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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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UK visitor visa refused due to length of prior stay

I was issued a 6-months UK visa in 2014 and I stayed for 3 months. When I applied again for a visa to the UK, it was refused based on the fact that I stayed for 3 months. They also said in the refusal ...
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Left UK without passing through Immigration, why?

Last year, I traveled to the UK for a conference. Upon entry, my passport was stamped confirming my entry via immigration. Upon my exit, surprisingly (and something I'm been wondering about ever ...
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U.K visitor visa with very old criminal conviction - do I disclose it?

I have been travelling to the U.K for 25 years at least 8-10 times a year, receiving 5 year visas, never breaking the stay period, with no problem. I've gone through immigration with no problem till ...
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I am non-EU citizen working in Germany. Can I travel to UK without a visa?

I am from Non-EU country (from Nepal to be precise) and recently moved to Germany for work. I am applying for BlueCard. I would like to travel to UK later this year, can I go there without visa as I ...
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Visiting the UK for tourism on a Business Visitor visa, after previously visiting the country for business

I already got Business Visitor Visa (Multi Entry) for UK in previous year, when I participated in the conference in London. My Visa is not expired yet. I want to spend my holiday in UK. My question ...
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Why is the British passport the most valuable despite colonization? [closed]

I was checking out Wikipedia and I could see a British passport entitles to visa-free or visa-on-arrival for 173 countries despite colonization by the British. While USA ranks 2nd with 172 countries. ...
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How to get a 1 week-fast track British passport replacement appointment upgraded to the 1-day premium service

Complete nightmare so far, missed flight and missing foreign visa as well. Going to IPS tomorrow with a fast-track appointment in hand and aiming to upgrade to the premium one-day service. Anyone ...
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Prepaid SIM card for data in UK, France, and Finland

I want to buy a SIM card with prepaid data plan in UK. I will travel around France and Finland. I'm staying for less than a month, and I expect to use <250 MB. It seems that most plans don't allow ...
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Can a US Citizen work whilst travelling in UK? [closed]

I know that a US citizen could potentially remain in the UK for up to 6 months on travel. However, I'm also sure that this wouldn't allow them to work while here. If someone were to be visiting the UK ...
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Why do UK people stand on the right on escalators?

UK uses left-hand traffic. Traffic flows on the left side, people walk on the left. Is there any reason to stand on the right while using escalators?
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How can I cross the English channel with a car?

I believe there's the Euro Tunnel as well as a number of ferry options, but which can I use to travel with a car between the UK and France, Belgium or the Netherlands? If there aren't too many ...
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US Girlfriend Denied Entry to UK

On November 11, my American girlfriend flew over to the UK to visit me. She was detained and questioned, and refused entry under the belief she would not leave within those six months. This was due to ...
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What does this pen notation in my UK entry stamp mean?

I entered the UK from Paris once (riding the Eurostar train), and after the UK border control officer placed an entry stamp in my passport, he added a notation in pen (picture below). What does it ...
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Can I rent a car in the UK with a new driving license less than one year old?

I'm a UK citizen visiting the UK over the Christmas period. If possible, I'd like to rent a car - but I've only had a full UK driver's license for less than a year. I gather that there is no longer a ...
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How to apply for UK visit visa after four refusals?

I am a Nigerian, have a brother who is now a British citizen and a sister who just become a resident of UK. I have been refused four times now for UK visas in different situations. I was denied twice ...
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Is a tour of a US Embassy possible?

Just as seeing the inside of tech companies would be interesting, I think it could be interesting to see the inside of embassies too. Let's say I was going to be in London for a week and wanted to see ...
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Travel insurance with a pre-existing condition

I have ulcerative collitis. It's not particularly bad. I'm trying to get travel insurance for two different holidays (one to the US and one to China/Japan). Unfortunately having ulcerative collitis ...
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Does the UK still issue visa refusal stamps in passports?

I was refused a visa in 2015 and received the letter with the explanation for the refusal and code etc, however there is no stamp in my passport showing I was refused. In years gone by (admittedly ...
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UK Immigration Control: Will henna/mehndi on my hands cause a problem?

I have plans to travel to the UK. This is the first time I will be going abroad. It would be a two week trip. My question is, if I put mehndi or henna on my hands before I go, is it going to create ...
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UK Visitors and NHS Health Services

I am aware that visitors can receive emergency treatment from the National Health Service (NHS) for free. For ordinary services, the person must pay a bill, and if the total amount due is more than £...
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What does the following UK leave stamp mean?

The user behind this question, a US national with a previous UK visa refusal, was recently subject to extreme scrutiny at Heathrow Airport before being admitted, albeit with a custom leave stamp ...
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What does the “have you ever been known by any other name?” question mean on the UK visa application?

Basically, I recently submitted an application for a standard uk visa and there was a section of the form that I initially answered, but eventually deleted from my application i.e."have you ever been ...
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Can I make a short trip to Northern Ireland?

I am an Indian having UK's Tier 2 Visa. I have spent a month in Sheffield, UK. Now I want to visit Northern Ireland, Belfast. Can I make a short trip there with Tier 2 Visa. Or I will have to apply ...
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Can I travel to the UK unaccompanied on an accompanied child visa now that I am over 18?

I got a visa with my mother when I was 17 years old. On it was stated "Not valid unless accompanied by my mother". Can I travel to the UK alone now that I am 18?
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Denied entry into UK/given temporary administion - anyone entered again without a visa

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 ...
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Chinese national with UK permanent residency requires visa to travel to Ireland?

Background: I'm an Irish citizen; my girlfriend is a Chinese citizen; we both live and work in London UK; she has a permanent residence card to remain in the UK. My girlfriend would like to visit my ...
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EEA Family Permit: No appointments are currently available for this location

My Austrian husband and I will be travelling to the UK in April 2019 so I've applied for the EEA (just like before). I can't really wait with my application till January (3 months until the trip) ...
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How can I get help understanding UK visa requirements?

There are already many questions on visa requirements to enter the UK, including transit visas and visitor visa for family members (e.g. Can a Thai national married to a UK citizen enter the UK freely?...
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UK visa refusal due to undefined source of fund after retirement

My mother (aged 62) applied for UK visitor visa from Bangladesh recently and got refused. She was intending to meet her elder sister who is a British Citizen living in London. As they haven't met for ...
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Can I buy a plane ticket from A-B-C but get on the plane at B? [duplicate]

I'm planning a trip to South-Korea in April. I was looking at flight ticket prices and found that I can go from Brussels to Seoul (and back) for about 600€. It lands in London however. I then tried to ...
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Re-entry to the UK after a 10-year ban

I overstayed my visa in the UK and tried to beat the system by getting an emergency visa for my voluntary exit. After I returned to Nigeria, thinking I was smart, I used forged immigration stamps on ...
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Can I apply for both UK Tier 4 and visitor visa?

I am applying for a Tier 4 Student visa for my studies in the UK in September, but I'd like to do some traveling before my course starts, so I would like to apply for a visitor's (tourist) visa too. I'...
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U.K. Overstay and re entry

I have a problem. I overstayed my uk tourist visa for about 10 months and decided to return voluntarily. However during my exit in February 2016, I did not meet any immigration officer at the Heathrow ...
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What is the most cost effective way to get turn-by-turn navigation in the UK?

Extracting from the comments a question on buying a GPS in the UK, what is the most cost effective way to get turn-by-turn navigation in the UK? Comparison of costs: Buying a GPS in the UK, less ...
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UK Transit Visa from USA to India [duplicate]

I'm traveling to India from the US for my H1 stamping. I'm planning to go via the UK (LHR). I'm changing my visa status from F1 (visa expires in 2015) to H1. Is my visa valid to qualify for a transit ...
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Entry Refusal - what does this stamp mean?

Following this question, I had a refused entry in the UK before (about two years ago) and granted a temporary admission. I am just curious, what does this stamp below mean? (there two stamps, what I ...
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UK visitor visa: I cannot see visitor option under “reason for visit” in VFS global website

I am trying to purchase priority service through vfs for my standard visa application in USA. However, no option related to visitor visa under "reason for visit" box. How shall I proceed? Thanks!
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UK visa validity begins on date of issue or intended date of arrival?

I've already submitted my UK visa application, but have yet to receive the visa. I need to book a flight a day or two before the 'intended date of arrival' that I've entered in my application. My ...
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Can I provide bank statements from multiple accounts when applying for a UK visa?

I have multiple accounts under the same bank for different purposes, which should I present? Does the visa officer want to check if I have enough money in my savings maintained consistently over a ...
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UK general visitor visa refused for funds evidence?

My visa was rejected because I failed to provide bank statements. I'm a drop-out student and at present I don't work and I don't study, so I don't have any account balance. I've mentioned in my ...
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Are UK visas granted to travel to the UK usable elsewhere? [closed]

I am a Mongolian citizen currently in England on a one year visa. Can I travel to British Virgin Islands, or other Caribbean islands that require a British visa using the visa I have for the UK, or ...
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Applying for UK visitor visa after 3 refusals. Does this case fall under complicated category requiring a lawyer?

My mum's sister is a British citizen. Mum visited her in 2001 and stayed for 3 months, then visited again with me this time in 2007 for 2 months. She was given a visa without any trouble both times. ...
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What are the English laws on bringing pets into the country?

I wish to take my pet cat with me to the United Kingdom, to stay with relatives (they are fine with the cat, and understand that she travels with me a lot). I am concerned, however, whether or not I ...
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How do I answer UK visa question about other savings or income?

I am a post-graduate student and I got a scholarship for a training course and to attend a conference in the UK. I totally depend on my father so how should I answer the question about whether I have ...
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Can I sponsor my Serbian girlfriend for a 2 week visit on a Standard Visitor visa if I have been with my employer for less than 6 months?

I am about to apply for my girlfriend from Serbia to come to the UK on a Standard Visitor visa for a 2 week trip. She owns her own apartment in Belgrade, also has a stable job there where she has ...
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India to UK visa for business refused due to wording issues

I applied for a UK business visitor visa for two weeks and my application was refused having attached the following: My Bank statement Identity Passport Income tax returns. Other than this, my ...
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Flying UK to Canada via USA. Do I need to apply for ESTA?

I'm going to fly from the UK to Canada via EWR (Newark Liberty International Airport). Do I need to apply for a Visa Waiver through the ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization)?
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Reissue US, UK, Canada visas in stolen passports

My bag was stolen with my 3 Pakistani passports having US, UK & Canada visas. Can anyone guide me how to get the visas back, on my new passports?
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What supporting evidence is required for a Moroccan travel visa?

I plan to travel to Morocco later this year and wanted to check if anyone with previous experience getting a travel visa can shed some light here. The Embassy of Morocco in the UK states that for a ...
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Refused Entry and Removed from the UK; What are the Consequences?

Last week I was travelling to London Heathrow from Pakistan. The immigration officer asked me my reason for coming to the UK. I replied that I was going to visit my friends and also meeting with an ...