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Old Apr 17th 2008, 9:08 am
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I will shortly be returning to the UK with my US spouse for a few days.

Do we have to use the separate entry lines at immigration?

Any chance UK immigration will think we're there to stay (we're not). I just want to be prepared with the right documentation.

I have searched for this ... maybe I didn't use the right terms.
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Old Apr 17th 2008, 1:02 pm
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I've walked through the UK "immigration" lines with my (not married) USC at both Heathrow and Bristol with no problems. However, we use the separate lines when re-entering the US, and I usually beat her through now
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Old Apr 17th 2008, 1:06 pm
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My wife is also a US citizen and has a UK visa (with indefinate leave to remain). We always try and go through the UK line together... but make sure you both have SEPERATE customs cards and that you wife has filled in a UK immigration landing card... A couple of times now the airlines have insisted that my wife does not need them but when we get to the passport control, they tell her to "go get the form, fill it in and rejoin the queue"!

It does work both ways too I always go through the US Citizen line with my other half (even though I don't even have a visa yet!)... Works every time...
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Old Apr 17th 2008, 2:35 pm
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We've never had seperate customs cards in either direction and never had any issues.
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Old Apr 17th 2008, 2:39 pm
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We've never had seperate customs cards in either direction and never had any issues.
Maybe we just look funny...
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Old Apr 17th 2008, 3:10 pm
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Default Re: Entry to UK with USC spouse

There are no "customs" cards on entry to the UK.

There is a landing card to be completed for travellers who do not hold a UK or European passport.

If you are travelling together, you can normally use the same line for immigration control, where you have the landing card inspected.

We have only once been separated by a "jobs worth" at Stansted Airport who insisted that a UK passport holder could not use the same line as a US passport holder.

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Old Apr 18th 2008, 5:16 am
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Default Re: Entry to UK with USC spouse

My USC wife came through the EU line with me no problems - we were about to get in to the separate lines and an immigration guy saw us, asked us if we were together, and said she could go through the same line as me.
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Old Apr 18th 2008, 5:45 pm
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Default Re: Entry to UK with USC spouse

I have heard about couples/families going through the EU line together. On my last trip back I (UKC) went through the non EU line with my hubby and 2 girls (USC) when I got up there I asked about use all going through the EU line in future trips and she basically said no way... that was at heathrow.
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Every trip we have ever made to the UK (Heathrow), since mid 80's, my USC wife & USC son, walk through the now Euro entry. I go first, doff my cap, "They are with me, ok if we stay together" OK "Thank you" , doff me cap. Never had a problem, never once.
Funny, just wife and me last year, annoying little bast---, asked me the british fellow, "why are you visiting and for how long." Cheeky bast---. English was not his 1st language.
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Default Re: Entry to UK with USC spouse

Originally Posted by frrussre View Post
Every trip we have ever made to the UK (Heathrow), since mid 80's, my USC wife & USC son, walk through the now Euro entry. I go first, doff my cap, "They are with me, ok if we stay together" OK "Thank you" , doff me cap. Never had a problem, never once.
Funny, just wife and me last year, annoying little bast---, asked me the british fellow, "why are you visiting and for how long." Cheeky bast---. English was not his 1st language.
Reg. Frank R.

Yes, well they checking everyone and every passport now!
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Old Apr 19th 2008, 4:54 am
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Default Re: Entry to UK with USC spouse

Originally Posted by Ash UK/US View Post
I have heard about couples/families going through the EU line together. On my last trip back I (UKC) went through the non EU line with my hubby and 2 girls (USC) when I got up there I asked about use all going through the EU line in future trips and she basically said no way... that was at heathrow.
On our last trip back, we took my Mother-In-Law, and they had no problem with her coming through the EU line with my wife, son and I. And i'm the only one with a UK passport. That was at Terminal 4 at Heathrow.
Maybe it depends on who you ask.
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