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In 2014, I worked on a cruise under a C1D visa, which was valid for 5 years. However, I resigned early from the cruise line, which made me have a parole stamp on my passport saying "DT Removed Under Safeguard."

This year, I'm traveling to the UK (I had been there a couple of times before the cruise job). There is a question on the visa application form that says "Have you ever been deported/removed from other countries beside the UK?" I have no idea if I have to answer Yes or No.

On my passport was stamped Removed Under Safeguard but I actually resigned from the job and willingly left the US. I didn't ever stay after the given visa conditions. I still have the evaluation paper that said I resigned from the cruise job.

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    I interpret that the C1D visa was removed by Safeguard, not you, o you never have been deported of removed. – Giacomo Catenazzi Jul 4 '18 at 14:25
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    @GiacomoCatenazzi that's not quite correct: it's about the crew member not the C1D. The parole stamp shows that he was not admitted to the US. The removed under safeguard means that he left the US after going through a CBP process for discharged crew (discharge includes resignation). He has, however, been refused entry and should include that in the UK visa application, just to be cautious. – Giorgio Jul 4 '18 at 14:43
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    @Giorgio How has he been refused entry? – DJClayworth Jul 4 '18 at 15:02
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    @DJClayworth .. a crew member who leaves the vessel under discharge and not admitted to the US is escorted to a point of departure (airport) which is shown by his Removed Under Safeguard; otherwise, they'd be admitted per the C1D which allows transit (crew etc.) on their own. – Giorgio Jul 4 '18 at 15:09
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    @RobertColumbia At port, a vessel applies to CBP to discharge a nonimmigrant crew member (resigns, is terminated, goes on leave, or transferred to another vessel). In this case, the CBP officer ordered the crew member to be removed from the United States and the only way to do it is to have them escorted, as it’s impossible to do without setting foot on US soil. OP was allowed to transit for the sole purpose of going from vessel to airport, accompanied. When crew is discharged, the vessel (owner, master) requests; the crew member has no option (other than for medical emergency) – Giorgio Jul 4 '18 at 22:24
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Have you ever been deported/removed from other countries beside the UK?

Under the circumstances, you should answer yes as your resignation triggered a process required by US Customs and Border Patrol regulations. You had conditional access to US soil in order to go from the ship to your international departure flight.

You can add an explanation that ‘I resigned my job and was allowed to transit from vessel to airport.”

If needed, explain that, under US CPB regulations, a crew member who resigns must have CBP permission to leave the vessel, documents for onward country (passport/visa), and evidence of arrangements (airline tickets etc.). In your case, you were accompanied from the vessel to the airport and, as the only way to do that is landside (i.e., setting foot on US soil), the notation simply says that.

It's very likely that the UKVI understands this sort of action by US authorities, and does not consider it a strike against you. It is better to err on the side of caution and reference it, than to omit and a potential negative impact.

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    I think this would be a better answer by stating explicitly that the correct answer to "Have you ever been ..." is yes, and that what you propose is an accompanying explanation of that answer that the OP can use in his visa application. – Henning Makholm Jul 23 '18 at 13:49
  • @HenningMakholm TY... forgot that; will fix that bit. – Giorgio Jul 23 '18 at 13:50

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