What are my chances of getting denied entry into the UK?
Replies: 11 - Last Post: Oct 9, 2012 12:01 PM Last Post By: Nice_But__
Sep 7, 2012 3:41 PM
What are my chances of getting denied entry into the UK?Hi everyone, I am planning on staying in Scotland for five months starting in October. I am 18 and a citizen of the USA. I did my research and it says a US citizen could stay for no longer than six months. I am going to live with my Aunt during my stay there and she will provide my food and shelter, etc. I have read a lot of horror stories about getting denied entry into the UK and right now I'm just so paranoid because I don't want it to happen to me. I am a senior in high school and I am doing homestudy, but I still have to attend graduation in April and take SATs, that's why overstaying is not an option for me. The main reason for this trip is just to explore more before I go to a university in college. I certainly do not plan on working there (I'm too lazy, I only had one job(summer this year) my whole life just to get money for this trip and that's it) and all my schoolwork are online classes.
I will have a return ticket with me.. actually it is an onward ticket because I will be coming from the Philippines (I'm doing a huge trip; USA->South Korea->Philippines->UK->back to the US)
I'll bring a letter from my homeschool that I need to be back for graduation
I'll have money in my bank ($10,000)
I will bring copies of my aunt's bio-date pages from her passport, immigration stamp from her passport, a letter from her stating that she will accomodate me during my stay, her recent pay slips, and bank statement.
Would that be enough? I really don't want to get denied entry.. what should I do? And where can I call british consulates from the US?
Sep 7, 2012 10:33 PM
1You have pretty much cover ed all you bases to demonstrate that you aren't going violate UK immigration rules, but the only remaining issue that could pop up at the boreder is how much money will have been left in you account when you arrive in the UK. If it is above the minimum required, you should be OK. Normally if a secondary questioning is required, the IO contacts the sponsoring relative to ascertain more details. On the ballance of probability you should be OK!
Sep 7, 2012 10:55 PM
Sep 7, 2012 11:04 PM
Sep 8, 2012 1:36 AM
Sep 8, 2012 1:38 AM
5All your plans make sense for a five-month stay. If you change to just one month, they might wonder why, and any whiff of dishonesty can cause problems for you. What you are planning to do is allowed, and everything that you say stacks up.
One suggestion: have a look at guide-books and have some plans for outings and fun so that you can talk about how you would have a holiday within your budget. And the key documents (have them easily accessible when you enter the country) are the letter of invitation from your aunt, including her (mobile) telephone number.
Sep 8, 2012 4:18 AM
6All sounds good to me,,, my wifes nephew from the USA stayed the with us for the Summer 2 years ago and he had bugger all money on him.
Just one more thing to cover all your bases is to have your aunt meet you at the airport incase you get singled out for questions by the immigration, she will be on call to confirm your plans. Your main problem may be the language barrier when trying to converse with the locals, they tend to speak a strange type of English...
Sep 8, 2012 4:03 PM
7Thank you so much. Now I am more confident. After all, honesty is the way to go.
My aunt promised to jaunt me around once I get there. I will buy air tix tonight.. Manila to Glasgow and I will have a loong layover in Qatar. There won't be any problem if I go out of the airport, right? I have a friend there and she wants to meet with me.
Sep 14, 2012 6:56 PM
8Qatar....best ask on the 'Middle East' branch of this forum for that.
But I agree with all the others above on your UK/Border queries.
Honesty is best. They will catch anything else.
Oct 9, 2012 8:27 AM
9My 21 year old daughter just graduated from University of Maryland and we paid for a trip to Scotland and Ireland for her. She has studied in Italy and been to many countries as a student with no problem in the past. She was to stay on a horse farm in Scotland, taking care of horses in return for going out on trail rides in the highlands...for 4 weeks, then fly to Ireland for 1 week to tour around. She was denied entry @ Glasgow airport by the UK border agency because they said she needed a work visa even though she wasn't getting paid and it was only for 4 weeks. She did have round trip ticket as well. They let her stay for 24 hours and then put her on a return trip to US. She was devastated and we called UK embassy in Washington, UK Border agency, even State Dept. to see what she needed to go back over. Nobody could help us or tell her what was needed. We wrote letters and emails and got nowhere!! We then told her we would pay for her to go as a tourist to Ireland for a week ( she booked a rail tour) and then Scotland as a paid guest at the horse farm. This was 2 weeks after the original trip. She was refused entry into Ireland at the Dublin airport because of a new law with UK to help protect their borders. They said she'd have to straighten out the problem with Scotland first. They put her right back on a plane 3 hours later and she is now home.
What an awful thing to take away a young person's love of travel and seeing the world. She is traumatized by the whole ordeal and now feels she can never travel to those countries (they are where her grandparents are from) again.
Why is it so difficult to figure out what is needed to travel to UK?? Can she go as a tourist?? Where do we go from here. Can she travel to France or Switzerland before she starts working here in US??
Oct 9, 2012 10:25 AM
Oct 9, 2012 12:01 PM
11Work for accommodation, etc counts as 'work; in some countries, so you need a work visa.
It sound like she got to the border, was asked how she'd fund her stay, and effectively (by legal definition) told then she;d be working...on a tourist visa.
She needed to look like a tourist, and have the fund in her bank to cover that (even if they never got used and got returned to the 'family pot' on her return home).
And UK/Ireland have a joint thingy going on with immigration,s o yes, they look out for each other.
I'd suggest she apply for an actual tourist visa to the UK through the embassy, and prove whatever they need.
Many other countries will ask 'have you ever been denied entry to a country?' Sure, she can go, but you have to be squeaky-clean honest.
UK Grandparents? Can she get a grandparent 5-year visa?
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