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Cancellation Of Visa At Uk Ports?

How sad can it be when people fly six hours from Nigeria to Uk, was not allowed to enter. Visa cancelled and paasenger returned back to Nigeria if not jailed.

Here is a thread that will be a great help to Visa applicants probably a cursed thread to Lagos visa agents, who i hold responsible for a larger percentage of this mess.

Visa can be cancelled for many reason(s). Few scenarios are stated below:

1) Mrs Aje is a Physiotherapist in an unnamed Lagos hospital. She sought help from a  Lagos visa agent to help her with necessary papers for a visit visa. A fee was charged and the application was successful. She travelled to UK and came back to Naija after 14 days. She re-apply for the visa and was granted as well.

On her second trip, she was drilled by immigration officer at heathrow. One of the simple question they ask her was "whats your profession ?" She answered "Physio". Unknown to her, the agent filled her in as "housewife". Her 2 years visa was cancelled and she was returned to Nigeria.

More to come and more can be added by all

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@ VOR and londonCool,

Does this mean that italians have two separate travelling cards within the EU countries?

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Naa this was definitely an EU travel document because it was what she arrived on.

At the bureau de change they asked for her passport which she didn't have so

she gave them her ID that they accepted. It was blue in colour.

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Funny, I have never paid attention to how EU citizens are treated at the airport whenever I happen to be flying in. Will be on the lookout the next time.

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LC

Do you mean all EU cards are inputted manually or just those without a bar code type area?

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The scanning is to register entry and check for authenticity. Otherwise, "Flash and go" still exist well well. I flew in to Stansted from Geneva and on my left was the British queue. It was just Flash and go (of course with scanning) and virtually no questions asked. Their line was progressing rapidly. Meanwhile I and others on our queue had to fill landing cards and respond to some questions as usual.

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@Funky

Make we go bed then

Where is your sureng?

Gud night

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@akolawole

You no want make we sleep ni with these your cases?

Gbade's case, hmm, Na bad luck be that oh. Maybe he had picked up the british accent and the immigration officer was probably suprised as to why someone that claimed he left months ago will have the accent.

That search thing almost put me in trouble last year. For the first time in all my travelling years, i had my hand luggage THOROUGHLY searched at Gatwick on my way BACK to naija. When i say THOROUGHLY, i mean THOROUGHLY in every sense of the word. I was supposed to help a friend bring one 'document' to her aunt in naija and i had already placed it in my bag. Only for my dad to call me the night before my departure telling not to collect ANYTHING from anyone no matter how insignificant it seemed(he had a dream). Thank God i obeyed him oh. Thank God.

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Scenario 3

Gbade has been to UK on a number of times as a visitor. He is economic immigrant masking as a visitor. Each time he went, he worked, "sort_out" the landing stamp, renew the visa bla bla bla. One day, he landed at Gatwick.

IO: How long are you going to spend?

Gbade: 2 weeks

IO: When was the last time you came here?

Gbade: 9 Months ago

The truth of the matter was Gbade left UK just 21 days earlier

One thing led to another.

Gbade's bag was checked, IO find used and current london tansport bus passes with his picture. One of the recent text messages on his mobile was a confirmation of a £10 credit of a Tmobile phone line which is just a month ago.

He confirmed that he make use of the line anytime he's in UK.

His visa was cancelled at the port.

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Ako my broda

Flash and go no dey exist anymore. Na every passport dem de check with scanner now.

Anoda ting be say even though my passport red my skin is probably blacker than your own.

I remember in 1998 me and some of my  Naija guys, about seven of us(all of us held british passports) went to France via Dover to watch the Eagles play Bulgaria, that was when the eagles were truly a force. All the oyinbo wey de motor

before us and after just flashed and went. When it came to our turn them ask us to park, come down from the motor and then proceeded to check our passports one by one.

So you see it is not all good.

You say I am too bookish, well I just like to back up any disputed contention with the relevant facts where possible.

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@Pataki

Do you mean Paris end where UK Immigration post dey?

Precisely at Eurostar.

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Not so quick Phatakee, perhaps yourself and LC would like to read the extract I have produced below:

Part 1 - General provisions regarding leave to enter or remain in the United Kingdom

Immigration rules

Leave to enter the United Kingdom

7. A person who is neither a British citizen nor a Commonwealth citizen with the right of abode nor a person who is entitled to enter or remain in the United Kingdom by virtue of the provisions of the 2006 EEA Regulations requires leave to enter the United Kingdom,

Exercise of the power to refuse leave to enter the United Kingdom or to cancel leave to enter or remain which is in force

10. The power to refuse leave to enter the United Kingdom or to cancel leave to enter or remain which is already in force is not to be exercised by an Immigration Officer acting on his own. The authority of a Chief Immigration Officer or of an Immigration Inspector must always be obtained.

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LC

With all due respect I beg to differ.

Yes the decision is made by the IO, I have not said it isn't.

However, I still believe an IO cannot refuse a passenger without

AUTHORISATION of a CIO. Call it rubber stamping if you want.

If a CIO disagrees with the decision of the IO then surely no authority will

be given.

It is all part of the checks and balances of the  decision making process

which MAY end up in the appeal process.

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@LC

Thanks for your analysis.

In that "How much is available bla bla bla ?"

Does that mean NOW NOW or during the course of study?

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@Pataki

We must not spare them.

For the sake of God.

It is very important.

This thread will help thousands most expecially all these "I must travel abroad" guys.

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@Funky

Please check your mail NOW.

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Cancellation 2

Mr Kayode applied for a UK visa and was subsequently granted. His sponsor is in Nigeria. His visa was cancelled at UK port of Entry for silly reason.

IO: Who and where  is your sponsor?

Kayode: Seun Osewa, he is in Abeokuta

IO: How much money is on you now?

Kayode: £100

IO: What arrangement has your Sponsor made on your maintenance and did you have anyone to support you in UK?

Kayode: He will be sending money by bank transfer and via relatives

IO: You have just £100 on you

Kayode: Thats right

IO: Is there any money deposited in the college for your maintenance?

Kayode: No

The visa was cancelled for reason because of maintenance.

@Londoncool

Your people are harsh sha

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@Londoncool

I might have to be givenyou some DOB/Reference number to check up.

@Funky

We have suddenly become Lagos Visa agent enemy No 1.

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Not to jump the gun with all the immigration heavyweighters assembled here. I found this document useful as it gives an extensive insight into how entry decisions are reached by the IOs and delves into the escalation hierarchy of the BIA or is it HO.

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pdfs07/rdsolr0107.pdf

On a digressing note, let me take the priviledge to request for a perusal of the question I asked on this other thread if you would please gentlemen and lady.

http://www.nairaland.com/nigeria/topic-130065.0.html

Muchas gracias.

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Yeah, i agree with akolawole on this one. Visa agents are often times responsible for the cancellation of visas at port of entry.

A friend suffered the same fate last year. He got his visa through an agent and he was adviced by his pastor not to tell anyone he was travelling until he had arrived UK. For someone that had never flown on a plane before, the visa agent did not tell him that he had to fill the landing card and the exact details to fill in and what questions to expect from the immigration officers .

At the port of entry,he was asked who his host in uk was (a family visit visa), he mentioned the visa agent's name (visa agent was born,bred and buttered in naija and only has a visiting visa on his passport). He was asked the address of where he would be staying-he mentioned london-no street address,no post code (he had an old classmate waiting for him at heathrow though with the intention of taking him to his crib), occupation of his host, he answered 'business man'. Anyway, to cut a long story short, visa was cancelled and he was deported back to naija.

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Pahtakee my bros,

An Immigration officer CANNOT refuse entry to a passenger without authorisation of the Chief immigration officer.

I am sure London cool will bear me out here.

If a passenger is stopped for further investigation and a notice to that effect is served on him/her then the chief

immigration officer will again have to give authorisation before that passenger is granted entry at the end of the investigation.

Passengers not subject to further investigation, the vast majority, will be granted entry by an immigration officer

without the need of further authorisation.

All the above is fact.

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Many of our people are not careful in making travel arrangements or responding to questions at point of entries. We really do not have a good reputation when it comes to travelling, as a result we and our luggage frequently go through careful scrutiny at various airports when we tender our passport. Any slight inconsistency or seemingly questionable response and you are flagged for extra questions and scrutiny. I still get asked a few questions when I go in and out of the UK and still respond with care. Sometimes it is even in your interest that they ask these questions as your identity may be stolen and used to gain entry into the UK, particularly when Biometric details are not in use.

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@ Akolawole,

Which year is this incidence that you talk of? I am very sure there should have been no need for a fax when it can easily be retrieved from their database.

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@ Topic,

I have a friend who was going to enter the UK for the first time. She got her 6months visiting visa based on a letter of reconsideration which I drafted for her, she was almost going to be rejected and thrown back to Nigeria simply because she did not have a letter stating her case was reconsidered by the Deputy High Commission in Lagos.

She was lucky enough to have a copy of the letter of invitation by her UK sponsors with her on hand to be able to gain entrance to the UK.

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@VOR

The officer ask one question and he smelled something.

Ask for her file in Lagos which was faxed immediately.

Inconsistencies compelled the guy to cancel the visa.

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Ako,

I'm sure it was real, however if an Immigration officer is going to cancel a visa he has to justify it in writing

and I can't see how such a officer would have justified a cancellation by saying something like;

"in your visa application form you claimed to be a housewife, however you are now claiming to be a physiotherapist, I therefore cancel your visa."

Naaa check it out Ako, there will be more to it I am certain.

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@VOR

It was real.

The officer just suspect some things were not right.

She's a genuine visitor and on that day she was holding £2,000 to spend sef.

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Ako,

An interesting thread, however in the example you have given I doubt any reasonable Immigration officer

would cancel a visa for that SOLE reason. I strongly suspect that there were other issues that arose which

resulted in the cancellation.

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