So this can get a bit tricky.

I have a leave to enter visa currently on my US passport, which is now being renewed and can take up to 8 weeks to process. The passport is not with me as it had to be sent to the Home Office.

However, I am a dual Japanese citizen. I need to go back to Japan just for four days in 4 weeks, but when I come back to the UK, should I tell border control? A Japanese citizen can stay for 90 days on a tourist visa, I believe, and I have plans to go to Europe within four weeks of coming back to the UK, which means I can prove I will not overstay on the tourist visa.

So my questions are:

  • Would this be legal given that I will not be entering with a passport that I have a valid visa on?
  • And should I tell this to the UK Border Force that I have another passport with a visa that is in the process of being renewed, since I know they will ask questions.

Thank you!

  • Visa-free visitors are generally admitted for six months, not 90 days (like visitors with a visitor visa). By "leave to enter" do you mean indefinite leave to enter? – phoog Aug 4 '18 at 13:43
  • OP has not returned to clarify. Putting on hold. – Mark Mayo May 16 '19 at 1:40