This morning, The Northern Echo reported the story of a US national who was recently refused entry to the UK by UK Border officials who were not satisfied of his intentions of visiting the UK.
US nationals visiting the UK for 6 months or less do not need a visa to enter the UK but must be able to satisfy UK Border officials that they are coming for the purpose stated and they do not intend to take employment or stay permanently in the UK permanently.
US National Refused Entry to Visit Fiancé
In a case reported by The Northern Echo, US national Giuseppe Maini wished to enter the UK so he could visit his British fiancée Angelina Johnson. The couple had struck up a friendship over the internet 3 years ago and Ms Johnson had visited Mr Maini in California on three separate occasions. Ms Johnson and Mr Maini had recently become closer following a car crash which took the life of Ms Johnson’s 17 year old son. Earlier this month, Mr Maini proposed to Ms Johnson and then decided to visit her in the UK.
The online paper reports that following Mr Maini’s arrival at Heathrow Airport last week, he was questioned as to the intentions of his visit. It transpired that Mr Maini, an artist, had been carrying paint brushes in his luggage. UK Border officials considered this as evidence that Mr Maini intended to work in the UK but Ms Johnson explained that Mr Maini had wanted to paint a mural for her dead son. A day after his arrival, Mr Maini was sent back to the US.
Consequences of Adverse UK Immigration History
UK immigration applications request applicant’s to declare their immigration history over the last 10 years, including their UK immigration history. In this case, if Mr Maini were to apply for a UK fiancé visa or settlement visa after he had married Ms Johnson, he would have to declare whether or not he was refused entry to the UK (for example at a sea port or airport). It seems for Mr Maini, that a small misunderstanding may now lead to him having to explain himself every time he wishes to enter the UK.
Our immigration lawyers are frequently approached by non-EEA nationals who wish to visit the UK for short period of time but are unaware of what is required to make such an application. Our expert team recommends visitors to obtain legal advice whether or not they require a visa to enter the UK so they are aware of what is expected of them.
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