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    I would make sure that she has a return ticket in her hand. Should be ok, but the IO does have the right to refuse entry at the border.

    If asked, I would suggest something like "I have a new job in Thailand starting on <a few days after she leaves the UK> so I have come for another holiday to see my boyfriend again".

    If you are planning on applying for more visas in the future, you will need to explain why she came for another visit. It may affect your chances of success the next time.
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    Return ticket is no problem. She'll have that. Re new job starting, wouldn't they want to see evidence of this? I don't think it'll be possible (if she did find a job before her trip, her employer would not allow her 6 weeks before she has to start).
    We are planning another visa application (probably a spouse visa) and I'm happy to tell them that - I just think this is a great opportunity for her to spend more time in the UK. It's clearly not a holiday - it's about acclimatising to UK culture, and I think this is a better way of doing it rather than multiple 2 week trips.
    But I could be totally wrong about that and maybe this is not the way to go. I want to hear from anyone who has done something similar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmy2times View Post
    We are planning another visa application (probably a spouse visa) and I'm happy to tell them that
    and then they might think that she won't return and just try and get married this time and then not come back.
    Wouldn't mention it if I were you.
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    I suppose they might want to see evidence, maybe leave that out then

    I also wouldn't be too forthcoming about any proposed settlement. It's not relevant to this visit and might trigger further doubts about possible overstay.
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    Sorry to say this but a visit is a visit if you call it a holiday or anything else makes no difference its a visit

    Look at it from the UKBA stance ? visit visas are often abused. I can think of ladies here on visit visas and they have both forgotten to go home ?
    Your ladies intentions maybe genuine but sadly some come here and abuse these things and the UKBA know that.

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    Ok, this is what I'm thinking now. Reduce the visit to 1 month, hopefully that won't trigger any red flags. When questioned about purpose of visit, she'll say holiday/visit BF. If they ask about future plans (they asked this on her first visit), I will NOT mention marriage but just say that we want to spend as much time together as possible and this is difficult (long distance relationship, etc) because I can only go to Thailand maybe twice per year, and usually only 2 weeks at at a time, so its sometimes easier for her to visit me in the UK. If they ask about her job, tell them she just lost her job and will get a new job when she goes back. She will be staying with me for the visit and I will fund her trip (I will make sure she has some money with her but she won't need it).

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    i wish you well. Just make sure she has your mobile number just in case you get a call from the IO.

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    Thanks. I'm planning on being there with her (meeting her at the connecting airport AMS or CDG and taking the flight to the UK with her). I wouldn't leave her on her own to deal with this, just in case.

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    Go through the UK/EU line together. I reckon you'll get a lot less hassle arriving together. I know that was the case for us when we travelled together.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmy2times View Post
    Thanks. I'm planning on being there with her (meeting her at the connecting airport AMS or CDG and taking the flight to the UK with her). I wouldn't leave her on her own to deal with this, just in case.
    Yes, don't let her try navigate around CDG on her own its got to be the worst airport I have ever been through, awful lack of directional signage, no one around to ask. Ended up just following the herd as there was nothing else to do.

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    I'm now considering LHR as the connecting airport (due to the very high cost of buying myself a ticket for AMS or CDG). I wanted to avoid LHR for immigration questions but if she is only in transit (travelling onwards to Scotland), she shouldn't be questioned at all at LHR, should she?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmy2times View Post
    ... I wanted to avoid LHR for immigration questions but if she is only in transit (travelling onwards to Scotland), she shouldn't be questioned at all at LHR, should she?
    She will need to cross the UK border at LHR and be examined by UKBA at Flight Connections before passing through to T5 departures for her domestic flight.

    EDIT: What is her exact route from BKK? Is this all on one ticket?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tobias View Post
    She will need to cross the UK border at LHR and be examined by UKBA at Flight Connections before passing through to T5 departures for her domestic flight.

    EDIT: What is her exact route from BKK? Is this all on one ticket?
    Yes, it'll all be on one ticket. Exact route would be BKK-LHR-EDI, but only if she is not questioned at LHR. If you're saying that she would have to go thru border control at LHR, then I'd have to go back to plan A - BKK-AMS-EDI
    and that will come at considerable extra cost for me to meet her at AMS (KLM return flight from EDI-AMS is £300 to £400)

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    What is your problem with Immigration at LHR? If she doesn't cross the border there she will have to cross it womewhere - either at LHR or EDI (or wherever her first entry to the UK is).
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    I've heard a few horror stories about border control at LHR. And then she would be questioned twice (at LHR and EDI). I don't want that.

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    She wouldn't be questioned twice, she will cross the border at LHR so will arrive at EDI as a domestic passenger - no passport control.

    The Immigration Officers at LHR are no different to those at any other British airport, they are fine. If anything I find them to be more pleasant than some airports, or perhaps they just recognise me
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    But we wouldn't be able to go through border control together at LHR. She'd have to face the questions alone. That's my main worry.
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    If immigration are not happy then I doubt your prescence will make a lot of difference. Having said that you might want to keep your mobile on. To be honest I would worry more about staff at the smaller airports.
    I think you will find the ladies are more resilient than you imagine.

    Unless her plans have changed or someone is misleading the authorities then you have nothing to fear.

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    I had my worries with Nok, but she landed at LHR and after her X-Ray (they did them there a few years ago) she appeared with her bags. Said she was asked a few questions but easily answered and no drama.

    To echo Linne's comment, our ladies are more resilient when we are not with them than we give them credit for.
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    I must admit, I did find it helpful being with my Mrs the first time she entered the UK, as they do ask some questions which it is helpful for you to answer.

    If a flight from ADM is going to be £400, how much would a return to BKK cost?

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