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. Jun 9, 2017 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, 2017 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. Jun 9, 2017 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. Jun 9, 2017 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. Jun 9, 2017 at 20:37


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