I am a US citizen who applied for a 6 month standard visitor visa. Due to some clerical errors on my application, I was refused the visa. I do not have time or they money before my scheduled travel plans (I leave for Germany in less than 3 weeks, will be travelling in the Schengen zone, and then plan to enter the UK about a month and a half later after my first travels), to apply for another visa. I was wondering if my visa refusal will effect my entrance into the UK. I do know that US citizens are granted 6 months leave-to-enter at border control.

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    Was there a particular reason (e.g., prior refusal, minor criminal record, change of nationality) that you applied at all? Most Americans just show up, as you consider doing now. – Andrew Lazarus Jun 9 '17 at 19:06
  • no, i have no prior refusals or criminal history. the reason i applied for the standard visit visa was because i wanted to leave and enter the country at my leisure, taking side trips to portugal and other schengen countries (for a about a week at a time) while still being allowed to come into the uk for the alloted 6 months – user62330 Jun 9 '17 at 19:08
  • I think if you had come here first, we would have suggested showing up anyway. I've made zigzag trips to Europe (UK-mainland-UK-mainland-UK) without border guards making any comment at all. I did this all in one summer, so it didn't look like an attempt to glue consecutive 6 months stays into something longer. – Andrew Lazarus Jun 9 '17 at 19:14
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    I guess you're a prime candidate to read my story. It can be done however beware the perils and have your "i-s" dotted and your "t-s" crossed. The chances you will be stopped and given and taken to secondary controls are very high. – Augustine of Hippo Jun 9 '17 at 19:25
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    What were these "clerical errors"? there are some errors that the UK takes a very dim view on because they assume they are deliberate lies. – Peter Green Jun 9 '17 at 20:37

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