I was granted a 2 year UK visa but was denied entry when I got to London Airport because there was a Ghana stamp on my old passport that is fake. The 2 years UK visa is on my new passport. I was detained and returned to Nigeria the following day and given a chance to appeal. My removal form is in fact IS82C.

Please what is the implication of this? And what can I do to rectify things? I am hoping to apply for USA visa, can this affect me?

  • 2 years UK visa is on my new passport Why did you have to furnish your old passport ? And why were you carrying it around ? I know some border officers are little nosy(there is no legal requirement for them to check unless renewing/extending your visa), and will ask for your old passport even if it has no relevance to your current status.
    – DumbCoder
    Nov 19, 2014 at 9:02
  • Can you post the complete text of the refusal decision? Nov 19, 2014 at 23:19

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Your entry clearance was cancelled and you were issued with air-side removal papers. That was for deception. What happened during your landing interview is not clear from the information you provided, but presumably some especially aggravating (and no doubt serious) factor made them decide to issue a mandatory ban right then and there.

Short of a successful appeal lodged from Nigeria, there is no way to 'rectify things'. There are success stories, you can read case histories on the Tribunal site (http://www.judiciary.gov.uk/tribunal-decisions/immigration-asylum-chamber/); but you'll quickly see that they were invariably handled by a heavy hitter in the UK Law Society (https://www.lawsociety.org.uk/).

Otherwise, and from the UK point of view, nothing will happen unless you apply for another UK visa during the ban period. At that time the ECO will have the obligation to refuse the application. There is no discretionary latitude because refusal is mandatory under Paragraph 320 (11) (iv) with aggravating circumstances.

Once the ban period is ended, you can apply again. The ECO can approve the application or refuse it on the grounds that your credibility has been exhausted. The ECO has an alternate recourse of issuing a further ban under the same paragraph. For this part, your behaviour during the original event will also come in to play.

In all events your biometrics will have been marked for long-term retention, and you won't be back in the UK for quite some time, if ever. They share biometrics with the US along with your transcript. I am not competent in US immigration, but suspect your chances of a successful application would be enhanced by having competent legal representation.

Finally, don't waste time on the internet. There's not that many people knowledgeable about Paragraph 320 and NONE of the heavy hitters surf around answering questions. :)

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    I think this is a rather extreme interpretation. The OP doesn't say anywhere that the Ghana stamp was used in the application or in support of the application. Just that it existed. Nov 19, 2014 at 15:27
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    I would suggest (to a mod) that these comments all be removed, as this answer has been substantively modified (i.e. is now almost completely different) and new comments may be warranted.
    – CGCampbell
    Nov 19, 2014 at 19:51
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    @Tor-EinarJarnbjo, it can be helpful to read the ENTIRE decision and not just the paragraph you're interested in. Otherwise you'd know that the officer's action in serving an IS82 on the student was found UNJUSTIFIED and the case was thrown out. The student won! Please read the whole decision.
    – Gayot Fow
    Nov 19, 2014 at 20:58
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    @GayotFow: I was just asking you to clarify your claims in the now deleted comments. If you know what you are talking about, why can't you just explain what's so aggravating with form IS 82C that you felt it right to accuse the OP the way you did? Referring to the 1200 pages long Enforcement Manual is not very helpful. Nov 19, 2014 at 23:18
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    And because I wanted to know what the form is used for (there are several examples found online, none of them especially aggravating, but no formal definition I could find) I asked you, since you make the impression to know it. Since you are repeatedly avoiding to answer my question, I am not sure anymore if that impression is correct. Nov 20, 2014 at 0:40

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