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Submit information and links about how to obtain travel visas to United-Kingdom. How did you get your United-Kingdom visa? Contribute information below to help other travelers.

Reader questions about UK visa

What do do after overstaying UK visa
Oh MG….I really did not know the visa was 6mos…I assumed it was a year..I came 30yrs ago it was a year I stayed 2 weeks…So I came here last March and have not left to other countries since last May to Germany. My daughter is military and deployed. I have been housesitting. She is coming back but to Germany and wants me to come with her after she comes here to finish packing..I am retired and wanted to go .My son will be stationed in Italy in June…He is currently in Afghanistan..I wanted to visit him there in Italy after he gets back..I think I really screwed this up.. Anyway I can salvage not getting banned for this? What can I do? If I get on a plane to U.S. will they catch it?..If I take the tunnel from calais will they arrest me? ..Wow..Idiot Abroad.in the U.K.

That is unfortunate. I would say that the only think that you can do is just exit the UK normally and hope for the best. The UK and the Schengen zone (the immigration region of Germany and Italy) are different, so if you are banned from the UK for the overstay it, officially, should not play a part in your ability to enter mainland Europe (though there is a small chance it could). Ultimately, the UK will probably just tell you that you can’t re-enter for a certain amount of time as you are going through exit immigration — maybe they will put a big X or something stupid over their exit stamp in your passport. I would say book a flight to a country in mainland Europe that is NOT German or Switzerland for best results — or just cross over to France. If you do this, your entry to mainland Europe should not be impeded.

Does time in UK count towards Schengen total?
If an Australian wants to fly into Paris but fly home from London, how long can they stay for? Does the 90 day rule still apply?

The UK and the Schengen region are completely different immigration zones. So you get 90 days for France and most of mainland Europe and should recieve 6 months in the UK.

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  • Dude November 5, 2010, 3:03 am

    Hello dear madam, when ı was ın england I do some crıme ın england and then the ımmıgratıon send me back to my contry turkey but me and my gırl frıend we are stıll together now and she want me to go to england back but ı dont know what can ı do. can u explaın me plz. how ı can go back to england thank you very much

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    • Wade November 5, 2010, 3:04 am

      All I can recommend is to try to apply for a visa, and see what happens. It is doubtful if they will let you back in.

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  • Rashiduddin November 17, 2010, 9:38 pm

    Can I leave schengen state without a visa because I lost my passport here and got UK visa back here and now want to go back to UK so I dont have schengen visa now and I am not overstayer so what should I do then?

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    • Wade | Vagabondjourney.com November 17, 2010, 10:50 pm

      It is difficult to understand your English, but it seems to me as if you are in Europe and you lost your passport???? If this is so, go to the nearest consulate of your country and get a new passport and then go and get your visas again.

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      • Rashiduddin November 18, 2010, 12:19 am

        Do I need an exit permit or schengen visa to leave the schengen area

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        • Wade | Vagabondjourney.com November 18, 2010, 2:25 am

          It is unclear what country you are a citizen of, but it is not my impression that you need an exit permit to leave the Schengen Zone. But you do need a passport.

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  • farha December 30, 2010, 6:37 pm

    hi, i am overctay schengen visa 3 months. i am a student in uk and i am from india. i want to back uk, tell me anyone is it possible to came back london

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    • Wade | Vagabondjourney.com December 30, 2010, 7:31 pm

      The UK is not part of the Schengen Zone. Did you overstay in the UK or in the Schengen?

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  • Zena March 19, 2011, 1:12 pm

    if we dont have visa of uk then we can apply for residence visa after marriage

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    • Wade | Vagabondjourney.com March 19, 2011, 1:14 pm

      My advice is to apply for a fiance visa and, if you can be granted one, get married in the UK.

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  • SERGI March 27, 2012, 11:50 am

    DEAR SIR,
    PLEASE ASK MY Q.. MY GIRLFRIEND FROM RUSSIA PLANNIG VISIT TO ME IN UK,
    CAN I TAKE HER WITH ME BY CAR JUST FOR 9 DAYS TO NETHERLANDS AND RETURN TO UK? WITHOUT SHENGEN VISA?
    THANK YOU.

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  • Parmar May 8, 2012, 8:25 am

    Hello Wade,
    I have got 1 year ban for UK under 321A & 320(7). My partner is EU passport hder and she wants me to join over there in UK but I bit concern about this ban.
    Is there any way I can remove or go about this 1 year ban ?
    What is your suggestion ?
    Thanks

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  • Anjelloatoz July 13, 2017, 6:52 am

    Hi Wade,

    4 years ago I was in UK, overstaying and I asked you if that was gonna effect my plan to travel to Denmark, and as you explained, it didn’t effect my application and I successfully arrived in Denmark, and also completed my degree here. Now I am also working full time here and have a work permit. Now my question is, can I visit UK again on a visit visa? Having a full time skilled job here in DK as a programmer, will they still consider my history as a potential for new overstay plans? My ban was for 2 years and that finished last year.

    Thanking you in advance.

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