i will be landing at Heathrow airport on my journey from India to USA, will I be asked few questions by immigration or do they have time to dig into my ancient immigration history when I was a student in UK many years back. I am an Indian holding a USA visa and been to USA 2 times before sleeping overnight at Heathrow, was frightened to approach passport control when I was there last time.

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    What do you fear? Do you maybe need a visa? travel.stackexchange.com/questions/34106/… Commented Sep 20, 2019 at 20:50
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    Yes, it would help to know what specifically you fear. Do you have an adverse immigration history from your student days or did that all go normally? Were there any problems when you went through passport control previously? Commented Sep 20, 2019 at 21:24
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    @BernhardDöbler someone with a US visa is eligible for transit without visa in the UK.
    – phoog
    Commented Sep 20, 2019 at 21:57
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    @lindisingh Just curious - if you’re so concerned about the possibility, why didn’t you book a flight with a different transit point? But having just found your earlier question travel.stackexchange.com/questions/141751/… your concern makes more sense. Your UK history does seem much more complicated than the typical transit passenger.
    – Traveller
    Commented Sep 20, 2019 at 22:41

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If (a) your flights are booked as one booking, (b) you're not transiting overnight, and (c) your luggage is checked through to the USA, then you shouldn't have to go through UK immigration at all, so it's very unlikely you'll even see a UK immigration officer.

Your airline will check that you're eligible to transit through the UK (a US visa means you should be good to go), but they won't ask any questions about your immigration history.

  • If your flights are booked as one booking, you're not transiting overnight -- that's not true, plenty of flights are one booking have an overnight transit in them, many routings do not even make it possible to do it otherwise.
    – user4188
    Commented Sep 20, 2019 at 23:49
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    @chx ‘You’re not transiting overnight’ isn’t a statement, it’s a second condition (if... and you’re not transiting)
    – Traveller
    Commented Sep 21, 2019 at 5:54
  • Indeed @Traveller is right, thanks MadHatter for editing to clarify.
    – Joe Malt
    Commented Sep 21, 2019 at 9:23

Given your UK immigration history, yes, you might be questioned. It is difficult to fully understand your history (you were denied entry in 2009 and later received a 10 year ban in 2012 for some unspecified reason which was then supposedly overturned in 2018), but it's clear that it is complex and may require more scrutiny than can be sorted out quickly at the primary inspection booth, so you could be questioned while that is sorted out. That's particularly concerning because you apparently have a history of falsely confessing to immigration violations when questioned.

But you say that you were "frightened to approach passport control when I was there last time." It's unclear when that happened. If you've recently made the same trip through Heathrow without incident and nothing else has changed, it stands to reason that you're likely, but not certain, to receive the same treatment again this time.

  • Related question from OP expatriates.stackexchange.com/questions/17724/…
    – Traveller
    Commented Sep 21, 2019 at 7:06
  • i went through heathrow in 2017 but stayed in the airport lounge overnight , the ukvi people came to the lounge to check my passport but just saw my usa visa and i continued sleeping on the chairs, but then i had a 10 year ban so i did not approach passport control, my 10 year ban was overturned in november 2018, so this time in 2019 decem ber i want to stay overnight at a hotel as i have a 20 hour layover, so am frightened what will happen, but there is no ban in place now which was confirmed in an email from ukvi
    – lindisingh
    Commented Sep 21, 2019 at 10:08
  • @lindisingh Why are you even considering risking this? Isn’t there a less fraught transit option? There’s no airside hotel accommodation at LHR so you will need to clear Immigration. An overturned ban doesn’t mean you will necessarily sail through your landing interview or that they can’t deny you entry this time, even with your US visa and flight ticket as proof of onward travel.
    – Traveller
    Commented Sep 21, 2019 at 10:40
  • the worst that they can do is tell me to go back airside, what is the risk
    – lindisingh
    Commented Sep 21, 2019 at 18:19
  • dear zach Lipton, thanks for your amazing response, last time i was sleeping overnight at a terminal longe with some other travellers and so did not pass through immigration but at that time i had a ban on me, so am wondering what is the harm in trying now to stay at hyatt place hoel and have a comfortable sleep to catch my connecting flight next day
    – lindisingh
    Commented Sep 21, 2019 at 19:31

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