Gayot Fow
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Should I submit bank statements when applying for a UK Visa? What do they say about me?
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What Is the Purpose of Bank Statements? At first principles bank statements show that the applicant has the financial capacity to visit the UK. However there is a lot more to it and it's not just ...

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Job interview in London requires me to wire money to the travel agent. Is this a scam?
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Based upon what you wrote, you are getting ripped off. It means you are the victim of a con. A UK emergency travel document is issued to British citizens only. They will never issue an emergency ...

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In Germany, what are you supposed to do if your train station doesn't have any working ticket machines?
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I had this happen with the S-Bahn in Frankfurt and made 'official' enquiries about what sort of action the person should take (I like to play everything strictly by the book). By 'official' I mean I ...

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What can I do to lift a 10 year ban for making a mistake in my UK visa application?
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Hold on. There's more to this than you gave us in your question... Answering 'no' to the question about previous refusals can be easily forgiven by an ECO if you had completed the other parts of the ...

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Coming up with a fake travel plan to apply for a Schengen visa, will I get caught?
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In order to acquire a canonical question/answer about lying on Schengen applications in our TSE archives, allow me to offer the following advice. The strict 'party line' on TSE is we do not encourage ...

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Carrying a handgun in other countries with a US concealed carry permit
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Mark Mayo's answer is the best answer to this question; it is an appeal to common sense. I simply wanted to add some legal context for the UK. There are intersecting regulations for the EEA as a ...

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Rent clothing in Frankfurt / Being warm without cold weather clothing
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You can "simulate" renting some warm clothing in Frankfurt. There is an Oxfam shop in Sachsenhausen, about a 20 - 25 minute walk or about EUR 12 for a taxi from the central train station. Oxfam is ...

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UK visa refusal on V 4.2 a + c (and sometimes 'e')
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You applied for a Standard Visitor Visa and received a refusal. Your refusal notice provided an explanation and referred to Paragraphs V 4.2 (a) and (c) (and sometimes sub paragraph 'e'). This is a ...

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Schengen Visa Refusal: Justification for the purpose and conditions of the intended stay was not reliable
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Visa Refusal and Reliability of Applicant When a Schengen refusal notice contains... The information submitted regarding justification for the purpose and conditions of the intended stay was not ...

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What happens if you are refused entry between two countries?
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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 ...

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Can I board if my flight arrives 1.5 hours before my UK visa becomes valid?
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Lingering in the passageways (or disappearing into the toilets) at Gatwick for 1.5 hours is a naive idea, it's called "suspicious behaviour" in the contexts of both security and attempting to evade ...

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What is a Seaman's book, and can it really replace a passport?
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The 'Seaman's Book' provides a travel document that can be used instead of a passport in some cases. In order to be used as a passport, the situation must be appropriate (i.e., joining or leaving a ...

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Can my wife visit me in the UK before we apply for a Spouse Visa?
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"What is the purpose of your visit?" "I am here for 3 weeks to maintain relationships with my husband." "Where is your husband now?" "He is in the arrivals hall.&...

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I have had five prior UK visa refusals, should I still apply for UK tourist visa?
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Normally we need to see a scan of the refusal notice, but five of them obviates that requirement. Your situation has moved on from a "plain vanilla" refusal. An unbroken sequence of five refusals ...

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Will mention of a previously undisclosed relative, who will now invite me to the UK, help me to obtain a visa?
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No, while the realms of possibility do not exclude it, success in your case would take a miracle. For starters you are addressing the wrong issues... You were refused last year because they did not ...

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Is it possible to join someone to help them with the border security process at the airport?
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I have had this type of situation a lot: a relative or friend wants to attend the landing interview to assist with translating and to otherwise help comfort the arriving passenger. It's not going ...

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After being refused entry and removed from Heathrow, can I visit England?
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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 ...

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Immigration officer stamped "Indefinite leave to enter UK" in US passport of EU citizen. How to fix it?
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A US/Swedish dual national transited UK immigration controls on his US passport. After a brief landing interview, the IO issued Indefinite Leave to Remain along with a handwritten note that the holder ...

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Does this email mean that I have been granted the visa?
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No, it does not mean your application was successful. Also it does not mean your application was refused. It means neither. It is simply an advisory that they have reached a decision and are ...

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What are the visa rules for US speakers, at UK conferences, who may be getting paid?
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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 ...

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UK visa refused because the immigration officer suspects I'm trying to live in the UK through successive visits. What are my options?
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The pattern you described is fairly common. You as the US (or Canadian) national developed a romantic long distance relationship (LDR) with a Brit, and sought to maintain the relationship by using ...

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Driving through Croatia: can someone tell me where I took this photo?
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On the E65 interchange north of Stupica...

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Difference between deportation and removal
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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 ...

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What meals are available on Russian trains?
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This is the dining car on the train between Perm and Moscow (Trans Siberian)... As shown, there are ample provisions with the most concern devoted to alcoholic beverages. But there's nearly every ...

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How can I know if I am still refused entry to the UK?
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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 ...

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Why was I refused 'Leave to Enter' at an airport in the UK (and subsequently removed)?
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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 ...

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Is changing your passport a good strategy for removing a negative immigration history in Schengen?
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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 ...

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Why do consulates take away your passport to issue the visa?
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I can answer this for the UK and Schengen members... In the first instance, consulates take your passport because there are some laws involving how a visa is issued. Prominent among those are... ...

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UK Visa Refusal: Provenance of funds/parking
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Applicants who fear that their bank statements may betray a weak financial position will sometimes resort to a 'parking' strategy. This strategy involves having a relative or other trusted party ...

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What coast or river-adjacent city is in this photo?
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The city is New York, facing the Borough of Manhattan and the photo was taken at Kennedy Blvd and approximately 53rd Street in West New York, New Jersey. I lived there for nearly a decade and would ...

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