UK Travel Restrictions: Re-entry Bans and How Long They Last

Currently, there is a lot of speculation over what immigration laws will be like after Brexit.

You might be feeling quite confused, but don’t worry, it’s difficult for everyone!

Travel restrictions in the form of re-entry bans exist for anyone who has broken UK immigration laws.

This guide will tell you what you can receive a re-entry ban for, and how long your ban can last.

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Why Do Travel Restrictions Exist?

At the moment, the UK has certain travel restrictions in place to prevent people who have broken immigration laws from re-entering the country.

If you are worried that you or someone you know might be banned from re-entering the UK, it’s a good idea to make yourself aware of what causes the UK to impose travel restrictions on an individual.

How Long Can I Be Banned For?

Depending on what you do to cause the ban to be given to you, it could range from one to ten years.

If you enter the UK illegally, overstay your visa, breach conditions of your leave or use deception in your application, you will likely face some sort of re-entry ban.

How long your restrictions are imposed for will depend on how severely you broke immigration law.

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Travel Restrictions: Re-Entry Ban Limits

No Ban

If you:

  • Overstayed your visa for less than 30 days,
  • Left the UK voluntarily, and
  • Didn’t cause the Home Office any expense,

then you don’t face any re-entry ban.

One Year Ban

If you:

  • Entered illegally, overstayed for more than 30 days, breached a leave condition, or used deception whilst in the UK, but
  • Left the UK voluntarily, without causing the Home Office any expense,

then you face a one year ban.

Two Year Ban

If you:

  • Entered illegally, overstayed for more than 30 days, breached a leave condition, or used deception whilst in the UK, but
  • Left voluntarily but do cause expense to the Home Office, within six months of being served a removal notice or of exhausting the appeals process,

then you face a two year ban.

Five Year Ban

If you:

  • Entered illegally, overstayed for more than 30 days, breached a leave condition or used deception whilst in the UK, but
  • Left the UK voluntarily after six months, or
  • Left or were removed after receiving a caution,

then you face a five year ban.

Ten Year Ban

If you:

  • Are removed or deported from the UK, or
  • Use deception in your application for entry clearance,

then you face a ten year ban.

We Can Help

If you are worried that you may be facing travel restrictions like a re-entry ban, then our immigration solicitors may be able to help.

We offer friendly and impartial advice, and are always totally honest with clients about their chances of successfully obtaining a visa.

Our expert immigration solicitors will evaluate you as an individual and do our best to help with your application.

We put our clients first, so you can rest assured that you are in safe hands with AWH.

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