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Dominican national with legal French residence wishes to go

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Dominican national with legal French residence wishes to go to UK this Thursday, has no time to get Visa. Visa papers have been filed, visited the Paris UK office today, paid fee online last Friday. Dominican national has worked in Europe the past three years for a multi-national legally, lives with their family - 3 Americans. Can the Dominican national still travel to UK via ferry, with all the proper documentation, and legally be granted access to enter the UK?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: UK Law
Expert:  Thomas replied 5 years ago.



Thanks for question.


I'm afraid not, no. The fact that the Dominican has obtained residence in France under French law does not change the fact that they are Dominican and does not afford them any additional rights than they already have with respect to entering the UK.


Only when a Dominican national has naturalised as a French citizen and obtained a French passport would then then receive the same EEA rights as other French citizens. In this circumstance they would be able to travel to the UK without restriction on the basis of that French passport.


Until then they must apply for a visa.

If they travel without a visa then they will not be permitted entry to the UK and would have to return to France immediately.

Sorry it could not be better news.


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Customer: replied 5 years ago.
There is no other possible legal option? They cannot show that they have everything in order with the documents they hold, and then be allowed access?
Expert:  Thomas replied 5 years ago.


No, it's very strict - they either have a visitor's visa stamp in their passport or they don't and they are permitted/refused on this basis alone.


Entry officiers are there to check visas/passports and nothing else. The decison as to whether to grant a visa to a person in the first place on the basis of the documentation they have provided is the sole purview of the UKBA prior to travel.


Again, I am sorry it could not be better news.


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Kind regards,


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