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I am moving to Chester, England for approx 3 months this summer/fall. Last year I went around the same time and I was living with a few girls for 3 months. I wasn't questioned at all going over the border but I had a return flight.

anyways my issue this year...

I am wanting to go to Dublin to do the work holiday there right after I'm done in Chester. However...I'll probably buy this return flight while in England or Dublin. Will the border think this is weird? I also am going to make mention of visiting the uni I will be attending next year. I'm using some of my time to tour it and the surrounding city in London.
 

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As tense as UKBA is right now, yes, I do think they'll find the lack of an exit ticket strange. Don't forget, this is the summer of the Jubilee, the Olympics, and some golf thingy (says the woman who lives in Scotland, home of golf, lol!).

The UKBA is also under a lot of pressure to cut immigration numbers, and to really crack down on potential overstayers-to avoid an unpleasant 'welcome to the UK, please wait in this guarded locked room for your departure flight because you arrived without an exit ticket so we think you are going to overstay', book your exit flight before arriving, and have your itinerary handy to show the UKBA officer.

Also have all your paperwork pertinent to the work holiday handy to show the border officer, and have enough money to support yourself whilst in the UK. Nowadays you really can't be too prepared to defend your visit and scheduled departure when arriving to the UK!
 

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Don't know if this will have any effect on the whole visa process, but it just dawned on me that there's some sort of end of season professional tennis event being held in London in early November... I know this for a fact because Ed and I are planning on having our reception at the Marriott County Hall and were hard pressed to find a room for the night of November 3rd (night of the reception... there is no way on earth that I would be amenable to staying at the Premier Inn County Hall... I'd rather just go back to the flat, if that was my only choice) and we had to beg our event coordinator at the hotel to check into it for us.
 

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Proof of money even though I'll be in Ireland? They never checked my money last year, they were very pleasant. What's enough money to show if it's just a travelers visa? I'm thinking I'll have $5000+ or something around there till I find work
 

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Proof of money even though I'll be in Ireland? They never checked my money last year, they were very pleasant. What's enough money to show if it's just a travelers visa? I'm thinking I'll have $5000+ or something around there till I find work
In your OP you state you'll be coming through UK borders to stay in Chester for three months and are planning to arrive to the UK border without an exit ticket; you ask if UKBA is going to think arriving to the UK without an exit ticket odd.

I answered the UKBA will think it very odd indeed and that you should arrive with an exit ticket, and money enough to provide for yourself whilst in the UK. I explained the UKBA is under a lot of pressure right now to root out potential overstayers.

So, to recap-to avoid a lot of questions at the border, you need to have all of your answers to these potential questions ready. The UKBA is going to want to know:

*Why do you wish to enter the United Kingdom?

*Why don't you have an exit ticket?

*Do you have enough money to provide for yourself whilst in the UK without having to become a burden on the State by requesting assistance from Public Funds?

*Why don't you have an exit ticket?

The grilling you can experience at the Border when you arrive without an exit ticket can be a bit unpleasant.


*The UKBorderForce agent may decide you are actually planning to overstay any visa he/she might grant you.

*The UKBF officer may decide to escort you to a holding room to await an immediate return flight to the country of origin.

However, if you arrive to the UK with:

**An exit ticket

**An itinerary that shows you travelling out of the UK to Dublin in three months

**Evidence of sufficient funds to provide for yourself whilst in the UK, so that you don't have to ask for food-shelter-medical care whilst in the UK

You should get through Immigration with a minimum of fuss.
 
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