Could the fact and circumstances of such a request conceivably be used against you in any border/visa related determinations in the future?

  • Be aware that a Subject Access Request does not give you everything that UK immigration has on record - they specifically and deliberately withhold information that they think a subject could use to commit immigration fraud. – Moo Jun 20 '20 at 22:09
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    Solely from a processing of SAR applications point of view, it would seem sensible to assume that a record of the request and the reply given will be held on file. gov.uk/government/publications/… Since the information provided is personal information about you already held in the Home Office’s immigration records, which you have a legal right to request, it’s hard to see how making such a request could be used against you. Do you have a particular concern in mind? – Traveller Jun 21 '20 at 9:26
  • @Moo, could you be more clear/specific? And also, could you please indicate your source for this? Thanks – Joseph P. Jun 21 '20 at 15:03
  • @Traveller, basically, I was refused entry once, which I presume was recorded, and then I entered successfully on the advice of the British embassy through a ferry from Ireland without realizing the period for visa free entry was limited, so it now seems as though I've overstayed by 2.5 years. I want to take up a study course and figure out what marks they have on record against me in applying for a UK student visa. – Joseph P. Jun 21 '20 at 15:07
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    @JosephP. ‘Seems’ or ‘did’ overstay? Your entry refusal will be on record. If you entered subsequently and overstayed, they’ll have it on file and/or you’ll have to declare the length of stay in the application anyway. Either way, the mere request for a SAR win’t be a red flag, it’s just a factual report of what they already know about your immigration history. The timeframe for getting a reply might be (much) longer than usual, government departments in the UK are not operating normally due to Covid – Traveller Jun 24 '20 at 9:36

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