I'd been living in the UK for a few years as a student when I got denied entry some 25 years ago. I did appeal but after all it wasn't successful and consequently I was removed (deported).
I have no documents on my refusal kept with me and frankly I do not remember all the details after such a long time.
Now that I'm wondering if my refusal/deportation record is still kept by the UK Immigration Office?
Since I'm from one of the countries whose citizens are allowed to travel visa-free to the UK, I've been completely baffled all these years that if or how I can obtain "Entry Clearance" (I think that's what the IO advised me to when I was refused).
What on earth is Entry Clearance?? Do they mean a visa?? If it is, again, citizens of my country don't need a visa to enter the UK and I'm not sure if I'd still need a visa or what type of visa I should apply for to enter as a general visiter/tourist.
Could I travel visa-free with no trouble by now?
I'd appreciate any assistance/help and feedback on this...