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Re-entry bans

It is very difficult to gain re-entry to the UK after a forced removal/deportation.

The immigration rules include general grounds for refusing to allow someone's entry to the UK. See Entering the UK section of the Toolkit for more information on these general grounds.

In addition to this, re-entry bans are applied to certain categories of people who breached immigration law in certain ways in a previous attempt to enter or stay in the UK.

These breaches are:

Generally, entry to the UK will be refused if you fall into these categories, unless:

Where more than one breach of these has occurred, only the breach which leads to the longest period of absence from the UK will be considered.

There are other situations in which re-entry bans may not be applied, for example, if you left the UK voluntarily before 1 October 2008, or you were a victim of trafficking. If a re-entry ban is applied to you, and this would breach your human rights (for example, to be with family in the UK), you may be able to challenge it on human rights grounds.

Remember that even if one of these exemptions applies to your situation, you may still be refused leave to enter the UK. This is because the Immigration Rules allows for a discretionary refusal of an application if the Home Office decides you have “previously contrived in a significant way to frustrate the intentions” of the immigration rules.

Deportation cases

The immigration rules state that entry to the UK is to be refused if:

If you were sentenced to less than four years, but more than 12 months, entry is to be refused unless more than 10 years has passed since the end of the sentence.

If you were sentenced to less than 12 months, entry is to be refused unless more than five years has passed since the end of the sentence.

The immigration rules state that "only be in exceptional circumstances" would "the public interest in maintaining refusal [to enter the UK] be outweighed by compelling factors" if you are trying to challenge a re-entry ban after a deportation.


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