I got an entry refusal but I would like to know if it is an entry ban.

The letter states:

You have sought leave to enter the UK as a visitor.

However you have admitted that during your previous visit to the UK between 15 September 2016 and 5 March 2017, you took employment as an au-pair for a family who are friends of your family. < snip of payment details > You did not tell this me when I first spoke to you and only admitted it when my colleague found your contract of employment in your bag.

You state that your parents have been supporting you by sending you approximately < snip of payment details > but you have not been able to show any evidence of this support. You do not have a ticket to return to Mexico. You state you will purchase one. You state < personal funding details >. Again you have not been able to show any evidence of these funds.

You insist that you will not take employment on this occasion. However, given your previous disregard for the immigration rules, I am not satisfied that you will not seek to do the same this time.

I am not satified that you are a genuine visitor as required by paragraph V 4.2 of Appendix V: Immigration Rules for Visitors. You are therefore refused entry to the UK.

You have not sought entry under any other provisions under the immigration rules.

I therefore refuse you leave to enter the United Kingdom.

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    It is unwise to put personally identifying official documents on the internet.
    – ouflak
    Nov 29, 2019 at 12:07
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    I can't propose an edit now because there's already a pending one, but a better title would be: "Is an entry refusal an entry ban?" You could also add "and being removed from the control zone", if that's relevant (I'm not sure what it means).
    – NotThatGuy
    Nov 29, 2019 at 13:01
  • The "Control Zone" in this case would appear to be the Eurotunnel Calais Terminal - (address is Coquelles near Calais) which operates as a clearing house for border controls before embarking on the Eurostar train.
    – bvanlew
    Nov 29, 2019 at 13:24
  • @ouflak why is that?
    – minseong
    Nov 29, 2019 at 14:44
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    @ouflak I raised this issue on the Meta site and the answer is to flag it for moderation
    – Peter M
    Nov 29, 2019 at 18:28

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No, there is no evidence of a ban being placed on the traveller in that refusal, but it does document an incidence of deception during the interview, and now that is on file it could be used to support a ban being put into place during any weak subsequent applications.

UK immigration bans are very very explicitly laid out in refusal letters, and state unequivocally and clearly that a ban is in place - that is not so in this case, unless there are further pages to this refusal that you haven't uploaded.

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    and given the wording of the letter, it seems likely that any future attempt to enter the UK without very good supporting paperwork will lead to a ban... Repeated attempts to enter the UK under suspicious or false stated reasons are not appreciated
    – jwenting
    Nov 29, 2019 at 5:46
  • @jwenting I wouldn’t doubt that, but in other cases we have seen here that’s normally mentioned in the refusal, and here it isn’t. I wouldn’t fancy my chances tho if it were me....
    – user29788
    Nov 29, 2019 at 5:48
  • yeah. Was only adding an extra warning for OP to not try again to get to the UK without having all his documentation perfectly in order.
    – jwenting
    Nov 29, 2019 at 8:23
  • Also, a ban typically states for how long it will stay in effect, doesn't it?
    – vsz
    Nov 29, 2019 at 9:34
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    @Moo It talks about ‘removal from port’ and about the effect on entering the UK in future.
    – Traveller
    Nov 29, 2019 at 10:08

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