a British citizen must prove that he has the right of abode in the United Kingdom by producing either: a United Kingdom passport describing him as a British citizen or as a citizen of the United Kingdom and ...


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If you have a monthly bill, just keep paying the bill. If you have a pay-as-you-go plan, top up your credit every month or three. Put the UK SIM card in every once in a while and make a 2-second call. Won't you want to check your voice messages every now and then? Above all, read your service agreement and/or call your mobile provider's service center to ...


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It does not make any difference at application time. However when you arrive in either the UK or France you may undergo an inspection of your documents. If a recent bank statement shows a large influx of cash and it does not sync up with the stuff you submitted as evidence, they will get worried. So logistically you are better off getting your cash sorted ...


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You did not do anything wrong, but you do need to read the guidance. If an applicant is visiting a close relative who has UK permanent residence (also called ILR, also called "Indefinite Leave to Remain"), they need to fill out an additional form. Visiting a close relative with ILR increases the risk factor so they need to examine more things. This is ...


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In this situation I would say that tipping would be considered odd/unusual. You would usually tip the waiter/waitress in a restaurant or pub if you were paying at the table. I.e. they presented you with a bill at the end of your meal; the tip being in response to receiving what you considered to be good service. If you were paying in advance for your meal ...


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An entry clearance expires on midnight of its expiry date. A visitor with an entry clearance is able to enter the UK on any date up to and including its expiry date. There is nothing particularly special about an entry clearance with a month or so of remaining leave, people come and go all the time. The only exceptions are when your circumstances have ...


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I'm British, have lived in the South-East of England all my life and have been using pubs for 30 years all over the UK. There are pubs and there are pubs. Many UK "pubs" are now basically restaurants in an old pub building. Hardly anyone sits at the bar and drinks. Your food - and the bill - are brought to your table. In these, normal restaurant rules ...


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You don't tip in pubs; at least, not in the South around London. If you appreciate the barman/barmaid, offer to buy them a drink when you buy your round. This is a reminder that they are ordinary people like you who like a drink, and not just servants. They may pour their drink on the spot, or they may choose not to and drink later; in that case, they will ...


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You'll often find (sometimes improvised) tip jars next to the cash register, or somewhere behind the counter. If you feel like tipping you can place your cash in there. For completeness sake look for something like this: Image courtesy of blogspot.


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Tipping is optional in general in the UK, rather than customary. Especially in a pub food environment, it's unexpected (much more common when the bill is brought to your table), although always of course welcomed. In general if you are tipping, it is done at approximately the same time as paying. The normal way of tipping in a pub where money is exchanged ...


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This is an experience answer, no links from me here. As a regular visitor to the UK and going out with locals, I have seen both. In a busy pub, most people do not leave money on the table as the staff can miss it being there. But when the pub is quiet, like after the end of the lunch rush, it is quite common to see people leaving money on the table. Photo ...


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I suppose this question could be put more succinctly as Does the United Kingdom have a known traveller programme, like ANZ SmartGate or the North American NEXUS/Global Entry? Indeed, they do: the Registered Traveller service. Frequent visitors and some visa holders who are adult nationals of Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, and the US can apply. ...


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He can apply for the Registered Traveller service: Apply for the Registered Traveller service to get through UK border control faster. You won’t need to fill in a landing card. You can apply if you’re 18 or over and you’re a national of Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand or the USA. One of the following must also be true: you’ve got ...


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All transit visa applications are now online, unless the applicant has the good fortune to be a resident of North Korea. https://www.gov.uk/transit-visa/visitor-in-transit-visa Applications cannot be made in the UK or in the British Islands. UK Embassies no longer handle visa paperwork themselves, it's all outsourced. If this guy is really such a ...



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