My visa has been withdrawn and I’ve left UK. After how long can I re-enter UK?

Question: I have been permanently withdrawn from University and have already left the UK. However, I left some stuff at a friend's house and would like to fetch it. Once I've been told I can only re-enter after six months. At another time I was told after 12 months… Could you help me with this question? After how long can I re-enter the UK? Thank you.

Answer: This depends on whether the Home Office served you with any papers. When you say you were ‘permanently withdrawn from University’ do you mean your Tier 4 (General) visa was curtailed? If so and so long as you left before the date the curtailment ended, then there should be no ban on you entering the UK.

However, if you breached the UK immigration laws in any way for example by working in excess of the number of hours allowed or overstayed for more than 28 days than you should have, then assuming you paid for your return ticket home and voluntarily left you will be banned from re-entering the UK for one year from the date you left the UK.

If however, there are no adverse issues, then you can apply to return to the UK immediately though you may have some difficulty in entering the UK if the UK Immigration officials find on their systems that you were permanently withdrawn from the UK or if the Home Office curtailed your visa. Maybe you can consider having your friend return all your goods by cargo as this may be the quickest solution to recover your goods.

By Raheela Hussain
Principal Solicitor
Greenfields Solicitors
6 Market Parade
Winchester Road
London N9 9HF
Tel. 0208 884 1166

Please note that the above article does not relate to nationals of the European Union. The above article is meant to be relied upon as an informative article only and in no way constitutes legal advice. For advice regarding your case, please contact Greenfields Solicitors for a Consultation. Ms Hussain offers both telephone and in-office consultations for a fee of just £49.00 for 40 minutes advice.

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