I am in the process of applying for a UK work visa. The visa application asks me to list all the visas issued to me by the UK in the last 10 years. I have traveled to the UK as a tourist in the last 10 years, but as a US citizen, I did not need to apply for a tourist visa, and instead I got my passport stamped upon entering the UK, like this:

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Are these entry stamps considered visas? Do I need to list them in the visa application?

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An entry stamp means you've cleared immigration whereas a visa allows you to make a formal request to enter a country. I don't think an entry stamp counts as a visa, especially in the case of tourism because as a US citizen you don't need one anyway

  • Unless the stamp mentions that it is a visa as well, I am sure I have seen such a stamp just,can't remember where. May 23, 2014 at 18:57
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    @MeNoTalk a visa on arrival kind of deal ?
    – blackbird
    May 23, 2014 at 19:17
  • No, an entry stamp with a note saying this is a visa for n days. May 23, 2014 at 19:18
  • @MeNoTalk: This is the kind of stamp that is on my passport: rathburn.net/visa/uk/LHR%20Enter%20080403.jpg I hope this is not the specific type you are talking about.
    – Alex
    May 24, 2014 at 2:16
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    @Alex No, that's just a normal entry stamp, not a visa-on-arrival. Such a stamp will explicitly state that it is a visa. May 24, 2014 at 4:10

This is not a visa if you go further to the aplication you will see another question asking you if have visited the uk before

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