Criminal penalties and obtaining visas, or the history of one model.

Criminal penalties and obtaining visas, or the history of one model.

Criminal penalties and obtaining visas, or the history of one model.
Tatiana Shaposhnikova, managing director and lawyer of Red Square London.
Criminal penalties often negatively affect the obtaining of visas, which is quite predictable. It often happens that the existence of such punishments is the result of the receipt of an automatic denial of a visa, despite the fact that the application and the documents submitted are in order.
We could write about this completely boring article, but being Red Square London, we want to tell you a small and informative story.
Recently an American named Jeremy Meeks landed at Heathrow Airport, hoping to enter the UK. He is a model with an amazing history and is rather well-known in certain circles. In 2014, he had problems with the police in California and they posted his snapshot of “they are being searched by the police” on the Internet. However, of course, many know that the Internet lives its own life and sometimes generates unexpected results. Some model agencies saw and enthusiastically appreciated the picture. When problems with the police were settled (including prison term), Jeremy took the path of a modeling career. History, of course, can become a parable of modernity.
So, Jeremy flies to the UK with his wife and children to participate in a photo shoot for magazines. The media did not clearly describe the situation, but we assume that he tried to enter the UK on the basis of US citizenship and did not have a tourist visa. US citizens can visit the UK without a visa. Or rather, they have the right to request permission to enter the UK on this basis, that is, passing passport control at the airport, presenting a passport, thereby requesting entry into the country. Usually, it works, but not this time. Immigration officers found that he has recent criminal penalties. He was detained and interrogated at the airport. As it turned out, immigration officers do not have respect for famous people.
The immigration rules for visitors say that those who have recent criminal penalties must be denied entry to the UK. The rules regarding this issue, like all other immigration rules, are quite complex, but in plain language, the more serious the punishment and the more recent convictions, the more likely that a refusal of entry will be received. Jeremy Mix was brought back to the United States.
Not only visitors are concerned with this type of rule. Applicants for other types of visa applications outside of the United Kingdom or within the country must declare the existence of criminal penalties and if you have reached the limit allowed (again I repeat that this depends on the severity and the limitation period), the visa will be automatically denied. In some cases this can be a serious problem.
Another, sometimes difficult question: what is a “criminal punishment”? The answer to this question is not always as simple as it seems. In some cases, punishment may not be a criminal conviction at all. It depends on what happened and where the hearing took place.
Some who were affected by these rules were shocked that the UK Visas & amp; Immigration is considered a warning (Police Caution) is equivalent to criminal punishment, even if it is in fact not so.
If you have a criminal sentence or you are not sure whether the existing punishment is so and plan to apply for a visa, we will be happy to explain everything and help to achieve the most favorable result.
The article is the intellectual property of Red Square London, is published as information and is not a legal advice. Our team will gladly provide more detailed information on the consultation.
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