I am an EU citizen with indefinite leave to remain in the UK (ILR), where my primary residence is. However this is currently complicated to prove, and requires a multitude of documents. This situation can be fixed, but to do so I need to be back in the UK, while I'm currently abroad. (Another question has more context, but I don't think it's needed for this one.)
The UK's Home Office has advised me how to ensure I can prove my ILR at the UK border and I have everything I need to do so. However, when returning to the UK in the past (before the current situation) I've found that passport control at the country I'm leaving from can be even more strict.
I'd really rather not have to explain the situation at the departure end, for several reasons:
- Authorities outside the UK do not have the required access to verify everything I say.
- It could take time to explain everything, which may make me miss my flight, something which isn't a concern if I'm already at my destination.
- There is in my mind a not insignificant chance that if I explain the entire situation I might be discriminated against, so I'd prefer to explain it to as few people as I possibly can.
With the above in mind, and that generally every EU citizen has the right to remain in the UK for up to 6 months without a visa, would it be a bad idea to tell the country I'm leaving from that I only intend to stay for a short time?
N.B. this may not be the country I'm a citizen of, depending on whether I can find a direct flight.