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This question was shared on Hackernews and has a lot of comments and ideas over there that might be of interest to you as well. Some of the major points raised there: do take into consideration how many people here are for you trying to get out of this situation BEFORE going to the US seek support. You've done the right thing reaching out online, now it's ...


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One of your best chances if you're not too much in a hurry would be to go see a specialized association in Spain (maybe a feminist association?). These people would then have access to bigger means (embassy for example?) that could help you. These people can act with discretion. As suggested by others, the idea to be denied the entrance is tricky and may ...


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If you are at a land border and inadmissible in both directions, you'll be taken to a detention centre. In the scenario you described, most likely Viru. They will book you in and then go over your travel document(s) with a view to determining where you are admissible. They will contact the consulate where you have citizenship and let them know you are in ...


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Getting stopped at the border is a bad idea. But if you do something "stupid", you can probably persuade the US Embassy to revoke your visa, all while pretending that you were actually doing your best to smooth your passage to America. E.g. you could write them a letter like this: Passport number: xxxxx US Visa number: xxxxx Dear US Embassy, ...


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From personal experience on the Thai-Cambodian border (left Thailand but refused entry into Cambodia), the departure stamp gets cancelled and you get back into the country you just left. Here's an example of how a cancelled Thai exit stamp looks like (taken from https://rompingandnguyening.wordpress.com/2014/07/03/bangkoking-again/):


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You were removed from Heathrow... let him know that I was being sent back. I was fingerprinted and had my photo taken and was put on the next flight to Denmark. A page in my passport now has a black x-mark across a stamp. This sounds all very standard and normal. You failed your landing interview and the IO believed that you were a flight risk so he ...


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I'm sorry to hear this, and hope you find a way to rebuild in Nigeria. The UK government has a scheme to help in just this situation: see https://www.gov.uk/return-home-voluntarily Even if you think you do not meet the criteria on the website, I strongly suggest getting in contact with them, as they likely have some degree of discretion. Buying you a plane ...


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TL;DR The rules have not changed (more about that below) and based upon your friend's narrative it was a fair cop. She was outside of the rules, no question about it, but this could have been handled with a better outcome and she could have been admitted. Based on her narrative they gave her about 4 chances to turn things around and apparently they all but ...


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You are a British Overseas Citizen (BOC) travelling on a BOC passport and you had difficulty clearing UK immigration controls. Ultimately you were issued leave to enter for 6 weeks. Based upon what you wrote, you applied for ILR and were refused and your refusal was accompanied by a removal notice which gave you the option of leaving voluntarily. When the ...


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People will often mistakenly use 'deportation' instead of 'removal'. The media reinforces this mistake because 'deportation' sounds more dramatic than 'removal'. Both terms involve the involuntary departure of a person from the UK's jurisdiction. Deportation in the UK is a grave event, there have only been a handful this year. The profile of a deportee ...


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San Francisco Montreal New York I would swap the order: San Francisco New York Montreal Take a cross continental flight to New York and fly up to Montreal from there. If you are refused, you are returned to New York and you are done.


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I'm worried about whether I qualify as being removed or deported You were "removed", not "deported". To get very technical about it, you were issued 'administrative removal' under Paragraph 320 of the Immigration Rules because you failed to qualify as a visitor under Appendix V of the same rules. and if there is an ensuing ban in place. There is no ban in ...


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A removal from port is one of the more distressing experiences a traveller can have, and the UK Border Force has been taking a harder line towards abuse. Based upon what you wrote, you were building up a private life in the UK and working without the proper documentation (even though your work was performed for US companies and probably denominated in US ...


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The strategy gets a lot of mileage on the net because it sounds so perfect. Even on this site I read... Refusals to the Schengen area are not recorded centrally, you are not asked for prior refusals when applying for a new visa and chances are high that the only trace of the refused entry is a cancelled entry stamp in the passport. Get a new passport and ...


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Some suggestions from a friend, conveying some advice from a forced-marriage-fighting charity. The woman posting the question needs to hide a spoon in her underwear when going to the airport before she gets to the plane. When she is screened, either via metal detector or backscatter it'll trip the scanners, and they'll have to take her into a more private ...


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Terminology-wise: You applied for 'leave to enter' under Appendix V of the Immigration Rules at a UK port and were refused. You were subsequently removed from the UK. It's an administrative procedure that takes place when the IO determines that a person is in violation of Paragraph 320 of the Immigration Rules (the fact that entry is being sought for a ...


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Your friend's leave was curtailed at port and they were issued temporary admission for three weeks. It's not unusual at all for this to happen, especially if the visitor has personal affairs that need attention and they are not a flight risk. There is no such rule limiting a person's stay to 90 days per year or any other period per year. When a person has ...


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About the example, and why it doesn't show what it purports to The refusal was based, at least in part, not on the speaking at a conference. If you read the refusal notice, you will note that the person in question was, in addition to giving a conference talk, running a workshop (IE carrying out teaching duties) for which: Tickets have been sold for ...


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I'm primarily concerned with whether or not there are communications between the relevant agencies in the US and the UK The controlling reference for this is a treaty between the US and UK which was drafted in 2013 and entered into force last year (2014) which says in part... CONSIDERING that the effective administration and enforcement of the ...


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It happened to me once in Saudi Arabia - due to a delay at immigration; my visa was marked as invalid because midnight had passed. They didn't stamp anything on my passport. I was held in a jail at the airport - was not allowed to enter the country. My passport was with the immigration officials; who then escorted me to the next departing flight to Kuwait ...


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Let's take this one first: Can she appeal? No. When your friend was removed, she was served with a removal notice at the port, this explains the reason(s) for the removal and whether or not there is recourse for their decision. Since she arrived on a visit visa, she has no recourse (including appeal). We can't understand whether this is right. When ...


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Can't you just say you're going and then not go? They're not going to know if you got on the flight, or if you were denied. If you're denied you'll never get past immigration and -- if they're meeting you there -- they'll never get past immigration in the other direction. Now sometimes immigration will inform people waiting that you've been denied but it's ...


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This answer assumes your entry clearance was issued under Appendix V of the rules. Your entry clearance was cancelled and you were removed from the UK. The stated reason is that you did not have the funds to pay for the cigarettes you were importing, I figure it was roughly GBP 160. The Immigration Officer was entitled to assume that you were in a ...


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I have a multi entry visa in my expired passport and I need to carry that; and I was told if I would want a visa in a new passport, it's a new interview and all fees. So if you manage to lose your passport, your visa is poof, gone. The London US Embassy page concurs: Once you have obtained a new passport, you may apply for a new visa, if required. ...


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You are a Malasian national and accordingly do not require entry clearance to visit the UK. Earlier this year you were removed from Terminal 5 LHR under Paragraph 320. You then applied for entry clearance and were refused under Appendix V 4.2 (a) & (c). It's all bad, but most damningly, the Immigration Officer made a good case that you intended to ...


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This is not an "airline policy". The airline cannot choose to move a person around different countries against his will without lawful authority to do so. The policy is made by the law of the arrival country, and the airline is required to follow it as a condition of transacting business there. Ultimately the airline may be compelled by the arrival country ...


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You failed your landing interview and got a Temporary Admission (TA) instead of "Leave to Enter". You were served a removal notice which says at the bottom "IS.82 No AR RLE" (No appeal rights, Refusal of Leave to Enter"... Are these real reasons under the immigration act? They are absolutely real. They got you under Paragraph 320 of the rules, which ...


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I'm sorry to hear about your troubles. This answer has a list of how long bans last. Two of the options are: "if they left the UK voluntarily, not at public expense" (I have reworded slightly), and "if they left UK voluntarily, at public expense". Hence it is clearly possible to get the Home Office to pay for your return flight. I suggest you get in ...


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Prior to 11 May 2015, the answer to this question was subject to opinion. But on that date the Upper Tribunal published a decision that nailed it down unambiguously. The decision has the full force of UK law behind it. Background Briefly, the case involved two brothers who used the UKVI helpline and got bad advice. Their application was refused with the ...


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UK visit visas are usually granted for 3 or 6 months and 1, 2, 5 or 10 years. Even if you are staying a day in the UK, visa will be granted for a minimum of 3 months (could be 6 months depending on the entry clearance officer) One of the general requirements for a Visitor Visa is You must intend to leave the UK after the end of your visit... Changing ...


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