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    Question Visit visa obtained. Now what happens on arrival at passport control/immigration ?

    My GF now has her UK visit visa for 6 months and its all systems go for her trip to the UK now. But I want to ask some questions about what is likely to happen when she arrives in the UK, what to expect, how to be prepared, etc

    Firstly, she will not be flying direct to the UK. She is travelling via Amsterdam, then onto UK (Edinburgh airport). So my first query is will she be questioned by immigration at AMS or will they just let her straight through seeing her connecting flight ticket? She has 2.5 hours to connect to her UK flight so I expect this is more than enough even if she is stopped and questioned.


    Upon landing in the UK, what is the procedure at immigration/passport control?

    I will be with her at this stage (meeting her in AMS and sharing the same flight to the UK) so I expect this should help things. As I understand it, I can go in the same queue as her (Non EU) since we are together.

    So we get to the passport control, can we go to the desk at the same time, or seperately? If separately, should I let her go first? (so I'm nearby if they want to ask me anything)

    What questions will they ask her?
    And what documents should she have with her ?


    (e-ticket showing return flight, travel insurance, invitation/sponsors letter, my address and contact details, anything else?)


    I just want to be fully prepared. Responses, experiences greatly appreciated.

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    I can answer a couple,
    a, Amsterdam is a pretty good airport to transit at, if she has the boarding pass to Edinburgh already, she just gets off in Amsterdam & walks to the next gate, no security or immigration involved, you'd only do that if she wanted to enter The Netherlands.
    b, On arrival in the UK with a visit visa, first time, we had to show a return ticket & she had to answer a few questions that was it, second time, nothing was required. I think it depends on the officer and you can do this at the same time.

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    Hi Jimmy,I don't know about Amerderdam,but on arrival in the Uk you would be better going through Uk passport immigration first and then walk up at the back of non European passport control and wait for her and she can point you out to the immigration officer if needs be . They will probably ask her questions such as how long do you intend to stay in the UK for,what do you intend to do ,stay etc. when did you meet .Just brief her on that and you wont have a problem.

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    I would go through the non EU passport control desk with your wife , I did with my wife last year and they were fine about it we just presented ourselves at the desk as husband and wife. remember to pick the landing card up and fill it in before you get to the desk. As far as questions it entirely depends on the person on the desk and what side of bed they got out of, last year nice lady suggested we should apply for a longer duration visa next time and said it must be hard for us living apart. This year queried by the woman at the desk weather she planned on remaining in the UK, " yes " says the wife in all innocence thinking she meant planned on staying for 5 weeks with me, luckily the UKBA woman didn't respond further.

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    Thanks for all the responses so far. I think I'll ask them first if we can go thru the non-EU queue. If not, I'll go first and then wait for her at the back of the non-EU queue. Regarding the landing card, where does she pick this up? on the plane? (do the cabin crew hand it out, like they do with the Thai landing cards). And is there a departure card also?

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    You will be allowed together as you are in effect a group. The landing card is issued on the plane . You worry too much.

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    Yes, go through non-EU together, that is the best option, no need to ask anyone.

    Your GF will probably get asked a few questions, where she is staying, how long she plans on staying for, will she be working etc. so it's helpful for you to be there to help/answer. You can go to the desk with her, the person on the desk will understand you are together, so this won't be an issue.

    Congratulations and good luck

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    Thanks for the reassurance and yes I probably do worry too much. Re the landing card, I assume this will be given out on the connecting flight (AMS to UK).

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmy2times View Post
    Thanks for the reassurance and yes I probably do worry too much. Re the landing card, I assume this will be given out on the connecting flight (AMS to UK).
    yes you do need to stop worrying or else you will end up on happy pills

    start to figure out what you will do with all those thai sauces that will end up in the kitchen cupboards and never used

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    Congratulations!! As stated by others its best to stay together. You will properly be asked questions, but don't worry its painless you have nothing to worry about. It good that you are there because when they are alone its harder. I would worry more about the nearest Asian shop, and who sells papaya and sticky rice. If you want to really surprise her have some shopping bits already at home, it will go down better than a big bouquet of flowers. You have to get glutinous rice (sticky rice), jasmine rice (steamed rice), chillies (Thai bird eye type, not scotch bonnets),lots of garlic, and fish sauce for starters. You will soon learn Thai's think about food from the moment they wake-up, a happy Thai is one that just ate Som Tam (papaya salad)

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    The food will likely be photographed and submitted to the prospective MIL, actually it might be on the webcam whilst being cooked Immigration 5555555 the least of your worries.

    There is an old expression "two can live as cheap as one" absolute tosh IMHO

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    LOL, yes I already sourced the local Thai food store. They have almost everything so my GF will be very happy I'm sure. Had a long conversation with the owner, nice guy very friendly, chatted for an hour and a half - he couldn't stop talking about Thai food, recipes, and of course politics

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    Quote Originally Posted by Linne View Post

    start to figure out what you will do with all those thai sauces that will end up in the kitchen cupboards and never used
    I still have several perticuaraly stinky ones in the fridge, one of which spilled. Still not allowed to throw them away even though it's been a good 6 months!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmy2times View Post
    Thanks for all the responses so far. I think I'll ask them first if we can go thru the non-EU queue. If not, I'll go first and then wait for her at the back of the non-EU queue. Regarding the landing card, where does she pick this up? on the plane? (do the cabin crew hand it out, like they do with the Thai landing cards). And is there a departure card also?
    You should both be allowed through the UK/EU line. When my wife and I arrived together, we asked the staff on duty of we could go through together (we didn't say which line) and they said we can both go through the UK/EU line. There was another couple in front of us doing the same (Thai/British).

    We had to wait a few minutes while they got a stamp (they don't use them in that line usually) and they were all very nice and polite to all of us.

    Just ask.
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    Quick update : everything went smoothly at border control (few questions, but only took 10 mins) and my GF's visit to the UK was a big success. Now I'm thinking about bringing her over again for another short visit before her UK visa expires (in November). Is this a bad idea? Will it count against us in future visa applications (since we never mentioned more than 1 trip to the UK in the original application). Or is it ok for a short trip, and if so does this mean no more than 2 weeks (I'd like her to come for a month) ?

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    Depends on the visit visa, was it single entry or multiple entry. That will give you your answer.

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    Its a multiple entry, so she's allowed to visit again but I'm just thinking ahead and how it might affect a future application (for spouse or fiance visa). On the one hand, it might strengthen our case if they see she has been to the UK twice and I've been to visit her 4 times (and maybe 5 or 6 by the time of the next visa application). But will it count against us because a 2nd visit was never mentioned (it was never planned to be honest) in the first application?

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    Just explain (in any future visa application) that it wasn't a trip that you'd thought about when you made the first application. People's plans do change
    "You're so unapproachable!"
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    Latest news - my GF is about to lose her job (shop closing) so she'll be looking for a new job soon. But now I'm thinking this is a good opportunity for her to come to the UK again for a longer spell (maybe 6 weeks). Once she starts a new job, there's no way she would get more than a week's holiday, so this is her chance to visit the UK for longer and get a real taste of life here. Her visa doesn't expire for another 3.5 months so it should be within the rules but I'm just wondering what they will say at border control. I'm assuming she'll be questioned the same way as she was first time, or will they not question her this time, once they see she's been before (and returned to Thailand, as planned). ?

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    Just remember that a visa is not a guarantee of admission into the UK. In reality she has less of a reason to return.

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