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I am looking to apply for a UK YMS visa. I previously held a UK study visa in which I overstayed for 8 days but left voluntarily. Since my overstay I have also returned to the UK for a short period on a visitor visa in which I had no problems at the border. Is it likely that my current visa application will be rejected due to my overstay previously?

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  • I note Gayot's earlier dicta to the effect that once a non-visa national successfully applies for entry clearance, it basically wipes the record clean and gives the person a "fresh slate". Given that you've had an entry clearance since the whole overstay issue, then on the basis of Gayot's words it seems likely to me that your chances are good.
    – MadHatter
    Commented May 5, 2020 at 11:40
  • Questions about work visas and long term residence should be asked on our sister site, Expatriates. Commented May 5, 2020 at 12:45
  • Sorry, I am a non-visa national and thus my subsequent visit has not been after applying for a visitor visa, I simply was able to enter via their automatic eGate system. Would this still count as an entry clearance?
    – AJoshi
    Commented May 6, 2020 at 12:45

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The fact that you have been since your overstay on a visitor visa does help the case, you will need to show the immigration officer that you will return to your home country.

A return ticket before the expiration of your visa will help your case, then the officer will see you are planning to leave the country on that date. Also sufficient proof-of-ties to your home country will help (family, work, etc.). But ultimately, it is up to the immigration officer and no-one can give a definite answer here.

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