US citizen worried about Tier 4 visa rejection after frequent UK visits

I am a US citizen/passport holder currently nearing the end of my tier 4 student visa (sep ’19- feb ’21) for my MA, this is after I studied in the UK with 6-month visa stamp during my undergrad (jan ’19- june ’19). I understand that I can leave then return to the UK on a “leave to remain” for up to 6 months without a visa to visit friends, which is my intention after going back to the US for a month. I have the funds to support myself and a place to stay during this visit, I plan to obtain an “approval for leave” letter from my US employer, and I would like to book a return flight to the US prior to my UK (re)arrival, but this flight may be up to 5 months after I re-enter on a visa-less “leave to remain” stamp. I am hoping that despite the lengthy visit, this will be enough evidence to show I have intention to return to the US/ not settle in the UK; however, the US is a bit horrible lately and I truly do not want to live in the US.

I am planning to do a teacher training course beginning in Sep ’21 in the UK which will provide sponsorship for a new tier 4 visa provided I get an unconditional offer. I have previously applied and been approved for a tier 4 visa, so I do understand the application process (i.e. I will have a CAS, proof of funds, will apply from outside the UK, etc). I am worried that this NEW tier 4 visa application risks being denied given my time in the UK already. All of my visits to the UK are genuine, however. I came here to study, I have not overstayed any of my previous visas, I intend to return to the UK to only visit with friends and enjoy the lovely summer in Brighton, I will leave the UK and apply for a tier 4 from the US at the end of the summer to genuinely undertake another study/training period.


  • how likely is it that my tier 4 visa application for teacher training commencing Sep ’21 will be rejected on grounds of successive visits? or is successive visits only grounds to deny a “leave to remain”/short term visits?
  • many people have said they have been able to return the UK on a “leave to remain” after their tier 4 visas expire. Will reentering be as easy for me considering I have previously studied in the UK?
  • what advise do you have to ensure I can enter the UK on a “leave to remain”?
  • what advise do you have to ensure my next tier 4 application gets approved?

thailand – Thai Transit Visa For Sri Lankan Passport

I have a British passport, and my wife has a Sri Lankan passport with a permanent residence in the UK. We are going to Sri Lanka, with a 7 hour stopover in Bangkok. We are thinking of going out of the airport for a few hours. Does my wife need a transit visa? If she needs it, can I get it in time?

customs and immigration – New visa after overstaying in UK

The immigration rules state:

Previous breach of immigration laws grounds

9.8.1. An application for entry clearance or permission to enter must be refused if:

(a) the applicant has previously breached immigration laws; and

(b) the application is for entry clearance or permission to enter and it was made within the relevant time period in paragraph 9.8.7.

(emphasis mine)

Paragraph 9.8.7 lists the different lengths of the bans.

So it’s the date of application which counts, not the intended date of travel.

In any case, he’d better have a bullet-proof application in all other respects, as he has already shown not be trustworthy. Chances of a successful application are pretty low.

Note that rules are different for family members, though the details vary depending on the exact status of your relationship and other details.

china – US citizen, traveling to Shanghai with Taiwan layover then a trip to Taiwan NOT for a layover. Do I need a visa?

I will be traveling to Shanghai for 4 days from NYC through Taipei. My layover is long, about 9 hours. I will be traveling back to Taipei but this time I won’t be on a layover, but rather will travel back to NYC after a week in Taiwan.

My original plan was with a layover through Chicago then direct to Shanhai, but the departure from NYC was bad, and the best I can find is through Taipei.

Will I be able to do visa-free transit, or will my layover in Taipei and then return to Taipei require me to apply for a tourist visa to visit Shanghai?

Many thanks.

Does having no exit record from the UK on my passport risk my visa application for re entering?

Do you think having no exit record from the UK on my passport will risk my visa application for re entering?

No. The UK does not place exit records in passports. Nobody has such a record, and not having such a record couldn’t possibly have a negative impact on your visa application.

As noted in the other answer, the UK does record certain departures electronically, but that system began in 2015, and from your question it sounds like you left before it went into operation.

If you left after it went into operation, it is possible that they overlooked your departure (because some classes of departure are not recorded), but very unlikely.

If they do find that you overstayed when in fact you did not, you can subsequently present evidence of your presence outside the common travel area to challenge that finding. I don’t think you should do that in your initial application, however: every extraneous piece of evidence you include in your application presents additional risk of giving the visa officer the impression that you are trying to convince them of something that isn’t true. In other words, presenting an argument against a position that the visa officer wouldn’t otherwise take might in fact prompt the visa officer to take that position.
It could work against you.

Instead, it’s best to present the minimum amount of evidence necessary both to satisfy the requirements in the application instructions and to establish that you meet the requirements of the visa.

In discussing immigration interviews, people often say “don’t say anything unless asked, and always tell the truth.” This is true of visa applications, too. Respond to the questions in the application truthfully and completely, and do not give extra information to address additional matters unless you know that the visa officer will in fact be concerned about those matters.

I am extremely skeptical about my chance of obtaining the visa because of the dramatic immigration history. Please kindly share your opinions about these matters.

Asylum is of course a touchy subject for many, and in the UK this has manifested itself as a “hostile environment” toward immigrants. Your history as an asylee in France should not have a large bearing on your application, however, because you are now a French citizen, and the chance of your seeking asylum in the UK is virtually nonexistent (as would be your chances of success as a French citizen).

Do you think it is ideal to retrace past history, even though I was not involved in anyway in crime, and obeyed responsibly the rules as a student during my stay in the UK.

Whether to “retrace” the history depends on the questions in the application, as noted above. If they ask about your past stays in the UK, which I am fairly certain they do ask, then you must give the dates and the circumstances of your studies in the UK. They will probably ask about your current and past citizenships. You should answer truthfully. If they ask you about how you became a French citizen, tell them. If they don’t, don’t.

Once again, answer every question completely and truthfully, but do not volunteer extra information.

Above all, do not lie. The UK takes a very dim view indeed of misrepresentation. If you lie, you run the risk of being banned for 10 years, and after the 10-year ban expires you will find it virtually impossible to get a visa because your credibility will continue to be severely damaged.

usa – Would being denied entry be considered to fall under either Removed or Deported on the US visa application?

Specifically on the DS160 application there is a question that asks “Have you ever been removed or deported from any country?”

If someone was denied entry to some other country at a port of entry, would that fall under either term?

As much research that I’ve done into the definitions, the best resource that I could come up with was the answer to a related question here Difference between deportation and removal
Which indicates that this case would fall under removal, but again this is under UK law. Alternatively, other sources suggests that being Denied Entry is a distinct category and the application itself seems to specify “Entry” as distinct in other sections.

I can’t seem to find a clear answer from any source regarding this issue and I would greatly appreciate any help in resolving this issue.

I will note that, to err on the side of honesty, it’s probably better to write this down anyway as it and let the consulate official come to their own decision.

lhr – Heathrow Airport: Terminal 2 to Terminal 5, can you transit without visa? (conflicting answers)

Yes you will need a visa, specifically the Visitor in Transit visa, but you may have a chance at transit-without-visa (as you fit some of the criteria there) although I wouldnt recommend just chancing it.

Being that your flight leaves the next day, you cannot stay in Heathrow terminals overnight as they close to passengers and there are no airside hotels at either terminal – this means that even though you can transfer airside between Terminal 2 and 5, you need to enter the UK to stay at a hotel before either of those terminals close for the night.

Entering the UK as a visitor (then leaving) before the start date of a Tier 4 visa

I’ve seen some similar posts regarding entering the UK as a visitor then re-entering, but I haven’t seen any ones from recent and thought I’d ask since I’m in a situation like it now. I am a US citizen and have been approved for my Tier 4 Student Visa, it’s currently in my passport. The start date is August 17th, however I am planning on coming to the UK on August 5th as a TOURIST to drop my luggage into my new home, say hi to some family who are touring, and see my partner before he leaves for work. I have tickets to visit to Berlin a week after my arrival on the 5th, returning on the 17th to start my student visa. I plan to show these tickets to the Immigration officer and use this explanation.

Is it still the case that this is technically OK but just a bit of chance on the part of the IO? What are the chances that I would denied entry? Should I cancel all these plans? Thanks.

Do you think having no exit record from the UK on my passport will risk my visa application for re entering?

I have fairly some complicated questions that cast doubt on my process of applying for a student visa in the UK. I hope you read till the end to understand my situatiot and apologize in advance for any inaccuracy.
I lived and studied in the UK in 2010. I left the UK and went back to Bangladesh voluntarily without completing my education, but unfortunately, my passport had no exit stamp. I did not overstay, and my passport was still valid at the time. However, due to political crises, I fled my country and arrived in France. I sought asylum and got accepted. After a couple of years, I became a french national. Now that I am financially more stable and dependent to afford tertiary education in the hope to boost my career, I decided to go back to UK and attend university. To do this, Through UCAS, I applied to various universities and got some offer letters. After Brexit, as all euro citizens have to go through a strict immigration process to work and study in the UK, I am getting ready to face the embassy with no exception. But I am extremely skeptical about my chance of obtaining the visa because of the dramatic immigration history. Please kindly share your opinions about these matters.
Do you think it is ideal to retrace past history, even though I was not involved in anyway in crime, and obeyed responsibly the rules as a student during my stay in the UK.
Do you think having no exit record from the UK on my passport will risk my application?

Thank you

pakistani citizens – Portugal visa rejected. How to re-appeal the decision?

I have been working in Portugal for more than 3 years now. My mother applied for a friend/family vist Schengen visa to visit me and my wife in Portugal since we are expecting a child. However, the Portuguese embassy in Pakistan denied the visa stating the following reason:

Your intention to leave the territory of the Member States before the expiry of the visa could not be ascertained.

My mother retired from her job in January 2018 and she is a housewife now. She mentioned it in her visa application. However, I assume the embassy is of the view that my mother may not return once granted the visa. Although, she does not have any such intention.

Now, we want to appeal the decision. Can anyone help us what we should do to prove the embassy that my mother will return back after the visit. My mother is not working now but I have my whole family back home (my father, sisters) so she will never stay more than the allocated days.

How should I proceed in this situation?

Thank you.