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My partner left voluntarily last year but his airfare was paid by the Govt and then he paid them back within 28 days on his return to his own country (and we have proof) However,we have just had a Spouse Visa application and one of the reasons given was that he was ultimately returned at public expense.

  • Possible relevant Removal at the expense of the Secretary of State – CGCampbell Jun 22 '18 at 12:46
  • The government may be counting the other costs involved in a refusal (employee costs, adding the info to a database, etc.). – mkennedy Jun 22 '18 at 13:57
  • He may still be affected by the terms of the removal (his was an assisted voluntary removal) and when one is allowed to apply to return to the UK, either in 2 years if you leave within 6 months of being told to leave, 5 years if it takes you longer than 6 months (and described in his administrative removal order documents). – Giorgio Jun 22 '18 at 14:26
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While your partner left a year ago, and without seeing his removal notice, the recent refusal suggests that he may still be affected by the terms of the removal. His was an assisted voluntary removal, at government expense, and while he repaid the costs, the terms of his removal order still would be in effect.

After a removal order, when one is allowed to apply to return to the UK varies, either in 2 years if one leaves within 6 months of being told to leave, 5 years if it takes longer than 6 months (and described in his administrative removal order documents).

With the removal and refusal on his record, you would be better served by consulting a solicitor whom you can locate through the Immigration Law Practitioners' Association.

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