OK to enter the UK on a settlement visa via Dublin?
May 29, 2014 2:25 PM Subscribe
I'm a US citizen living in the US, but I will be moving to London this summer. I'll be traveling on a spousal settlement visa. Is there anything wrong with entering the UK from Ireland the first time I travel?
Here's why I want to do it that way. My husband's family is in Northern Ireland and we'd like to visit them first. Ideally, we would fly to Dublin first (the flight's a lot cheaper than a flight to London) and cross the Northern Ireland border for some family time. Then, a few weeks later, we'd fly to London and begin our new life.
Here's the potential problem. If I enter the UK via the Northern Irish border, I won't come into contact with the UK immigration authorities (unless I choose to seek out the immigration authorities later on, when we land in London). I won't get a stamp on my passport indicating my first entry to the UK on my visa. It seems like there's nothing wrong with doing it that way: so long as I have the visa, I'm entitled to be in the UK. But immigration law is full of traps for the unwary. Am I missing something? Could the lack of a stamp on my passport cause problems later on?