Hi -- I am on a tourist visa and have been travelling around Europe for the past year and have had multiple stays in the UK. In coming to London today from the continent the custom's officer said I was being given conditional leave to enter the UK and that I have to leave in 7 days. I have a US passport and I thought that I could stay up to six months, provided I don't work or seek benefits, etc. What does this conditional leave status mean, and will it jeopardize my ability to return to the UK in the future?
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The customs agent said that I could only spend 6 months in the UK in a year. I have not done that. Then she said that in order to ensure that I return home, she's was only going to allow me to remain until the 6th of July in the UK. I am a writer and I am gathering information for a documentary about health and diet as practiced by personal trainers. I'd like to stay one more month to finish up my research. I am self-employed and am based in Newport Beach, California.
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Hello,I am happy to deal with your UK immigration law issues. It seems that the UK immigration officer may have felt that you were visiting the UK extensively and perhaps residing in the UK and as such gave you conditional leave to enter for 7 days.You are not automatically entitled to 6 months leave to remain every time you enter the UK, as you have seen in your case.You now have two options:1) leave the UK on or before the 6th July and apply for a UK visa from the US; orY2) ou may apply for an extension in country (from within the UK) using form FLR(O): http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/sitecontent/applicationforms/flr/flro_formnew0420091.pdfThere is a fee for this and you must submit your application on or before 6th July.Hope this helps
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