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How many days is a Croatian passport holder allowed to stay

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How many days is a Croatian passport holder allowed to stay in the UK in total?
Its for a person coming into the UK more than once (approx 5 times) in a calendar year, stays anything between 2 days to 3 weeks, gets a 6 months entry visa every time on entry, doesn't stay in total more than 4 months with all the visits together, always leaves the UK no later than the date stated on entry, then gets a refusal to entry? Is there a legal maximum to stay in the UK in a calendar year?
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Thanks for your patience.


If the person is granted a visa upon port of entry each time to the UK then, as you have stated, this is limited to 6 months.

However, they are still regarded as a visitor and each time they attempt to enter they are judged by the rules for visas for visitors.

To be regarded as a visitor a person must not be in the UK for more than 6 months in any 12 month period. Therefore, the UKBA will check the person’s passport each time they enter. If they have been in the UK for more than 6 months in the past 12 months they will be rejected.

If they have been in the UK for 5 months out of the past 12 months then they may either be rejected (ie. Because it’s close to the 6 month limit) or taken for questioning to ensure that they intend not to remain in the UK beyond the 6 month limit.

Please refer to the following link and specifically VAT1.5 for confirmation:-
http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/policyandlaw/guidance/ecg/vat/vat1/#header5



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