I work in the UK and have a UK permanent residency visa. My girlfriend got a visitor visa to visit me and it was cancelled at the UK border.

Could anyone kindly advice if her visa would be banned on her next UK visa application?

(It's worth mentioning I have a post on Expatriates SE seeking migration options. I can remove the Expatriates post if necessary to remove duplication. The important matter to me at this life stage is to avoid visa banning)

My girlfriend applied a UK Standard Visitor Visa in April 2016 and stated that she planned to come here for two weeks, and she was granted for two years.


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We misunderstood that 180 days were the actual limit, so we naively decided to let her stay in the UK with me longer instead, and I also planned to teach her how to write software. (I know quite a few people with 180 days visitor visas and stay for about half a year, which also led us to false belief that the 180 days are what we needed to adhere to.)

She bought a one way ticket to the UK (in May 2016), being asked to buy a return ticket before leaving China, and she was stopped by the UK border officers in Leeds. They took her to an interview, took her finger prints, gave her a visa cancellation letter as below, told her that she was authorised to stay in the UK for two weeks, and she could appeal for the case.

Visa Cancellation Letter

We failed to access legal help, so we didn't appeal, and my girlfriend left after two weeks. The border officers were very friendly and asking if we had any future plans. (I can't read any hint from this.)

Marks on her passport when it was returned:

Marks on her passport

We are now not sure if her current visa is voided, because it was the entry being cancelled, but we are considering two options for the future:

  • option 1: Reapply travelling visa next year, this can be short term travels because she works full time in China now
  • option 2: Get married and get a dependant visa instead

We are planning to be honest about the case in the new application (put it in the previous refusal section).

I'm worrying if another Immigration officer would reject her next visa application and ban her for ten years due to the previous case. (Because I have read several posts from this site about banning UK entry.)

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    @Michael Hampton really appreciate your reply. The reason I put it here was because I researched the forum and noticed immigration experts are much more active on this forum. I really apologise if this would cause any confusion. The thought is, this post is more focusing on whether future visa application would be banned, the post being migrated is more focusing on what migration options I have. This to me is a life changing matter, I hope you could understand my position.
    – Max
    Commented Aug 1, 2016 at 7:17
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    @Michael Hampton I can delete the post on Expatriates Forum under expert guidance from this forum (because I really don't want to mess it up). Please advise what I can do to keep the one on the Travel forum active.
    – Max
    Commented Aug 1, 2016 at 7:40
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    They willn't ban her just because her visa was cancelled. But if in her next visa application she doesn't mention the cancellation of the previous visa, then she might be. Option 1 might not be that straight forward, but 2 might be fine.
    – DumbCoder
    Commented Aug 1, 2016 at 8:03
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    As I said on your question on expats, don't panic. Don't make rushed decisions. It sounds like you'll be fine, you simply have to pick the right course of action at this point.
    – Belle
    Commented Aug 1, 2016 at 8:13
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    At this point, you should not be asking what course of action might fool the authorities into letting her into the country, but what course you want your lives together to take. That will determine what visa, if any, you should apply for. Until you two answer that question for yourselves, all of this is pretty meaningless. Commented Aug 1, 2016 at 8:15


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