I will soon be making a UK visa application to extend a temporary stay in the UK.
Iraqi Kurdistan gives nationals of most Western countries visa-free access. However, there is an ongoing dispute between the Iraqi and Iraqi-Kurdish government over whether they are allowed to do this.
The UK Foreign Commonwealth Office says that all nationals need an Iraqi federal visa to enter any part of Iraq, including Iraqi Kurdistan:
According to Iraqi law you must have a visa before you travel, even if you’re intending to travel to the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.
Is entering Iraqi Kurdistan visa-free a potential problem for being granted a UK visa, given that the British government apparently views such an entry as unlawful (and thus as a violation of a foreign immigration law)?