I am applying for UK visa but I have been refused on US visa 8 years ago which was by my other name.

My name is very long so sometimes I use the short name and sometimes I use my full name. My first passport used my short name. I was refused a US visa. After a few years, I've gotten a new passport using my full name. My full name looks totally different from my short name. Hence, I am going to apply for UK visa now in my current full-named passport.

So I am worrying whether the UK embassy will find my US refused visa application details? if yes, what will they do? Will the fact that my previous passport used another name mean that it will be less likely that they'll find it?

Should I let them know that I've used another passport 8 years ago for a US visa? or don't say anything when I apply for the UK visa?

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    You have to list your previous passports and submit them along with your appplication. Besides, you have to state in the application whether you had a refusal before. Providing an explanation for the refusal and a hopefully stronger application is a better bet compaired to lying on your application and hoping they won't find out. Commented Jan 11, 2019 at 21:45
  • Thank you very much for your kind help. My previous passport was not machine readable, it was hand written, hence, If I state that I've been refused on us visa 8 years ago on another named passport then will it be negative impact on my uk visa application? I am applying for very strong visa, and my status is very strong too. What about If I does not mentioned about my previous passport or us visa denial?
    – Layes
    Commented Jan 11, 2019 at 22:04
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    Just state the truth. You should not base your answer on whether it will have negative impact or not. The truth is the truth. Commented Jan 11, 2019 at 23:09
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    Consequences of lying is a 10 year ban on applying for a UK visa.
    – CMaster
    Commented Jan 11, 2019 at 23:39

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You must answer all questions on the application form truthfully. This includes the following two questions:

2.7 Please give details of any previous passports, covering the last 10 years, including where these passports are now

6.3 Have you ever been refused a visa for any country, including the UK? If 'yes', please provide full details.

If you are found to have lied on the application form, your application will be rejected or your visa cancelled. You may be banned from entering the UK for 10 years.

  • Thank you very much. Okey if I state that both named passport details then will it put negative impact on my visa? to clarify you that, I am applying for tier1 visa for 5 years 4 months.
    – Layes
    Commented Jan 11, 2019 at 22:57
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    Yes, the past denial will have a negative impact. But it will be less negative than being caught in a lie. A past refusal by a place like the US means they will look if the reasons for that refusal are still applicable or not. A new lie means an automatic ban.
    – o.m.
    Commented Jan 12, 2019 at 6:40
  • Thank you so much. My US denial was for asset ties, the does not believe I will return in my home country as I haven't submitted my assets proof. But in that time I was not good knowledge about immigration and my profession was not that much high as I have now and at this moment I have very high position in my profession and my recognition are worldwide now through world's top organizations that's why I am applying for UK Tier 1 visa.
    – Layes
    Commented Jan 12, 2019 at 8:22
  • For my two names I have long history in my life, and I was fostered by my grandmother and uncle and they used my another name and mentioned my another date of birth then my parents. After my grandmother passed away, I've been back to my parents and they used my full name and another date of birth two years back date, they all weren't educated and that's why it was happened. Hence, I get new passport in my official most paper based name. So will it be consider by UK home office If I describe it?
    – Layes
    Commented Jan 12, 2019 at 8:32
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    @Layes If you are wealthy enough to apply for a Tier 1 visa, you should get a lawyer to assist.
    – molypot
    Commented Jan 13, 2019 at 6:19

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