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Drugs: Offences

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 9 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department under what circumstances US citizens with past drugs offences are not allowed to enter the UK. (156070)

US citizens and other non visa nationals do not require a visa if seeking entry as a visitor to the UK for six months or less, however they are required to satisfy an Immigration Officer that they intend to stay for the period they have stated and that they do not intend to work or claim public funds.

In the event that the Immigration Officer becomes aware that the passenger has a criminal record or has been involved in criminal activity then they may be refused leave to enter.