Wondering if anyone has been denied entry into the UK (because of a small misunderstanding etc) but were able to enter again without having to get a visitor visa/clearance visa?
Previous I held a T5 visa (2 year temporary work visa given to the commonwealth countries), on expiration I left the country, travelled around a bit before coming back to the UK to pick up my things, thinking that I can get in on the Common Wealth 6 months visitor visa as this would kick in. Boy was I wrong. Because of my previous visas, length of stay already, having friends in the UK, no kids, no mortgage to run back to, no job, no dog to look after (being independent is not allowed in certain situations), they thought that I was trying to “overstay”, and as there is no rule that says once held a T5 visa, you have to be out of the country for xx amount of time, it’s really up to the “mood” of the customs officer.
At that time (yes silly me) I didn’t book a return ticket as previously I had always been allowed in without having to show one (ok lucky) and I was going to do further travel to Europe but haven’t decided on where yet, I didn’t have a job (I was taking some time off), I have more than enough money to show customs to prove I can support myself in my travels, my Australian permanent residency to show I am going to Australia, my family in NZ (I am a New Zealand passport holder), my criminals records etc. But because of my “lack of responsibilities to return home”, my visitor request was not granted. Just to be clear - there was no way I was trying to stay, use free healthcare or take a job without proper visa. However, they gave me a “temporary admission for a person who is liable to be detained” entry of 1 day, and I had to leave the next day back to Spain, where it was the last place I flew in from, even though that is not my “home”.
There is now an entry stamp but with a black cross over it and the officer told me the next time I want to return, I need to have stronger proof of “ties” back home (yes that’s what the officer told me as I was leaving/crying/freaking out/stressed like anything after being detained for 9 hours in a windowless room like the criminal I was expected to be, at 5am to wonder the streets of London alone). However reading on the forum, every said to get a visa.
So now (1 year later), I have a full time job in Spain with all my work and resident visa and ID card with a long term rental agreement under my name, still no dog or mortgage yet etc. I want to visit my friends in the UK this summer for a few days, but the cost of the visa will put me out of pocket by 200euro (yes it is the cost+admin fees+extra for the Spanish govt) which is more than the flight itself from Spain to UK (<100euro). And I was told that it may not even be granted. If thats the case, then I will need to apply again..... Also that having the visa, I could still get denied at the gates.
I was wondering if anyone (maybe from the commonwealth countries) that was given temporary entry (not deported) has entered again (after a period of time) without going through the visa process? But had stronger proof – ie job, rental, kids etc – the second time around to show at customs?
Thanks for listening.