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An island country in Western Europe, consisting of Great Britain (England, Wales and Scotland) and Northern Ireland.

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Is there a way to find out if I need a transit visa for a layover in the UK?

Is there a website or some other way to find out if I need a transit visa for a short stop in the UK on my way somewhere else? Ideally this should give me the answer for all nationalities, and take ...
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Should I submit bank statements when applying for a UK Visa? What do they say about me?

The UK Visas and Immigration Directorate publishes guidance that provides helpful tips that can result in successful visa applications. Section 2 of this guidance opens is entitled "other documents ...
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UK visa refusal on V 4.2 a + c (and sometimes 'e')

Many of the UK visa refusals we see here share a common pattern and the prevailing reasons refer to V 4.2 (a) and (c). I do understand that, while the applicants may describe very different ...
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UK Visa Refusal: Provenance of funds/parking

I have applied recently for a general visitor visa to the UK to spend 10 days during Christmas with my British unmarried partner and it has been turned down. The Entry Clearance Officer stated on ...
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Recently naturalized American visiting the UK, previously denied visa. Apply for entry clearance?

I am a very recently naturalized America citizen. I want to visit the the UK but leaning towards flying in to France, and attempt entry into the UK via Calais by road on my US passport, so that if I ...
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How should a family with young children apply for UK visas?

We are sponsoring a family to visit us in UK as friends from Madagascar for two weeks. They have a 6 year old and a 16 month old. Do the kids need their own visas, and are they the standard visitor ...
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Can we apply for a Schengen tourist visa while visiting another country on a short-stay visa?

We are Indians and will be visiting UK on short-stay visas for about five months. Can we apply for Schengen tourist visas while we are in London?
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London Heathrow airport - do I need a transit visa? [duplicate]

I am traveling from the US to India via London Heathrow on November 6. I will be at LHR on 7th at 6:20 am and departing at 9:25 pm. I'm an Indian national and have a valid US visa. Do I need a ...
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How do I find an immigration lawyer/solicitor to help with my UK Visa application?

I'm in the United States and I need help preparing an application for a UK visa. Finding a solicitor/immigration lawyer or the appropriate person to help a US Citizen apply for a UK Visa has proven to ...
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UK Visitor Visa: Required Time or Interval Between Visits?

I am a US citizen and have recently visted the UK with simply a passport which allowed me to vist for 6months I have heard rumors that I am obligated to stay in the US for a Equal amount of time that ...
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What supporting documents should I include in my UK visa application?

There seems to be a consistent pattern on TSE, with scores of questions about what documentation best accompanies a visa application, posed not just by those reapplying after a refusal, but by first-...
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Do I need a UK or Ireland transit visa when flying from the US to a Schengen country? [duplicate]

I am travelling to Budapest and therefore have a Schengen Visa. I hold an Indian passport and a valid US visa. I'm travelling from Chicago-Heathrow-Budapest and returning by Budapest-Dublin-Chicago. ...
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Can I leave the UK and come back in, on a Tourist visa?

I am a United States citizen with a 6-month Tourist visa to the UK (a stamp in my passport). Additionally, in 2013 I spent about two months in the UK on tourist visas, split between two separate ...
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Difference between deportation and removal

As I understand it, there are two mechanisms for throwing somebody out of the UK: deportation and removal. Informally, people seem to call both of these "deportation". What are the differences ...
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UK PLAB Visa Refusal due to unexplained bank deposits

I had applied for a PLAB (Doctors) Visa for the UK to appear in PLAB test. I got refused on the basis of two recent large deposits in the bank statement I provided (my mothers). In reality, these are ...
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Do I have to enter the UK on my UK passport?

I'm a British National (Overseas), which basically means that while I don't have the right of abode in the UK, I am permitted to visit the UK without a visa. However, my passport has expired, and ...
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Can a US citizen with a criminal record travel to the UK?

I have a friend with a criminal record who wants to go to London with me and I'm trying to determine if that is actually a possibility. This friend was convicted of a class A misdemeanor on Dec 14, ...
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How much money do I need to show as proof of support when applying for a UK Standard Visitor visa?

I am an Indian citizen studying in Italy on an Italian visa that expires 19 November, 2015. I have permesso di soggiorno. I want to visit the United Kingdom for my vacations for a week during March. I ...
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What details should a good cover letter contain to back up a UK Visit Visa application?

I'm married have a job with stable income.I have 2 kids. I have applied for UK visit visa about 7 years ago and was refused. I can't remember what exactly was the reason for refusal. I want to travel ...
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Travelling on Business visa to UK for tourism purposes

I already have a 6 month valid UK business visa received prior to April 24 2015. I was supposed to travel to the UK in April, but my trip was cancelled on medical grounds. I am now planning to visit ...
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What visa does my wife need to travel to the UK with me, if I'm going there on a business visa?

I am resident of India and just got UK Business visa ( 6 months, multiple entry) .. I am going for a week on business trip. I want to take my wife along with me and at the end of trip.. I want to ...
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Can I visit UK with Italian stay permit?

I'm an Egyptian citizen, who holds Schengen visa and stay permit in Italy. Can I go to UK for some days with my stay permit and Schengen visa?
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Does a US Citizen need a visa to enter as a tourist to the UK for 6 months?

Everything I've seen points to no (and I would love that to be true since applying for a visa online costs money) but I'm worried about getting refused due to the length of time I wish to stay, which ...
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What are the visa rules for US speakers, at UK conferences, who may be getting paid?

In the last few days, a friend-of-a-friend who was due to give a talk at a tech conference in the UK was denied entry at Heathrow and sent back. Their full story is blogged here. It seems that, in the ...
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Cancelled UK visa on entry

My friend applied for a UK visa last month (that is, June 2015) for 3 weeks in the UK, but got 6 months. Since she got more days, she decided to extend her stay, because she has a six-month visa with ...
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UK Visa Refused - can I reapply immediately?

I applied for the UK tourism visa. I mentioned that I was going to travel only for 2 weeks. However I got rejected because I didn't mention in the application, that I was working, nor mentioned that ...
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Can a UK Border Immigration Officer remove a stop indicator flag?

Today at Belfast airport I was detained for about twenty minutes while the border officer left her terminal at the primary control point (PCP) and went to review my profile/files at the secure control ...
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Which queue for an unmarried EU/non-EU couple travelling through UK Immigration Control together?

I'll be arriving at Heathrow in June 2015 with my current girlfriend for a holiday in the UK. I've been trying to find out which immigration queue to join at Heathrow Passport Control without much ...
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Clerical error in UK visa application, but form already submitted - what should I do?

I'm from the Philippines, and I plan on travelling to the UK with my sister to visit a relative. I have just submitted my visa application and have already paid online, when I noticed that I've made ...
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UK Standard Visitor Visa: How to mail multiple applications when applying as a family

I am a permanent resident of USA. I am making a trip to India but planning a stop-over in London,UK for a week. For this stop-over , I am applying for a standard visitor visa. My biometric appointment ...
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What is meant by “personal impact and articulation skills” in the context of border entry?

Within dozens of highly-rated responses regarding both UK and Schengen entry, I see the phrase "personal impact and articulation skills." There is no further explanation of what these mean and, in ...
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Can a child enter the UK on an accompanied visa and then leave the country alone?

My daughter who is just under 18 has a child accompanied visa to the UK. I am traveling with her to the UK for a few days. We return from UK on the same day except that she returns to India and I am ...
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Can you enter the Schengen area with a UK visa?

I'm a UK passport holder; my wife isn't. We don't live in UK. If she gets a UK visit visa, does this entitle her to travel to the Schengen area or do I need to get her a separate Schengen visa?
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How soon can I re-apply for a UK visa after getting a refusal? [closed]

I am from Nigeria and I'm doing a one year Internship program with The Marriott hotel in Wisconsin, I applied for the UK visitor visa two weeks ago to visit my fiance who lives and work in the UK, but ...
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Valid UK Visa in an Expired Passport

I have a valid (multiple entry) business visit visa to the UK on my old passport. I have recently obtained a new passport as I ran out of pages on my old passport. The purpose of my visit is still for ...
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Apply for a UK visa while not in my home country

Can I apply for UK standard visit visa from any place in the world? I'm an Egyptian citizen and would like to apply in Germany, France, Japan, etc...
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I am a dual Australian/British citizen with an expired emergency Aussie passport and a valid UK passport. What are my chances for an Aussie visit?

I was going to have to miss my brother's wedding on Jan 4th but he bought me a flight today. But my Aussie passport is expired and was only an emergency passport to begin with. I'm born and bred ...
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Can I visit the UK with an EU permanent residence card?

I am non EU national, living in a Schengen country for past 5 years. I hold Indian passport and EU permanent residence card valid for 5 years. Can i go to UK for few days to visit friends without a ...
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How to Proceed with UK Visitor visa for my family and myself

I stay in US on a valid visa and my wife stays in India along with our daughter who is less than 1 year old. While travelling to US from India, we are planning to visit my brother who has been living ...
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Booking travel tickets for visa without paying?

I am in the process of filling the forms for my wife and daughter (Chinese) to travel with me (British) to the UK for a short holiday. On the government advice located at http://www.ukba.homeoffice....
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Where can a tourist apply for a UK Visitor (standard) Visa?

Prior to 24 April 2015, Paragraph 28 of the Immigration Rules was (emphasis mine)... An applicant for an entry clearance must be outside the United Kingdom and Islands at the time of the ...
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Will US boyfriend have issue visiting me in UK for 3 months?

My partner is planning to visit me for 3 months from August this year. I previously visited him in the US for 10 weeks from Dec to Feb with no issues with border staff. My partner is a US citizen and ...
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Dual Canadian and British citizen - healthcare coverage in the UK?

I want to know if I am entitled to medical assistance in the UK while visiting for 3 weeks in June. I am travelling on my Canadian passport since my UK one is outdated.
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Do I need a UK visa? How and where to apply?

I live in Germany since May 2013 as a spouse of German citizen. In Nov 2015 we divorced and I have German residence permit till Jan 2018. We have a son in this marriage and legally I have the right to ...
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Refused UK Visit visa for lack of sufficient funds - What more can I do?

I've been refused a Visitor visa for UK twice back-to-back because I haven't provided enough evidence of my personal circumstances. Some of my background: My nationality is Albanian but I've been ...
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Reapplying for a UK Standard Visitor visa after a refusal

I applied for a UK visitor's visa. My friend sent me an invite to spend a month with her with a letter stating she would would pay for my accommodation and food. She provided her salary slip, bank ...
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My uk visa was denied

I am 25 year old and my brother is my sponsor. They refuse me a short term student visa and please I need a help , I want to reply again and I don't know what correction I should do now ... Can ...
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My name has “Mr” appended on airline ticket reservation. Would that cause problems at the airport?

I recently booked tickets to travel by plane from the UK to Greece. The website I booked through (airfasttickets.co.uk) lists my name correctly, as "Mr Georgios [My surname]", exactly the same as in ...
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What should a sponsor tell the ECO?

Some people who want to visit the UK are unable to do so unless a 3rd party steps in and offers to provide sponsorship. We see a lot of this type of thing on this site; nearly all the refusals have to ...
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Do the governments of United Kingdom and USA share immigration data?

My brother applied for a US visa in 2008 with a fake document and it was refused on those grounds. In 2015, he got the visas of and traveled to two Schengen countries on another passport. He intends ...