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I was denied entry two years ago, will it affect my spousal visa?


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Old 22nd November 2013, 04:23 AM
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Question I was denied entry two years ago, will it affect my spousal visa?

Hello everyone, my husband and I are applying for a spousal visa in about a week and I had a few questions I'm hoping someone can help me with. In 2011 I took a flight to England with the intention of staying for 6 months. My husband had just got a job and we had discussed maybe moving to the UK later on down the road. I was hassled at the airport because they thought it strange i was staying the maximum amount of time I could on a visitors visa, and I didn't have an address I would be staying at because we would be looking for a place close to his new job in Kent the following week. After searching my bags and questioning me they finally let me through many tears later. A few months later I decided to accompany my husband to Belgium. I was bored and thought it would be a nice experience, I could never have been more wrong. On our way back through the English Channel we were stopped at immigration and asked to come inside for further questioning. Nine hours later after intense examination I was denied entry into England. I had been volunteering at a YMCA to pass the time while my husband was at work which I now realize was a mistake to do on a visitors visa (I was very young and very naive), which she later wrote "you have been working albeit volunteering", and "that it is evident I am living with my boyfriend in a studio apartment although I entered the UK as a visitor", and "have no funds to accommodate myself and relying completely on my boyfriend". They searched my bag and myself, while I quite literally stood in a cage. They took me in for fingerprints and held in a detention room for 3 hours after questioning me for 5 hours. I seriously felt like a criminal. At one point she said she had recently went to America and was subjected like I was. I kind of feel like this was her way at getting back at the US immigration. Anyway I was escorted to the French police and sent on my way. That is a completely different and long story that I won't subject you to.

I am sorry for the long winded intro but I thought a bit of background would help. This is what I am faced with, the spousal visa asks if I have ever been deported or denied entry to England which I will obviously have to tell them about but I'm not sure the best way to handle it. Should I attach a personal letter explaining what happened along with Juxtaposed she gave me? Will this affect the outcome of my visa? Am I now labeled as a risk in the UK database? I think this will be the only hiccup on my application and would immensely appreciate some input on this.

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Old 22nd November 2013, 08:42 AM
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You must declare your immigration history, with a covering note to explain what happened. You must take responsibility for your actions. State how you learnt your lesson, and now wish to move on. While what happened to you as a visitor isn't a deal breaker when you apply for settlement visa, as they say all factors will be taken into account. Make sure you can meet all the requirements and your application is complete in every way, as your case will receive extra scrutiny.

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Yes, you do have to tell them. Include details in a letter taking full responsibility for your mistake (working while on a tourist visa), be honest and apologetic. Do not 'blame' the officer for 'taking out her experience in the US on you' as that looks bad and won't help your application at all.

Other than a slightly longer processing time, you shouldn't run into too many issues with your application. They will pull the files from your refusal and read through them thoroughly, which is why it may take longer.
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Hiya!!! I was denied entry before I applied for my spouse visa. I entered without a visa from wrong solicitor advise. When I applied for my visa I wrote a letter explaining my denied entry and apologising for what happened. I totally understand what you went thru and it is brutal and I know it seems like they should apologise as we did nothing wrong but we have to be the bigger person and take full responsibility and apologise. I was so nervous about it I actually wrote the letter with my lawyer thru an affidavit of truth which isnt necessary. My husband had also wrote a letter apologising also. I sent my visa thru priority and only had to wait a bit longer for the outcome.

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Thank you so much everyone, I'm already so worried about applying and and felt like this issue was going to be the kiss of death. I have kept the papers she gave me following my denial, would it be easier just to send those so they don't have to search for them? Also should I include my old passport with the ugly black X through it? I changed my passport after I got married. I have been back to England since then and left after my two week vacation, hopefully that will shed me in a more positive light?

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You can send a copy of the document you received if you like.
You have to send in previous passports as record of travel so yes.

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Thank you so much everyone, I'm already so worried about applying and and felt like this issue was going to be the kiss of death. I have kept the papers she gave me following my denial, would it be easier just to send those so they don't have to search for them? Also should I include my old passport with the ugly black X through it? I changed my passport after I got married. I have been back to England since then and left after my two week vacation, hopefully that will shed me in a more positive light?
You're required to send previous passports.

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Thank you so much everyone, I'm already so worried about applying and and felt like this issue was going to be the kiss of death. I have kept the papers she gave me following my denial, would it be easier just to send those so they don't have to search for them? Also should I include my old passport with the ugly black X through it? I changed my passport after I got married. I have been back to England since then and left after my two week vacation, hopefully that will shed me in a more positive light?
As suggested, I copied my papers from being denied and sent them in. And yes do send in all previous passports and current passport.

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