My visa expires tonight. I initially thought that I could overstay and leave as I planned (tickets bought) on the 21st of August from London to Canada (my home country).
Then I read online that becoming an overstayer could make me ineligible for visas for a year. That wouldn’t work: I’m supposed to be a postdoc at KCL for the next two years (I need to apply for the visa from Canada) and to teach from October.
So I took the first night bus to Paris. (I know, I should have planned this.) I would like to come back to the UK as a visitor for the next couple of weeks before flying back to Canada. Is this possible? I could prove to the border officers that I have a ticket to go back home. I want to avoid at all cost being on a blacklist that would make it hard for me to secure a visa for next year.
TLDR; I’m not an overstayer, my visa is expired, I am Canadian, I would like to go back to the UK for two weeks (not to work or study). Can I?
What do you think? Do you have relevant experience?
All best, Simon